Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Divide & Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes offers an overview of the media mogul's rise and fall that proves as engrossing as it is deeply disturbing.

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DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES sheds light on the current moment in American political life by following the arc of Roger Ailes: long-time Republican svengali and controversial founder of Fox News. By coaching an unrivaled stable of politicians over the course of fifty years, Ailes heavily influenced Republican politics, steering the conservative movement from Nixon, to the Tea Party, to Trump. Under his tutelage, anger and fear became the coin of the realm, both on the ballot and on national television. Diagnosed with hemophilia at an early age, it took someone intimate with fear to skillfully manipulate the fear of others. With Rupert Murdoch behind him, Roger Ailes started Fox News and turned it into a money-making juggernaut, with profits exceeding those of all its rivals combined. He discarded notions of traditional journalism and turned prime time television into flame-throwing TV. Short skirts and low necklines mesmerized his audience and, as long as Fox made money, there was little oversight of his fiefdom. But the carnival house mirror Ailes put up to America reflected his own distorted personal life. This is a story of serial cruelty, both on the public stage and in private life. Lik

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It's both a memorial and a cautionary tale about unchecked power and ambition in America.

Dec 7, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's naive to blame the current cancerous state of American politics on a single carcinogen, but don't let that stop you from pointing fingers at Roger Ailes.

Dec 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is the acid test for a good journalistic documentary: No matter how far back it reaches, Divide and Conquer always feels as if it's in the present tense.

Dec 7, 2018 | Full Review…

"Divide and Conquer" is well worth watching, underscoring the power Ailes wielded at the enterprise he ran for 20 years like a virtual kingdom.

Dec 7, 2018 | Full Review…
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This is one action-packed doc, so to speak, replete with eyebrow-raising factual tidbits.

Dec 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If you're looking for a quick medicinal shot of how we got to Trump in the White House, the bracing Divide and Conquer feels like one of the more alarming civics courses you'll ever take.

Dec 6, 2018 | Full Review…
TheWrap
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