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    Who are these people? Ailes has made a living from his ability to find performers and news-readers who can come alive on camera, no matter how inexperienced, unschooled, or unconventional. But now that his network has become estranged from its political purpose, he’s left with a freak show, nowhere more so than in his uncharacteristically desperate bid to ape the competition, The Five. Fox was the first of the networks to cut away from the inaugural proceedings, as if the only way it could respond to Obama’s gibes was by snubbing him. The five folks on The Five took this tat-for-tat a step further, by making it clear that they didn’t want to be there and that they didn’t want to talk about it. But Ailes has always said that what he wants are happy warriors, and he couldn’t have been pleased by what he saw -- Dana Perino, who looks like an animatronic movie assassin whose eyes have turned back on once too often, and Greg Gutfeld, who offers the world a glimpse of what the E-Trade baby might look like hideously grown up, trying to top each other with attitudes of stony scorn and louche indifference. All The Five gave poor old Uncle Roger to look at was the front-and-center floor show of raven-haired conservative temptress Kimberly Guilfoyle swinging her red stripper heels, but what’s made Ailes successful is his identification with his audience, and no one has ever accused him of not knowing what other embittered old white men might like.
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