The Fox Effect

The Fox Effect

How Roger Ailes Turned A Network Into A Propaganda Machine

Book - 2012
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Here is comprehensive overview of the tumultuous career of former Fox News president Roger Ailes and a must-read for anyone looking to understand his legacy and impact on news media. 

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.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9780307279583
0307279588
Branch Call Number: 791.45 Brock 02/2012
Characteristics: vi, 329 p. :,ill., map ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Rabin-Havt, Ari

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xuejia
Jul 15, 2013

If you have no problem with MSNBC doing the same thing for the Democratic Party then shut up about FOX. Just saying.

voisjoe1 May 16, 2012

In the Fox Effect, Brock and Rabin-Havt describe how Roger Ailes, a former Republican aide, turned Fox News from a news organization into a right-wing propaganda machine. The heart of the book, gives examples of Fox's six step method in the attempt to destroy organizations or people that work for the middle-class and the poor.

Some of steps are to introduce a lie, spread the lie with massive, coordinated coverage, shame the main media for ignoring the story, and then Fox getting praise for the "discovery" before the main media figures out that there is no basis in reality for the lie.

Examples would be Obama attended madrassas, Obama was not born in America, Acorn was helping to steal elections, climate change science is a hoax, and the Affordable Care Act contained "death panels".

The sad fact is that the lies are repeated so often before they are debunked, that massive numbers of people do not realize they've been hoodwinked. Because of this, America is not addressing some the most serious problems.

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