Skip to comments.Ailes: Palin Was a ‘Branding Issue’
Posted on 09/26/2011 11:12:27 AM PDT by winoneforthegipper
Could Fox News be moving away from the right? As the Tea Party's popularity fades and the country grows increasingly tired of partisan bickering, Fox News chief Roger Ailes is making what he calls a course correction. Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin became a bit of a branding issue for us, he tells Howard Kurtz in Newsweek. Republican candidates still consult Ailes: when Rick Perry was still weighing a presidential bid, he stopped by Ailes's office and confided he was worried about being able to raise money, and Mitt Romney took Ailes out for a pasta dinner. But Ailes also engineered the Republican primary debate for maximum reality-television conflict, aiming tough questions geared toward the weaknesses of each candidate and prompting them to tear into each other.
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“He will loose to those stations in the ratings because the bulk of FOX supporters will abandon him.”
unfortunately shep smith does pretty well
He confirms that O’Reilly hates Sean Hannity. I could tell that they didn’t get along, because the last time they ever did anything together was when O’Reilly promoted his book on Hannity’s radio show, which was in 2001. After that O’Reilly tried radio, and competed against Hannity in NY.
Do they have $1 Mil a year contracts with Ailes?
Shep is a big time lib. It first showed during the Persian Gulf War.
I like Harris Falkner, Gretchen Carlson, Steeve Doocey, Hannity and Molly Hanneberg.
I know about the others, but is Van Sustern a lib too?
Who knows...who cares me done with fox news.
Really the twitter world has encompassed the rightwing theory much better than Fox and more to the point and descriptive than fox could ever be....!
As for breaking news....there is no better coverage than CNN for the first few days before the political slant weighs in so I am good...lol
For example, here is the actual Newsweek sentence from which the title of this thread supposedly takes it's support: Glenn Becks inflammatory rhetorichis ranting about Obama being a racistbecame a bit of a branding issue for us before the hot-button host left in July, Ailes says
Note: It is about Glenn Beck. It was the author that then threw in that Palin was "also" a branding issue, even though they don't quote Ailes as saying that. And given that Palin still works for Fox, it seems clear Ailes doesn't see her as an issue -- he's had her critiquing the debates for his network, after all.
There is some pretty disturbing stuff about how the fox debate folks conspired to cause trouble between the candidates; no mention that Palin was involved in that.
Meanwhile, here's a quote from Newsweek that belies the notion that Ailes is turning to the left, or to moderation: How do we know they were worshiping? he demands. I think the AP is so far over the hill, theyve become left wing, antiwar. Gotta watch their copy.
Here's another that clearly puts him on the side of ending "crony capitalism", far from the hysterical claims of some posting here that he is trying to trash Palin to protect crony capitalism:
Are our producers on board on this Regulation Nation stuff? Are they ginned up and ready to go? Ailes, who claims to be hands off in developing the series, later boasts that no other network will cover that subject I think regulations are totally out of control, he adds, with bureaucrats hiring Ph.D.s to sit in the basement and draw up regulations to try to ruin your life. It is a message his troops cannot miss.
And here's just a FUNNY attack on Bill O'Reilly: Ailes says OReilly has moderated his views and that Beck scared himmeaning Beck was so popular on the right that OReilly had to find a different niche.
Also: Ailes seems to relish the feuding among his stars, saying, OReilly hates Sean and he hates Rush because they did better in radio than he did.)
Kurtz knew which buttons to press on the right, throwing in some unsupported "Ailes Attacks Palin" comments, and it got the predictable but unfortunate response from some of the Palin supporters, who didn't consider the source and look for themselves.
I've always maintained that FOX News isn't conservative, they're just not as overtly liberal as the other networks.
You left out Juan Williams.
This has been the talking point from libs, squishy GOP types, emails from lib friends and the LSM for about the last six weeks. One thing they do is stick to the talking points, wheather based in reality or not.
Yeah, it’s just such a branding problem having hosts that people want to watch, isn’t it?
I know—the ACTUAL Ailes quotes in the piece are hilarious.
We need a REAL Conservative News Channel... not a RINO big gubmint knobrubber network.
Ailes just runnin’ scared of obama, like everyone else.
AND AILES IS RUSH LIMBAUGHS FRIEND?
Or has he turned on Rush too.
Annoying keyword spamming is annoying.
It can’t be that bad if Sarah Palin lets her name be associated with it, and collects large paychecks working for it.
Would she really associate herself and take money from a RINO big gubmint knobrubber network? Doesn’t seem like that would be in-character for her.
Not hating this from Ailes..
“(Ailes seems to relish the feuding among his stars, saying, OReilly hates Sean and he hates Rush because they did better in radio than he did.)
Ailes keeps a wary eye on anchor Shepard Smith, who occasionally backs aspects of the Obama record: Every once in a while Shep Smith gets out there where the buses dont run and we have a friendly talk.
And Ailes likes to tease OReilly: You gonna suck up to Obama so you can get another interview at the next football game?
Whatever the criticism, thank God there IS Roger Ailes and FNC. Just consider the morass of non-stop news twisting and outright political propagandizing 15-20 yrs. ago.
Wow, who knew FOX was right wing...?
btw...’cept for Cavuto I dont care much for FOX at all.
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