Fox News CEO is real life Citizen Kane, says biography writer

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes is the subject of a new biography that's less than flattering. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes is the subject of a new biography that's less than flattering. (Fred Prouser/Reuters)

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Co-host Gill Deacon speaks to journalist and author Gabriel Sherman about his controversial book The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News -- and Divided a Country.

Sherman describes Roger Ailes as "the quintessential man behind the curtain". He says the Fox News empire was masterminded by the political consultant turned provocative media boss.

"To understand Fox News, you really have to understand where it comes from. And it comes all the way from Roger Ailes' fascinating life in conservative politics in America," says Sherman.

Although Ailes is not the face of the right-wing outfit, the writer describes him at the puppet master. With the legendary CEO at the helm, he explores the roots and reach of the network's influence.

Ailes controls the story

Sherman also responds to critics of his unauthorized biography, who fault him for not speaking directly to Ailes. It wasn't for lack of trying, says the writer, who describes reaching out the media boss on many occasions and travelling to try and catch him in person.

Meanwhile, says Sherman, Ailes hired someone to write a flattering counter-narrative.

"This is revealing of a man who has been an image doctor for all of these Republican candidates and also an image doctor of the news at Fox. But the story has tried to control most is his own."

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