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

Book - 2014
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"When Rupert Murdoch enlisted Roger Ailes to launch a cable news network in 1996, American politics and media changed forever. Reporter Gabriel Sherman brings Ailes's unique genius to life, along with the outsize personalities -- Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, and others -- who have helped Fox News play a defining role in the great social and political controversies of the past two decades. From the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal to the Bush-Gore recount, from the war in Iraq to the Tea Party attack on the Obama presidency, Roger Ailes has developed an unrivaled power to sway the national agenda. Even more, he has become the indispensable figure in conservative America and the man any Republican politician with presidential aspirations must court. 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2014
ISBN: 9780812992854
Branch Call Number: 070.43 SHE 2014
Characteristics: xx, 538 pages

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
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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