Roger Ailes Clashed With Palin Over 'Blood Libel' Attack
Her refusal to heed Fox boss triggered rift
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2011 1:21 AM CDT
Updated Mar 14, 2011 6:20 AM CDT
Sarah Palin speaks at the Long Island Association's annual meeting last month in Woodbury, NY.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Fox News president Roger Ailes warned Sarah Palin not to launch her controversial "blood libel" defense of herself in the wake of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' shooting. Palin's refusal to take his advice created a major rift in their important relationship, reports New York magazine. “Lie low,” Ailes told Palin in phone call when she informed him of her plan. “There’s no need to inject yourself into the story.” “The Tucson thing was horrible,” said a source close to Ailes. "Before she responded, she was making herself look like a victim. She was winning. She went out and did the blood libel thing, and Roger is thinking, 'Why did you call me for advice?'”

The fallout could be bad news for Palin, notes the magazine. Fox holds incredible king-making clout among conservative candidates, and is currently paying Palin a $1 million salary as a network commentator. Fox just dumped Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, saying it couldn't keep paying pundits once they enter the presidential race.

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1onionpeeler
Mar 15, 2011 2:16 PM CDT
Ailes has worked his way down the ladder of GOP celebs. When Palin tanks, whose next up? Bachman? He just doesn't "get it" . What he needs is a conversion experience. Maybe God will give him a message like He gave Beck: a Beckistan tsunami, perhaps. Come to think of it, who hasn't Palin "clashed" with , given the time to be around her? What a paranoid control freak.
schmidtkoff
Mar 14, 2011 8:16 PM CDT
palin: rapidly becoming a has been. a little insignificant whatnot on the shelf of american history. she wants desperately to be revered, to be recognized as a female maverick. she went rogue a long time ago. but what is intrinsically lacking is any comprehension of the politics, of the people or of the world at large. she continually spits out her little snarky comments on everything yet fails miserably at offering solutions. she got into a dustup with kathy griffin saying that "comedienne Kathy Griffin is a '50-year-old bully". "the lady doth protest too much, methinks." for she herself is 3 years shy of 50 herself. she doesn't realize or is unable to comprehend that a "bitch fest" with other women, celebs, comedians, fellow politicians etc. is really a low blow. she who wishes to glorify women and elevate them to her so called level. what level or rather how low can she go? narcissistic or megalomaniac? both could apply to ms. palin. both equally paint her in black. a cancer, or a pimple if you will on the face of america.
YourFootInYourMouth
Mar 14, 2011 1:30 PM CDT
The woman is a loving, selfless, genius.