The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine
David Brock, Ari Rabin-Havt & Media Matters for America
Anchor, 2012 (2012)
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Reviewed by Bob Walch
iven the subject matter, this is a paperback you'll either love or hate! It is no secret that Fox News and its commentators lean to the conservative right. If Fox is one side of the coin, then Media Matters is the flip side, so obviously there is going to be a major divergence of opinions here.
he authors set their sights on Roger Ailes, Fox News President, and demonstrate how he has transformed the network into a full-throated partisan advocate for the Republican Party. Of course, this discussion also pulls in Fox contributors and commentators who range from Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, Dick Morris and Glenn Beck to Bill O'Reilly and Bill Hemmer.
o matter one's political leanings, in an election year a book like this will generate some buzz. If you are Republican this book will probably make your blood pressure skyrocket. If you are Democrat, no doubt you'll be nodding your head in agreement over what you are reading. And, if you are an independent, this will confirm your decision to not commit to either party!
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