Saturday, January 26, 2013

Fox News Refudiates Pit Bull Sarah Palin - BONUS

by Sunnyjane

That fat slob Ailes misrespected me, so I'm disenfrenching him!  He has misunderestimated THIS mom with a hockey pit bull, er, bull lipstick, er, 
oh whatever!

Sarah Palin has spit in God's eye one too many times, it would seem to me.  Here He's given her -- according to Queen Esther herself -- all these cracks in the door and she has managed to bumble her way through every one of them.  How much can one guy take, after all?

After she gave John McCain considerable assistance in losing the 2008 election, Palin still commanded a following that nubile Hollywood star wannabes and novice politicians would willingly kill for.  With their bare hands.

The Downward Spiral of a Twisted Sister

What?  My hair?  What's wrong with it?
After the election, Republican leaders with no sense whatsoever of the real Sarah Palin were sure she'd go back to Alaska, get down to work repairing her reputation with legislators in the North Star state, and study up on national and international policies and politics.  A rising star, they said.  Pah! 

She quit the governorship in July 2009 and published a work of pure fiction, Going Rogue, in November that was an instant best seller.  Went on a successful book tour.  Signed a contract with Fox in January 2010.  What could possibly go wrong?

Forget the cracks in God's door: the cracks in Sarah Palin began to show up during the first year of her contract.  She didn't maintain the first viewership ratings on Fox.  She had a few successes with the mid-term 2010 elections, but made some grievous endorsements as well.  Then, in January 2011, the solid waste hit the fan.  After Gabby Giffords was gunned down in Tuscon on January 10, Palin felt that she was being persecuted because of the gun sights targeting Democratic candidates on a map that she put on her Facebook page in honor of the 2010 elections -- and kept it up into 2011.  So upset was the ex-governor that she called Ailes and demanded air time to give a defensive statement.  Ailes refused.  The rest is history -- bad history for Palin.  She did the Blood Libel thingy, and Ailes was furious.

By May of 2011, old Roger was obviously rethinking his employment decision, saying behind closed doors according to someone close to the issue, that 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.

Roger Ailes had been anxious to sign Palin.  I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings, he said in November 2011. The ratings and the hot had all but disappeared.

You know you're in trouble when not one of the March 2011 Jeopardy contestants could give the correct response to a question in the Hearts category: Her latest book is titled America by Heart: Reflections on Faith, Family and Flag."   OUCH!

A reality show that failed.  A new book that failed.  Speaking engagements were fewer and fewer.  An embarrassingly stupid tour/vacation of America in the summer of 2011 that went nowhere.  Sarah Palin's appeal was drying up.  Nevertheless, her dwindling base, consisting of fanatical low-to-no information voters, thought she would run in 2012.  She had promised Roger Ailes that she would announce her decision on Fox.  She lied.

In October 2011, Palin sent a letter to conservative radio host Mark Levin, which he read to his listeners and followed up with an interview with the fast-fading star of the Republican Party: Sarah Palin would not run for president in 2012.  Ailes was reportedly so angry with her that he considered refusing to put her on the air again and letting the remainder of her $1 million contract expire in 2013.

Breaking up is not that hard to do.

Ailes obviously decided he has had enough of the Diva.  It's been reported by The Daily Beast that Palin was offered a new contract for less money and decided not to take the offer.  (And no, there's no truth to the rumor that it was for $20.00 a month for two months, April and October!)

Look, let's be honest here.  How difficult can it be to rev up the old home studio equipment and occasionally blather for seven minutes on Fox News with all the other right-wing weenies and talk about how Barack Obama is ruining the country with his Colonial/Kenyan/Communist/Fascist/Nazi/Socialist agenda?  

Piper Diaper could do it, I betcha.

What Now?

Now that Palin has thumbed her nose at Fox, she's reduced to having someone write her Facebook screes and mouthing off about her version of the sanctity of life (or some damn thing like that) at the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network's Award Gala in a couple of months.  You can get your ticket for only $150 by clicking here!

End Note

Sarah Palin does not believe in coincidences; she's said so numerous times.  So it's kind of strange that less than two weeks after the publication of The Rogue: Searching For The Real Sarah Palin by Joe McGinniss, Sarah Palin announced that she wouldn't run for president in the 2012 election.

Remember, McGinniss and Ailes have been friends for many years; had they talked?  AND, McGinniss said of what he wrote: 90 per cent of what I learned is not in the book.


End Note #2

It should be noted by all bloggers and the MSM that Politicalgates' friend Malia Litman was the first to confirm that Fox News had not renewed Sarah Palin's contract.

Grateful H/T to you, Malia.  Job well done!


Bonus (by Patrick):

Let me allow to make an addition to Sunnyjane's wonderful post. First, I would like to quote an excerpt from the excellent and very well researched 2012 book "Boss Rove", written by Craig Unger. 

In the follwing excerpt, Craig Unger examines what I would call the the "unholy triangle" Roger Ailes - Karl Rove - Sarah Palin. There are also other parts in the book which examine the complex relationships between these people, and this excerpt is particularly enlightening (pp. 221, 222):

From a ratings point of view, of course, it made sense for Roger Ailes to keep Sarah Palin on the air as a talent. He had hired her because she was hot. "People are attracted to Fox News in part because that's where they can see Sarah Palin," said Pat Buchanan, who had one played a dual role as a candidate commentator. "So I would think he would want to keep them there."

But politics was a different matter. After a January 2011 shooting rampage by a lunatic gunman in Tucson, Arizona, killed six and severely wounded Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Ailes had advised Palin to lie low. Having just published an electoral map that identified vulnerable Democratic congressional districts, including Gifford's, with rifle crosshairs, Palin was under fire for heated rhetoric that, some said, helped fuel the violence. But instead of following Ailes's advice, Palin responded in a nationally televised speech that blaming her was a "blood libel," a reference to a heinous anti-Semitic accusation. After that, Ailes made no secret that he thought she "was an idiot" who was damaging the conservative movement. But in opting to go for profits and high ratings, Ailes risked losing something much more importantly: namely, the next presidential election.

Enter Karl Rove, who had never had any real fondness for Palin. During the previous election cycle, Rove had aggressively touted Mitt Romney as a stronger choice than Palin for the GOP vice presidential slot. In October 2010, just before the midterms, Rove had taken his first real shot at her, telling the London Telegraph that American voters would not regard Palin, who was about to launch a cable TV show exploring the Alaskan wilderness, as presidential material.

"With all due candor," Rove said, "appearing on your own reality show...I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of 'that helps me see you in the Oval Office.'"

Later, Rove proceeded to mock Palin by imitating her fishing. "Did you see that?" he asked an interviewer when the show began. "Holy crap! That fish bit my thigh. It hurts!"

Palin struck back. "Karl has planted a few other political seeds out there that are quite negative and unnecessary..." she said. "I kind of feel like, why did he feel so threatened and so paranoid? I'm here to help the cause."

Such banter would have been innocuous enough coming from two ordinary talking heads. But that's not what was going on. Palin was a leading contender for the 2012 Republican nomination. Now she was in battle with Rove, who, with two White House wins under his belt and hundreds of million dollars in SuperPAC lucre, was effectively the party boss. In generations past, such intramural political conflicts took place in smoke-filled rooms, but now Fox's biggest stars grappled on air before a gaping audience. Behind the cameras, Ailes was rooting for Rove.

The recent developments certainly confirm Craig Unger's assertion: Ailes is indeed rooting for Rove. Karl Rove stays in, and Sarah Palin has to drop out. That is all what we need to know.

Against the power of Karl Rove, Sarah Palin never stood a chance. We should also remember the fact that Karl Rove openly expressed his criticism about Sarah Palin in such a harsh way that even Fox News themselves had to censor Rove on the air, as I revealed in a post from August 25, 2011.

Craig Unger mentions another smashing quote by Karl Rove, which was reported in March 2012. From page 234 in "Boss Rove":

Immediately after Super Tuesday, Sarah Palin proffered her once-sought-after endorsement to Newt Gingrich, whose campaign was all but dead. Rove carefully assessed its value. "It's not worth snot," he said.

Well said, Karl!

So let's see what Sarah Palin now plans to do with her officially confirmed irrelevancy.

Finally, I would like to point out Nick Broomfield's 2011 documentary "You Betcha" about Sarah Palin has been uploaded to youtube already several months ago. It is well worth watching, and I think that Nick Broomfield did a very good job, considering the difficult subject matter. The documentary was much better done than I expected, having read first the bad reviews which it received back in 2011.

But the criticism is in my view largely unfounded. Nick Broomfield talked to an impressive range of people in Alaska, including Walt Monegan, Lyda Green and "Trooper" Mike Wooten. He sincerely tried to uncover the "real" Sarah Palin, and he managed to expose Sarah Palin's obsession with her public image extremely well. One of the highlights of the film in my opinion is this creepy call which Nick Broomfield receives from Chuck Heath, in which Chuck wants to know whether it was true that Broomfield had spoken to Chuck Heath's enemy Colleen Cottle.  Yes, Broomfield has indeed spoken to Colleen Cottle, who knows Chuck Heath for decades, and conducted a very enlightening interview with her. For Chuck Heath, this was a treacherous act. Too bad, Chuck.


So far virtually anyone who tried to investigate the real Sarah Palin had to endure unfair criticism. Sarah Palin's story is like a huge pile of mud. If you want to get to the bottom of it, you inevitably have to reach right into the dirt, and it is hard to get rid of it afterwards. Joe McGinniss made a similar experience. Writing his book ""The Rogue" was a thankless task as well. 

So will the world now be able to live in peace, undisturbed by the "screechs" of America's least favourite former female politician? There is hope!

In addition, it is worth to watch this interesting interview with Joe McGinniss again from May 2012 (h/t BanditBasheert & Older_Wiser):

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