Fox News Denies Roger Ailes’ Sexist, Racist, Volatile Behavior Detailed in New Biography

Fox News Denies Roger Ailes' Sexist, Racist, Volatile Behavior Detailed in New Biography

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Gabriel Sherman's 560-page biography, “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” hits shelves on Jan. 21

The Fox News Channel is denying a number of unflattering allegations made about Roger Ailes in ”The Loudest Voice in the Room,” an upcoming biography that cites sexist, racist and volatile behavior by the president of the network.

“These charges are false,” a Fox News spokeswoman told the New York Times. ”While we have not read the book, the only reality here is that Gabe was not provided any direct access to Roger Ailes and the book was never fact-checked with Fox News.”

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According to the Times’ review of Gabriel Sherman's 560-page book detailing Ailes’s life and career, television producer Randi Harrison accuses the powerful TV executive of offering her an additional $100 a week while negotiating a salary at NBC in the 1980s if she agreed to have sex with him, whenever he wanted it.

Another account described in the book revolves around a 1995 power struggle between Ailes and fellow NBC executive at the time, David Zaslav, who is now the chief executive of Discovery.

“Let’s kill the S.O.B.,” Sherman writes that Ailes told companions at a dinner. In a separate incident, Sherman says Ailes unleashed a vulgar, anti-Semetic slur at Zaslav during a meeting.

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Zaslav himself, however, denied the incident directly to the Times.

“We fought with each other and we fought with a lot of other people,” Zaslav told the paper. “But this allegation is false.”

Sherman, a New York magazine contributing editor who interviewed 614 people about their encounters with Ailes for the book, writes Ailes also criticized his own network's on-air talent. He reportedly called Bill O'Reilly “a book salesman with a TV show” and Brian Kilmeade, a peppy Fox host, “a soccer coach from Long Island.”

Also read: Roger Ailes Calls NPR ‘Nazis’

“I consider Roger Ailes to be one of the most fascinating, consequential figures in contemporary American life,” Sherman told the Times. “I wrote this book to shed light on the full scope of his talents and power, which have found their fullest expression at Fox News.”

  • frank1569

    Same Roger Ailes who called alll NPR employees Nazis, right?

    Just checking.

  • Dani

    So…Fox News does absolutely no fact checking of their “news” and has created “entertainment” (disguised as news) solely from angry, uneducated opinions – but if someone wants to write a book they must fact check with Fox first??? hahahahaha Amazing! I don't think they even know what fact checking is…
    And no surprise that the official spokesperson hasn't bothered to read the book before commenting…that's what they all do on Fox…

    • FilmDoctor

      You know nothing about Fox News – only what your leftist masters tell you. Stop swallowing leftist lies.

      • wingnut_watch

        I love you with your cross wrapped in an american flag, as if Jesus himself would love FOX News, Sarah Palin, and the Republican Party. Jesus is absolutely disgusted with your hatred, your mixing of politics with his love and grace, and your horrible rejection of our right to put out a helping hand to the poor of our country. I know you will not be–but if you had even four brain cells to rub together, you would be filled with shame.

      • Tarzanjoe

        Please do us all a big favor, stop posting as Film Doctor with the flag colors of a cross. You lean so far right that your cancer is showing us teabagger juice!!!

      • Christopher Hyman

        Actually, it has nothing to do with ‘lies’ or what anyone other than Fox itself says . . . we need only look at the Fox News spokesperson's response . . . which in essence was ‘We never read it, but we know what it says isn't true . . .'. You'd have to be a complete tool or a complete fool not to see the problem inherent there.