This is a fairly interesting article, but using the theory of motivated reasoning, I will deduce that this is just a left-wing media conspiracy to defame St. Roger, of the Ailes.
A few months ago, Ailes called Chris Christie and encouraged him to jump into the race. Last summer, he’d invited Christie to dinner at his upstate compound along with Rush Limbaugh, and like much of the GOP Establishment, he fell hard for Christie, who nevertheless politely turned down Ailes’s calls to run. Ailes had also hoped that David Petraeus would run for president, but Petraeus too has decided to sit this election out, choosing to stay on the counterterrorism front lines as the head of Barack Obama’s CIA. The truth is, for all the antics that often appear on his network, there is a seriousness that underlies Ailes’s own politics. He still speaks almost daily with George H. W. Bush, one of the GOP’s last great moderates, and a war hero, which especially impresses Ailes.
All the 2012 candidates know that Ailes is a crucial constituency. “You can’t run for the Republican nomination without talking to Roger,” one GOPer told me. “Every single candidate has consulted with Roger.” But he hasn’t found any of them, including the adults in the room–Jon Huntsman, Mitch Daniels, Mitt Romney–compelling. “He finds flaws in every one,” says a person familiar with his thinking.
“He thinks things are going in a bad direction,” another Republican close to Ailes told me. “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.” (here)
By the way, political strategy doesn’t always mean conspiracy, but it does worry me the amount of influence which Fox News exerts over the Tea Party and the Republican Party.
I wonder what he thinks about Michele Bachmann (and why she spells it with one ‘L’. That bugs me). Anyway, can you imagine what the Right would say if MSNBC’s chief exerted the amount of influence over the Democrats which Ailes does over the GOP…
- Herding the Wahoos: (brothersjuddblog.com)
- New York Profile Of Fox News Chair Roger Ailes Suggests He Thinks ‘Palin Is An Idiot’ (mediaite.com)
- Fox News Chief Thinks Palin Is ‘Stupid’: Report (huffingtonpost.com)
- When Fox News’ Roger Ailes thinks You’re Stupid, You’re Pretty Stupid (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Thinks Sarah Palin Is ‘Stupid’: New York Magazine (kaystreet.wordpress.com)