The following Matthews dig at Palin's expense was aired on the April 13 edition of Hardball:
CHRIS MATTHEWS: Now for the "Big Number" tonight. It's a lesson to always follow the money. Since leaving public office in July of last year how much has Sarah Palin has earned through her book deal, paid speeches and TV appearances? Well according to ABC News over $12 million. Which, by the way, is about 100 times what she made in one year as Alaska's governor. Sarah Palin's $12 million pay day, tonight's "Big Number," a very big number. As they used to say of Liberace, another fella, another person who took some licks for over-the-top behavior, he laughed all the way to the bank. Of course Liberace just played the piano, he never told us how to run the country.-Geoffrey Dickens is the senior news analyst at the Media Research Center.