The entire video is quite informative, and you should watch it all, but this is the portion that I found interesting considering what has happened the last few days. And it starts at the 3:26 mark in the video:
Reporter: "In each case there is that disconnect between the public and private image of these individuals."
McGinniss: "Never more so than with Palin, She is all about image. It was remarkable talking to people who've known her from her childhood, her young adulthood, her time as mayor of Wasilla, even as governor of Alaska, they didn't recognize this woman they saw on national television, She utterly transformed herself. There's never been a greater dichotomy between the image and the reality,"
Joe goes on to describe Palin as "a nitwit," "a religious fanatic," vicious," "spiteful," and "ignorant." You know, accurately.
After that he goes on to say, when speaking of his friend Roger Ailes, that "I can guarantee you that Roger's not going to renew her contract with Fox News. It runs through this presidential campaign. Roger told me two years ago, we had lunch, and I was just starting my work on Sarah Palin. And he said 'Joe, why are you writing about her? She's so stupid, she's such a nitwit, and she's never going to be anything in American politics. Her time is already over. In 2012 she's not going to be the candidate. She couldn't possibly be the candidate. Too many people are getting to know her, and what they see terrifies them.'"
So I guess for any of those people that think Palin really had a shot at renewing her contract, not so much.
In fact in the Daily Beast article, titled "Fox Made limited Effort to Keep Sarah Palin," that cane out yesterday it all but says as much. They made a tiny offer, just to say that they had (And to keep her crazed fans from burning down their building,), but Ailes was just done with her.
Now here is an interesting thing. I don't think I knew that Joe had revealed that part about Roger Ailes last spring. I did cover his Australian trip to some degree, but I think I may have missed this particular interview.
However back in 2010, while sitting on that porch in Wasilla, Joe DID hint at something similar during a conversation with me. Of course it was told in the strictest of confidences but Joe did tell me that Ailes truly disliked Palin, and that he had done nothing to dissuade him from writing about her in a book.
Apparently what he meant was that Ailes had not tried to talk him out of writing about her for HER sake, but instead apparently suggested he not write about her for HIS sake, because she simply was not worth it.
And do you know what? In the end I think Roger Ailes may have been right.