Michael Wolff predicts ‘The Fall’ of Fox News in new book

Michael Wolff predicts ‘The Fall’ of Fox News in new book

by Suswati Basu

A forthcoming literary exposé by bestselling author Michael Wolff is set to peel back the curtains on the staggering decline of Fox News, the influential conservative cable news network established by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch. Authored by the seasoned chronicler of media and power dynamics, “The Fall” promises an insider’s perspective on the intricate series of events that led to the network’s downfall. Scheduled for release on September 26, 2023 by Henry Holt, the book is already causing ripples in media circles for its anticipated revelations.

Michael Wolff announced the upcoming release of his new book "The Fall"
Michael Wolff speaks about Fire and Fury at Casa de America event. Credit: Casa de América

Who is Michael Wolff?

Michael Wolff is an American author, journalist, and commentator known for his works that delve into politics, media, and the dynamics of power. He gained widespread recognition with his best-selling book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," which provided an insider's view of the early days of the Trump administration, including controversies, political manoeuvring, and internal conflicts.

Wolff became known for his columns in prominent publications like Vanity Fair, New York magazine, and The Hollywood Reporter. He has also authored several books on media, culture, and politics.

"Fire and Fury," published in 2018, garnered significant attention due to its unvarnished portrayal of the Trump administration's inner workings. The book was based on his extensive access to the White House and his interviews with key figures in the administration. It was met with both praise for its insights and criticism for its unverified claims.

In addition to "Fire and Fury," he has written other books such as "The Man Who Owns the News," which offers a critical examination of Rupert Murdoch's media empire, and "Siege: Trump Under Fire," a sequel to "Fire and Fury" that continues to explore the Trump presidency.

Wolff's writing style is often characterised by his ability to access insider information and provide a behind-the-scenes look at influential figures and institutions. His work has sparked debates, controversies, and discussions, making him a prominent voice in the realms of journalism and political analysis.

What is ‘The Fall’ by Michael Wolff about?

Drawing from a wealth of interviews with individuals entrenched within the Murdoch media empire, including those with direct insight into the Murdoch family’s inner workings, Wolff crafts an intricate narrative that delves into the core conflicts plaguing Fox News. His sources also reveal a riveting account of waning ratings, brewing internal tensions, and Rupert Murdoch’s desperate attempts to salvage the network’s legacy.

Rupert Murdoch and Fox News is the subject of discussion in Michael Wolff's new book "The Fall"
Rupert Murdoch receiving the Global Leadership Award 2015. Credit: Hudson Institute

As a result, “The Fall” penetrates beyond the public façade to unravel the strained relationships between the paterfamilias and his sons, Lachlan and James, who now helm the family’s expansive media conglomerate. Wolff’s investigative prowess brings to the forefront the personal and professional strains that shaped the power dynamics within the Murdoch dynasty. If you have seen the popular TV series “Succession,” then you may have heard claims that the show was loosely based on the tycoon and his actions.

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Unquestionably, with unflinching clarity, Wolff prophesises the inevitable demise of Fox News, saying this “power is now reaching a natural end.” Echoing through the pages of “The Fall” is a haunting cautionary tale about the perils of unbridled authority, a timely reminder of the dangers that arise when power goes unchecked.

“I have been telling the story of the great power of Rupert Murdoch and Fox News for many years,” he said in a statement as quoted in the Associated Press. “This power is now reaching a natural end and ‘The Fall’ brings the story to its closing act.”

In the blurb issued by Little, Brown Book Group, it said:

“Meet the Murdochs. Until recently, they formed the most powerful media and political force in America. Now their empire is cracking up.
“Michael Wolff, author of the bestselling trilogy on the Trump White House — Fire and Fury, Siege and Landslide — vividly captures the downfall of Fox News as well as the explosive battles over which of the three rival children will become Murdoch’s successor.”

The Fall

The reaction so far

However, the impending release of the book has not been without controversy. He was previously labelled a “discredited author” by alleged sources he spoke to for his tell-all book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” which was released in 2018. Scrutiny has also fallen upon Wolff’s previous investigative methods, with some journalists casting doubt on the veracity of his approach. For example, in a PBS News Hour interview, New York Times columnist David Brooks said: “In my view, I don’t know what to believe in the book because I don’t think he practices the kind of journalism that we practice.”

Having read his infamous book on Trump, there is no doubt that he has a gonzo-style of investigative journalism. Think "All The President's Men" by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein about the Watergate affair, meeting Hunter S. Thompson's drug-fuelled, trippy "Fear and loathing in Las Vegas." While the sensationalist element to his writing may not be everyone's cup of tea, it's like watching a slow motion train crash - you can't look away. So suffice to say, we will be reviewing it.

Regardless of the controversy it has courted, “The Fall” by Michael Wolff is poised to be a literary event of monumental proportions. The journalist, celebrated for his incisive dissections of the Trump administration in his previous books, brings his signature flair for uncovering political intrigue and power struggles to the world of media. Consequently, “The Fall” is primed to ignite discussions, challenge preconceptions, and expose new layers of the Fox News saga, leaving readers poised at the precipice of a new understanding of its unravelling.

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