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Roger Ailes, Ex-Fox News CEO & GOP Kingmaker, Dies At 77

19 Mai 2017

Mr Ailes abruptly resigned from his positions as chairman and chief executive of the TV channel and Fox Business Network in July past year. One claim came from anchor Megyn Kelly, who left Fox for NBC, and who may have been the final force that ousted Ailes.

But accusations of Ailes' treatment of women would be his downfall.

News that Ailes would be stepping down as chairman rattled followers when Fox News co-founder Rupert Murdoch made the announcement during the summer of 2016.

Ailes was suffering from numerous and serious health problems, which we're told contributed to his death. They said there were no signs of foul play. With its slogan "Fair & Balanced", the network grew into not just the cable news ratings leader but a profound influence on the right wing of American politics.

"It provides a coda to the season of scandal we've had for the past 10 months", Folkenflik said, referring to the successive departures of Ailes, "O'Reilly Factor" host Bill O'Reilly and Fox News executive Bill Shine. "Roger Ailes was a close friend of mine and I'm going to miss him. His advice to Presidents Nixon and Reagan was historic and helped elect both".

"Roger Ailes has died". Fox News was launched in October that year.

His impact on television and in politics puts him at the top of list of media masters. — Fox commentator, former presidential candidate and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

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"The GOP has long had a problem speaking to people beyond the board room and country club - Roger changed that. He was a genius". Ailes was an influential practitioner of the anti-media "grievance culture" who spawned a "toxic atmosphere" of paranoia at the network he founded. "Roger was my best friend, the most wonderful loving husband and father to our son Zachary". He was a loyal friend to so many. Ailes suffered from hemophilia. He was taken to a hospital by attending paramedics.

No other details were announced.

Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted a message of condolence.

"Roger used to say being a good journalist and a good patriot were not incompatible. RIP", Ingraham wrote on Twitter.

"Roger shared my vision of a great and independent television organization and executed it brilliantly over 20 great years", the July statement read.

"Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs", the 86-year-old said in a statement.

Roger Ailes, Ex-Fox News CEO & GOP Kingmaker, Dies At 77