In the wake of January's Tucson tragedy, Sarah Palin reportedly asked Fox News chairman Roger Ailes for advice on how she should respond to the tragedy - and then promptly ignored his guidance, New York magazine reports.
Palin, who ultimately garnered a slew of national criticism for her now-infamousapparently sought advice from Ailes and other advisers on whether or not to respond to the criticism she was receiving from liberals in the aftermath of the tragedy.
"Lie low," Ailes reportedly told Palin. "There's no need to inject yourself into the story."
New York reports that Palin's lawyer, Bob Barnett, also cautioned her from entering the debate.
Nevertheless, Palin released an eight-minute video response to the violence on January 12, 2011 - andfor invoking the historically anti-Semetic term "blood libel" in reference to journalist and pundits. (Palin also took heat for what some "playing the victim card.")
According to New York,
Ailes was not pleased with her decision, which turned out to be a political debacle for Palin, especially her use of the historically loaded term "blood libel" to describe the actions of the media. "The Tucson thing was horrible," said a person familiar with Ailes's thinking. "Before she responded, she was making herself look like a victim. She was winning. She went out and did the blood libel thing, and Roger is thinking, 'Why did you call me for advice?'"
Fox News did not respond to a request for comment .
Palin, who is a contributor to Fox, is in a delicate position with the cable news network: it has already suspended the contracts of fellow contributors - and fellow potential presidential candidates - Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, on the grounds that it can not employ likely presidential candidates as pundits.
The former Alaska governor, however, has been ambiguous enough about her political ambitions as to maintain her lucrative contract with the network. (According to an April 2010 report in New York, Palin earns $1 million annually from the network.) If she were to indicate likely entrance into the race - by participating in the upcoming May 5 GOP debate, for instance - her contract would likely be suspended.