NY Mag: Palin in Hot Water With Fox News’ Ailes After ‘Blood Libel’ Video

March 14, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)–Well isn’t this interesting. New York Magazine is out with a report  that Fox News chairman Roger Ailes is not happy with his star contributor, the Thriller from Wasilla, these days. Sarah Palin apparently telephoned Ailes before making her politically damaging, petty and narcissistic “blood libel” video, and he warned her against it. Now, with her popularity tanking in the polls, as a handful of Republican presidential hopefuls are jockeying for position, the Karl Rove-like knives are coming out. The NY Magazine piece bases its report on “a person with knowledge of the call,” and another person “familiar with Ailes’s thinking.” Interesting.

Ailes’ displeasure with Palin’s actions in releasing the “blood libel” video in the wake of the Tucson shooting, and her grating brand of grievance politics, may ultimately influence the Fox News chief to cut Palin loose from her lucrative contract with the network, before she’s ready to announce a possible presidential run, according to the inferences drawn in the article.

“Palin told Ailes she wanted to respond, according to a person with knowledge of the call. It wasn’t fair the media was making this about her. Ailes told Palin that she should stay quiet.

“Lie low,” he said. “There’s no need to inject yourself into the story.”’

After Palin ignored his advice and released her “blood libel” video anyway, Ailes and Palin are no longer on good terms.

“The Tucson thing was horrible,” said a person familiar with Ailes’s thinking. “Before she responded, she was making herself look like a victim. She was winning. She went out and did the blood libel thing, and Roger is thinking, ‘Why did you call me for advice?’”

Add this report to a growing chorus of conservative commentators, including columnist George Will, attacking Palin as too extreme to make a viable presidential candidate, and this is starting to look like the Republican establishment is turning sour on Palin. They smell blood in the water, and in Washington politics the sharks win.

Of course, the best possible outcome for the Democrats, is if a divisive and right-wing fringe candidate, not capable of competing in a general election, such as Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) or Newt Gingrich wins the Republican presidential primaries. But that’s exactly what the Republican establishment is so afraid of.


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