The Fox Effect

  • by David Brock, Ari Rabin-Havt, Media Matters for America
  • Narrated by Bob Dunsworth
  • 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Based on the meticulous research of the news watchdog organization Media Matters for America, David Brock and Ari Rabin-Havt show how Fox News, under its president Roger Ailes, changed from a right-leaning news network into a partisan advocate for the Republican Party.
The Fox Effect follows the career of Ailes from his early work as a television producer and media consultant for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush. Consequently, when he was hired in 1996 as the president of Rupert Murdoch’s flagship conservative cable news network, Ailes had little journalism experience, but brought to the job the mindset of a political operative. As Brock and Rabin-Havt demonstrate through numerous examples, Ailes used his extraordinary power and influence to spread a partisan political agenda that is at odds with long-established, widely held standards of fairness and objectivity in news reporting.
Featuring transcripts of leaked audio and memos from Fox News reporters and executives, The Fox Effect is a damning indictment of how the network’s news coverage and commentators have biased reporting, drummed up marginal stories, and even consciously manipulated established facts in their efforts to attack the Obama administration.

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What the Critics Say

"It's the truth, stupid. That's Brock, Rabin-Havt and Media Matters' message and it's a pretty darn good one." (James Carville)
“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.” (Nancy Pelosi)
“This pointed study of modern politics is both a must-read and a cautionary tale." (Senator John F. Kerry)

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Customer Reviews

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Pretty good - just a liberal confirmation bias boo

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If you're listening to this book, you're probably already a Fox News loathing liberal. This book satisfies the craving for confirmation bias, but isn't much more than that. Worth a read. I picked up some "golden nuggets."

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- Robert A. Lime

A solid expose hampered by a poor narrator

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Overall a lot of people probably see this as muckraking or merely there to preach to the choir, but on some level the latter is almost all Media Matters can ever do. That isn't their fault- people tend to insulate themselves from opposing views- it's a problem on both ends of the ideological spectrum- but it does mean that this book may only provide some additional nuggets to the already convinced. It's still a pretty interesting piece and given that Fox is still certainly incredibly relevant, still worth reading for anybody interested in a progressive take on Fox, though there is certainly some things that have come up that might warrant a new, updated edition. The only issue is that the performance really drags it down a bit- I haven't listened to any other performances by the narrator so I don't know if this is just Bob's style or if it was an affectation specifically for this book, but the frequent at times almost random-seeming pauses really grated on me since it felt like it made the book lose punch at times. Still a very interesting listen, but it could have been "great" instead of "good" if there had been a different narrator.

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- MetaDisparageite

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-21-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio