Is Fox News-Roger Ailes Grooming Sarah Palin for President?
February 6, 2010
(ChattahBox)—What are Roger Ailes’ plans for Sarah Palin? Since Sarah Palin’s failed bid for vice president and her quitting as governor of Alaska in the middle of her first term of office, she has become a right-wing celebrity of sorts. Free from the normal scrutiny that accompanies a run for public office, Palin is free to define her own brand in a protective conservative bubble. And the media plays along, as each of her incoherent Facebook missives and tweets are treated as breaking news. And after her successful Going Rogue book tour, her new lucrative stint as a Fox News contributor and speaking fees starting at $100.000, she is quickly amassing the necessary wealth to position herself as a political celebrity, with perhaps a presidential run in her future. When Sen. John McCain negligently thrust Sarah Palin on the world stage, during his presidential campaign in 2008, it was immediately clear that she was ill prepared, divisive and lacking in intellectual curiosity. But she attracted crowds and she developed a following with a fringe right-wing crowd.
Now that she has been given a forum on the conservative propaganda outlet Fox News, it appears as if Roger Ailes, former Republican operative-dirty trickster and president of the network, is positioning Palin for political office. Now, imagine a world where the likes of Sarah Palin is president of the United States of America and Roger Ailes acts as a behind the scenes puppet master, with Fox News operating as co-president. No, that’s not a plot for an upcoming science fiction doomsday film, it’s apparently already in the works.
Roger Ailes has successfully turned Fox News into the media arm of the Republican Party, combined with his freak show, car crash philosophy on journalism. He is known for his “orchestra pit” theory: “If you have two guys on a stage and one guy says, ‘I have a solution to the Middle East problem,’ and the other guy falls in the orchestra pit, who do you think is going to be on the evening news?”
And Sarah Palin is Roger Ailes’ new two-headed monkey,”orchestra pit” pratfaller, whom he is trying to sell to the American public as someone also having a solution “to the Middle East problem.”
An interesting piece in The New York Times, offers a look inside the new right-wing rock star status of Sarah Palin, as she juggles back-t0-back speaking gigs, Facebook missives and daily political briefings from her staff. And on top of that, she makes appearances on Fox News as a contributor, where she recites right-wing talking points. And courtesy of Fox News, with a new at home television studio, she can deliver her right-wing punditry from the comfort of Wasilla, Alaska:
“Her growing cast of advisers and support system could be working in the service of any number of goals: a presidential run, a de facto role as the leader of the Tea Party movement, a lucrative career as a roving media entity — or all of the above. Ms. Palin represents a new breed of unelected public figure operating in an environment in which politics, news media and celebrity are fused as never before. Whether she ever runs for anything else, Ms. Palin has already achieved a status that has become an end in itself: access to an electronic bully pulpit, a staff to guide her, an enormous income and none of the bother or accountability of having to govern or campaign for office.”
She receives advice from a team of former McCain advisers, including neo-conservative hawk Randy Scheunemann and Kim Daniels, a Maryland lawyer who provides Palin with her daily briefings:
“People with knowledge of the daily briefings say they are conducted by phone or e-mail. They typically include information on the day’s news, material that could be relevant to an upcoming speech, or guidance about a candidate Ms. Palin might endorse.”
An interesting read, to say the least.
See The New York Times for more.