Bill O'Reilly Pays Tribute to Ailes on Podcast

Virginia Carter
May 19, 2017

Roger Ailes was a patriot.

Roger Ailes, the embattled longtime chairman and chief executive of Fox News, has died, according to a statement by his wife obtained by the Drudge Report early on May 18. The death has been ruled accidental and there was no evidence of foul play.

"Justice", a former Fox News personality reportedly said when she heard that Ailes, 77, had died.

Former President George H.W. Bush tweeted that while his "friend" Ailes "wasn't flawless", he may not have been elected president without him. "The GOP has long had a problem speaking to people beyond the boardroom and country club. He transformed American politics and American media".

Former President George H.W. Bush is adding his voice to the many on social media mourning Ailes, saying his election in 1988 was in part due to the media strategist.

Ailes is universally regarded as a brilliant political strategist.

In recent years, he began an informal adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, even sitting in on debate prep for the candidate during his 2016 campaign.

Ailes left the company previous year amid a number of accusations that he sexually harassed women at the company. Over the next year, they met repeatedly, nearly always at Fox News headquarters, and spoke regularly on the phone, sources told CNNMoney. "May he rest in peace", conservative media watchdog Brent Bozell. "Ailes' legacy is that you can actually convince half the country that President Obama was a secret Muslim who wasn't born here".

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Watch Media Research Council's Dan Gainor discuss the life and passing of Fox News Founder Roger Ailes.

He later helped build CNBC before Murdoch chose him to launch Fox News. Republicans now have a 45-seat majority, a swing of 127 seats.

Carlson said there had been at least six instances when Ailes talked about her body, intimidated her or used demeaning language.

O'Reilly defended Ailes on Thursday, saying his demise came from public backlash.

Through it all, Fox News has retained the identity Ailes forged for the network as a leading platform for conservative opinion and a counterweight to other news outlets that Fox hosts generally regard with disdain.

Fox News' Sean Hannity also paid tribute on social media.

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. "He made the Republican control of Congress possible". With its slogan "Fair & Balanced", the network grew into not just the cable news ratings leader but a profound influence on the right wing of American politics.

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