Former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes is dead

Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News Channel, dies at 77

The death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes could pose a major hurdle to a series of lawsuits that claimed he sexually harassed female anchors and contributors at America's most-watched cable channel.

The rumors of Ailes' abuse had long circulated, but it was not until a New York Times investigation published a year ago that the flood of women came forward. No cause was given. "Roger was a patriot, grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise - and to give back". Many people out there would say that he saved this country by starting the Fox News Channel. They maintained the pretense that everyone loved a unanimously liberal news media, but that was obviously not the case.

The genius, West noted, was in Ailes' balancing act. Opinion and commentary is cheaper than actual reported journalism. Millions of Americans have been affected by Fox News, no doubt about that.

"On Monday night, after the Washington Post broke the news that Trump shared highly classified information with Russian officials, MSNBC was No. 1 with an average of 662,000 "demo" viewers during prime time".

In July 2016, Ailes was ousted as head of Fox News after a sexual harassment lawsuit was filed by a former anchor, Gretchen Carlson, who claimed she was sacked for refusing his sexual advances.

You have left for this month.

Roger Ailes died not of cancer or heart disease. So far, 21st Century FOX has paid $45 million in relation to those charges, with more pending.

It also would be a proper tribute to Ailes.

Ailes changed the face of 24-hour news when he accepted a challenge from media titan Rupert Murdoch to build a network from scratch to compete with CNN and other TV outlets they deemed left-leaning. You know, Roger Ailes did more than any person of his generation to transform American politics into a contact sport.

He once punched a hole in the wall of an NBC control room where he was producing "The Tomorrow Show", according to the Chafetz book.

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At FOX, Ailes reigned supreme for two decades. My wife told me I was clearly going for a Ph.D.in Roger Ailes.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich recalled Ailes' influence on the nation's politics from the late 1960s to now. Some, such as Kasich, went on to run for office again. Since the run of damaging news stories against Trump began, Hannity has become the angry id of the Fox audience, charging that the president's opponents were "unhinged", "foaming at the mouth" and "wetting their trousers".

Ailes was born in Warren, Ohio, on May 15, 1940. "Ohio University sends heartfelt condolences to the Ailes family". A television wunderkind, he rose to executive producer by age 25 and was nominated for an Emmy in 1968.

P.J. TOBIA: Early in his career, Ailes helped launch a little-known big band singer named Mike Douglas, who became a household name with his afternoon variety show.

Ailes also owned homes in Cresskill, New Jersey, and Garrison, New York. But to my mind, there can be no better encapsulation of Ailes's legacy than the struggle over the way he treated women.

But this is a story that has - dare I even say this? - a happy ending.

One longtime friend, evangelical Christian leader Ralph Reed, affectionately called Ailes "master of the universe" on Thursday, while former President George H.W. Bush tweeted that he might not have been elected without the Fox chief.

Taibbi was also delusional enough to decry invective, which he should realize is his specialty, his calling card: "invective, like drugs or tobacco or any other addictive property, is a product of diminishing returns". Ailes fell in his bathroom, hit his head and was bleeding profusely. Three potential candidates, maybe more, might have had a greater chance to win if their views had been given more coverage.

Critics have long accused Ailes and Fox of stretching the meaning of the network's motto, "fair and balanced".

His marriages to the former Marjorie White and Norma Ferrer ended in divorce.

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