Dark Genius: The Influential Career of Legendary Political Operative and Fox News Founder Roger Ailes

Dark Genius: The Influential Career of Legendary Political Operative and Fox News Founder Roger Ailes

by Kerwin Swint

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Roger Ailes, former Republican political consultant, and current president of Fox News Channel, is a dominant media figure of our age. His made-for-TV imagery and mastery of “style over substance” has overtaken earlier methods of reporting the news, and radically refashioned our political and communications landscapes. Yet, no book has ever been published on this Oz-like figure: Dark Genius is the definitive study of Ailes and his controversial career. The 1960 television encounter between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy was the moment when slick television imagery began to take over politics. Ailes, a young TV producer, absorbed the lessons of the new video age, and put them into practice. While a director on “The Mike Douglas Show”, he met Richard Nixon, who soon hired Ailes to help him conquer the fledgling medium. Riding the wave of that triumph, Ailes went on to aid other key Republican figures like Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Rudy Giuliani.
In the 1990s, Ailes was hired to run CNBC, the first cable financial network, bringing a talk radio sensibility to the small screen. Then, Rupert Murdoch hired him to implement the media mogul’s vision for a different kind of cable news network. Now, with Murdoch (whose News Corp. has recently acquired the Wall Street Journal), Ailes is launching the FOX News business channel in 2007. Over the span of several decades, Ailes has played a key role in the growing reach of conservatism, first in politics, then in mass media. Part history, part media criticism, part current events, Dark Genius tracks the rise, dominance, and relevance of political television, and how it has been used and abused by its master. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781454903130
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 02/07/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 1 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Dawn of the TV Age     6
The Image Is the Message     18
Fairness Is for Sissies     31
Machiavelli's Love Child     45
Coors to You     59
Roger the Guru     76
Hatching Willie Horton     87
Ailes Bails (Out of Politics)     99
What's the Oprah Winfrey Show Without Oprah?     111
The Ohio Project     123
Talk Is Cheap ... Talk Radio Is Priceless     129
Ailes and the Dirty Digger     141
Fox News: A Current Affair Meets CNN     155
Roger, Rudy, and Rupe     170
Nixon's Revenge: Murdoch and Ailes Take Over Journalism     181
Murdoch's Money Honey     192
The Fox Follies     205
Closing     216
News Corp. Corporate Holdings     222
Notes     226
Bibliography     247
Acknowledgments     250
About the Author     251
Index     252

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