Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Roger Ailes Is Dead At 77

Roger Ailes Is Dead At 77

He was also a longtime friend of President Trump, who defended Ailes against the accusations of sexual harassment, saying Ailes had helped "some of the women that are complaining".

By creating a cable news giant which became a favourite of conservatives, Ailes became a central United States political figure.

Thursday's news of the death of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes hit several staffers hard, including S.C. native Ainsley Earhardt. "He recognized that half the country wasn't properly served". His death, which first was announced on Drudge Report, came less than a year after being ousted from Fox News under a cloud of harassment allegations, triggered by a lawsuit against Ailes filed by former program host Gretchen Carlson. He denied the charges but allegations of additional misconduct continued to dog the cable news channel. He was forced to resign from his position at Fox News, reportedly with a $40 million payout.

Fox News has hired numerous Republican lawmakers, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and John Kasich (before he became Ohio's governor), as well as those whose political careers were behind them, such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

The real driver that created Trump the politician was the network's decades-long campaign to discredit the "biased liberal media" and its constant handwringing over "political correctness". A brilliant broadcaster, Roger played a huge role in shaping America's media over the last 30 years.

"Before Ailes, it was the three major networks and CNN".

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"So not only is he very influential in helping to elect presidents, he is responsible for the way news is consumed in a fractured way". "And if you think it is, you'll lose again".

In 1984, Ailes worked on President Reagan's re-election campaign.

The remainder of Ailes' career would draw on various blends of showmanship, ruthless politics and an unmatched skill for recognizing TV's raw communication power before his opponents did, and harnessing it better.

Right-wing radio host Alex Jones publicly credited Ailes for pioneering the ultra-conservative media space that allows people like him to thrive. It was an incredible mistake.

"He is generous. There's one side of him, the political side and the businessman side, and the other side is he's generous to his community", said Alcorn. "He's been an inspiration to many young conservatives in media".

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Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy described Ailes as a "pathfinder" who opened up the news industry to "a diversity of viewpoints". He seemed incapable of stopping Trump's rise as the GOP's top contender for the 2016 election.

The Fox co-founder, a consultant to Republican presidents and widely credited with leading a revival of the United States conservative movement, was ousted from the network previous year under the cloud of a series of sexual harassment allegations.

'That's not true. He was as nice as he could be to me. Ailes died at the age of seventy-seven. "Roger was a media genius, good friend and great American".

"He wasn't ideal, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him", chimed in George H.W. Bush.

Former President George H.W. Bush tweeted: "He wasn't flawless, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him".

This article was originally published at 11:55 a.m.

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