Sarah Palin Roger Ailes – Sarah Palin has angered Fox News Chief Roger Ailes when she announced her decision about the 2012 election on Mark Levin’s conservative radio show instead of the Fox News Channel.
The former Alaska governor got the media fire when she made the announcement, and only then appeared for an interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox after making the announcement on Levin’s radio program.
But for Fox News Chief Roger Ailes, it was too little too late. Ailes, who pays Palin millions to appear on Fox News, was infuriated that the exclusive didn’t come to Fox first.
“Ailes was so mad, he considered pulling her off the air entirely until her $1 million annual contract expires in 2013,” Gabriel Sherman at New York Magazine wrote. After the follow up interview, Roger Ailes had a meeting with Bill Shine, Palin’s principal contact with the network. Ailes said, “I paid her for two years to make this announcement on my network.”
According to New York Magazine, Palin made the decision to announce her non-presidency on Levin’s show because Levin was a big Palin supporter, and partly out of spite. Palin was apparently upset with Ailes and the Fox network for giving too much air time to Karl Rove, who is one of her biggest detractors.
Tension between Palin and Ailes hasn’t exactly subsided since then. Palin was hired by Fox News when she was “hot” in a hope to boost ratings, but Palin’s media draw has waned in recent months. Palin’s contract is up in 2013. It’s unclear if Fox will contain her.
Palin could give TV networks one last boost before she exits, though. She is expected to throw her support behind one of the GOP candidates. Fox News Chief Roger Ailes is hoping that she’ll make the announcement on Fox.