Roger Ailes: 'I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings'

Categories: Cable News Ratings

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October 5th, 2011

Ahead of Fox News Channel's 15th anniversary, AP's Frazier Moore has a a retrospective focusing on Roger Ailes and FNC's fifteen years.  While I personally don't care much about politics or cable news channel programming, I loved the quote.

From the start, Ailes has steadfastly denied any such political bias or agenda on the part of his network. Politics, schmolitics: "I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings," he declares.

Update: Greta Van Susteren weighs in to note that by "hot" Ailes didn't mean it in a "cheap" way, but simply meant she was very sought after following the 2008 election.

 

 
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