More details on Roger Ailes's death: without identifying him, the police said a man fell in Mr. Ailes's home: https://t.co/eaAZCAIED9 - NYT Obituaries (@NYTObits) May 18, 2017 His successful career ended amid sexual harassment allegations. They said there were no signs of foul play. Yet without him, friends and foes agree, the GOP's current control of Washington and statehouses nationwide may not have been possible.
The Putnam County Sheriff's Department told BuzzFeed News that it didn't respond to and was not investigating Ailes' death.
In an op-ed for USA Today, former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly lauded Ailes for his vision in creating a channel where "conservatives like him were heard loud and clear", adding that it's "a very good thing for the republic".
Former President George H.W. Bush tweeted that while his "friend" Ailes "wasn't ideal", he may not have been elected president without him. "Roger changed that. He was a genius". He helped elect Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, too. As he told Charlie Rose then, "If you want to have tremendous political influence and still be a womanizer, a drug abuser or an alcoholic, you only have one choice of career and that's journalism". He advised at least four Republican presidents, President Donald Trump among them. "The actuaries say I have six to eight years". And that was in large part due to Ailes and his ability to spot talent and provide production values that were friendly, fair and consumable to the American public.
In 2009, Fox anchors reported incorrectly that the Obama administration was pursuing concentration camps. "May he rest in peace", conservative media watchdog Brent Bozell.
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His widow, Elizabeth Ailes, confirmed the news in a statement.
"You don't get President Trump without Roger Ailes", CNN political analyst Julian Zelizer said. "I don't think there's ever been one source of media that has such a loyal political following as Fox News does". "He made the Republican control of Congress possible".
But Ailes' reign would not make it to Election Day.
Roger Ailes, the former chairman of Fox News, died Thursday after complications from a serious fall last week, according to Florida officials. In Fox-land there's nearly nothing worse than PC culture, essentially the idea that white men can no longer say whatever offensive thing is on their mind.
He was also a longtime friend of President Trump, who defended Ailes against the accusations of sexual harassment, saying Ailes had helped "some of the women that are complaining".