Roger Ailes, Fox News Chairman and CEO, is a jerk.

Shocker, I know. But he comes off as even more of an a**hole in this new Esquire portrait than I imagined. My favourite quote from a very long article:

Before the arrival of Roger Ailes, television was thought to be a unifying medium — the “electronic hearth.” Mr. Ailes knew better. Mr. Ailes knew that it was the fire itself. Mr. Ailes knew that the television screen in each American home was nothing less than a battleground, and he who controlled it controlled America, no matter what the message. He didn’t even have to be overtly political, because television was by definition a political medium. Roger Ailes could win … if the idea of a unified America lost. He could win … if his own subversive vision of America was realized. He could win … if American life became an endless, entrenched, and above all electronic argument. And you know what?

He did win.

Did you hear that, Mr. Ailes?

You won.

We surrender.

We concede.

You’re absolutely right when you say that the nature of your achievement isn’t political, because you’ve done nothing less than change the game … the conversation … the very nature of public discourse in these, the United States of America. Politics? For a man like you, politics are just a way of keeping score. And so, as a measure of your triumph, we ask only the question that you would ask of a man as radical, as subversive, as much of a mischief-making provocateur as yourself. On Fox News, your reporters and opinionists would never simply ask if you hate America. They would never give you that chance. And so, as the only suitable tribute to how much you’ve changed us, we can only ask the question as you would ask it:

Why does Roger Ailes hate America?

Worth reading from start to finish.

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