by Tony Lee 8 Jan 2014
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said that she went back to Fox News to piss off the people who wished she were dead, which is exactly the reason Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes gave for bringing her to the network in the first place.
"Fox’s Roger Ailes says he hired me 'to piss off the people that wanted her dead,'" Palin wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday in response to a report in the Hollywood Reporter in which Ailes said he hired Palin to drive her haters crazy. "Hmmm. Funny. I accepted for the same reason!"
In the same interview, Ailes also spoke about how much Palin resonates with the Tea Party, which Ailes said "started as a group that [the government] could make go home to bake meatloaf at any point in the last three years by simply doing two things: Stop raising taxes and stop stealing their money." Ailes said that Palin "represents a certain group of people" who successfully are rising up "against their own party, which you rarely see."
In reference to a forthcoming book by Gabriel Sherman, the George Soros-funded writer who has stalked Ailes and his family, Palin mentioned yet "another book coming out about Roger Ailes and Fox News" that intends to smear the most successful cable news channel and the brains behind it. She asked her Facebook readers to "stay tuned" for more thoughts.
Palin then linked to a Breitbart News article by Editor-at-Large John Nolte that detailed how Fox News has won the cable news wars and is driving out CNN and MSNBC from the news business. According to Nolte, they simply cannot compete with Fox News which has a hammerlock on primetime ratings.
The Hollywood Reporter conceded as much as well after it conducted an extensive interview with Ailes and wrote that he runs the modern news world. As Breitbart News reported, Random House, which is publishing Sherman's book, refused to fact-check allegations made in the book with Fox or Ailes. Random House, as well as the New York Times, tried to smear Ailes by implying that he made an anti-Semitic slur at another television executive even though the publisher and the publication knew that both have denied that the incident in question ever occurred:
What makes this episode extraordinary is the fact that Random House decided to go forward with publication knowing that both men denied it—and that the Times would make it the centerpiece of a story on the book two weeks before publication.
It may be reflective of the rest of Sherman's project that he completed it without ever speaking to Ailes or anyone in his inner circle. This alleged – and debunked – incident from the past is reportedly a big part of his book, which may be short on major scoops.