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Divide and Conquer shows how Roger Ailes used fear to shape politics & the media

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Roger Ailes talking with President Reagan and Nancy Reagan for an upcoming Address to the Nation on Drug Abuse, 1986 in DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES, a Magnolia Pictures release.

  On this edition of Your Call, we discuss the new documentary Divide and Conquer, which shows the rise and fall of Fox News chair Roger Ailes.

A key consultant to Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George HW Bush, Ailes used fear, racism, and lies to shape the country's political landscape. He also advised Donald Trump. In 2016, he was forced out of Fox after multiple sexual harassment allegations.


Alexis Bloom, former producer for the National Geographic Channel, BBC World, and PBS Frontline, director of We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, and Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes

Web Resources:

Variety: Film Review: ‘Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes

The Boston Globe: Roger Ailes: the man who created Fox News

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.