How Roger Ailes Built Fox News

Monday, January 27, 2014

New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman talks about how Roger Ailes, the powerful founder of Fox News, built the most influential television news empire of our time. The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News—and Divided a Country, Sherman looks at how Ailes became an indispensable figure in conservative America and set the right-wing agenda, from the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal to the Tea Party attack on the Obama presidency.


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Comments [10]

Likewise, with regard to the other side, MSNBC was repeatedley characterized as "liberal" and on the "left" and not, as is far more accurately the case, _Democrat_ partisans/hacks. Both the guest as well as Mr. Lopate were guilty of this conflation.

Jan. 28 2014 04:08 PM

For /Republican/ party hacks, Fox News is certainly the place.

If you're looking for genuine, principled /conservatives/, however, you might want to try The American Conservative

Jan. 28 2014 04:01 PM
ivan obregon from nyc

it's denmark, germany, the netherlands, brazil and sweden, lenny, not china, cuba, the ussr or north korea, so....don't be a "reductionist". :)

Jan. 28 2014 12:46 AM
Shane Patrice

What was that perfect quote something like - people want to be informed but they don't want to know the facts?

Jan. 27 2014 01:03 PM

While MSNBC might be the ideological opposite of Fox, MSNBC at least attempts to report accurately, with an acknowledged viewpoint, whereas Fox just makes things up - lies - and says whatever it wants to cause controversy and denegrate Democrats and progressives - that is, possibly, entertainment, but it is certainly not news.

I am dismayed that your guest buys into this pervasive false equivalency. Shameful. And that the host just lets this go. Journalism?

Jan. 27 2014 12:38 PM
Joe Mirsky from Pompton Lakes, NJ

Fair and Balanced

In a commencement speech at Ohio University in May, 2012, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes called the Times “a cesspool of bias” and described New York Times reporters as "a bunch of lying scum." While he was at it, he accused the Associated Press of left wing bias and called comedian Jon Stewart a socialist.

Jan. 27 2014 12:32 PM
Douglas Andersen from Lexington, KY

Friends of mine in Cold Spring tell me that Roger Ailes often spends time chatting with the local volunteer firemen in the firehouse. Is this how he calibrates his reading of everyday Americans?

Jan. 27 2014 12:23 PM

Fox News is the most intellectually dishonest and morally bankrupt news organization in American history. Fox News is a CRIME against journalism.

Jan. 27 2014 12:23 PM
tom from Astoria

Like an NFL team in the final minutes of a game, the GOP is running out the clock on the Obama administration - slowing down/ stopping progress -- and they're winning! The guest says Fox News is in decline, does he see any decline in the GOP as the Great Obstructionist Party?

Jan. 27 2014 12:21 PM
John A

Destroyed the Republican party by providing amplification for mainly it's stupidest members. IMHO. Plenty of cheap votes to gather though, to the detriment of this country.

Jan. 27 2014 12:03 PM

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