Former President George H.W. Bush tweeted that while his "friend" Ailes "wasn't flawless", he may not have been elected president without him. Roger Ailes Fell and Hit His Head Days Before He Died, Police Report Shows https://t.co/pidplLJHSv https://t.co/dw6PLFn2hh - Paola ∟ (@PauNavo) May 18, 2017 Police reportedly rushed to the scene, arriving within minutes after the call.
Fox News quickly broke into "Fox & Friends" with an alert confirming the news and the co-hosts sounded emotional while reporting the death of their former boss.
"Roger played a huge role in shaping America's media over the last 30 years", said the 86-year-old in a statement.
Former President George H.W. Bush, for example, wrote that he owed a debt of gratitude to the former political consultant for helping to get him elected to the nation's highest office.
Executive chairman of 21st Century Fox and Fox News Channel Rupert Murdoch gave a statement of his own.
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"Everybody at Fox News is shocked and grieved by the death of Roger Ailes".
By creating a cable news giant which became a favourite of conservatives, the late newsman became a central USA political figure.
Authorities in Florida are saying Roger Ailes died of bleeding on the brain caused by an earlier fall at home.
"He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape singlehandedly for the better". "Ailes' legacy is that you can actually convince half the country that President Obama was a secret Muslim who wasn't born here". Some say he was the one who started "hyper-partisan" television, where the media actually takes sides.
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Ailes went into politics after meeting President Richard Nixon, who made an appearance on The Mike Douglas Show in 1967, according to Fox News.
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After leaving the company he reportedly helped Donald Trump prepare for the debates during his presidential campaign.
We may never know for certain whether Ailes instructed his wife, Elizabeth, to break the news this way.
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