“Sarah Palin had no chance to be president.“
That was the verdict delivered by Fox News Chief Roger Ailes as he gave a speech at the University of North Carolina early last week.
However, Palin has now fired back at Ailes in an interview with Breitbart.com, warning Ailes against underestimating her. I mean, yeah, this is a woman who’s been governor of the 47th most populous state in America for a full 18 months. She’s obviously a totally suitable choice for being leader of the free world:
“I wonder if [Ailes] is aware that the same thing was said about me when I ran for city council, mayor, and eventually governor. No doubt many people who are told they can’t do something will work that much harder, and they succeed.”
She then referenced “The Undefeated,” the documentary recently made about her, telling her interviewer:
“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?”
Ailes has reportedly criticized Palin before – in a 2011 story for New York magazine, a Republican source claimed Ailes believed Palin was “an idiot” and “stupid.” Fox News later questioned the validity of the quotes.
Anyway, Ailes explained himself on Friday, revealing how his comments had been taken out of context:
“When I hired most of the Republican contributors, none of them had any immediate prospects of becoming President – I wasn’t referring to any of their long-term prospects, including Governor Palin. I hired all of them because they made for good television at the time. Sarah Palin is young and nobody can predict the future.”