Former President George H.W. Bush tweeted that while his "friend" Ailes "wasn't flawless", he may not have been elected president without him. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise-and to give back. "And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life.", the report added. A cause of death was not available Thursday, but Ailes was known to be in poor health.
The man responsible for turning Fox into a conservative media force resigned last summer amid allegations of sexual harassment.
"Apart from the presidents he served, he was arguably the single most important figure in the creation of modern conservatism", Mr David Greenberg, a Rutgers University political scientist, wrote in an essay for Politico past year.
"RIP Roger Ailes a good friend, great American and communications genius @StoneColdTruth", - author and political adviser Roger Stone. At least a half-dozen other women, including former Fox News star Megyn Kelly, came forward to accuse Ailes, who denied wrongdoing.
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In a series of tweets on Thursday he described Ailes as on of America's "great patriotic warriors" who was a "second father" to him after his own dad died.
The founder of Fox News and longtime Republican political operative had a profound influence on American life, building Fox News into a powerhouse that transformed the media landscape and conservative politics.
Ailes' widow, Elizabeth Ailes, confirmed his death in a statement on the Fox News website.
That experience began a decades-long dual track in which Ailes cast long shadows over both television and politics, culminating in his founding of Fox News.
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Murdoch noted Ailes' critical role in creating Fox News.
He wasn't ideal, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him.
The Hill's Joe Concha, who occasionally appears Fox News, snarked at several critics who posted tweets noting Ailes' alleged behavior toward some women at Fox News. Twenty-First Century Fox noted in a recent quarterly report that it paid $45 million in settlements related to sexual harassment allegations against Ailes. Or that Ailes, who helped craft former President Richard Nixon's anger-stoked presidential campaign, informally advised Trump during his run for president. He would go on to advise President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and President George H.W. Bush in 1988, according to Folkenflik. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth and son Zachary.
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