#164 | White “Empire” II: Fox News, Roger Ailes & Bill O’Reilly (feat. @knockturnalpro)

And you thought the Lyons were ratchet. In real, actual life, media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his sons have created and masterminded an empire of their own, the crown jewel of which being the conservative propaganda machine masquerading as a journalistic outlet known as Fox News Channel. In this episode, the SSN Crew discusses the history behind the network and the political career of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, how Fox News changed the landscape of American TV news (we think to its detriment), and how the sexual harassment scandals surrounding Ailes and former star personality Bill O’Reilly threaten the future of the worldwide expansion of the Murdoch empire.



• 00:00:00: Intro/Early Career of Roger Ailes

• 00:20:59: Why & How Rupert Murdock & Roger Ailes Created Fox News

• 00:33:54: Fox News During the GW Bush Years

• 00:48:42: Fox News During the Obama Years

• 01:01:04: The Roger Ailes Sexual Harassment Scandal

• 01:10:37: The Bill O’Reilly Sexual Harassment Scandal

• 01:24:46: Rupert’s 3 Sons & The Future of Fox News, News Corp & 21st Century Fox/Outro



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