WASHINGTON – Producing news and sharing views is the basic job of the news media but some time it reverse and the media or media person itself becomes news, this time it’s happened with the Fox News chief Roger Ailes.
Fox News chief Roger Ailes offered a raise in exchange for sex, dubbed Bill O’Reilly “a book salesman with a TV show” and has a terrible temper, a new book alleges.
Gabriel Sherman’s The Loudest Voice in the Room, a biography coming out Jan. 21, offers a scathing look at Ailes, according to an early look by The New York Times.
According to the Times former employees cited in the book talked of Mr. Ailes’s volatile temper and domineering behavior. In one anecdote, a television producer, Randi Harrison, told Mr. Sherman that while negotiating her salary with Mr. Ailes at NBC in the 1980s, he offered her an additional $100 each week “if you agree to have sex with me whenever I want.”
Fox News denied the charges against Ailes, according to the Times.
Some Fox sources have preemptively worked to dismiss the book, and Ailes even handpicked a journalist to write a biography after Sherman’s was in the works.
Ailes fired his top communications executive, Brian Lewis, last year, and some suggest the firing was in part because Ailes suspected the executive leaked information to Sherman.
According to the book’s website, Sherman used more than 600 interviews to map out “Ailes’s rise as 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 news empire of our time.”
A deeply-reported journey inside the secretive world of Fox News and the life of its combative, visionary founder.
When Rupert Murdoch enlisted Roger Ailes to launch a cable news network in 1996, American politics and media changed forever. In his new book, New York Magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman brings Ailes’s unique genius to life, along with the outsized 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 political agenda. Even more, he has become the indispensable figure in conservative America and the man that any Republican politician with presidential aspirations must court.
How did this man, whose life story has till now been shrouded in myth, become the master strategist of our political landscape? Sherman chronicles Ailes’s rise as 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 news empire of our time. PHOTO Credits: theloudestvoiceintheroom.com