Roger Ailes, the big boss over at FOX News gave a candid interview to the Hollywood Reporter.
Of course, they couldn’t resist asking him about his decision to hire Governor Palin back as a commentator. His response had a little humor, but as I emphasize below describes why Governor Palin remains so popular with the little guys across the nation:
The only two people I knew who got worse press than her [Governor Palin] were Richard Nixon and George W. Bush — some of it unfairly, much of it unfair to her family. She’s recognizable, she’s attractive, and she still has the message of stop raising taxes. The Tea Party started as a group that [the government] could make go home to bake meatloaf at any point in the last three years by simply doing two things: Stop raising taxes and stop stealing their money. Congress can’t stop spending money. I’m not a defender of everything she says. I don’t hear everything she says. But I know she represents a certain group of people who rose up against their own party, which you rarely see.
To read more on the interview including his comments on some of the other FOX regulars, click here.
I cannot remember the negative press coverage of Richard Nixon since I was born around that time. I do remember some of the coverage of George Bush and in terms of unfair and negative coverage, I will concede that his point is arguable yet still can’t recall the press trying to go through tens of thousands of his emails (or memos) as Governor of Texas or GWB having stalkers move in next to him to stare at his family while writing a book about him.