Ex-Fox News chief Ailes, 77, dies after fall

Fox News founder Roger Ailes dead at age 77More

Fox News founder Roger Ailes dead at age 77More

I knew Roger for over 30 years and from the start I was in awe of his talent.

As for pending lawsuits that include Ailes as a defendant, "any sort of criminal case or civil case against the individual goes away when the party dies", King said. The best tables give me 10.

Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted tributes to his onetime boss in a series of messages. "Ailes made news interesting to watch". Lauer added that he "revolutionized the way news was covered on cable television", but recently was "probably a name that most people read in the headlines associated with that sexual harassment scandal". He didn't discuss the news so much as ridicule the reporting of others. "CNN looks much more like Fox News than what CNN looked like in 1995".

I ran across that same conviction often over the next several years. You know, Roger Ailes did more than any person of his generation to transform American politics into a contact sport. "Anyone suing Roger Ailes, in effect, is now suing his estate". Ailes would also work on the successful presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan in 1984 and George H.W. Bush in 1988. Within a few years, it became the audience leader in cable news. CNN's Ted Turner used the new technology of communications satellites to smash the broadcast network monopoly over long-range video transmissions. She previously covered U.S. politics for the Huffington Post and worked with the White House team at Bloomberg News. And, in those days, I leaned left myself. At the same time, I feel a deep sense of loss.

It also emerged as a powerful force on the political scene, with Mr Ailes dismissing criticism that the "fair and balanced" network had a conservative bias. But there was no greater validation of Fox's influence, under Ailes' tutelage, than the victory of Donald Trump that November. It was a feature. They make their impact felt during stellar careers, and are honored and rewarded for it.

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Under Republican president George W. Bush, it championed patriotism, and the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. "I don't think there's ever been one source of media that has such a loyal political following as Fox News does". But was it the pressure of the media or the fact that the media brought to light what a sick individual he was?

He offered, in FOX, a constant reaffirmation of some core cultural assumptions. Ailes declined my many requests for an interview, and my brief encounters with him were unpleasant. Then crank up another panel telling us to spank our children.

One of the first delusional traits of leftists is to imagine there the media environment wasn't "hyper-divisive" before Fox News began. In just about every other place, journalistic mistakes and malpractice were dealt with openly. But when one side refuses to even acknowledge that one major story after another comes along - the firing of an FBI director, Trump's spilling intelligence to the Russians, hiring an national security adviser under investigation, etc. - it ceases to be news at all. FOX, by contrast, lived under the mantra: "never apologize, never explain".

The death May 18 of Fox News former Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes is unlikely to deter the workplace misconduct lawsuits pending against the company, according to law professors and a lawyer representing some of the accusers. It was ironic, then, that Ailes was ousted only hours before Trump accepted the GOP nomination for which Fox News had helped pave the way. Shep Smith, Carl Cameron, and many others would be at home at any network news operation.

The New York Daily News's Don Kaplan on Thursday reported that Ailes voiced frustration over the matter in a phone call before his death the same day.

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