Palin A ‘National Embarrassment’ on Fox News
Cenk absolutely nails her. And Fox News is taking her back!
Courtesy of The Daily Beast:
Joe Muto, a former Fox News employee who was fired after he anonymously blogged on Gawker about what it was like to work at the network, and who dished about the inner workings of the network in his new book, Atheist in the Foxhole, described mounting frustration at Fox with the former governor—this, despite Palin being treated as a rock star when she first arrived at company headquarters.
“It started going awry for Sarah Palin at Fox almost immediately. She wasn’t willing to do the work. And they made it easy for her. They built a studio for her in house in Alaska, so all she had to do was slap on some makeup and go sit in front of the camera,” Muto told The Daily Beast. “She would still show up late, unprepared, hadn’t even bothered to study what the topic was and would completely whiff it on the air.”
The old hooah having rolled out of bed
Well, one thing is for sure – Palin won’t be getting paid the big bucks she was receiving the last time she worked for Fox. She must have had to go crawling back to Ailes for her job, and he has demoted her to daytime TV. Heheh…
Imagine Sarah trying to waffle on Fox Business News. This could be hilarious. Not everyone is amused however. One conservative has this to say on The Week.
To be sure, I admire and recognize Palin’s remarkable political ability. Her political instincts are sublime, as evidenced by the way crowds of very honorable and intelligent Americans connected with her during her campaign. But while having good political instincts may well make you a hit on the campaign trail, and might even score you a victory or two in elections, those who are all sizzle and no steak get found out soon enough. And never in the history of the United States has anyone ever been found out quite the way Gov. Palin was.
Before John McCain nominated Palin to be his running mate in 2008, the Republican Party was already in lousy shape. But Palin was rock bottom. She simply did not know enough to engage anyone on any matter of substance, and that was a highly damning fact that shaped the modern perception of the Republican Party. It plagued us in the last election, and continues to hamper us to this day. Because of Palin’s lack of education on matters of substance, and because so many in the movement embraced her in spite of that utter cluelessness, most voters came to view the party as a movement driven by charismatic but uneducated leaders followed by hordes of hero worshipers too oblivious or uninterested to contemplate the sorts of disaster that might follow if someone like Palin were actually elected…
…Suddenly, Fox News was actually… not making the Republican Party look horrible. But then Roger Ailes reminded me why I loathed conservative media so much in the first place. Conservative media has never been about conservatism, and has always been about using conservatism as a vehicle to make money. Roger Ailes doesn’t care about how the GOP is perceived or whether it wins elections. If Sarah Palin draws eyes, that’s who he is going to put on TV. So back comes Sarah Palin to make conservatives look clueless, and on and on it goes. Sometimes I just want to cry.
By gawd she looks hard
Update: More from Joe Muto at The Washington Post:
[H]er abilities as a pundit left much to be desired. She conversed entirely in shallow, empty platitudes, as if she’d just memorized a list of talking points instead of actually boning up on whatever issue was on her plate. … A few months into her tenure, O’Reilly exploded with frustration when he was told for the third time in a row that Palin wouldn’t be available. “I don’t know why this woman refuses to help us out,” he vented. “And when she does come on, she doesn’t say anything. It’s just the same BS talking points every time.”
Even the “conservative true believers,” writes Muto, came to admit over time that Palin was “every bit as uninformed as her liberal critics had charged.”
Another insight on Palin comes from Muto’s book: She “tended to play hard to get,” he writes, stiff-arming requests for appearances. She also allegedly refused to participate in pre-interview briefings, which “meant that we producers could never brief her on the segment, making it that much more likely she’d get hit with an unpleasant surprise or unexpected question on live television.”
So: As unfortunate as this is for Fox News viewers, it’s worse for Fox News producers.
With this announcement, the backstory of the rapprochement between Ailes and Palin becomes by far the most precious commodity on the media-news beat. Was Ailes concerned about ratings and wanted the Palin brand and Facebook audience behind his network? Did one of the parties beg and plead?
Why on earth did they take her back? She is the employee from hell!