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NY Magazine Publishes Anti-Palin Hit-Piece Using No Sources and No Data

It’s safe to say that something just wasn’t right the other day when Governor Palin took to Facebook to write:

I’m sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain’s positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight.

Fox seemed to have worked out whatever issue they said they were having because the Governor was back on to discuss the RNC on Thursday evening. What’s curious however, is while covering the story, Gabriel Sherman of New York Magazine claims to have spoken with some Fox executives who, he claims were less than kind or honest about Governor Palin. Sherman wrote:

Last night’s kerfuffle between Sarah Palin and Fox News was a classic display of Sarah Palin being, well, Sarah Palin. But her Facebook outburst complaining about Fox canceling her appearance at the Republic National Convention reveals something deeper about Palin’s often rocky relationship with the network. Palin’s contract is up in January, and according to sources, Fox News executives are now weighing what kind of deal they would sign, if they sign one at all.

If by "Sarah Palin being, well, Sarah Palin" he means, being honest and gracious to a friend, then yes, that was Sarah Palin being Sarah Palin. He goes on:

Essentially, Palin and Fox are in the early stages of an elaborate contract negotiation. Palin earns roughly $1 million per year from Fox, making her the highest paid contributor at the network. Fox executives have been disappointed with her ratings.

Wait a minute… He states that "Fox executives have been disappointed with her ratings" but he doesn’t give any names of executives, nor does he give any data to back up the claim. This is nothing more than unsourced rubbish.

The reality is that Governor Palin is a big ratings draw. The special she did with Eric Bolling was a huge success for the Fox network, and she was recently rated #1 in Mediaite power rankings for television analysts. She also gave NBC a an enormous rating boost when she co-hosted the Today Show back in April.

Sherman then noted:

Palin has been disappointed by Fox’s decision to not give her top billing on bookings.

How does he know if she’s disappointed with anything? He didn’t interview her for the story, so what does he base this line on? Did Fox executives tell him that? He doesn’t state specifically, but next he writes (emphasis):

According to sources, the relationship at times has gotten so bad that much communication has been conducted via Palin’s husband Todd. One thing is clear: It’s risky for her to push the envelope too far. Fox has been a central pillar of Palin’s national reach since quitting the governorship, and without the network’s platform, it’s unclear how she could maintain even her current, much-diminished level of visibility.

Oh, please, Governor Palin doesn’t need Fox to maintain anything. The important work that she does in promoting reform-minded, commonsense Conservative candidates keeps her busy, and trust me, candidates want her to be visible around their campaigns.

Also, any network would love to have Governor Palin on as a guest, and certainly have her as a regular analyst. Just consider the fact that Piers Morgan was begging Governor Palin to come on his show the moment he learned Fox had cancelled her interviews:

Wednesday evening, he took to Twitter to invite Palin on his show: “If Fox don’t want you tonight @SarahPalinUSA – come on my show. Be happy to talk about @SenJohnMcCain with you,” he wrote.

Politicker asked him about his attempts to get her on the show: “I’m serious, if she’s fallen out with Fox, I’d love to get her on. It’s the one reason we haven’t had her since I’ve been on air, because of her contract with Fox,” Morgan said, referring to her ongoing exclusivity contract with Fox News.

“Clearly, if she’s had an issue with them and can now do us, I’d love to interview her.”

If Mr. Sherman did indeed talk to Fox executives for his article, it doesn’t speak well for the network. Governor Palin has been good for Fox News, increased their viewership, and added her much needed perspective to the dialog on that channel. But we don’t know if Sherman really spoke to anyone because he doesn’t give any names. He expects people to just take his word for it, in a time and age where distrust in the media is at an all time high. Regardless if he did or not, what he’s selling to his readers is just another false narrative designed to degrade and downplay Governor Palin’s influence. The facts are not on Sherman’s side no matter who is responsible for the phony reality he tries to pass off as "journalism."


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  • TheresaAK

    Time to force the "anonymous sources" and this is a start…

    Call them out…

    If Fox’s "executives" are "leaking information" then they should be outed …

    After all, FOX is supposed to be against this kind of rhetoric or so they say….

    Looks like some are trying to drive a wedge and cause a show down 

    I’m guessing Old Architect, Karl Rove, Sheppy the Smith, Ted Baxter the 4pmer, are a couple of those anonymous sources, rather than some "executives"…

    Just sayin

    • section9

      I suspect that you’re pretty close.

    • friskyness

       That is so stupid, what do they gain by that……money?  Or are they trying to be as smart/stupid as Wallace and Schmidt>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      • sno_warrior

        They are trying to/want to control the ‘party agenda’ and Gov. Palin is standing in their way.

      • sno_warrior

        They are trying to/want to control the ‘party agenda’ and Gov. Palin is standing in their way.

      • sno_warrior

        They are trying to/want to control the ‘party agenda’ and Gov. Palin is standing in their way.

      • sno_warrior

        They are trying to/want to control the ‘party agenda’ and Gov. Palin is standing in their way.

    • carmtom13

      O’reilly gets very well paid and has said as much. Rove is trying to make people believe he is the be all to end all. In my opinion Rove is the mouth piece for the establishment and one of his wife’s yes I did say that, he has been married 3 or 4 times was a lobbyiest. Rove is lobbying for himself. He is a blowhard just like Christy and wants power. Do I trust him??
      NO!! As for Smith I don’t watch him.

      • Patriot41

        He is a good probability for the leak, if there was indeed one.

    • Elwanda Burrell

       UNINSTALLING Fox News… ??????????????????? 82% complete…

    • Budvarakbar

       Do you mean 5pmer – as in "da one true bloviator?" 

  • AngelaTX

    90,000 "likes" for Governor Palin vs about 15 so called "conservatives" on various websites who lather themselves in a frenzy trying convince themselves that she is irrevelent.

  • Guest

    hmmm…all this time I thought it was being in AK instead of AZ….
    I can make-up things, too…..
    IMHO…Fox needs to counter false information when their associate (SP)
    or news name is attached less silence be perceived as confirmation.
    One thing SP has taught the media…confront all prevarications.

    • AngelaTX

      Brian Long (Fox spokesperson) responded to the article by saying that "Fox looks forward to having a long and beneficial relationship" with the Governor. Meaning, they want her to stay.

      Does SHE want to stay though? That is the question.

      • TheresaAK

        But did he refute the article calling it bogus, in his response..or was that it?

        • AngelaTX

          Gabriel Sherman has written hit pieces on Fox and Ailes and Sarah for years now. He was the author of the anti-Ailes HBO movie that was going to go into production. So I don’t believe his sources are "real". Barnett, Palin’s agent, refused to respond, period.

  • TheresaAK

    Will there be an update, according to AngelaTX’s comment regarding Brian Long responding to article?

    • StacyDrake

      No, Long was responding to Governor Palin’ Facebook statement, not this article. Click the link under "said they were having" on this post to see  the context of his quote.

      • AngelaTX

        That was Bill Shine. Lewis made a completely different statement in response to the article.

        • StacyDrake

          Oh, we’ll he said the exact same thing. It’s must be a talking point.

  • SusanWo4p

    At least twice (3x?) in the past six months, Greta Van Susteran has advertised Sarah appearing on her show…and I have tuned in to find out that Sarah isn’t actually on the show…IT’S JUST RECYCLED VIDEO CLIPS OF OLD INTERVIEWS.

    Why would the producers of Greta’s show hoodwink people into watching by falsely advertising Sarah’s appearance if she wasn’t good for ratings?


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  • Jasmine Clark

    thank you for your rebuttal to this stupid article i saw earlier today. obviously they dislike sarah. and plus… this is pure gossip, no hard facts or sources. i guess this magazine is nothing more than a trashy tabloid.

    • Argus_C4P

      You are correct.It seems that most of the print media in America is of the trashy tabloid type now, Jasmine. Such a total waste.

  • DocBarry1

    The LSM strikes again and they want to know why no one trusts what they say and write

  • GetWhatYouPayFor

    There is no shortage of "colleagues" at Fox who consider themselves executives. There is also no shortage of those who are green with envy that she earns more than they do, while working from her living room! There is also little doubt in my mind that she got benched due to any of that. Not on VP speech night would Ailes bench her, unless it came from very powerful political outside forces. He is in business to make money. He took one for the Bush – Romney team, in my opinion.

  • cuatrocinco45

    After seeing Todd in action with that 50 cal, maybe it’s a good thing he’s involved.

    I don’t know all the details about the ratings but I’d imagine it’s natural that after a certain amount of time and with her being on more often things may be affected.

    I’m a huge fan of hers as are most here, but I don’t necessarily feel the need to watch every single appearance if she’s on a bunch of time, especially since you can see the entire thing on any # of websites pretty soon after.  And they’ll often have her on in clusters so if she’s on Greta one night, Hannity the next, and maybe one of those FBN shows in the afternoon, again, less of a need to watch all 3.  Was a bit different back in 2010 when it seemed her appearances were a bit more rare and spaced out.

    • friskyness

      Not for me…….I’ll watch everytime she is on…I will never tire of her appearances…

  • Argus_C4P

    What is so amazing about this hit piece is that it follows the same style and type of froth that the journolisters used in 2008.
    But even more frustrating is that there are people out there that will lap this up like honey, the fools. Do none of the left-wing folks ever do any research on their own, or is it strictly spew verbatim what some talking head has disgorged earlier in the week?

    • Budvarakbar

       What do you think makes them "left wing"?

      • Argus_C4P


  • friskyness

    It always amazes me, how the media keeps on bashing Palin….even when she isn’t running for any office.  It seems she is still getting bashed more than Romney or McCain ever did.  I think she keeps more people employed than Obama does.  I bet 10 years from now, the bashing is still going on, saying we will finally get rid of Palin…..poor fools.

    • Emerson_C

      It is impossible to ‘hate’ McCain or Romney, because it is only possible to hate someone who actually stands for something.  McCain and Romney are ‘reasonable’ and ‘moderate’, that is they stand for nothing in particular.  We should never forget that Christ was the most ‘polarizing’ figure in all human history.

  • Jean_A

    Gov. Palin has no plans of renewing her contract with Foxnews.  I think the cancelling of her interviews prove that.  There are plenty of opportunities out there for Gov. Palin  It would be funny if she was offered a TV show in the same time slot as the perky one.

    Sherman is the loon that is writing a book about Ailes.  About a year ago he wrote the samething about Gov. Palin and ratings.  I wonder how many charters will be about Gov. Palin in his hit book.  Sherman is a loon and a loser.

    One more think, Why would Todd be on the phone working out a contract with Foxnews? That is a job for her lawyer.

  • blueniner

    I smelled a rat, and a hit piece when I first read this New York article.The facts dont bear it out. Sarahs ratings are high wherever she appears. How does he know what she is paid, and what is in her contract, that is supposition by the author, that isnt public information. This was a hit piece,and the Liberal anti-Palin blogs ran with the meme. This Putz that wrote this trash must go to the same school of Journalism that Creepy Joe McGuiness goes to.

  • conservativemama

    Actually it is time for her to leave Fox.  It has served its purpose but she doesn’t need to be shackled to one network.

    If Sarah’s career tells us anything it’s that she knows better than anyone when to move on to the next chapter of her life.

    Fox will feel her loss, and in their most honest moments they probably know this.  She could appear on CNN or MSNBC and their ratings would triple for sure.  In fact, where Oprah has failed with her network, Sarah could announce a Palin network tomorrow and you know it would be a roaring success.

    Whatever her next move is, I know this, it will be keep her at the front of the pack.  She’s always at least 3 steps ahead of her critics.

    When it comes to Palin the media is a reverse barometer.  Whatever they’re saying, know that the truth is the complete opposite.

  • carmtom13

    This guy who wrote this just wants publicity. That’s all these people know is how to do is fabricate stories without naming names.

  • Palinpower

    Why does anyone care about Ny magazine? They are Upper west side super liberals. That section of NY voted 90% for Obama. Does that tell you anything?
    Yet i have an annual subscription to this rag because they have great reviews of restaurants, music, culture, etc. I dont read the political commentary and I suggest C4P shouldn’t either.

    • StacyDrake

      It’s better if we do otherwise, HotAir is the only one countering the article and they did no such thing. Ed Morrissey bought into the story and did nothing to shoot down the actual falsehoods in it.

      Why do people complain when we point out the truth? I never get that.

      • socon

        Ed’s become a TownHall tool.  I have no respect for him .

  • Alo Moni

    If the conversation has really been taking place between Gov. Palin and Fox, the rehiring of her would depend on the Presidential election. How? My theory is as follows

    As you know, the Fox Top brass are in cahoots with the RNC and Team Romney. In addition, Karl Rove, Bill Krystol, BOR, Brit Hume, Dick Morris and couple of others are envious and jealous to Gov. Palin because She got paid handsomely than them. They think that they are entitled to a big salary and corporate perks regardless of their contribution to the Conservative Movement.

    If Romney wins, Gov. Palin is the only one with a grass-root supports, who would push the Romney White House to pursue a relentless reform of the government. Otherwise, Romney would face a big primary challenge from her in 2016. In this scenerio, the FOX top brass may think that it would be a big mistake for them to give Gov. Palin a big platform to hammer their CHOSEN one.

    If Romney does not win, the FOX brass would most likely renew her contract to keep their ratings going up and prevent her going into another network. They know very well that whereever Gov. Palin goes, She will have a big ratings. My hunch is that Gov. Palin would most likely land in CNN.

    Time would tell us.

    • Jean_A

      BOR gets like 20 million a year or more.

  • independents4palin

    Its been 4 years since 2008 and they are still writing hit pieces on Gov Palin, that should tell you how influencial she is. She does not need Fox. She can jump ship to CNN or another Network. She has millions of supporters and even her family is all over the place, look at Todd, who is doing great on Stars and Stripes to ABC wanted Bristol to return to Dancing with the Stars. So New York Magazine is full of BS !!

  • dlg1956

    I stopped watching FOX about a year ago. Shep Smith is sickening and Bill O’Reilly’s support of Obama early on was over the top.

  • CacheLaPoudre

    Here’s a clue for Sarah: Talk in simple direct sentences.

    I love you, I’m begging you. Keep it simple.

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