Fox News campaigns against unflattering Roger Ailes biography
The biography by Gabriel Sherman, titled 'The Loudest Voice in the Room,' will hit shelves on Jan. 21, but has already created a firestorm.
A hotly anticipated biography of Roger Ailes contains such unflattering claims about the Fox News CEO – including that he offered an employee a raise if she would have sex with him – that the conservative news network has already launched a campaign against the book and its author – and the bio doesn’t even hit shelves until later this month.Skip to next paragraph
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“The Loudest Voice in the Room,” a 560-page biography of the controversial conservative media mogul by New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman, hits shelves Jan. 21.
“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.”
The book describes Ailes as bombastic and domineering and recounts several unflattering anecdotes.
In one episode said to have occurred in the 1980s, Ailes allegedly offered NBC TV producer Randi Harrison an additional $100 each week “if you agree to have sex with me whenever I want.”
In another, Ailes is said to have made vulgar, anti-Semitic slurs against David Zaslav, then a high-ranking executive at NBC. (Zaslav is now the chief executive at Discovery.)
And in a scene depicted in the book, Sherman describes Ailes as so keen to influence national politics that in the run-up to the 2012 election, he told colleagues at Fox News, “I want to elect the next president.”
Fox News dismissed the claims made in the book.
“These charges are false,” Fox said in a statement released to the news media. “While we have not read the book, 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 and publisher Random House have struck back.