Bill O'Reilly pays tribute to Ailes on podcast

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"Many cable viewers, it turned out, were not interested in television news's bread and butter - a diverse newscast of multiple dispassionate stories - no matter how important", Abrams told the Times.

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Ailes, who was born in Warren, Ohio, was also a divisive figure, politically and professionally, who, as the network's chairman and CEO, was toppled by several sexual harassment claims made against him, which he vigorously denied.

For Trump, a former reality television star, to find a home on the very network that transformed political news into entertainment was nearly an inevitability.

P.J. Tobia has our report. "Roger changed that. He was a genius".

After a lifetime of toiling behind the scenes of political campaigns and news organizations, Roger Ailes' death has served as one last opportunity to divide opinions on the left and right.

Sean Hannity also took to the microblogging site to mourn his old boss: "He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape singlehandedly for the better". Neither will ever be the same again, as he was a true American original. Ailes was one of the most influential members of the modern media.

In his 1970 memo Ailes wrote: "Today television news is watched more often than people read newspapers, than people listen to the radio, than people read or gather any other form of communication".

Under Ailes, Fox News was credited with helping to create the anti-government Tea Party movement and aiding the GOP takeover of both chambers of Congress in 2014 for the first time in eight years.

Attorney Douglas Wigdor, who represents 21 current and former Fox employees who are suing Fox News for discrimination, seemed to agree with this assessment. One was that you said Roger Ailes was a man of extraordinary charisma but also who managed that place, who ran Fox News with an iron fist and managed by fear.

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Using such tactics, Fox grew in popularity, eclipsing rivals Cable News Network and MSNBC. We try to do that every day. They can not get enough of it - new scandals give rise to the hope that they'll be rid of Trump in less than four years. It was Richard Nixon who embodied the resentment that ordinary "forgotten" Americans felt toward the cultural and political elites. It was a sign, classmates say, of Ailes' strong-willed independence. I thought of Ailes's teenage son, Zachary, who lost his father and will grow up with that sordid legacy.

As a broad generalization, the elite media saw itself as a kind of transatlantic guild, with at best loose attachments to this country, and a dim and cynical view toward anything that smacked of not just conservatism, but patriotism and traditionalism.

It didn't, and set ratings standards with the beginning of President Donald Trump's administration. After a falling out, the two men mended fences in 2016, when Ailes jumped on the Trump bandwagon.

Before Carlson's bombshell legal action, Fox's roaring success and enormous earnings (with some estimates that it accounted for almost a quarter of the parent company's profits) insulated Ailes from any suspicion as well as from his past scrapes with the Murdoch sons over who he would report to.

Former Fox show host Gretchen Carlson, whose sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes previous 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. More than 20 other women came forward with allegations.

On 2014 revenue of $2.1 billion, Fox News made a profit of $1.1 billion, according to Pew.

If nothing else, it's worth noting the rather matter-of-fact statement (and its lack of superlatives) emailed from Ohio University regarding Ailes, a graduate and substantial financial donor to the school: "Today, we learned of the passing of alumnus Roger Ailes".

Ailes, 77, died yesterday morning from complications of a subdural hematoma after falling and injuring his head at his Palm Beach mansion.

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Elizabeth Ailes can think about that, I'm sure, when she puts the house back on the market. We just sit, skim, share.

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