Surprise: CBS Actually Presses 'Liberal-Leaning' Journalist on New Roger Ailes Bio

January 14, 2014 - 2:14 PM

[More in the cross-post on the MRC's NewsBusters blog.]

On Friday's CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell refreshingly departed from their usual softball treatment of liberal guests, and pursued New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman about his new biography of Fox News's Roger Ailes. O'Donnell spotlighted how "critics...[are] saying...you're a younger, liberal-leaning journalist."

Both anchors also hounded Sherman for a political accusation in the very title of the bio – The Loudest Voice in the Room: How The Brilliant Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News – and Divided A Country:

NORAH O'DONNELL: ...[Y]ou say he's divided a country.

GABRIEL SHERMAN, AUTHOR, "THE LOUDEST VOICE IN THE ROOM": Yes, he has.

O'DONNELL: How?

SHERMAN: Because his ability to drive a message. He has an unrivaled ability to know what resonates with a certain audience. You know, he comes from a blue collar, factory town in Ohio. He speaks to-

CHARLIE ROSE: So, what's the message that divides the country?

SHERMAN: He speaks to that part of America that feels left behind by the culture. You know, it's the old Nixon 'silent majority,' which is what was his formative experience.