Stephen Colbert Lets Lefty 'Journalist' Crap All Over Fox Hero Roger Ailes
In his Wednesday interview with Gabriel Sherman, Stephen Colbert got the author of The Loudest Voice in the Room, the new biography of Fox News head Roger Ailes to admit that his book is carefully researched, based on a wide range of sources, and thoroughly fact-checked — everything that Fox news never does in its stories. “Didn’t you learn anything from Fox News?” Colbert asked. “You decide what you want the story to be, and then you talk to the people who support it!” But Sherman seems to think that even though he’s been declared a hack by rightwing websites, he still should be allowed to be called a journalist. Sherman even manages to rise to Stephen’s challenge to say something positive about Ailes, which suggests he’s practiced.
Before the book’s official release Tuesday, there had already been a few juicy (or perhaps just cringey) details released about Ailes’ rather ungentlemanly demeanor (how’s that for softpedaling?) and his obsession with his female newscasters’ legs. Maybe the biggest surprise in the book, according to Sherman, is that Ailes is not merely a cynical manipulator who’ll say whatever sells to a conservative audience whether he believes it or not. No, Ailes is deeply committed to his strange version of reality, which makes him a completely sincere manipulator who’ll say whatever sells to a conservative audience.
After watching the Colbert interview with Sherman, we came away thinking we should actually have to buy and read the damned thing. If the impulse doesn’t pass after some ibuprofen, a good night’s sleep, and some scotch, we’ll bring you a review.