The Loudest Voice in the Room

The Loudest Voice in the Room

How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News-- and Divided A Country

eBook - 2014
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An inside account of Fox News offers insight into its operations and influence, covering the original launch of the cable news network by Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch and the ways in which Fox has become a dominant force in American politics.
-- New York How did this man, whose life story has until now been shrouded in myth, become the master strategist of our political landscape? In revelatory detail, Sherman chronicles the rise of Ailes, a sickly kid from an Ohio factory town who, through sheer willpower, the flair of a showman, fierce corporate politicking, and a profound understanding of the priorities of middle America, built the most influential television news empire of our time. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with Fox News insiders past and present, Sherman documents Ailes's tactical acuity as he battles the press, business rivals, and countless real and perceived enemies inside and outside Fox. Sherman takes us inside the morning meetings in which Ailes and other high-level executives strategize Fox's presentation of the news to advance Ailes's political agenda; provides behind-the-scenes details of Ailes's crucial role as finder and shaper of talent, including his sometimes rocky relationships with Fox News stars such as O'Reilly and Hannity; and probes Ailes's fraught partnership with his equally brash and mercurial boss, Rupert Murdoch. Roger Ailes's life is a story worthy of -- --Erik Wemple, -- -- --David Carr, The New York Times "Sherman is at his best writing with sweep about the history of cable news and placing Ailes in context."--Los Angeles Times From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2014]
Copyright Date: © 2014
ISBN: 9780679644095
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Aug 21, 2015

CNN has viewers; Fox News has fans. That's the gist of Gabriel Sherman's book, which documents the rise of the conservative news channel and its ruthless president, Roger Ailes. While there are many anecdotes in this book that Fox hoped would never see the light of day, overall it was an enjoyable read. What I found most interesting was the chapter dealing with Fox's struggle to get on Time Warner Cable in the mid-90s, highlighting the white hot feud between moguls Rupert Murdoch and Ted Turner. Also, Ailes's attempt to take over a small-town newspaper and the Bill O'Reilly sex scandal demonstrate just how vicious the cable news industry can be. Whether you love or hate Fox News, this book does a good job at tracing back all the major turning points that made the network #1.


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