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Roger Ailes reveals the real reason Sarah Palin ended up on Fox

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin quoted Fox News’ chairman in revealing what prompted her return to the network.

“Fox’s Roger Ailes says he hired me ‘to piss off the people that wanted her dead,’” Palin posted on her Facebook page Wednesday. “Hmmm. Funny. I accepted for the same reason!”

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday, Ailes was asked why he brought Palin back “just a few months after not renewing her contract.”

He began by acknowledging her bad press, saying:

The only two people I knew who got worse press than her were Richard Nixon and George W. Bush — some of it unfairly, much of it unfair to her family. She’s recognizable, she’s attractive, and she still has the message of stop raising taxes. The Tea Party started as a group that [the government] could make go home to bake meatloaf at any point in the last three years by simply doing two things: Stop raising taxes and stop stealing their money. Congress can’t stop spending money. I’m not a defender of everything she says. I don’t hear everything she says. But I know she represents a certain group of people who rose up against their own party, which you rarely see.

Ailes then detailed what was probably his ultimate reason for bringing her back.

“I probably hired her back, if you really want to get to the bottom of it, to give her a chance to say her piece and piss off the people that wanted her dead,” he said.

Such decisions are undoubtedly what elevated Fox News from the new kid on the block to the dominant force in cable news in fewer than six years.


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