New York Magazine

It’s Time to Root for Roger Ailes

The making of Showtime’s series about the Fox News founder.
From left, Russell Crowe and Roger Ailes.

THE LOUDEST VOICE premieres June 30 on Showtime.

ON JULY 21, 2016, Gabriel Sherman, a journalist then at New York Magazine, was standing on a residential street in Cleveland, his newly fractured elbow in a sling, simultaneously covering the Republican National Convention and the forcing out of Fox News’ charming, conniving, and seemingly omnipotent ringmaster, Roger Ailes. Sherman’s phone flashed an L.A. area code, and he fumbled for it with his one good arm: Someone wanted to turn his first book into prestige-cable TV.

That book, the Ailes biography The Loudest Voice in the Room, had upended Sherman’s life—he’d been followed, threatened, and slandered on

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