The author of a much-anticipated unauthorized biography of Fox News president Roger Ailes sat down for an interview in CNN this Sunday, and the alleged revelations were nothing short of astounding.
“What I learned is that Roger Ailes has created a political operation that employs journalists,” Gabriel Sherman, the author of the book said. “It exists for two reasons: to generate as much profit as possible for its corporate parent, Rupert Murdoch, and to advance the personal, political agenda of its founder, Roger Ailes…The story is not Fox News, the story is Roger Ailes. The network is a complete expression of his worldview.”
“So you’re saying it’s a news channel, and it’s also a political machine?” CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter asked.
“No, I’m saying it’s a political machine that employs journalists,” Sherman replied. “Roger Ailes, with Fox News, has surpassed the GOP. He saw a day when television was going to move ahead of the political party, and he has achieved it. Inside Fox News, Ailes has disdain for the GOP; he said to his executives last year that the GOP could not organize a one-car funeral — it’s a testament to Roger Ailes’ genius that he has been able to keep the true nature of Fox News secret from the American people for seventeen years.”
But probably the most eyebrow-raising part of the interview was when Sherman talked about Ailes’ political views. According to one source from Sherman’s book, The Loudest Voice in the Room, Ailes thinks that in order for prospective U.S. Navy Seals to be allowed in the force, they must first prove their mettle by shooting and killing illegal immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Watch part 1 of the interview in the video below: