Palin vs. Fox News?
November 22nd, 2011
04:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Palin vs. Fox News?

(CNN) – Did Roger Ailes accuse Sarah Palin of going rogue?

Citing anonymous sources, New York Magazine reports the Fox News chief was "infuriated" that Palin announced her much-anticipated 2012 decision on conservative radio host Mark Levin's show on Oct 5., bypassing the network that holds her million dollar contract.

Later that night–after the media swirl had already begun–Palin appeared on Fox for an interview with Greta van Susteren to confirm her decision, but as the magazine's contributing editor Gabriel Sherman reports, the bridge had already been burned.

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

Palin representatives declined to comment on the story, and Fox News did not respond to CNN requests for comment.

For much of the year, the political news universe was lasered in on Palin, closely watching every interview she gave as she openly considered a White House bid. A regular primetime pundit on Fox News, she was frequently asked to weigh in on the 2012 presidential cycle.

Any formal announcement, Sherman noted, would have been a huge ratings boost for Fox News.

"I paid her for two years to make this announcement on my network," Ailes reportedly told Fox News executive vice president Bill Shine, the network's liaison to Palin's team.

Ailes' comments came in a meeting with other Fox employees, some of whom spoke anonymously to New York about the outburst.

The report said Palin decided to announce on Levin's show out of frustration with Fox over the network giving more air time to Karl Rove, a Palin critic and former chief political strategist to President George W. Bush.

Meanwhile, Levin had "become Palin's biggest booster in the conservative commentariat, and Palin is known for rewarding loyalists, and punishing her detractors," Sherman wrote.

Ailes reportedly threatened to "bench" Palin, continuing to pay her but eliminating her air time. Sherman wrote that the former Alaska governor eventually apologized.

While Palin has thrown herself out of the running, her influence still carries weight in the 2012 campaign as her highly-sought after endorsement could prove to be a key factor in a GOP horserace that fluctuates by the month.

When exactly she'll make that announcement is unknown, but as Sherman points out, she may be saving that one for Fox.

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Filed under: 2012 • Fox News • Sarah Palin
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. pmk1953

    Hell, pay me a million a year and I'll make up lies, er, give my honest opinions about anybody they want me to.

    November 22, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. unsub

    ever since the newz broke about pailin and glenn rice, the Right threw her under the bus! good lawd!

    November 22, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. dennis

    famliy should support each other and help each other out but that not allways the case

    November 22, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. The Dude

    Ailes and Palin = Dumb and Dumber.

    November 22, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Justaminit

    What a shock, Sarah not keeping a commitment. Couldn't have happened to a better organization. what a joke these two have become. Money grubbing, narcissistic Sarah and Fox right wing slanted "news". Paid her to announce and she reneged. Ship of fools!!!!

    November 22, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Indy

    Sarah Palin pulled one of the bigger scams in the last decade on all of her supporters by pretending that she would take a run for POTUS, FOX got exactly what they should have expected from Palin.She ditched Alaska and sold her and her families soul for the love of money so what the heck did Fox expect, she scammed them just like everyone else that fell for the biggest PUNK in recent history.

    November 22, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. MBSeattle

    Who ever said Sarah Palin was smart?

    November 22, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Johnathan

    This GOP field of idiots makes me miss the relatively profound and cerebral Palin. How nuts is that?
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    About as nutty as the fact that I feel the same way you do ;)!

    November 22, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. shoegazer

    "Ailes was so mad,he considered pulling her off the air entirely until het $1million annual contract expires in 2013"....
    Well you know the old saying about a fool and his money.I'll retire to Bedlam.

    November 22, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    I thought she will announce in FOX she didn’t I understand FOX disappointment

    November 22, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. RINO Bil

    Ailes is a retard. Sarah Palin has always done whatever Sarah Palin wants to do. Just because Fox is paying Palin does not mean she owes them any sort of special consideration ... or any sort of consideration for that matter.

    Also, memo to R. Ailes: Sarah Palin is no longer relevant and not even on the B-list. You've wasted Fox's money.

    November 22, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. OOPS, THERE IT IS

    You know Sarah is all about money, maybe they paid her more money than Fox because she is already being paid by Fox so go out and seek more money and I am sure that is what the Gorilla from Wasilla did.

    November 22, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. G D

    Palin, true to no one but herself (if even that). Were she clued in, she would run this by her employer. Who cares what Ailes thinks about it, the demonstration that Sarah is all about Sarah is confirmation enough that we should all be grateful she's not running.

    November 22, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. W.G.

    Are the RATS jumping a sinking ship ???

    November 22, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Expat American

    I was wondering where the 3rd grade educated Grizzly Cougar was hidin’ out. Welcome back Sarah dummkopf! Never too late to jump back into the race!!!

    November 22, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Indy

    Sarah Palin pulled one of the bigger scams in the last decade on all of her supporters by pretending that she would take a run for POTUS, FOX got exactly what they should have expected from Palin.She ditched Alaska and sold her and her families soul for the love of money so what the heck did Fox expect, she scammed them just like everyone else that fell for the biggest PUNK in recent history
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    I beg to difer with you Indy. IMHO the biggest PUNK in recent history was the GOTeatard Sucker Punch of 2010!
    I have NEVER heard of a rape and grand theft victim ALLOWING the perpetrator back into the house after falling for their lies YET AGAIN!

    November 22, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. ARALE NORIMAKI

    I wish people would stop calling her Governor. She only served a half term at best before she quit. Seems like she gave up that right. As I recall, she said she quit because she could not do her job with all the law suits that were being filed against her. she bankrupted the town and didn't have a thing to show for it and was mired in scandal.

    November 22, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. SPLAT!~

    Who is Sarah Palin?~

    November 22, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
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