Roger Ailes, head of Fox News, was always upset about Rupert Murdoch's sons, who eventually pushed him out of business because of a sexual abuse scandal, a new documentary says.
Journalist Gabriel Sherman, whose book The Loudest Voice in the Room forms the basis for the eight-part series of Showtime with Russell Crowe as the now deceased Ailes, claims this in The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty on BBC2.
He said that Ailes and the Murdoch brothers never had any respect for each other and that the late Fox boss disapproved of "dilettante" children James, then CEO of 21st Century Fox and Lachlan, who was a senior executive at the time, and accused her of benefiting from his decisions.
Lachlan, however, got revenge when he was the one to tell shamed CEO Ailes that he had been "detached and executed" after a series of allegations of sexual harassment from Fox News.
It comes after D.Onald Trump praised Roger Ailes for having featured on Fox News in a new, bright documentary, Man in the Arena, released on Amazon Prime on Friday that includes a positive comment from President Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Mitch McConnell, and Newt Gingrich, has performed a "miracle" and Ailes & # 39; widow Elizabeth.
It is narrated by Jon Voight and offers a much more complementary view of Ailes than any film, series or documentary that was previously made about his life.
Fox News chief Roger Ailes (pictured) had wired up his entire office with cameras and always "angered" Rupert Murdoch's sons, who eventually pushed him out of business because of a sexual abuse scandal, a new documentary says
The film claims that Ailes disapproved of Murdoch's "dilettante" children and accused them of benefiting from his decisions. In the picture Rupert with the sons James and Lachlan
Gabriel Sherman talked about Ailes' frosty relationship with the Murdoch brothers and said, "Ailes was really annoyed with Murdoch's children, he thought they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth, amateur.
"He was the one who made the money and they decided to spend his money.
"There was simply no respect between Ailes and the Murdoch children."
He continued how the & # 39; Orwellian & # 39; manager would constantly monitor the actions of everyone in the building, as well as his wife Elizabeth, now 59, and their son Zachary.
The writer also told how the executive would make comments about James with his “cronies” in his office.
He said: & # 39; One day Ailes was in his office with his cronies and he discovered James who had a cigarette, looked at the camera and said, "Tell me the mouth didn't suck."
"In that one moment, you saw everything Ailes thought about James, in addition to his own homophobia, and that was the epitome of Ailes moment."
The New York Times journalist Ken Auletta said of the decision: “Irony of ironies, who gave him the news that he was detached, executed, and disappeared? Lachlan Murdoch was in this room.
Rupert Murdoch succeeded him as chairman and interim CEO until a permanent replacement was appointed.
One author claimed that the & # 39; Orwellian & # 39; executive would constantly monitor the actions of everyone in the building, as well as his wife Elizabeth, now 59, and their son Zachary
The documentary claimed that Ailes and the brothers had never had a little respect for each other. Pictured (L-R) James, Murdoch, Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch
Another characteristic was Ailes & # 39; & # 39; Orwellian & # 39; & # 39; Desire to constantly monitor his employees and even his family.
He was known for cabling his entire office with cameras, "switching screens throughout the NewsCorp building," and equipping his home with cameras to watch his wife Elizabeth and their young son.
The office of & # 39; Ailes & # 39; is on the second floor of the NewsCorp Tower in Midtown Manhattan, 'said Gabriel. “And he wired the entire Fox News office with cameras.
He held a monitor on his desk that he could use to switch through the screens anywhere in the NewsCorp building.
"What really freaked people out is that he also wired up his own house so he could be at work, click on his screen and watch his wife Beth and little son, whatever they were doing at the time, so it was really this Orwellian, the big brother mindset that he had. & # 39;
The writer, who accused Ailes of sexual harassment in a 2014 book in the 1980s, reported insults that the executive and his “cronies” would hurl at James in his office. Pictured James and Rupert in 2013
In the summer of 2016, Ailes was accused of sexual assault by Gretchen Carlson. Carson is pictured in New York City this year
In the summer of 2016, Ailes was accused of sexual assault by Gretchen Carlson.
Carlson joined Fox News in 2005 and was a weekend replacement host for Fox & Friends before switching to a weekday slot.
In 2013 she switched to the 2 p.m. slot to host her own one-hour show The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.
She filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes in July 2016, claiming she was released for refusing his advances.
Carlson signed an NDA as part of their out-of-court settlement with the network for $ 20 million.
"This lawsuit opened the floodgate of allegations and dozens of women came to describe years of sexual abuse, terrible examples of Ailes' misconduct," said Gabriel.
The Vanity Fair author continued to tell of Laurie Luhnj, another "tragic example" of a woman who claimed to have been sexually harassed by Ailes.
Luhnj received more than $ 3 million in a separation agreement from the network after claiming to have been sexually harassed and pressured to perform sexual acts with the former CEO.
In 2016, 56-year-old Luhn spoke in a television interview detailing how Ailes allegedly requested that she be ready for a moment in the hotel, and once made her sexually behave with another woman while taking photos made.
Ailes resigned from Fox News and received $ 40 million from 21st Century Fox, then parent company of Fox News, in an exit agreement with Lachlan, who was pictured with his father, during the decision in the room
She previously told Sherman that Ailes mostly required her to have oral sex with him and that he used the photos and recordings he made of her to ensure that she was silent about their relationship.
Ailes resigned from Fox News and received $ 40 million from 21st Century Fox, then parent company of and Fox News, in an exit agreement.
A new film about Ailes & # 39; Life titled Man in the Arena released last week, however, paints him as an outsider, which is the driving force behind the choice of Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and George H.W. was. Bush.
In contrast to Film Bombshell and the television series The Loudest Voice, both of which were very critical of Ailes, the new film tries to glorify his life and career – from the trench to television and political advice.
The film was told by Oscar winner John Voight, who was a close friend of Ailes, and according to Ailes' own words, he also tries to defend him against the allegations of sexual harassment by 23 women who ultimately saw him pushed out of the network in 2016 – a year before he died.
Among those who defend him is Ms. Elizabeth, who says, “I believe in forgiveness. And I think the world has forgotten how to be compassionate. & # 39;
Filmmaker Michael Barnes, a lawyer who met Ailes in 2011 when he was considering leaving Fox to set up his own network, said he was inspired to make the film after feeling that earlier portrayals of Ailes were unfair to.
Bombshell, who won an Oscar for the best hair and makeup, portrayed Ailes as a misogynist who insisted that Fox News desks were clear so that viewers could see the legs of the female anchor.
It also shows how he molested a fictional reporter named Kayla – played by Margot Robbie – by asking her to show him her underwear.
Mini Series The loudest voice also shows an Ailes chased by harassment claims – which eventually overthrow him and tarnish his legacy.
In real life, Ailes & # 39; accusers were led by Gretchen Carlson, a longtime Fox presenter who accused him of persecuting her while on the network after she was dropped in 2016.
Carlson claimed that Ailes had told her they should have had a sexual relationship and consistently commented on her legs and back.
When she defended herself against Ailes and others on the network who allegedly molested her, Carlson claimed that the network boss had sabotaged her career by underpaid her, given her less serious jobs, and finally fired her.
Carlson, who had settled with Fox for $ 20 million, opened the locks for other women at Fox to report and accused Ailes of similar treatment.
Among them were Megyn Kelly, then the emerging star of the network before moving on to NBC in 2018, and Laurie Luhn, who detailed what she called "20 years of psychological torture" on Alie's hands, including sadomasochistic sex- Sessions.
With a total of 23 prosecutors, Ailes had to leave his network, which he had founded and designed over the course of two decades.
He died the following year after falling and banging his head in the bathroom of his home. He suffered from hemophilia, a condition that prevents blood from clotting and caused complications after his fall.
WHO ARE LACHLAN AND JAMES MURDOCH?
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, 89, who is currently married to Jerry Hall, has six children from three different women. Their ages range from 62 (his eldest daughter Prudence Murdoch from the first wife Patricia Booker) to 17 (Chloe, Murdoch's youngest child with ex-wife Wendi Deng).
In 2016, Lachlan (48) and James (47) were the obvious successors to his media throne.
Both Lachlan and James worked with the shameful CEO of Fox news broadcaster Roger Ailes, who had to resign in July 2016 after 23 women alleged sexual assault.
Ailes called the couple "amateurs and boneheads" who benefited from the hard work of others and grew up "with a silver spoon in their mouths" – but it was the brothers who finally managed to force him out of the company.
Lachlan became Fox News CEO after a sudden resignation in 2005, and Roger Ails took over as Acting CEO of News Corp.
Lachlan, the middle child of the three siblings, was called "charming" and was even called "the prince".
In 1989 Murdoch brought the then 18-year-old Lachlan to Australia to train for three months at The Daily Mirror in Sydney.
At the age of 22, Lachlan was appointed General Manager of Queensland Newspapers and soon became Deputy CEO of News Limited, one of Australia's largest media conglomerates.
In 1999 Murdoch married British-born model / actress Sarah O & # 39; Hare. They have two sons, Kalan and Alexander, and a daughter, Aerin Elisabeth.
A year later, he started working for the News Corporation in New York, where he worked for many years under his father. For 2001, he was reportedly earning $ 2.59 million in salary.
In 1999 Murdoch married British-born model / actress Sarah O & # 39; Hare. They have two sons, Kalan Alexander, and a daughter, Aerin Elisabeth. The couple will attend an Oscar party in 2019
After his sudden resignation in 2005, at the age of 33, Roger Ailes, chairman of Fox News Channel, became chairman of the News Corp. television group. appointed.
Before Lachlan rejoined the family in 2014, his almost ten-year retirement from News Corp was both a success and a failure. The purchase of DMG Radio was a triumph, while its Australian broadcaster Network Ten was voluntarily managed in 2017.
In March 2014, Lachlan returned to the family and became the non-executive co-chair of News Corp. appointed. However, it was reported that he had a rocky relationship with Ailes from the start.
The relationship between Lachlan and his father was hot and cold over the years, but that changed as early as 2014 when Murdoch's older son returned to New York to work for News Corp. to work.
Lachlan was appointed CEO of Fox News in 2018 and is now Chairman and CEO of Fox Corporation.
The youngest son James, now 47, was considered one of Murdoch's smartest children, but was considered a rebel. He is pictured with his father in 2013
The younger son James, now 47, was considered one of Murdoch's smartest children, but was considered a rebel.
This is best reflected in the beginning of his media career when he headed the rap label Rawkus Records, a dominant label in the underground hip-hop scene founded by friends Brian Brater and Jarret Myer with the financial support of his father .
But his music career was short-lived, and in 1998 Ruperts News Corporation bought a large part of the record label and James was soon back in the group.
The youngest of the three siblings was probably the most loyal and stayed with his father for decades after he came to News Corp – shortly after he left Harvard.
In recent years, the triple father who is married to climate activist Kathryn has increasingly spoken out against Fox News and other news agencies. The couple is pictured in New York in 2018
After his brother's surprising resignation from his leadership positions at News Corporation in July 2005, James was widely regarded as his father's heir.
James was Chairman and CEO of Sky PLC for Europe and Asia, where he oversaw assets like The News of the World and was forced to announce the closure of the newspaper in 2011 after a phone hacking scandal.
The 2012 Leveson investigation said Murdoch "showed intentional ignorance of the extent of phone hacking" and "found him guilty of an astonishing lack of curiosity."
The following February, the company announced that it would leave NewsCorp's UK newspaper division, but would remain the deputy chief operating officer and focus on the company's international television business.
Since his brother became CEO of Fox News in a major makeover in 2018, James has headed the Lupa Systems mutual fund, but remains a member of the board of News Corp.
Leaving Fox, however, was not a bad move, he was enriched by $ 2 billion thanks to his stake in the company.
The father of three has been married to the climate in recent years Activist Kathryn has increasingly spoken out against Fox News and other news agencies, including the organization's reporting on Australian forest fires in 2019.
The film shows Ailes & # 39; Away from a trencher, landing his first big job on TV on the Mike Douglas Show, and leading Fox News as CEO in 1996.
The modest $ 200,000 budget film includes interviews with a number of Ailes' political ties, including President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani and Bill O’Reilly, and family members.
In the trailer, Trump says: “What Roger Ailes did was a miracle, and that's called Fox News.
"Roger really opened a world that no one else could capture … I'm not sure I would have ever stood in this very powerful, important, even sacred place: the rose garden in front of the Oval Office in the White House, if Roger wouldn't be, ”he added.
Rise of The Murdoch Dynasty will air on BBC2 at 9 p.m. and will be available on BBC iPlayer
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