Roger Ailes, the president of Fox News, has taken a beating this week in the press. On Monday, New York magazine published a cutting exposé about Ailes, who launched Fox News back in 1996 and has since shaped it into one of the most powerful hate-mongering propaganda creators in modern history.
Today Rolling Stone published an additional story - Tim Dickinson's "How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory" - that dives into the news channel and Ailes' development as a powerful cultivator of the conservative audience and leader of converting TV viewership into political influence.
The Rolling Stone piece paints a compelling portrait of a corrupt, money-hungry executive who has stretched the limits of "spin" on television. But there are lighter parts to the article, too, that make it well worth the admittedly long read. Most relevant to Projectors, of course, is a section where Dickinson discusses Ailes' office location and how "those gays" scared him enough to install "bombproof glass" in the windows:
Murdoch installed Ailes in the corner office on Fox's second floor at 1211 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. The location made Ailes queasy: It was close to the street, and he lived in fear that gay activists would try to attack him in retaliation over his hostility to gay rights. (In 1989, Ailes had broken up a protest of a Rudy Giuliani speech by gay activists, grabbing demonstrator by the throat and shoving him out the door.) Barricading himself behind a massive mahogany desk, Ailes insisted on having "bombproof glass" installed in the windows - even going so far as to personally inspect samples of high-tech plexiglass, as though he were picking out new carpet. Looking down on the street below, he expressed his fears to Cooper, the editor he had tasked with up-armoring his office. "They'll be down there protesting," Ailes said. "Those gays."
Read the entire piece at Rolling Stone.