Instead of attacking Gabriel Sherman for writing an unauthorized biography of Roger Ailes, Fox News should consider his suggestions for turning the network and its website into a respected news source.
Sherman writes in a string of tweets this morning:
—> One thought abt FNC: given their profits, why not hire hundreds of reporters and turn foxnews.com into major source of journalism?
—> Given that Fox is earning $1 billion annually, network could hire more reporters than WSJ, or NYT, and could staff bureaus all over world
—> Foxnews.com could become a global news destination. Could hire best reporters in the country, pay big salaries. Beat NYT, WSJ, WaPo
—> Rupert Murdoch loves journalism, scoops, reporting. You would think he would back a big push into reporting by Fox. But Ailes has control.
—> In Jan ’07, Murdoch said this about WSJ: “What if…we spent $100 million a year hiring all the best business journalists in the world?”
—> “…And spent some money on establishing the brand but went global…w/ big, iconic names, outstanding writers, reporters, experts.”
—> No reason Murdoch’s original vision for WSJ couldn’t be translated to Fox. They have audience, profits. Such an opportunity for journalism