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The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine Paperback – February 21, 2012
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“Media Matters tells the truth–and then spreads the truth far and wide. They are a leading and effective voice in combating misinformation. This latest book, by founder David Brock, makes clear the threat that incendiary journalism poses to our democracy.”
“This pointed study of modern politics is both a must-read and a cautionary tale."
—Senator John F. Kerry
“Think of any conservative-media scandal of the past few years. . . and it’s a good bet that a Media Matters researcher flagged the offending clip, uploaded it to the group’s website, and got the party started.”
—New York Magazine
“Fox News has created a generation of woefully (and objectively) misinformed ideological sycophants to pursue its radical agenda. It's no accident. Now David Brock and Ari Rabin-Havt show that no matter how unethical and dishonest you think Fox News is, the reality is that they're much, much worse.”
—Markos Moulitsas, publisher, Daily Kos
About the Author
David Brock, the founder and CEO of Media Matters, is the author of five books, including The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy, and his bestselling memoir Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative.
Ari Rabin-Havt is Media Matters's vice president of research and communication.
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Top Customer Reviews
To be honest, I do fall on the progressive side of the political spectrum and although I do not frequent Media Matters' website, when I get directed there by someone via my twitter feed it's not just some tear-down of Fox News - it's actual video footage or audio clips accompanied by real facts. Of course, for those living in any kind of reality distortion field (such as I believe Fox News supplies for its viewership) the reality of 'facts' don't matter - 'facts' can be ignored, discredited or brushed aside quite easily by oft repeated lies presented as news. And that is something that this book, quite correctly in my opinion, presents as a danger to democracy. In a period of time where unlimited sums of anonymous money can be put into distorting reality through TV, advertising and "faux news," how are average people to determine the objective truth and make good voting decisions?
Anyhow, I've started into the book and, thus far, it seems to be an accurate representation of Fox News.
The heated, often-misinformed rhetoric that dominates our political discourse today is directly related to the rise of Fox News as a media entity in our culture.
Due to space limitations, the book didn't include some important information about Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and Bill Sammon, the man Ailes chose to be Washington deputy managing editor (who job it is to oversee the news content of the network). I was amused to read that in the 1970's, Ailes worked on a Fox News prototype: the Coors-funded Television News Incorporated which included in its ideology the belief that Martin Luther King was a communist. The book also noted that right after 9/11, Ailes gave political advice to the Bush administration. What the book didn't have the space to mention was Ailes' habit of helping the Bush administration was a stark contrast to Ailes' relationship to the Clinton administration; Ailes was a proponent of the view that the Clintons murdered Vince Foster. Ailes even lauded the reporting on Foster's death by Christopher Ruddy (whose work was so shoddy that he was fired from Murdoch's tabloid The New York Post). When independent counsel Robert Fiske determined that Foster's death was a suicide, the Foster family issued a public statement imploring Ailes and the other conspiracy theorists to stop their baseless rumor-mongering and allow them to mourn in peace.Read more ›
Ignore the one-star reviews from other Republicans who have likely not read the book. 'The Fox Effect' is currently sitting on my window sill waiting for my wife to return it to the library on her way to work in the morning, my having completed it from cover to cover just a few moments ago. Rather than procrastinate I wanted to quickly return and provide an opinion motivated by my having visited Amazon a couple of weeks ago (when I was about halfway through the book) and had noticed all the negative reviews.
Do the authors obviously support the Democratic Party? Yes. But that doesn't mean that the book isn't full of valid information as to the machinations of FOX as a 'news' network. Personally, I was completely unaware of Roger Ailes' previous political involvement and found the biographical section dedicated to his early broadcasting career to be the most enlightening portion of the entire book. I also agreed with the authors' conclusions in the latter chapters and epilogue as to the current power FOX wields over the Republican Party, and the influence it has on likely Republican voters' attitudes toward different players and issues in our political process. That doesn't, however, mean that I agree with the authors' ideology. :-)
Is FOX guilty of propaganda? Yes. The common retort of "Uh...well, other networks are guilty, too" doesn't excuse what is well-demonstrated in the book: FOX exceeds all other cable competitors in both committed "party based" viewership and the level of propagandizing to which it routinely resorts.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book trashes Roger Aimed and FOX.
I read the cover and threw the book away.
I found this book to be enlightening and educational. Roger Ailes is an undeniable genius. I love the quote about the "Orchestra Pit Theory" of politics... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Frank Imburgio
Right on--- told of the "Republican News Network"--- enlightningPublished 3 months ago by Eric A Wild
A little dragged out and boring in places but it sure made its case and all claims were well documentedPublished 5 months ago by Eugene R Russell
By now, it's not a controversy that viewing Fox news will actually have a detrimental effect on your knowledge. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Piaw Na
A great inside look at The Fox propaganda machine supported by substantiated evidence through actual emails and investigative journalism.Published 8 months ago by TNT14
Great book on the Fox Lie Machine and Murdoch's neoconservative gang of 100. I bought this book used for about a penny and, to my surprise when I opened to the first pages, found... Read morePublished 12 months ago by JTR
Wow!!! Very revealing about the "fair and balanced" network !!!! Gives a person another slant was sliding past Fox News!!!!Published 16 months ago by Jeanne P Besse