Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes dead at 77

Former Fox News chairman and CEO, Roger Ailes died Thursday morning.

He wasn't ideal, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him.

"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", the memo read. While the idea was never taken up by the Republican president, it was the germination of a concept that eventually turned into the Fox News channel, a conservative powerhouse that debuted on October 7, 1996.

Ailes resigned July 21 following a storm over a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson. "Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many".

Both the Drudge Report and the Fox News network shared a statement from Ailes' wife Elizabeth Ailes announcing the death.

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". 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.

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David Axelrod, a longtime political adviser to former President Barack Obama, is acknowledging the legacy of former Fox News chief Roger Ailes.

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

In what would turn out to be the latter months of his life, Ailes became involved in the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump by advising the then-real estate mogul in advance of his debates against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Carlson said there had been at least six instances when Ailes talked about her body, intimidated her or used demeaning language.

All told, Fox and its parent company have paid $45 million in settlements related to sexual harassment scandals.

A miniseries about Ailes, titled Secure and Hold: The Last Days of Roger Ailes, was already in the works at Showtime, based in part of Sherman's book.

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