Sherman, New York magazine’s national affairs editor, has been on the forefront of reporting on Fox News and Roger Ailes. Sherman published an unauthorized biography of Ailes in 2014, called The Loudest Voice in the Room. According to CNN, he was the subject of a 400 page opposition research report commissioned by Ailes.
A spokeswoman for New York, Lauren Starke, said Monday that both the magazine and Gabriel Sherman, author of its reporting on the sexual harassment allegations against former Fox exec Roger Ailes, had been contacted on behalf of Ailes and his wife, Elizabeth, by Charles Harder, a well-known libel attorney who has in recent months has caused a stir in the news industry for representing Hulk Hogan and Melania Trump.
Roger Ailes had a 400-page opposition research-style file on Gabriel Sherman, who profiled Ailes in his book The Loudest Voice in the Room. Brian Stelter says the newly-unearthed file shows a “stunning display of Ailes’ campaign-like strategies,” though a number of reporters have long suspected Fox’s PR department kept such files. For his part, Sherman is taking the file’s existence in stride.
New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman has clearly led the reporting of the harassment claims against the former Fox News chief. Why? Deep sources and dogged persistence.
A 560-page biography about Roger Ailes being published this month — The Loudest Voice in the Room by Gabriel Sherman — aims to be an exhaustive look at the television executive’s life and monumental career. In the months before publication, the book has drawn sharp criticism from a chorus of people connected to Fox News, including employees and contributors who have taken to Twitter to attack Sherman.