Former Fox News Boss, Roger Ailes, Passes Away At Age 77

Former Fox News Boss, Roger Ailes, Passes Away At Age 77

Though Ailes died Thursday morning in Palm Beach, Florida, he was born more than a thousand miles away in Warren, Ohio, in 1940.

Former Fox show host Gretchen Carlson, whose sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes past year was settled for a reported $20 million, claimed her ex-boss once told her, "I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago, and then you'd be good and better and I'd be good and better", among many other comments. (He denied the allegations.) After his resignation, the Aileses withdrew a $500,000 pledge they had made toward a senior center to be constructed in Cold Spring and named for Roger Ailes. While Tantaros is planning to move her case to an appeals court, following an arbitration clause in her contract with her former employer; Roginsky's case is pending trial in the New York State Supreme Court. "He was a leader, and you could see that", Papalas said.

In 1993, he became president of CNBC, a cable business network. When Ailes made a decision to cordon off Republican audiences and craft news programming targeted specifically to them, he began the process of atomizing the entire media landscape into political fiefdoms - Fox for the right, MSNBC for the left, etc. Ailes received a severance package of about $40 million when he left Fox News, according to a source familiar with the situation, and went on to serve as an informal adviser to Murdoch.

Fox News itself reported Ailes's death sporadically and in muted tones throughout the day.

"Roger and I shared a big idea which he executed in a way no one else could have", he added. "Roger was a media genius, good friend and great American".

FOLKENFLIK: Well, he - a towering and twisty figure, influential very much in the spheres of politics and media and very much in their intersection and collision at Fox News.

"He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape singlehandedly for the better", Hannity tweeted on Thursday.

Democrats also weighed in on someone they often saw as a foe.

A sign displays the news that former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has died, on the outside Fox News headquarters in NY. One person who remained close to him described him only two days ago as unable to walk "but a few feet at a time" and only with the assistance of a cane. "But appreciated our frank, back-channel conversations". But for the past week, with (U.S. President Donald) Trump mired in scandal, MSNBC has out-rated Fox News in prime time in the so-called 'demo'. On the air, Fox News churned out a steady diet of segments that demonized modern women for believing they are full human beings who deserve equality: There were attacks on contraception, celebrations of street harassment and allegations that closing the gender pay gap would lead to the destruction of society.

If it was only Fox that took Ailes' theories to heart, it would have been a one-off. "More than anyone of his generation, he helped transform politics into mass entertainment", Sherman wrote of Ailes, "monetizing the politics while making entertainment a potent organizing force". Florida's asset protection law makes it much more hard for a current or future creditor to collect on a debtor's assets.

The legal protections will likely pass onto his wife, who would typically inherit control of the house under Florida law barring a prenuptial agreement to the contrary, Tritt said.

Fox News is owned by Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. The Cresskill home was up for sale at the time of his death, according to public records.

The Palm Beach County Medical Examiner's Office says the Fox News Channel founder died of a subdural hematoma - or bleeding on the brain - caused by the fall.

Steve Papalas, 77, took a government class with Ailes in the 7th grade in 1952, the year Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower ran for president.

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