Roger Ailes, fresh from being fired from his perch atop CNBC, joins forces with media magnate Rupert Murdoch to form Fox News Channel, a conservative leaning cable news outlet. Working feverishly to get ahead of the competition, Roger must do the unthinkable — put an entire network on the air in the space of six months.
Fox News Channel is on the cusp of passing CNN to become the #1 rated news network. Then 9/11 changes everything. Emboldened and horrified by this terrorist attack on American soil, Roger begins pushing the news with an agenda, using his network to help drive the Bush Administration’s push to war in Iraq and finally putting Fox on top of the ratings race.
With the election of “Barack Hussein Obama,” Roger and Fox News Channel have found the ultimate enemy—one that will drive Fox’s coverage as well as cement their ratings at #1. Fighting to take full editorial control of Fox News, Roger finds himself in conflict with both his boss, Rupert Murdoch, and the Obama Administration. What no one suspects are the hidden depths of Roger’s secret world.
Still fighting the “socialist” in the White House, Roger finds his legacy in Joe Lindsley, a 25-year-old acolyte he hires to be the editor of a newspaper he bought in upstate New York. Turning this once-innocuous local paper into a conservative news source, Roger also achieves his revenge against the Obama White House by promulgating a news story which forces Congress into action against Obama’s priorities. Roger is energized by the knowledge that Fox News Channel doesn’t have to just report news, they make news.
Fox News Channel is now the dominant news outlet and Roger is working the levers of his power, but he doesn't see the danger posed by Gretchen Carlson. After years of harassment by Roger, she's finally had enough.
Gretchen Carlson begins working with a lawyer after taping Roger's harassment for over a year.
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