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ccharles000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-11 03:50 PM
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How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory
At the Fox News holiday party the year the network overtook archrival CNN in the cable ratings, tipsy employees were herded down to the basement of a Midtown bar in New York. As they gathered around a television mounted high on the wall, an image flashed to life, glowing bright in the darkened tavern: the MSNBC logo. A chorus of boos erupted among the Fox faithful. The CNN logo followed, and the catcalls multiplied. Then a third slide appeared, with a telling twist. In place of the logo for Fox News was a beneficent visage: the face of the networks founder. The man known to his fiercest loyalists simply as "the Chairman" Roger Ailes.

It was as though we were looking at Mao, recalls Charlie Reina, a former Fox News producer. The Foxistas went wild. They let the dogs out. Woof! Woof! Woof! Even those who disliked the way Ailes runs his network joined in the display of fealty, given the culture of intimidation at Fox News. Its like the Soviet Union or China: People are always looking over their shoulders, says a former executive with the networks parent, News Corp. There are people who turn people in.

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