Tune in to "Reliable Sources" this Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern! Here's a preview from the program's host Brian Stelter:
Let me preface a preview of this week's "Reliable Sources" with a story. In 2011, while I was working for The New York Times, I was interested in writing a book about the cable news wars. I'd been covering Fox News, CNN and MSNBC for years and I thought I could weave the stories of the three channels together in a compelling way. I drafted a 60-page proposal and sent it to a literary agent, Kate Lee, who shopped it around to eight publishing houses. Every one turned it down. Among the many reasons, this is the one that was mentioned most often: "Gabe Sherman's book."
A few months earlier, New York magazine writer Gabriel Sherman's proposal for a book about Fox News had been acquired by Random House. There had been a big bidding war for Sherman's book; Random House was thought to have paid handsomely for it. The tight-knit publishing industry expected Sherman's book to be the definitive account of the rise of Fox and its creator Roger Ailes, with brand new insights about how Ailes uses Fox to support Republican politicians and shape public opinion. Publishers doubted that there would be room for another cable news book.
Thanks to Kate's hard work, I wound up writing a book about morning television instead (and I'm glad I did). But I tell that story to make this point: Sherman's book, "The Loudest Voice In The Room," has been highly anticipated since the day he proposed it. Ailes, after all, has been influencing politics and television for decades, making him a hero to the American right, an enemy to the left and a clearly worthwhile subject for a biography. Next Tuesday the 560-page book is finally being published — and on Sunday I'll have Sherman's first extended interview.
The "Reliable Sources" producing team has allotted extra time for the interview at the top of the show. (You can watch his only other TV interview to date, from Friday's "CBS This Morning," here.)
For a debriefing after the interview, I'll be joined by two other authors, Jeffery Berry and Sarah Sobieraj, who co-wrote "The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility."
Later in the broadcast, I'll ask Michael Crowley, the author of this memorable Time magazine cover story on New Jersey governor Chris Christie, about this week's coverage of the #GWBridge scandal. Was Christie a "media darling" up until now? Have you noticed a sudden change in the tone of the media coverage surrounding him? Add a comment to the bottom of this blog post.
Separately, the show producers and I are trying to book a representative from Al Jazeera to update us on the three Al Jazeera journalists who have been imprisoned in Egypt since December 29. We'll cover their situation and the overall difficulties faced by reporters in the region.
And we'll close with a story about a very powerful photograph - tune in Sunday at 11 a.m. to see it.
See you then,