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Fox News has a “crumbling foundation”: Roger Ailes’ biographer talks to Salon
Salon ^ | January 21, 2014 | Josh Eidelson

Posted on 01/21/2014 2:15:17 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Gabriel Sherman’s exhaustive, inflammatory biography of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, released days ago by Random House, has already prompted network pushback. “While we have not read the book,” a Fox News spokesperson told the New York Times, “the only reality here is that Gabe was not provided any direct access to Roger Ailes and the book was never fact-checked with Fox News.” Sherman’s 538-page tome, “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News – and Divided a Country,” is the product of three years of work and hundreds of interviews. It paints Ailes as a transformative figure in American media and politics – and includes alleged episodes of violence, paranoia, bigotry and sexual harassment.

Sherman, a contributing editor at New York magazine, spoke with Salon Friday about Ailes’ power, his myth-making about his own biography, and Fox’s future. “He is presiding over an empire that has a crumbling foundation,” said Sherman. A condensed and edited version of our conversation follows.

You write that Ailes has been “essentially running the Republican Party …” Why Ailes and not, say, Mitch McConnell, or Jim DeMint, or Rush Limbaugh, or Rubert Murdoch?

I think Ailes has surpassed the Republican Party. Fox is driving the set of stories and the mission in a way that – it’s not that Ailes is doing it to help the Republican Party, Ailes has his own agenda. He is bigger than the Republican Party. He has a meeting, which I report on in the book, and he expresses disdain for the Republican Party — he jokes at one point that the GOP couldn’t organize a one-car funeral. So you know, to your question, why Ailes and not somebody else....

(Excerpt) Read more at salon.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: foxnews; gop; msm; palin; republicans; rogerailes; rupertmurdoch; teaparty; wishfulthinking

Gabriel Sherman is a contributing editor at New York Magazine. Currently, Sherman is also a Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. In January 2014, Random House will publish his first book about Roger Ailes and the rise of the Fox News Channel.

At New York, Sherman has reported cover stories on media, politics and business. His 2011 cover story "The Elephant in the Green Room," about Roger Ailes's role in shaping the 2012 Republican presidential primary, was a finalist for the Mirror Award for "Best Single Article". His 2010 cover story "Chasing Fox," about the travails at CNN and MSNBC, won the Mirror Award in that category. In 2008, his cover story "Testing Horace Mann," chronicled a Facebook scandal at the prestigious New York City prep school, and was a finalist for the Livingston Award.

At the New Republic, Sherman's 2010 cover story, "Post Apocalypse," chronicled the rise and fall of the Washington Post as the legendary paper struggled to adapt to a new media landscape. In December 2008, he wrote a series of investigative articles that uncovered that Holocaust survivor Herman Rosenblat's Oprah-hyped memoir was a hoax. His February 2008 article revealed the internal newsroom debate at the New York Times over the paper's decision to publish a controversial article that alleged that the 2008 Republican presidential candidate John McCain had had an affair with the telecommunications lobbyist, Vicki Iseman.

Previously, Sherman was the media reporter at the New York Observer, where he reported extensively on the New York Times, including the paper's flawed coverage of Saddam Hussein's Weapons of Mass Destruction and the decision to delay publishing its NSA wiretapping exclusive for more than a year. He reported on Judith Miller's standoff with Times editors and reporters, and ultimately sat down for Miller's first interview on the eve of her resignation from the paper. From 2006-2007, Sherman was a staff writer at Conde Nast Portfolio.

He has served as a guest on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC World News and National Public Radio, and his journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Slate, GQ, the Atlantic, Wired, Outside Magazine and National Geographic Adventure, among other publications.

A competitive runner, he has run six marathons and finished the 2003 New York City Marathon in 2:56:29. He has also run up the stairs of the Empire State Building in 13:26.

Born in Newton, MA, Sherman grew up outside Washington D.C and later in Westport, CT. He attended Middlebury College, and currently lives in New York City with his wife Jennifer Stahl.

1 posted on 01/21/2014 2:15:17 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Even the NYSlimes ripped this guy and his book.....said they’d never seen so many “anonymous” sources in a book.....bwaaaaaa


2 posted on 01/21/2014 2:17:52 PM PST by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I looked up “metrosexual” in the dictionary and I found Gabriel Sherman’s picture.


3 posted on 01/21/2014 2:19:21 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Really? I found it under “homosexual with a beard” but maybe my dictionary is different...


4 posted on 01/21/2014 2:20:21 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The title should be “unapproved, unofficial biographer” but then Salon is a vipers den of liars and sociopaths so what is one more lie when attacking a political enemy.


5 posted on 01/21/2014 2:20:23 PM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: BamaDi

Offline to reset my gaydar!


6 posted on 01/21/2014 2:20:27 PM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Must be a cross reference...


7 posted on 01/21/2014 2:20:55 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Gabriel Sherman does not look like someone who should be babysitting children.


8 posted on 01/21/2014 2:22:34 PM PST by Vision (Tune out, drop back)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He doesn’t know anything. The big media divided the country a long time ago by mounting a succession of left-wing counter-cultural crusades against the settled Judeo-Christian morality of the founding + 175 years. Television without a doubt was the vehicle they were able to dominate and use. Even Hollywood itself was not as monolithic as the newsrooms in propagandizing and probably didn’t want to be.


9 posted on 01/21/2014 2:23:24 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Can we sit down with some hot chocolate in our PJs and talk health care?


10 posted on 01/21/2014 2:23:36 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here’s his conservapedia entry: http://www.conservapedia.com/Gabriel_Sherman

What a goober-butt.


11 posted on 01/21/2014 2:23:41 PM PST by DemforBush (Come and get one in the yarbles, if you have any yarbles, you eunuch jelly thou!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Random House actually believes somebody will buy this book? Hope the advance was small.


12 posted on 01/21/2014 2:24:28 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Definitely a case of penis envy.


13 posted on 01/21/2014 2:25:04 PM PST by miserare (2014--The Year We Fight Back!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You can expect people of that age to say things like that. The only thing it proves is that they are unexceptional. He may yet mature someday.


14 posted on 01/21/2014 2:26:51 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Salon?

Isn't a salon a gay bath house frequented by Gaybriel Sherman?

15 posted on 01/21/2014 2:29:03 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In 2008, his cover story "Testing Horace Mann," chronicled a Facebook scandal at the prestigious New York City prep school

I hope he learned to make sandwiches.

16 posted on 01/21/2014 2:34:01 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: gusopol3

“The big media divided the country a long time ago”
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Good analysis. The keys to the Marxist takeover of the new USSA has been Communist public education and a largely Communist news media. The left has invaded them during the last 20 years, or more.


17 posted on 01/21/2014 2:35:40 PM PST by AlexW
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"currently lives in New York City with his wife Jennifer Stahl"

Seems Gabriel Sherman is wed to a Jennifer Stahl, who at the time of their wedding in 2011, worked as a "fact checker" for The New Yorker magazine...

Article

18 posted on 01/21/2014 2:42:10 PM PST by ~Vor~ (Freeper since 10/98)
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To: humblegunner
Dayum... Do you live next door to a liquor store?
19 posted on 01/21/2014 2:42:22 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: ~Vor~

The happy couple.

20 posted on 01/21/2014 2:46:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: BamaDi

It’s not nice to make fun of a man’s lack of a masculine appearance, so I won’t say anything.


21 posted on 01/21/2014 2:50:42 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Isn’t ‘Jennifer’ an unusual name for a man?


22 posted on 01/21/2014 2:51:43 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Looks like another Obama Pajama Boy to me.


23 posted on 01/21/2014 2:52:09 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Repeal The 17th

Gay Briel Sherman


24 posted on 01/21/2014 2:52:58 PM PST by Old Yeller
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
From Alinsky's Rules For Radicals:
RULE 12: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."

Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

(This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

25 posted on 01/21/2014 2:54:42 PM PST by Bratch
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To: AlexW
It's been going on a lot longer than 20 years.


26 posted on 01/21/2014 3:06:34 PM PST by Bratch
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
whoop! whoop! the gaydar is going off bigtime.

CC

27 posted on 01/21/2014 3:09:17 PM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“The Divided Country” has been created by policies devised by this president who was aided by media accomplices such as Salon “Where The Efeete Meet To Bleat” .

Divided Country began in full force when the President of the United States decided to create blacks as victims of a “racist society” through his use of “The Bully Pulpit”.

This occured when the president who has in his command the ability to gather full facts before uttering a word used an episode in Florida where a black hispanic working as a security guard with a Jewish name. Was forced to shoot his black teenage attacker but knowingly portrayed his attacker as a “victim”.

The guard became a white stalker killer who hated blacks and in cold blood murdered a black teenager wandering in his neighborhood.

When actually behind his back after discontinuing an unchallanged surveilance the guard was attacked. Knocked to the ground and was being senselessly beaten managed to get to his gun and kill his attacker with one shot.

To this day this President nor any of his socialist media prpagandists which in includes the print and visual media serving the black community have allowed this narrative to continue despite the subsequent killings of other races including whites and hispanics by members of the black community influenced by their inflamatory rhetoric.


28 posted on 01/21/2014 3:28:22 PM PST by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: Bratch

“It’s been going on a lot longer than 20 years.”
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I guess you are right. The country has been rapidly changing
from the day RR left office.


29 posted on 01/21/2014 3:54:22 PM PST by AlexW
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To: colorado tanker

“Random House actually believes somebody will buy this book?”

Clearly, RH has an agenda here, because this book will end up piled in heaps in Barnes and Noble bargain book bins (priced at $2.99) if they printed more than a few 100 of them. After a couple of weeks in the bargain bins, they’ll go on the free pile on the sidewalk in front of the stores. Then B & H will have to pay to have them hauled off.


30 posted on 01/21/2014 5:42:33 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My Gay-dar is pinging!


31 posted on 01/21/2014 5:54:15 PM PST by JaguarXKE (1973: Reporters investigate All the President's Men. 2013: Reporters ARE all the President's men)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

another boring report, same old same old from the leftist media complex


32 posted on 01/21/2014 5:56:59 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s got one thing right-the Fox demographic is graying. Young people don’t get their news from TV, and they don’t listen to talk radio-or radio of any kind for that matter. The Left dominates social media. Conservatives must get their message across in the formats that young people pay attention to.


33 posted on 01/22/2014 1:46:30 AM PST by balch3
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