Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a cable powerhouse before leaving amid sexual harrassment allegations, died at the age of 77.
His widow, Elizabeth Ailes, confirmed the news in a statement.
“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning,” the statement read. “Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise—and to give back.”
Ailes was key in both of Richard Nixon’s presidential campaigns.
He had a long and deep background in the media industry, giving starts to a lot of future giants.
Roger Ailes was born in Warren, Ohio … Just up the road from me. A blue collar upbringing, he began much of his media career in Ohio and grew hugely from there. He was a media powerhouse who had a lot of vision. FOX News Channel owes its massive success to Ailes. Although he left FNC under a scandal, Ailes was not somebody that was going to sit still and accept the bitter fruits of his alleged misdeeds.
I had read recently where Ailes had a couple oars in the water for new projects.
Roger Ailes had just turned 77 this past Monday.
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Today America lost one of its great patriotic warriors. RA. For Decades RA’s has impacted American politics and media. 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.
Few people in this life will ever reach the profound level of impact that Roger Ailes had on the country every single day. As his opponents played checkers in life, Roger was always the strategist, playing Chess 5 steps ahead at a whole other level.
On a personal note, were it not for Roger Ailes, I would not be the person I am today. In 1996 he took a huge risk on an inexperienced, young, local radio talk show host in Atlanta. To this day I have no earthly idea why I was hired and not fired early on, as I had little television experience when I was hired by FNC, as old tapes humbly remind me.
He saw something in me and many others he hired that we never saw in ourselves, and forever changed the trajectory of thousands of peoples lives. In many ways he was like a second father after I lost my father 6 months after I started at FNC in 3/97. I am forever grateful.
His endless enthusiasm, energy, wit, humor and raw instinctive intelligence will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts and prayers now turn to him, his Wife Beth, his son Zachary, his brother and his family. He will be deeply missed.
It would be nice if the media would leave Roger and his family alone in their time of grief, but knowing people that hated him and his politics, and those that forget “all have sinned and fallen short” and “cast the first stone” I doubt that will happen.
But to his enemies know this; I say ADVANTAGE ROGER, In his mind he just has a head start in preparing to kick your ass in the next life.
God speed Roger Ailes!
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