A New York Magazine article has blown the lid off the problems at Fox News, and exposed why Sarah Palin will never be the darling of Fox News.
The New York Magazine piece quoted a Republican who is close to Roger Ailes as saying, “Roger is worried about the future of the country. He thinks the election of Obama is a disaster. He thinks Palin is an idiot. He thinks she’s stupid. He helped boost her up. People like Sarah Palin haven’t elevated the conservative movement.”
Ailes problems with Palin were fully detailed,
But as Palin contemplated her political future, she began to worry that being a celebrity pundit on Fox was potentially at odds with her presidential aspirations.
Last year, tensions between Palin’s camp and Fox erupted over a prime-time special that the network wanted her to host. Nancy Duffy, a senior Fox producer, wanted Palin to host the show in front of a live studio audience. Duffy wanted to call the program Sarah Palin’s Real American Stories. Palin hated the idea. She complained to her advisers that she didn’t want to be a talk-show host. She wanted to just do voice-overs. More important, she didn’t want Fox to promote her name in the title of the program. Not that it mattered: Palin’s ratings were starting to disappoint Ailes anyway. Fox hasn’t scheduled any additional specials.
The article confirmed what has already been reported. When Palin ignored Ailes’ advice and released the blood libel video, she forever damaged her standing at Fox News. Everyone will focus on the fact that Roger Ailes thinks Sarah Palin is an idiot, but this piece reveals both that Palin has always had every intention of running for president, and that she intended to use Fox News as her personal propaganda machine.
Sarah Palin’s decreased standing at Fox News has been obvious for months. Palin has mostly been relegated to the wasteland that is Fox Business, hanging out with BFF Greta Van Susteren, and Saturday nights with Judge Jeanine. She pops up on Hannity once in a while, but she is not seen on Bret Baier, and her appearances on Bill O’Reilly have decreased.
When Fox News’ own people discuss the GOP field for 2012, they often leave Palin completely out of the discussion. Sarah Palin was supposed to be a ratings boosting publicity stunt for Fox News, but she has turned into a symbol of the intellectually empty’s takeover of the entire right.
Fox News isn’t a tea party network. Their goal is to promote the establishment Republican Party position, and people like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck have wrecked the Fox News political machine. Bill O’Reilly and Bret Baier are where Fox News wants to go. Sarah Palin’s brand of politics is bad for Fox.
Sarah Palin is a tea party style anchor that is strangling Roger Ailes. The Fox News chief is trying to get a president elected, but none of the candidates that Fox News is pushing have gained traction. Ailes was never going to elevate Sarah Palin. She is an unelectable gimmick. Ailes gave airtime to the tea party for the purpose of getting Republicans elected in 2010, but now he is stuck in swamp of political goo created by the very people that he gave a forum to.
That political goo is great for ratings, but it gumming up the wheels of Ailes’ 2012 GOP PR machine. Without even knowing it, Roger Ailes traded king maker status for ratings. Fox News has reached new Neilson highs at the cost of being able to get serious ahead of 2012.
After Obama’s election, Roger Ailes embraced the fear mongering idiot demographic. Ailes cleaned up part of the mess by pushing Glenn Beck out the door, and soon Sarah Palin will be gone too.
The idiocy of arrogance that is Sarah Palin brought down John McCain in 2008, is causing problems at Fox News in 2011, and is now turning its attention towards the White House in 2012. It seems that Sarah Palin will not be stopped until she has destroyed the entire Republican Party.
This is why for Democrats; Sarah Palin is the gift that keeps on giving.