Former Fox News boss Roger Ailes, who viewed journalist Gabriel Sherman as a “political enemy,” according to a CNN report, apparently went out of his way to keep tabs on Sherman.
The report references a lengthy memo dated Jan. 5, 2012, and headed “To: Interested Parties.” “Re: Gabriel Sherman.”
“Two full years before Sherman published a book about Roger Ailes, this book-length memo made the rounds inside Fox News,” CNN reports. “It has all the markings of ‘opposition research’ about a political enemy — which is precisely how Ailes viewed Sherman.”
The report adds: “The memo, obtained by CNNMoney from two anonymous sources, is a stunning display of Ailes’ campaign-like strategies. It includes, among other things, property records, voter registration information, and a note that the researchers could find no criminal record for Sherman.”
Sherman’s book on Ailes, “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” was published in 2014. CNN notes that the book “included on-the-record accounts of Ailes in the early 1980s telling a prospective employee, ‘If you agree to have sex with me whenever I want, I will add an extra hundred dollars a week,’ and making flirtatious and suggestive comments to another woman.”
CNN adds that the Sherman research that circulated at Fox News “totals 400 pages. Most of it is run of the mill: print-outs of Sherman’s old articles and tweets. All of it appears to be public information, though some of it would be difficult or time-consuming for the average person to find.
“The mere existence of the memo shows how Ailes’ allies went to extreme lengths to investigate the reporter.”