Roger Ailes died of bleeding on the brain

Virginia Carter
May 19, 2017

He wasn't ideal, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him.

The statement provided by Elizabeth Ailes called the king of conservative news "a patriot, [and] profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise - and to give back".

Ailes started the network nearly from scratch in 1996 and built it into not just a cable news ratings leader but a profound influence on the right wing of American politics. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life...

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a former Fox News personality and Roger Ailes' friend, is calling the former Fox chief "a genius".

In a series of messages, Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted tributes to his onetime boss, saying he was "like a second father". — Lisa Bloom, attorney for Wendy Walsh, who made sexual harassment allegations against Ailes.

Roger Ailes' unexpected death will likely complicate several pending lawsuits and a federal investigation into whether 21st Century Fox violated any securities laws in its handling of payments to women to resolve sexual harassment claims. "He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape singlehandedly for the better". He said Ailes became a father figure to him after his own father died in 1997.

He wasn't flawless, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him.

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- George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) May 18, 2017Deeply saddened by death of Roger Ailes.

Anchors of the channel's morning show Fox & Friends were noticeably emotional in announcing Ailes' death.

He said Ailes equipped the three modern Republican presidents - Ronald Reagan, George H.W., George W. Bush - with "blunt advice that led them to success", adding that such bluntness also led him to accrue many enemies.

Roger Ailes, who transformed cable news and then American politics by building Fox News into a ratings powerhouse, died Thursday.

The sins Earhardt was referring to were the sexual harassment allegations leveled against Ailes by several women, including one-time Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson, who says she was sacked after rebuffing Ailes's sexual advances.

It must have been painful for Ailes to see President Trump stumbling so badly - failing every media test thrown his way. The network eventually unseated CNN as the highest-rated cable news network and became one of the most popular cable networks of all genres, reaching more than 90 million households. The government is looking into whether Fox News failed to inform shareholders about settlements made with employees who accused Ailes of sexual harassment.

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