Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes dies at age 77

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But to my mind, there can be no better encapsulation of Ailes's legacy than the struggle over the way he treated women. - Lisa Bloom, attorney for Wendy Walsh, who made sexual harassment allegations against Ailes. His friend and former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly is speaking out about the man who gave him his own show on Fox news.

CBS News, for example, grew to prominence in the 1930's, as Hitler was conquering Europe; ABC News became a major player when Roone Arledge used the network's prime-time profits in the late 1970s to hire star talent and create new vehicles, most notably "Nightline". Ailes's reputation was transformed - from merely "controversial" to allegedly predatory.

Roger Ailes, the Warren native and communications maestro who transformed television news and America's political conversation by creating and ruling Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted a year ago over alleged sexual harassment, died Thursday, according to his wife, Elizabeth Ailes. African American employees and former employees at Fox have also filed a lawsuit alleging a pattern of discriminatory hiring and advancement. Cable news responded by talking about him all day long. And hence the internal reaction within Fox.

At FOX, Ailes reigned supreme for two decades.

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Roger Ailes was not a good guy. Meanwhile, many on the left tore into the combative personality, citing his numerous sexual harassment allegations to label him a "predatory monster". The relentless run of bad news for Trump over the past few weeks has likely depressed Fox's regular viewership, much like supporters of Hillary Clinton stayed away from television news for the month after her election loss. "Ailes made news interesting to watch". His only statements were issued through his lawyer, and those were rote denials of whatever accusations were being leveled against him.

Ailes also served as a one-time adviser to Donald Trump. The latter was nearly certainly never true; as part of Ailes's $US40 million ($54 million) severance package, he was bound by a non-compete clause.

Add Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi to the list of those who aren't sad to see Ailes gone. In what can only be described as a nasty takedown of the ex-FNC head, Taibbi blamed Ailes for creating the "hyper-divisive media environment" American public - described as "a hate-filled, paranoid, untrusting, book-dumb and bilious people" - now finds itself in.

(Gabriel Sherman of NY magazine was the subject of particularly intense pushback.) It may be no coincidence that this combative response to critics is a hallmark of the 45th president, whose campaign Roger Ailes advised both before and after his forced pasture as Fox News chief. Its hosts and reporters offered brief on-air tributes. Only when masses of people began to follow him did the media give him significant coverage, even though he is a respected USA senator.

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Fox's populism was an easy fit with American conservatism for two decades because populist indictments of liberal elites and conservative ones overlap a great deal. "The one thing we agreed on was our love of country".

"A brilliant broadcaster, Roger played a huge role in shaping America's media over the last thirty years". "He will be remembered by the many people on both sides of the camera that he discovered, nurtured and promoted". Traditional anchors such as Shep Smith, Chris Wallace and Bret Baier enabled Fox to maintain credibility as a news organization. It remains No. 1 in total viewers, with CNN and MSNBC far behind.

Ailes is survived by a polarizing legacy, one that includes the creation of the right-leaning Fox News network as chairman and CEO beginning in 1996.

"He was my champion and my mentor".

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It was there in 1967 that he and Nixon crossed paths in a meeting that changed both their lives.

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