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‘Loudest’ Book Reviews: Lack of Direct Ailes Quotes Hurts Sherman’s Portrayal

Ailes_10.7Two new book reviews for Gabriel Sherman‘s “The Loudest Voice in the Room” are out. One, from Rupert Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff, published in Slate, the other in The Washington Post by media reporter Erik Wemple. Both agree Sherman’s lack of direct, on-the-record quotes from Ailes, (Sherman says he reached out “more than a dozen times for comment”) along with the author not backing up claims Ailes has divided the country, hurt the portrayal.

In Wolff’s review, he says Sherman offers nothing new from others who’ve pursued the Fox “whale.”

Sherman’s story is most vivid when it quotes Ailes himself. But, in a fairly underhanded way, only at the end does Sherman reveal that Ailes refused to talk to him. The book is, in effect, a compilation of Ailes’ memorable public barbs and bon mots. These are often presented as direct quotes, creating a puzzling effect: You want more, but the author, with only his Ailes bits and bobs, can’t give it.

Wemple offers a similar point.

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Random House Moves Up Publication Date of Roger Ailes Biography

Ailes bookBecause of “heavy media attention and heightened interest,” Random House is moving the publication date of Gabe Sherman‘s book on Roger Ailes up a week, Politico’s Dylan Byers reports. The book, originally scheduled to be released January 21, will now be published next Tuesday, January 14.

Sherman’s book, “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” has received heavy media attention since The New York Times released the first details from it Tuesday night. Yesterday, New York magazine published a lengthy excerpt about Ailes’ involvement in local politics in Garrison, N.Y., where he owns a home and two local newspapers.

New York released additional excerpts from “Loudest Voice” this afternoon, including an anecdote about Ailes’ first tour of the Wall Street Journal’s News Corp. newsroom:

The ratings failure of the Fox Business Network, which Murdoch had tapped Ailes to launch 2007, was all the more glaring given that Murdoch had acquired The Wall Street Journal around the same time. But Ailes spoke of the Journal as a threat. The paper had no synergy with Fox. Executives noticed that Ailes resented Murdoch’s lavish support of the Journal‘s parent company, Dow Jones, and his close friendship with Robert Thomson, the former editor of The Times of London whom Murdoch tapped to be publisher of the Journal. As Les Hinton, then president of Dow Jones, accompanied Ailes on a tour of the Journal‘s gleaming new newsroom a few floors above Fox News, Ailes grumbled, “So, you’re showing me what I paid for.”

Sherman did not interview Ailes for the book. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published yesterday, Ailes said “attacking me and Fox News is nothing new.”

Speaking of the “gleaming new newsroom” at the Wall Street Journal, MediabistroTV’s CUBES got a tour of it last year. Watch after the jump. Read more

Roger Ailes on Gabe Sherman, Rupert Murdoch and Jeff Zucker

rogerailesfox-afpOn the same day that the first pieces of Gabe Sherman‘s book were published by The New York Times, Roger Ailes is the subject of an extensive Q+A with The Hollywood Reporter.

He weighs in on last year’s changes to the primetime lineup (“I believed, in some cases, we needed to freshen up a little bit”) and his relationship with Rupert Murdoch (“He wanders in and ruins my schedule and just wants to talk”). He also talks about his competitors and Sherman’s upcoming book:

You’re the subject of an unauthorized book, for which you declined to participate. Are you doing anything to counteract any negative elements?

Bette Davis said, I think it was Bette Davis, ‘What other people think of me is none of my business.’ Attacking me and Fox News is nothing new – it’s a cottage industry. What’s new is that Random House refused to fact check the content with me or Fox News — that tells you everything you need to know about this book and its agenda.

What do you think of Jeff Zucker saying CNN is now focused on making shows and moving away from newscasts? Read more

Buildup for Roger Ailes Book Begins

roger-ailesWith Gabriel Sherman‘s book on Roger Ailes “The Loudest Voice in the Room” being released on January 21, Capital New York reports publisher Random House has launched a wesbite dedicated to the facts.

Advance press copies are presumably starting to circulate among reviewers and media reporters, and today, the book has a brand new website that “will be a source for pushback against misinformation throughout the book’s release,” a source close to the publisher tells Capital.

Capital reports Sherman’s book is based on “hundreds of of interviews with Fox News insiders past and present.”

Rupert Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff is also out with a column about “The unbeatable Roger Ailes,” asking why rival executives Phil Griffin and Jeff Zucker work in a profession where they’re destined to fall short of Ailes. Read more

The Ticker: Hoda & Al, Rupert, Team USA

  • Al Roker will host his 17th Rose Bowl Parade on New Year’s Day alongside Hoda Kotb, who will be hosting her first Tournament of Roses parade. NBC’s coverage begins at 11:30amET.  Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will be the Grand Marshal.

  • NBCSN has announced it will be the home of Team USA during the Sochi Winter Games. The network will carry more than 230 hours of competition while MSNBC and CNBC will carry an additional 45 and 36 hours, respectively.

Rupert Murdoch Stops By ‘The Five’

News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch stopped by the set of “The Five” Monday, visiting the show’s co-hosts before they went on-air Tuesday.

Murdoch has every reason to be smiling: “The Five” has far outperformed expectations. Originally slated as a temporary summer replacement for Glenn Beck, “The Five” is now consistently one of the network’s highest-rated programs.

Last month, the show delivered its highest ratings of the year in total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

In ‘Murdoch’s World,’ a ‘Highly Cultivated Resentment Toward Other News Organizations’

fox news logoNPR media correspondent David Folkenflik is out this week with “Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires,” a look at Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp. as it grew from one small newspaper in Australia to the huge multimedia company it is today. In Salon’s excerpts of the book, Folkenflik describes how Murdoch and Roger Ailes worked to set Fox News apart from its competition from the early stages of the network’s development:

Perhaps most important, Ailes instinctively recognized good television and understood how to create it—defining “good” as something viewers would want to watch and keep watching. It was close to Murdoch’s definition of the public interest. In this case, Ailes knew that Fox’s defining feature would require a highly cultivated resentment toward other news organizations. The “fair and balanced” slogan alone was an increasingly explicit assertion that mainstream press organizations were not fair or balanced. “We report. You decide,” provoked the same reaction in viewers and the competition. On Fox, the news programs served to get out the mission statement: the other news organizations look down on you and your beliefs. Here, you’re home.

Another tidbit from the book is making the rounds online today after it was first noted by Media Matters:

Fox PR staffers were expected to counter not just negative and even neutral blog postings but the anti-Fox comments beneath them. One former staffer recalled using twenty different aliases to post pro-Fox rants. Another had one hundred. Several employees had to acquire a cell phone thumb drive to provide a wireless broadband connection that could not be traced back to a Fox News or News Corp account.

We’ve reached out to Fox News for comment.

This Week In Lists: Eligible Bachelors, Biggest News Stories

MuirGotham Magazine counts down New York’s 100 most eligible bachelors. Among the TV news personalities recognized: ABC’s David Muir, Fox’s Rupert Murdoch, CBS and PBS anchor Charlie Rose, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith and ESPN’s Nate Silver. See all of the eligible bachelors, here.

Meanwhile, TV Guide‘s Stephen Battaglio counts down the 60 biggest news moments of all time. The assassination of JFK, the Moon landing and the 9/11 attacks all made the list, but there are some other surprises. Read the full list here.

‘Why can’t you put Marilyn Monroe in the same broadcast as an interview with the president’

PelleyKerryOn Tuesday “60 Minutes” celebrated its 45th birthday. The show debuted on CBS Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1968. Its success over the years brought on many imitators and even led Rupert Murdoch to once inquire about buying the show and bringing it to FOX.

This Sunday, the dean of the TV newsmagazines begins season number 46 on CBS. “60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager who is also the chairman of CBS News, explains show creator Don Hewitt‘s vision for the show like this: “Why can’t you put Marilyn Monroe in the same broadcast as an interview with the president.” (Watch after the jump)

This Sunday, the mix of stories includes Scott Pelley‘s interview with Secretary of State John Kerry; Steve Kroft’s report on schizophrenia, the sometimes violent illness that the Washington Navy Yard shooter showed symptoms of; and Norah O’Donnell‘s profile of Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, including details of his new book “Killing Jesus.”

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Roger Ailes on FBN: ‘Our Ratings Are Going Up and CNBC’s Are Going Down’

Presenting to 21st Century Fox investors in Los Angeles this afternoon, Roger Ailes said he knew launching a business network would be a challenge.

“Rupert [Murdoch] and I talked about this in the beginning. We always thought it was somewhat difficult,” Ailes told Neil Cavuto, who is Fox Business Network’s senior vice president and managing editor. “We’re actually at about the same place Fox News was five years in. It’s tougher because, of course, there’s not a lot of extra income around for a lot of people … you’ve got to adjust programming.”

Ailes said he was “very careful” about the timing of the FBN launch, noting the network is profitable.

“The bottom line is that Fox Business Channel made money two years ago, it made money last year, and it will make more money next year,” he said. “And our ratings, while they are slow — we have 20 million fewer subscribers [than CNBC] — our ratings are going up and CNBC’s are going down. So I think we’re in pretty good shape.”

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