by Scoobie Davis
I was in the bookstore the other day and got the chance to check out Robert Greenwald and Alexandra Kitty book Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War On Journalism. The book is a terrific supplement to the documentary film. Books, however, can go into the kind of detail not practical for a film and I appreciate the comprehensiveness of the book.
I thought the chapter on Roger Ailes was especially strong. The man is a complete fuckpig and a disgrace to journalism (Click here for my brief article on Ailes). Coincidently, when I was in the bookstore, I noticed a copy of Ailes' book You Are the Message. It's a good book on the presentation of the self and it got me to think how Ailes and I are opposites: I don't care a whole lot about the outside; I focus on the substance of a matter. Ailes, on the other hand, is all marketing (e.g., "We report; you decide.") and no substance (e.g., his supposedly "fair and balanced" news channel is a freakish mixture of transparent Republican hacks and neutered Democrats). The man has no soul.
UPDATE: Ailes meets someone who punches back.
Also, Brian Wilson: the next Jeff Gannon?