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The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine | [David Brock, Ari Rabin-Havt, Media Matters for America]

The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine

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....
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Publisher's Summary

Based 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.

Featuring 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.

©2012 David Brock, Ari Rabin-Havt (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Robert A. Lime 05-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Pretty good - just a liberal confirmation bias boo"
    Any additional comments?

    If you're listening to this book, you're probably already a Fox News loathing liberal. This book satisfies the craving for confirmation bias, but isn't much more than that. Worth a read. I picked up some "golden nuggets."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    OpenMindedNotCredulous California, USA 07-08-13
    OpenMindedNotCredulous California, USA 07-08-13 Member Since 2003

    Secular humanist. Atheist. Dog lover (having had as many as four dogs in my pack). Skeptic.

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    "I thought I knew how awful FOX news was"

    If only FOX news was as "fair and balanced" as this book. If you really care about a "fair and balanced" presentation of the facts you must read to this book. I don't expect anyone to change their opinion about the best way to spend our tax dollars or what societal goals are desirable as a result of reading this book. But do read this book so you will realize the FOX has an agenda that has nothing to do with being fair and balanced in their presentation of the facts.

    I listen to NPR and BBC news every day. I read Glenn Greenwald and other progressive bloggers such as The Rude Pundit. But I also regularly read other conservatives such as David Brooks, Peggy Noonan and Charles Krauthammer. I was already aware of the study which showed that people who primarily got their news from FOX were significantly more likely to believe bogus "facts" (e.g., about Iraq and WMDs). So I thought I knew how much FOX news skewed reality for their audience. This book made me realize the situation is far worse than I knew.

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    Bill M. 03-20-12
    Bill M. 03-20-12
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    "Preaching to the Choir"
    Would you listen to The Fox Effect again? Why?

    Yes I would listen again to make a list of the names of some of the players to do additional research on their previous political dealings.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    the appalling arrogance of Ailes, and the horror that his behavior is seen as appropriate to a certain sector of society in these perilous times.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I found the narration clear and effective but slight slower paced than I would have preferred


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You won't believe what you're hearing, no, seriously, you won't believe it; because you've already made up your mind!


    Any additional comments?

    The people who most need to read this book will never buy it, Tea Partiers, ignore your confirmation bias and buy this book!

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas New Hartford, New York, United States 04-09-12
    Nicholas New Hartford, New York, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Exposes FOX'S Real Agenda"
    What did you love best about The Fox Effect?

    Rips the veil of fair and balanced off of Fox. Factually presents the distortions and misrepresentations that are designed to mislead and confuse the viewer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    After reading The Fox Effect it is easy to understand why Fox viewers are the most under informed about the facts.


    Have you listened to any of Bob Dunsworth’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Is Roger Ailes a danger to America?


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend all Fox viewers read this book.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Maysville, KY, United States 05-03-12
    Charles Maysville, KY, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Mediocre Analysis, Poor Performance"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Bob Dunsworth?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bob Dunsworth’s performances?

    Not my perference


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    As stated in the discription, it showed Fox News to fall short of journalistic principles.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a muckraker calling a muckraker a muckraker, It showed a correlation between Fox News and the Republican Party, but no cause and effect.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Steven PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 05-21-12
    Steven PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2004
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    "A Look Behind the Scenes at Fox"

    If you've ever wondered how Fox became a podium for the right wing in the U.S. then this is the book that explains it. This a well researched, interesting book that examines the history of Roger Ailes, and how and why he crossed the line from journalism, to right wing Republican advocacy.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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