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Pundits: Roger Ailes Responsible For Trump

Pundits: Roger Ailes Responsible For Trump

Former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has died, the network says, citing a statement from the late executive's family.

Elizabeth Ailes statement said, "Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many". And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life... The office said that hematoma was likely the cause of death, and the fall was considered accidental. No cause of death was given, although a source told TMZ that Ailes fell and hit his head at his Florida home last week, after which he was placed into a medically induced coma.

The Fox co-founder, a consultant to Republican presidents and widely credited with leading a revival of the United States conservative movement, was ousted from the network previous year under the cloud of a series of sexual harassment allegations.

A former GOP operative to candidates including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and a one-time adviser to President Donald Trump, Ailes' TV network changed the face of 24-hour news.

Gabriel Sherman, who wrote a biography on Ailes entitled The Loudest Voice in the Room, called his "last chapter" a tragic story, "whatever you think of Roger Ailes".

His ouster set off a chain of events that led to the departure of Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly earlier this year under similar circumstances, forcing Fox to bring in an independent law firm to investigate harassment at the network.

"Today America lost one of its great patriotic warriors, Roger Ailes".

In the wake of the Fox News Channel founder's death Thursday at 77, leaders in both parties said his TV network's influence in shaping American politics can not be overstated.

"Ailes had a clear vision for a alternative news channel in 1996, and by rigorously managing its conservative content, he build the most powerful and profitable news brand in the world".

Fox News formally announced news of his passing in an on-air segment on Thursday morning.

"Roger Ailes was a genius at politics and the news media".

Ailes denied the sexual harassment allegations but was forced to resign in the wake of the lawsuits.

Twenty-First Century Fox had no immediate statement.

He developed into a titan of politics, the entertainment industry, and revolutionized broadcast news. "Ailes' legacy is that you can actually convince half the country that President Obama was a secret Muslim who wasn't born here".

"He will be remembered by many people on both sides of the camera that he discovered, nurtured, and promoted", Murdoch said.

Ailes is survived by Elizabeth Ailes and their 17-year-old son, Zachary.


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