Sarah Palin Got Scolded by Roger Ailes for Not Announcing Her Non-Candidacy on Fox News

Sarah Palin’s announcement that she wouldn’t run for president disappointed her legions of admirers — but it infuriated Roger Ailes. The Fox News chief wasn’t angry about the decision itself. Rather, he was livid that Palin made the October 5 announcement on Mark Levin’s conservative talk-radio program, robbing Fox News of an exclusive and a possible ratings bonanza. Fox was relegated to getting a follow-up interview with Palin on Greta Van Susteren’s 10 p.m. show, after the news of Palin’s decision had been drowned out by Steve Jobs’s death. Ailes was so mad, he considered pulling her off the air entirely until her $1 million annual contract expires in 2013.

After the announcement, he called Fox’s executive vice-president Bill Shine into a meeting. Shine is the network’s principal point of contact with Palin. Ailes told him she had made a big mistake. “I paid her for two years to make this announcement on my network,” Ailes pointedly told Shine. Sources described the episode on condition of anonymity, given the sensitivity of the relationships.

Palin is said to have made her announcement on Levin’s show because she’s been upset that Fox News has given a platform to Karl Rove, one of her principal critics. “She isn’t happy with Karl,” one Palin adviser told me. “From day one, he hasn’t been very nice.” Levin had become Palin’s biggest booster in the conservative commentariat, and Palin is known for rewarding loyalists, and punishing her detractors.

If that’s what he was paying her for he should have put it in the contract.

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6 Responses to Palinews

  1. votermom says:

    Who is that woman in the pic?

    Ailes was so mad, he considered pulling her off the air entirely until her $1 million annual contract expires in 2013.

    So Ailes would pay her for not doing going on the network that has been bashing her all year. LOLOLOLOL.
    She’s a sly one.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Hmmmm, those pesky anonymous sources, a favorite go-to for the Politico journolisters too. Good going NYT.

    As I recall, the Levin show provided a great tease for her appearance on Greta that night and I’m sure her ratings went through the roof. It wasn’t Sarah’s fault Steve Jobs died. Or was it……;)

  3. myiq2xu says:

    Guilty plea planned in Palin lawyer harassment

    A 20-year-old Pennsylvania man has agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of making harassing phone calls in a case involving Sarah Palin’s lawyers.

    Shawn Christy filed notice Monday in U.S. District Court that he intends to plead guilty in an expected plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

    Christy plans to plead guilty and be sentenced Dec. 1, according to the document filed by Mary Geddes, assistant federal defender.

    Federal prosecutors were not immediately reachable by phone late Monday. Earlier, Assistant U.S. Attorney Retta-Rae Randall said the harassing telephone calls charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

  4. yttik says:

    Palin made it clear from day one that she would not be announcing her decision on any mainstream news channel. If Roger Ailes thought she was going to change her mind, that’s his problem. Also, Palin could very well dislike Karl Rove, she’s certainly criticized him enough, but that’s not why she went on the Mark Levin show. Those were her plans all along and she made public statements about them.

  5. That’s funny and pathetic. Absolutely Roger Ailes should have put that in the contact if that’s what he wanted. Why on earth would he expect that give how Sarah has always said she’d announce with loyal friend type programs. Although I think she really likes Greta and it could have been her show, Rove would have made that impossible. Poor, poor Roger. How will he cope.

    And by the way, notice how Roger acts like that’s been part of the deal all along. And by deal, I mean it was understood all along that she wouldn’t run. I think that has certainly always been in the mind of the GOP machine and with Roger Ailes and other powerful people behind the scene of the machine, but I don’t think that was a done deal at all. Too bad she couldn’t buck the system. But the system is pretty hard to buck. Ask Hillary.

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