Roger Ailes had strong roots in native OH, friends say

Ailes, who died at 77, apparently had been infirm for some time. And in the uncertain new era of the Trump presidency, the network has seemed a bit less sure-footed while facing an unaccustomed burst of competition from MSNBC.

"No one deserves more credit for the rightward movement of this country over the last 20 years or so than Roger Ailes", said Bruce Bartlett, a former aide to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush who now considers himself an independent. I considered Ailes to be the most consequential media and political figure of his generation - a modern-day Citizen Kane.

If it was only Fox that took Ailes' theories to heart, it would have been a one-off. "And Ailes had a major role in creating that kind of political culture", says Peck, an assistant professor of media culture. In April O'Reilly, the channel's most-watched host, was also forced out after the New York Times reported that Fox and O'Reilly had paid five women a total of $13 million to settle harassment claims.

Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes died on Thursday as a result of complications after falling and hitting his head at his home the previous week.

Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox and Fox News Channel, said he was saddened by the development.

"The sudden passing of Roger Ailes will make it hard for Fox News to refute the allegations against him as his testimony was not secured by sworn testimony to date", New York City lawyer Douglas Wigdor said in a statement emailed to Bloomberg BNA May 18. Now, Trump has made it easy for them not to have to own up to their mistakes. "It was an untapped market". "He hired political commentators who were openly disdainful of the mainstream media". Traditional anchors such as Shep Smith, Chris Wallace and Bret Baier enabled Fox to maintain credibility as a news organization.


Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a former Fox News personality and Roger Ailes' friend, is calling the former Fox chief "a genius". The bitter dispute led to a treasury department attempt to exclude Fox from a round of interviews. Only when masses of people began to follow him did the media give him significant coverage, even though he is a respected US senator.

Ailes' career would draw on various blends of showmanship, ruthless politics and an unmatched skill for recognizing TV's raw communication power before his opponents did, and harnessing it better. Ailes reportedly helped coach the now president for last year's election campaign debates. (Rachel Maddow, for instance, asked Ailes to blurb her book.) As I did interviews to promote The Loudest Voice in the Room in the winter and spring of 2014, many questioned my portrayal of Ailes as a paranoid and ruthless cult leader. As a conservative now, I sympathize as I read news stories that - in the words chosen, the way the articles are written, the assumptions that underlie the tale told - reflect a liberal slant. His mockery of a disabled reporter, a historically low moment for anyone seeking public office, was explained away by supporters as merely a joke and by true believers as the product of selective editing. A makeup artist said she had to do women's makeup before meetings with Ailes and that afterward, in one person's case, "the makeup on her nose and chin was gone".

There were perhaps few parallels, however, as potent as the two men's treatment of women.

But he stepped down previous year after a number of female employees accused him of sexual harassment.

Most mentioned that he had, in Smith's words, "well-documented flaws"; in Hume's package, he said that the sexual harassment accusations "came as a shock to almost all at Fox News, who remembered him today for his talent and his leadership, his humor, and his personal kindness".


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