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Fox News chairman Ailes told Palin not to make the ‘blood libel’ video

By Megan Carpentier
Monday, March 14, 2011 10:22 EDT
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Among former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s (R) many lucrative jobs is her stint as a Fox News contributor for $1 million per year — which likely also provides her with her largest audience. So before she took to the airwaves to accuse her critics of “blood libel” for tying her infamous crosshairs map to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), Palin reportedly called Fox News chairman Roger Ailes for advice.

Gabriel Sherman of Daily Intel reports that Ailes told Palin to keep her mouth shut. Specifically, he is said to have told her, “Lie low. There’s no need to inject yourself into the story.”

Palin then told him that most of her political advisers had given her the same advice. She then went on to both make and defend the video, which was most notable for its ahistorical use of the term “blood libel” and its subsequent negative effect on her approval ratings. It also failed to stop anyone from connecting her crosshairs map to the Giffords shooting.

Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
 
 
 
 
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