Roger Ailes, Former Fox News CEO, Dies At 77

Roger Ailes, Former Fox News CEO, Dies At 77

Roger Ailes, the former CEO of Fox News, has died. Elizabeth Ailes had been in Palm Beach, Ailes was alone up in Garrison NY - Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) May 18, 2017 Latest on what we know, per family friend: "Last week Ailes had some kind of blood clot in Palm Beach". Ailes denied the allegations.

The Justice Department has opened an investigation into whether Fox News failed to inform shareholders about settlements made with employees who accused Ailes of harassment.

He started Fox News nearly from scratch in 1996 and built it into not just a cable news ratings leader, but a profound influence on the right wing of American politics. The death has been ruled accidental and there was no evidence of foul play.

On May 10 at 1:49 p.m. local time, a call to the Palm Beach Police Department indicated Ailes had accidentally fallen and injured his head.

"Today America lost one of its great patriotic warriors". Roger Ailes' net worth was estimated at $100.0 million before he died, with an annual salary of $20.0 million.

Fox anchor Bill Hemmer, looking shaken, announced Ailes' death to his audience, ending his brief report by saying, softly, "Wow!"

Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted tributes to his onetime boss in a series of messages. In my opinion, few sought the comprehensive truth about Roger Ailes. "The GOP has long had a problem speaking to people beyond the boardroom and country club. He was a genius". He later worked for other Republican leaders, from Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush to New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

It was during a 1967 taping of "The Mike Douglas Show" that Ailes met future president Richard Nixon, who later tapped him to serve as his executive producer for television.

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"He wasn't flawless, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him", Bush tweeted. Not sure I would have been President w/o his great talent, loyal help.

Ailes disliked the media - didn't trust them - and avoided reporters when he could.

Ailes was famous for his shrewd leadership of Fox, including his focus on airing conservative opinions and hiring anchors and reporters with big personalities.

RollingStone today published an article calling Ailes "one of the worst Americans ever", claiming he is responsible for making this country "hate-filled" and "moronic". "RIP", Ingraham wrote on Twitter.

In 1996, Ailes helped launch Fox News, which dramatically changed the media landscape.

Ailes' widow, Elizabeth Ailes, confirmed his death in a statement on the Fox News website.

Ailes was a prominent figure in American media as well as a powerful force in conservative politics, and many expressed their condolences. He will be remembered by the many people on both sides of the camera he discovered, nurtured and promoted. "Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs".

Roger Ailes, the former chairman of Fox News, died Thursday after complications from a serious fall last week, according to Florida officials.

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