Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Palin vs Ailes

Ah, it’s another little dustup between Roger Ailes and Sarah Palin. It’s not the first and it probably won’t be the last, but it also won’t do anything to change their relationship — he’ll keep paying her as long as people find her word salads appetizing and she’ll keep going on Fox to vomit them forth as long as they’re paying her.

Sarah Palin responded to a harsh comment Fox News chief Roger Ailes made about her earlier this week.

During a speech at the University of North Carolina, Ailes said that “Sarah Palin had no chance to be president.” The quote came from New York Magazine editor Gabriel Sherman’s Twitter feed. Sherman, who was at the event, is writing a book about Ailes and the rise of Fox News. Ailes was at the university addressing a group of journalism students.

Palin responded to Ailes’ remarks in an exclusive interview with Palin called the remarks “interesting.”

She said, “I wonder if he is aware that the same thing was said about me when I ran for city council, mayor, and eventually governor.” She added, “No doubt many people who are told they can’t do something will work that much harder, and they succeed.” She suggested send her employer the documentary recently made about her, “The Undefeated.” Palin said, “The theme of Steve’s film isn’t about me, but about the idea of not letting others dictate one’s path in life and never giving up when you’re fighting for something precious like our exceptional nation and our children’s futures. So, would you send a copy of “The Undefeated” to him?”

I think it’s obvious by now that Palin isn’t really capable of thinking. At best, she’s capable of mindlessly stringing together cliches and platitudes like this. It’s the intellectual equivalent of cotton candy, free of substance but satisfying to children.

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  • TX_secular

    Why does the word vacuous pop into mind?

  • Michael Heath

    It’s hard to determine who the more reprehensible person is. Sarah Palin’s sins are obvious, but Roger Ailes’ complete lack of concern about the national interest, and unlike Palin – he knows better, is thoroughly repugnant.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Is there audio or video of Palin’s remarks? They appear to suspiciously consist of complete sentences.

  • Randomfactor

    Leave the dictionary open to the V’s, TX_secular. “Vain” and “venal” also come to mind.

    If Ailes said she wouldn’t be elected governor, maybe he just meant she wouldn’t last a full term in office.

  • Roger Ailes, last I heard, was living up in the Hudson Valley and may have other distractions, according to this:

  • mikeym

    It should be easy enough for Ms. Palin to prove Mr. Ailes wrong: simply run for the presidency and win.

  • d cwilson

    @Michael Health:

    Ailes is clearly the more reprehensible because he knows better.


    Palin has no desire to be president. It’d be a huge pay cut and it’s actual work compared to her current career as a talking head and professional tweeter. The problem she has is that her media appeal rests entirely on the possibility that she may run for president one day. So, she has to keep holding out that possibility to the sheeple. She’s following the same pattern as Gingrich. If she runs in 2016, it’ll be the same half-assed effort that Newt has put in this year: A bare-bones operation that would keep her face in the media, but somehow “fails” to get her name on the ballot in several key states.

  • davem

    Why does the word vacuous pop into mind?

    I was getting the combination of ‘vacuous’ and ‘airhead’ myself. Can you use ‘vacuous airhead’ together, or that bad grammar?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    It’s the intellectual equivalent of cotton candy, free of substance but satisfying to children.

    You must know some very dim children.

  • John Hinkle

    The theme of Steve’s film isn’t about me…

    How could a theme even be about a person?

    Ladies and gentlemen, is proud to present this sneak preview of The Undefeated. The theme of this movie is Sarah… Palin(?)- um, wait a second, there must be something wrong with the teleprompter.

  • gvlgeologist

    I was getting the combination of ‘vacuous’ and ‘airhead’ myself. Can you use ‘vacuous airhead’ together, or that bad grammar?

    It’s just redundant, if accurate.

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