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One day before the release of his new biography on Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, on Monday evening Piers Morgan invited journalist and author Gabriel Sherman to join him "In The Chair" for a primetime, exclusive interview.
Asked by the host about the notion that Ailes "effectively runs the Republican Party," Sherman detailed the role the 73-year-old former GOP media consultant played in the most recent general election:
"He [Ailes] said to his senior executives, we're going to have to do a lot to get this guy elected, meaning Mitt Romney. And he said to Bill Kristol, the editor of the "Weekly Standard" and at the time, a FOX News contributor, that he did not think Mitt Romney had the spine to, quote, 'rip [Barack] Obama's face off.' So Ailes, through FOX, took it upon himself to run Mitt Romney's media strategy," explained Monday's guest. "For the first time in American history, a Republican candidate's war room was being run out of the headquarters of a news channel. Mitt Romney's war room was being run out of Sixth Avenue in midtown Manhattan."
On the heels of several recent political missteps by perceived 2016 GOP front-runner Chris Christie, Morgan noted that FOX has in large part avoided covering stories that other networks have seemingly pounced upon. According to Sherman, such producing is a testament not to Ailes' fondness for the New Jersey Governor, but rather his desire to level the cable news playing field and protect the Republican party:
"This shows at the heart how FOX is a political messaging organization. Personally, Roger Ailes has no love for Chris Christie. On election day, in 2012, when it looked like Romney was going to lose, Ailes grumbled to his most senior team, 'thank you, Chris Christie.' He blamed Christie for the photo-op that he gave Barack Obama with Hurricane Sandy," Sherman told the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "But Ailes is smart enough that he knows that he has to balance the rest of the media...if the media is covering Christie's 'Bridgegate,' it is FOX's job to go in another direction."
Sherman's book, entitled "The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News–and Divided a Country," will be released on Tuesday. Watch the above clip for more of Morgan's interview with the man who wrote it, and for the next episode of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN at 9p.
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