Roger Ailes: Off Camera
Roger Ailes: Off Camera was Zev Chafets’ follow-up to his book on conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, an Army of One. When he researched Roger Ailes: Off Camera, Zev Chafetz was given direct and, as The Atlantic, the New York Times and others describe it, unprecedented access to Fox News head, Roger Ailes, which makes Chafetz unique among biographers of Roger Ailes. Indeed, Roger Ailes: Off Camera is the only biography of the Fox News founder and head in which Ailes participated. That lead many in the press to predict the book would be a “fluff piece” on Ailes but, judging by Vanity Fair’s teasing review of the piece, (they released portions of the book in a review before its released), the kid gloves were not worn, and Roger Ailes: Off Camera generated more than a few quotes by Ailes that caused immediate controversy–even before the book hit the shelves–and revealed a man who is not afraid to criticize friends and opponents alike, as The Atlantic pointed out, his may stem from the unprecedented access Zev Chafets was given when he wrote Roger Ailes: Off Camera:
“This year, the veil is pulled back by two high-profile biographies—one written with Ailes’s cooperation, by award-winning columnist and author Zev Chafets, and one unauthorized, by prolific New York–magazine media reporter Gabriel Sherman. The books will hit stands within months of one another and undoubtedly paint strikingly different portraits; while Sherman has for years covered the media, Fox News, and Ailes in particular, Chafets [in Roger Ailes: Off Camera] was given unprecedented access to the man himself, as well as his friends, family, and colleagues. What resulted from the latter effort was a series of intimate encounters that have made their way into the book, showing the world from Ailes’s perspective.”
Roger Ailes: Off Camera is worth a read for people who want to understand Roger Ailes, rather than people who want to read about what others think of the man and, as public as Ailes’ career has been, there is not shortage of people who have opinions about the man they have never gotten to know.
Zev Chafets, author of Roger Ailes: Off Camera is the author of thirteen books, eight of which are non-fiction. Chafets was the founding managing editor of the Jerusalem Report Magazine. From 2000 – 2004, Zev Chfets was a regular columnist for the New York Daily News. Still an active feature writer, his columns make frequent appearances in major newspapers around the world, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Post and often in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Long before writing Roger Ailes: Off Camera, Chafetz spent ten years in the army, government and the political field. In 1977, he was appointed Director of the Government Press Office, where he served until 1982, during the administration of Prime Minister Menachem Begin.