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Sky series about Roger Ailes : Fox News founder, Trump's inventor

The first really serious, journalistically saddled, beyond all piety good news of the real news fiction of an unreal news channel lasts less than three seconds: Roger Ailes is already dead when this series about the legendary mastermind of Rupert Murdoch's reactionary television assault gun Fox-News is just beginning.

Pills on the floor, a mountain of meat next to it, bleeding to death, opponents still hope to this day: miserably died. During his lifetime, “The Loudest Voice” of the USA wished a painful end to all those who stood in the way of his ideal of a society for the benefit of nation, race, capital and Roger Ailes. So he knows, says the deceased from the afterlife, what people say about him after his death: right, paranoid, fat. "I won't argue with them about it."

This sentence is remarkable in that the professional existence of the former Nixon and Reagan consultant consisted of quarrel, quarrel and again quarrel. We learn the alpha animal from the conservative rust belt in the furious seven-parter "The Loudest Voice" [six episodes from Monday on Sky] was only happily exalted on the battlefield in combat mode, satisfied among enemies.

To understand how it came about, director Kari Skogland, following Gabriel Sherman's bestselling biography, puts us under the spell of a man in a bloody journalistic frenzy who explains much of what has been pushing the world to the brink for years. When Roger Ailes ’300-pound weight rolled over the television 22 years before his serial death in 2017, he was starting a war against democracy.

First of all, he campaigns against journalism with methods that Showtime visibly shuddered. In the first part of the series, the six-month founding phase of his invention, Fox 1995, is sketched from the genuinely right-wing counter-current in the supposedly left-wing media mainstream to the most successful start in history. A news channel is being set up to compete with CNN.

Ailes unites everything that is despicable about men of power

In the second part, the anti-liberal crusade comes to a head after a military strike that Roger Ailes brings about after the 9/11 attacks with the strength of his network in Iraq. The third then shows the frontal attack on President Barack Obama, whom Ailes insistently calls an “African socialist”. He always encourages his team to replace ethos with returns and facts with fakes.

When the serious star reporter admonishes in view of this constant breach of principle, “This is a news program, not a sitcom”, Ailes replies smugly: “Missy, this is an opinion program. Roger Ailes thus shaped Fox News into a powerful broadcaster that has irrevocably changed the way people are covered by the highest political offices.

The slave synonym "Missy" and the neutrality contrast opinion - these are two words that sum up Ailes ’racism, sexism and radicalism. Two words that were also emphasized by someone from whom it was not to be expected: Russell Crowe. The accomplished hero actor plays the virtuoso spin doctor despite the fatsuit with a breadth of variation that is at least as shocking as his original.

Because it not only hired models instead of moderators to blind simple viewers, but - core topic of the last three episodes - to sexually abuse them. Demanding viewers learn from the first to the last minute: Ailes combines everything that is despicable about men with power. It is all the more grateful for the series not to show him (only) as a monster.

His grief when he said goodbye as head of the CNBC sales channel is as real as the anger over Barack Obama and makes it clear: There is no narcissistic opportunist at work here like his premium product Donald Trump, but rather a man of conviction who is so believable about the decline of his hometown. that he even buys the liberal local newspaper and has his wife Beth (Sienna Miller; in the great cast alongside leading actor Russell Crowe also shines Naomi Watts as Fox News presenter Gretchen Carlson) on course.

It's another building block in the reactionary wall across America's society. And how close its builder is posthumously to completion was shown by Donald Trump's Twitter tirades against some tentative Fox criticism in the afternoon. In the realm of the kingmaker Roger Ailes, an insult to majesty.

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