More anticipation for a much-anticipated biography of Roger Ailes

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Gabe Sherman's highly anticipated biography of Fox News chief Roger Ailes has been given a release date.

Random House announced today that the book, "The Loudest Voice in the Room: The Inside Story of how Roger Ailes and Fox News Remade American Politics," will hit shelves Jan. 14, 2014, although it was originally expected to land sometime this year.

“With Gabriel Sherman’s fearless, relentless reporting, we believe this book will be as revelatory as it will be compulsively readable,” said Random House publisher Susan Kamil in a statement.

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Sherman, a contributing editor at New York, has been aggressively reporting on Fox News and its bellicose boss for the past two years, having generated several high-profile magazine features and a plethora of scoops. (No small feat given the network's tight-lipped corporate culture.)

Along the way, he's amassed a small army of detractors in conservative media circles, including some who have orchestrated an online smear campaign.

A competing biography by Zev Chafets, who was given generous access to Ailes, was published last month by Sentinel but widely regarded as a puff piece.

"The overall book ... reads like a long, soft-focus, poorly edited magazine article," wrote Michiko Kakutani in her New York Times review.

In other news...

CNN drew one of its biggest audiences in a decade during its Boston coverage on Friday. [The New York Times]

John King is embarrassed by last week's flub. [Politico/On Media]

Erik Wemple to "Bag Men": Sue the New York Post. [WaPo]

The scope of Brian Stelter's access to Ann Curry. [W.W.D.]

The New York Times' not-so-favorable review of Stelter's book. [The New York Times]

The A.P.'s Boston mea culpa. [The Huffington Post]

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The Newspaper Guild of New York is behind Matthew Keys, former social-media guy for Reuters who was recently indicted on charges that he assisted the hacker group Anonymous in an effort to access the computer system of his former employer, the Tribune Co.:

The following statement can be attributed to Peter Szekely, Secretary-Treasurer of the Newspaper Guild of New York:

"Our contract with Thomson Reuters prohibits management from dismissing anyone without just and sufficient cause. We don’t believe the company has the required justification here. At this point, we intend to vigorously defend Matthew Keys as we would any other hard-working member of the Newspaper Guild of New York who had been fired without cause."

The New York Times is making all of its video content free:

The New York Times announced that beginning today it will offer unlimited access to video (NYTimes.com/video) on NYTimes.com, on the mobile Web site (m.nytimes.com) and on mobile applications, to all users regardless of their subscription status.

Courtesy of Acura and Microsoft, video views will not count against the 10-article per month limit set for non-subscribers.

Denise Warren, executive vice president, Digital Products and Services Group, The New York Times, said: “As we continue to tell stories through video and increase our offerings, we want to ensure NYTimes.com users can watch and explore our video content with ease. We are grateful to Acura and Microsoft for providing the support we need to continue to expand our best-in-class video content and deliver it to our vast NYTimes.com audience.”

"Acura is excited to collaborate with The New York Times for this prestigious and exciting opportunity as we continue to grow our online video investments," said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president at American Honda.

NYTimes.com features both live and on-demand video, organized into categories including News/TimesCast, Editor’s Choice, World, U.S., Business, Science, Opinion, Arts, Style, Sports and Latest News.