"On occasion, the president of the United States does things that make the news. Somehow when Barack Obama does this, it is a bad thing."
On the face of it, President Obama and Fox News head honcho Roger Ailes have very little in common. But a quote from a 2012 biography of Ailes is proving to be rather interesting given the mogul's advice to Obama on Syria.
While it is undoubtedly bad form to speak ill of the dead, it is worth noting that Roger Ailes's singular contribution to humanity was building the most vile, powerful, and malicious news media company to have ever existed. That of course means little to his protégé, Sean Hannity.
Ailes may be lashing out against the accusations and fighting back by means of a coordinated effort among Fox News's hosts and reporters to discredit Sherman and his work, but really, why? Why bother? Sherman's book is going to have absolutely zero impact on Fox News's viewership or bottom line and Ailes has proven throughout his lengthy career that he doesn't care one bit what tenets of respectable journalism he violates or what his enemies think of him.
Not only was Roger Ebert a marvelous film critic, he was an astute observer of history current events. He laced his reviews with technical nous and an understanding of political and cultural context, engaging his readers intellect as well as their senses.