Saturday, 21 April, 2018

Roger Ailes, pioneer who turned Fox News into a powerhouse, dies

Ailes’ political legacy GOP control in divided America Roger Ailes, pioneer who turned Fox News into a powerhouse, dies
Freda Brock | 25 May, 2017, 17:06

Roger Ailes, the highly influential and controversial founder of Fox News who was previous year forced out of the network amid a sexual harassment scandal, has died at the age of 77.

Bush's positive words stood out amid a swell of criticism over Ailes' alleged sexual harassment of former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson and dozens of other female employees.

His wife Elizabeth said in a statement on Thursday he was a patriot who was profoundly grateful for the opportunities his country gave him. Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. It also emerged as a powerful force on the political scene, while the feisty, hard-charging Ailes swatted off criticism that the network he branded as "Fair and Balanced" had a conservative tilt. The fall that caused the injury had not been reported prior to Ailes' death and it was not immediately clear whether it had caused him to be hospitalized. "Controversy aside those people still say they're thankful to Roger Ailes for their careers", Said Dr. Adam Earnheardt, Associate Professor and Chair of the Communications Department at Youngstown State University.

Ailes was tapped by media titan Rupert Murdoch to found Fox News in 1996, building the network into the highest-rated cable news channel on television.

Smith described Ailes in on-air tribute as a 'media genius, revolutionary in American politics, shaper of American history, uproariously amusing man with now well documented flaws ...

Ailes had a storied career in television and politics.

"I want to elect the next president", he told Fox executives at a 2010 meeting, according to the 2014 biography "The Loudest Voice in the Room" by Gabriel Sherman, a writer for NY magazine.

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Sean Hannity, who Ailes hired, said, "Today American lost one of its great patriotic warriors".

In a statement, Murdoch called Ailes a "brilliant broadcaster [who] played a huge role in shaping America's media over the last 30 years".

Throughout Ailes' tenure, Fox News pushed a conservative agenda, particularly in primetime and early-morning programming.

Fox is owned by Mr Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.

Ailes was born in Warren in northeast OH and attended Warren G. Harding High School. He was close with President Trump, helping Mr. Trump prepare for debates during the 2016 campaign after his ouster from Fox News. At least a half-dozen other women, including former Fox News star Megyn Kelly, came forward to accuse Ailes, who denied wrongdoing.

Some will mourn, some will cheer, but there is no doubt that Roger Ailes left his imprint on the Media establishment in America.

"Beth, you are in our thoughts and prayers", co-host Ainsley Earhardt said, "and so is Zachary, their lovely son".

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