Roger Ailes, the bombastic and controversial founder and CEO of Fox News ousted past year in a sexual harassment scandal, has died.
"More than anyone, Roger knew how to frame the message and communicate it to the masses", said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a former Fox News host and Ailes friend. "He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise-and to give back", Drudge Report quoted Elizabeth as saying in a statement. Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox anchor, sued him for sexual harassment, and other women came forward to support her claims. Multiple women came forward past year to report sexual harassment accusations, including prominent host at the time, Megyn Kelly.
Ailes branded the network "Fair and Balanced" and declared he had left the political world behind, but conservative viewers found a home and lifted prime-time commentators Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity to the top of the news ratings.
Ailes, an OH native, began his television career in the early 1960s as a producer at The Mike Douglas Show in Cleveland, and went onto serve as media consultant for several Republican presidents, including Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.
"Today, America lost one of its great patriotic warriors", Hannity said on Twitter.
"For better or worse & the ignominious end 2 his reign at Fox News, the impact of Roger Ailes on American politics & media was indisputable", Axelrod tweeted Thursday. "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.
That experience began a decades-long dual track in which Ailes cast long shadows over both television and politics, culminating in his founding of Fox News.
Roger Ailes was a 1958 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School.
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In death, Roger Ailes has become a talking point for the kind of polarization and loathing he spent his career fomenting, a fitting legacy for one of the culture wars' biggest instigators.
In a statement, Murdoch called Ailes a "brilliant broadcaster [who] played a huge role in shaping America's media over the last 30 years".
The founder of Fox News and longtime Republican political operative had a profound influence on American life, building Fox News into a powerhouse that transformed the media landscape and conservative politics.
"Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs", he added. As a result, Ailes said, "this is the way they'll be elected forevermore".
By creating a cable news giant which became a favourite of conservatives, the late newsman became a central U.S. political figure.
With the news of former Fox News chief Roger Ailes' passing this morning, a number of Fox News employees took to the air today to discuss their feelings about the man.