Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Roger Ailes had strong roots in native OH, friends say

Rupert Murdoch, the head of Fox News' parent company 21st Century Fox, said Mr Ailes played a "huge role in shaping America's media over the last thirty years". Not sure I would have been President w/o his great talent, loyal help.

Friends and high school classmates of longtime Fox News CEO and OH native Roger Ailes say he was down-to-earth and never forgot his Midwestern roots.

Born in Warren, Ohio, his big break came in 1967 when Richard Nixon appeared as a guest on a talk show he was working on, persuading the future U.S. president about the power of television.

The controversial Ailes built Fox News into a media empire but was forced to resign in disgrace previous year following allegations that he sexually harassed female colleagues.

In fact, Ailes' impact on American life - in exploiting and expanding our cultural and political differences - made President Trump possible.

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He understood and weaponized anger against elites, and as much as anyone he helped get elected to office, redefined conservative politics. And one, paradoxically, in which a central tenet of faith is seeing liberals as perpetually aggrieved.

Although his being gay was long and open secret, Smith finally came out publicly last fall when speaking about the Ailes sexual harassment scandal.

But Fox was in a real sense built on sexual harassment, in its preoccupation with the sexual sins of Bill Clinton and other Democrats.

He said the firm's client Lidija Ujkic had claimed in her lawsuit that Ailes insisted that President Obama was a Muslim who worked with terrorists and discussed "the Fox News recipe for success as showing women from the feet up". His death was announced in a statement by his wife, Elizabeth Ailes, to The Drudge Report.

'He was very fatherly and mentorish, ' he also said of Ailes.

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Fox personalities including Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham are remembering Roger Ailes.

The Fox co-founder, a consultant to Republican presidents and a central figure in the conservative USA political movement, was ousted from the network in July past year after a sexual harassment lawsuit from former news host Gretchen Carlson.

"Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs".

Ailes, who started his career in local television, served as a media consultant and adviser to three Republican presidents, including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.

"In the years I worked with Ailes he was a great mentor, deeply patriotic, committed to Fox News and really anxious about America", Gingrich, a Republican, wrote on Twitter.

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Roger Ailes single-handedly rewrote the rules of TV news, building a media juggernaut to cap a landmark career. While the idea was never taken up by the Republican president, it was the germination of a concept that eventually turned into the Fox News channel, a conservative powerhouse that debuted on October 7, 1996.

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