on the meticulous research of the news watchdog organization Media Matters for
America, David Brock and Ari Rabin-Havt show how Fox News, under its president
Roger Ailes, changed from a right-leaning news network into a partisan advocate
for the Republican Party.
The Fox Effect follows the career of Ailes from his early work as a television producer
and media consultant for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush.
Consequently, when he was hired in 1996 as the president of Rupert Murdoch’s
flagship conservative cable news network, Ailes had little journalism
experience, but brought to the job the mindset of a political operative. As
Brock and Rabin-Havt demonstrate through numerous examples, Ailes used his
extraordinary power and influence to spread a partisan political agenda that is
at odds with long-established, widely held standards of fairness and
objectivity in news reporting.
transcripts of leaked audio and memos from Fox News reporters and executives, The
Fox Effect is a damning indictment of how the network’s news coverage and
commentators have biased reporting, drummed up marginal stories, and even
consciously manipulated established facts in their efforts to attack the Obama
administration. Download and start listening now!