Wow, Roger Ailes is more mainstream than we thought…
“He thinks things are going in a bad direction,” another Republican close to Ailes told me. “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.”
Apparently what set Ailes off was Palin’s tone-deaf response to the shooting of Gabby Giffords and others at her town hall in Arizona (where, coincidentally, La Palin now has a home.) Palin’s “blood libel” tirade was apparently too much for his Aileness, and an unnamed source leaked his alleged thoughts to the New Yorker’s Gabriel Sherman.
Not so, say the official muckedy-mucks at Fox!
The article quotes “a Republican close to Ailes” who makes that assertion and adds: “He helped boost her up. People like Sarah Palin haven’t elevated the conservative movement.” Mr. Ailes did not speak for the magazine article.
In a statement to The New York Times, the Fox News Channel executive vice president of programming, Bill Shine, said:
“I know for a fact that Roger Ailes admires and respects Sarah Palin and thinks she is smart. He also believes many members of the left-wing media are extremely terrified and threatened by her. Despite a massive effort to destroy Sarah Palin, she is still on her feet and making a difference in the political world. As for the ‘Republican close to Ailes’ for which the incorrect Palin quote is attributed, when Roger figures out who that is, I guarantee you he or she will no longer be ‘close to Ailes.’ ”
When you’ve got to say a guy “thinks she is smart…”
Also in this month’s New Yorker: a look at David Brock’s push to take down his former allies on the right, including the nascent “Drop Fox” campaign. So far, Drop Fox has had uneven results, with at least one high profile company, Orbitz, refusing to walk away from the House that Roger built.