The infamous founder of Fox News passed away. History will not treat him well. The only thing I will credit him for is the fact that he made news and entertainment a success for Fox News. He will be missed by those loyal to him. Those who hated him will dance on his grave.
Family released a public statement.
I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes passed away this morning. Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son, Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise-and to give back. During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions.And even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life.
Roger Ailes was the guy who created Fox News in October 1996 with the help of Australian billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch. They turned that network into the profitable outrage machine that it is today.
The great hits were Bill O'Reilly, Fox & Friends, Sean "Softball" Hannity and The Kelly File.
Ailes' legacy came tumbling down when Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against Ailes for sexual harassment. It opened up the door to complaints of racism, sexism, discrimination and bigotry.
Fox News is facing numerous lawsuits. Even with Ailes gone, Andrea Tantaros, Kelly Wright and numerous others will continue their lawsuits against his Ailes' family and the network.
All but the softball remains on Fox News.
Gabriel Sherman confirms the news.
Born in Warren, Ohio, Ailes was involved in politics most of his life. He was the founder and chairman and CEO of Fox News and the Fox Televisions Stations group.
Ailes aided in Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Donald J. Trump's election victories. He helped Rudy Giuliani win his mayoral election.
Ailes was a graduate of Ohio University and had until 2016 contributed to the campus for journalism and media broadcasting.
Ailes was critical in the election of Bush. He and Lee Atwater created the Willie Horton "Revolving Door" ad which sunk Michael Dukakis's presidential bid.
Ailes had took a job at CNBC and done a show called America's Talking. When Murdoch was interested in competing with CNN, he asked Ailes to create a network that spoke to people who felt the news was "too politically bias."
In the middle of October 1996, Ailes and Murdoch launched Fox News. It started off rocky for the first five years. When 9/11 happened, George W. Bush credited Fox News for giving him an opportunity to push his agenda.
In the spring of 2002, Fox News beaten CNN in the ratings.
To this day, Fox News is the dominated news leader.
He died three days after his birthday.
Ailes had health issues. He had hemophilia, multiple surgeries to replace his joints and a prostate surgery a few years ago. Ailes had used a cane during his time at Fox News.
Over 20 women have claimed that Ailes sexually harassed them. Ailes until his death denied these allegations.
Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, Bill Shine had left Fox News in disgrace. Their legacies are forever tarnished by their rampant sexual harassment, racism and discrimination.