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Roger and Me -- and Sarah ...

I'm not sure what I am most surprised about, Roger Ailes indicating that the Obama administration might have a point about something, the rumors that Sarah Palin might be working toward her own reality TV show, or the level to which I can take naivety and stupidity when it comes to the flesh-eating beast that is politics.

OK, the first surprise borders on downright shocking, the middle one makes so much sense I can't believe it hasn't happened yet, and the latter confirms me as one helluva an odd fit on a Web site that not only has built its reputation on politics, but has the word in its name!

Starting with Ailes ...

The president and chief architect of Fox News, has expertly built his empire brick by brick with a pronounced lean to the right. There's nothing 'fair and balanced' about Fox, and a brilliant guy like Ailes certainly knows that better than anybody.

He also knows you can pretty much say whatever you want on TV, and then get a bunch of leggy, platinum-blond hotties to repeat it every three minutes or so. Say it enough, and say it with sass, baby, and you would be surprised by how many droolers actually start believing it.

I swear, I'll never know why I wasted my career in the newspaper business ...

So when Ailes is on a show with the Hoover Institution's Peter Robinson (I had no idea such as show existed, either) and indicates that there are 'legitimate complaints (the Obama administration) could have' over its rough treatment by his network, it makes the hair on your arm kind of stand up for a second or two.

Ailes never got into detail, or gave examples of what these legitimate complaints might be. And because I think maybe Robinson was trying to pat down the hair on his arms, he never fired off a decent follow-up question. Never mind, though, Ailes semi-admission was pretty stunning.

I have always thought by ignoring Fox, Obama and his Gang were making a pretty big mistake. I still do, but imagine the reaction over at the White House to Ailes' rocket!

Thankfully, Ailes got back on a more predictable course later in the interview, and everybody's hair took a break, but more on that in a second.

Seizing on various reports from a galaxy of entertainment reporters, The Huffington Post, had a story that it updated Thursday with the headline, "Sarah Palin Reality Show? Palin Shopping Alaska TV Drama."

Apparently, Mark Burnett, who now produces about half of what you watch on network TV, but most notably, "Survivor," is alleged to be working with Palin on this project.

One TV flak described the show as " 'Planet Earth' meets Alaska meets her family," whatever that means.

But who cares?

This whole thing makes more sense than anything I have heard in a solid week.

Say what you want about Palin (but, please, try to keep it brief), she is a natural for what passes for TV entertainment in this day and age.

She treats the camera with wide-eyed adoration and wonderment, she previously reserved only for her bedroom mirror. They love each other, and it sooo works.

It could also be hoped that a successful TV gig would keep her away from anything resembling political power. This would allow me and a good chunk of the rest of the world, to breathe a bit easier.

Relax, good people, we haven't completely lost our minds yet, we are still only on our way!

Finally, back to Roger and Me ...

Ailes finished up his news-making interview with Robinson by later explaining better than anybody I've heard why the Republicans are really against all this wild-eyed health-care reform the current administration is doing such a rotten job of peddling.

"As long as you can get 300 million people getting a check from the government," Ailes said. "They're going to vote a certain way."

So, it's all about the voters! Doh! Seriously, I completely missed that one.

This is why Sarah and I are best to stay clear of politics. It's far too sinister.

I wonder if Burnett is interested in a show about an aging newspaper guy, who wakes up each day wondering what happened to this new world that seems to have passed him by ...