Wolff Trashes Gabriel Sherman’s ‘Dour and Grudging’ Account of Roger Ailes
“Sherman’s hardly bringing anything meaningfully new to this story. But that is not his book’s principal shortcoming. … The shortcoming is its failure to tell the story with feeling,” he wrote. “The Loudest Voice in the Room is a dour and grudging account.”
The panning continued: “Sherman’s approach is standard magazine journalism, an aggregation of known facts—a clip job—and then some added-value source or quote or reveal. But without access to any of the principals in the story, Sherman is forced to rely on those people who will talk to him, and, with News Corp., Fox, and Ailes adamantly locked down, almost all of his sources are people out to settle scores with Ailes.”
“It’s a cacophony of resentment and inevitable distortion—with more than 400 unnamed sources by my count. But it is not just that Sherman is telling the story wrong. He is telling the wrong story,” Wolff added. “Sherman’s thesis that Ailes ‘divided a country’ is quite absurd. What Ailes did do is to help turn politics into a special interest category.”
Read the full review here.
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