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

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  1. MotherLodeBeth "MotherLodeBeth"
    4 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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    Author is fair and very informative…, July 28, 2008
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    This review is from: Dark Genius: The Influential Career of Legendary Political Operative and Fox News Founder Roger Ailes (Hardcover)

    As a Libertarian I have always seen Roger Ailes as being very much a Machiavellian type person, and the author seems to agree, although he also see Forest Gump in the man as well.

    Mr. Ailes is no Gump to me. And I was surprised to learn he had been involved with the old Mike Douglas Show which I so loved in the 60’s and 70’s. Mr. Douglas was such a nice, decent man, and thus my surprised that he would have someone like Mr. Ailes around.

    Of no surprise to me was Mr. Ailes connection to conservative Republican types. And I am glad the author writes about how Fox News under Mr. Ailes rule has become the only real biased ‘news’ channel on television.

    As the author notes, Fox says ‘we report you decide’, so in essence they report what they want, in a biased way and then its up to the viewer to decide what’s fact and what isn’t.

    I will note that Fox News is still a young network and like any new idea, after 15-20 years viewers change and the pendulum swings the other way.

    And with those under the age of 40 and/or those who are high tech lovers being drawn to the Internet for their news, or to shows like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have, Fox News will become less of a force.

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  2. Harried Screenwriter
    4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic subject… book just okay, December 28, 2008
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    This review is from: Dark Genius: The Influential Career of Legendary Political Operative and Fox News Founder Roger Ailes (Hardcover)

    Ailes is a fantastic subject, but this book doesn’t quite rise to the level he deserves. Overall, there just isn’t enough personal material, there’s very little on Ailes marriages, his daily life, the details of his work habits. Overall, the research seems to have been done in a library rather than through new interviews. It’s worth reading but I’m still waiting for THE Roger Ailes book.

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