Roger Ailes, fired Fox News chairman and political strategist, dies at 77


Ailes, 77, who died Thursday morning from injuries he sustained in the fall, arrived in town late last summer and snapped up what was then one of the most coveted beach properties in Palm Beach.

Ailes died at 77, his wife said in a statement Thursday morning. I loved him like a father, ' Smith told Huffington Post in an article about a post-Ailes Fox News.

"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".

The cable network's hosts struggled to hold back tears as they read a statement from Mr Ailes' wife, Elizabeth, announcing his death yesterday.

Ailes, who ran the network with an iron hand, resigned July 21 following a storm over a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson. At least six other women, including former Fox News star Megyn Kelly, came forward to accuse Ailes, who denied wrongdoing.

"There's nobody who's going to be able to sit on the stand and essentially say these things that are alleged are not true", said Debra Katz, a Washington lawyer who often represents plaintiffs in sexual harassment lawsuits.

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.

Long before Fox News, Ailes was a Republican operative who saw long before most what television could do for the party.

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"Today, America lost one of its great patriotic warriors", Hannity said on Twitter.

In a tweet on Thursday, Bush said, "He wasn't ideal, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him".

Aside from his work with Fox News, Ailes was also known for being a media consultant for several past presidents, such as Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Nixon was reportedly impressed with Ailes' approach toward and view of television, which he told Nixon was "not a gimmick", according to Joe McGinniss' The Selling of the President 1968.

But Ailes was also a "tragic figure" who was brought down by "the male libido", said Simon.

After leaving Fox News a year ago, Ailes worked on the Trump campaign as an advisor, helping the Republican candidate prepare for the debates.

By creating a cable news giant which became a favourite of conservatives, Ailes became a central USA political figure.

As a titan in the industry, without a degree in journalism, Ailes managed to create a news outlet that changed the game for politics. O'Reilly was sacked his top-rated show at Fox in April after reports surfaced that the network had settled lawsuits with five women who alleged he sexually harassed them. "You rest in peace Roger and I hope that you are at peace".