Reporter and author Gabriel Sherman, whose coverage of the fall from grace of former Fox News chief Roger Ailes has been almost as big a part of the story as the story itself, is profiled in The New York Times, which says Sherman’s coverage placed him “at the vanguard of the biggest media story of the year, a distinction he earned by having the nerve and focus to forage at the hostile perimeter of the country’s most successful cable news operation.”
The Times adds: “A high tolerance for stress has helped, too. In mid-July Politico reported that Mr. Ailes had once talked about dispatching thugs to beat up Mr. Sherman. It is unclear how serious he was. But now that Mr. Ailes had lost his job, it seemed possible that he would also lose his famously volatile temper. So Mr. Sherman and the editors at New York hired some muscle” in preparation for an MSNBC interview with Sherman, who showed up with a bodyguard.
“Mr. Sherman had come to discuss his New York magazine cover article about the end of Roger Ailes’ career as the chairman of Fox News over allegations of serial sexual harassment,” The Times reports. “It is just a fraction of what Mr. Sherman has written in the six years he has covered the cable TV titan, a canon that includes a 500-plus-page biography, ‘The Loudest Voice in the Room,’ published in 2014.”
The Times adds that in some ways “Mr. Ailes’ noisy exit represents a second chance for Mr. Sherman, an opportunity he has seized. In the months since the former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson went public with her sexual harassment lawsuit, he has produced a gusher of words that seem to nail every detail of this tawdry story.”
We encourage readers to click on the link to The New York Times near the top of this story to read the full profile.