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Fox News Channel founder Roger Ailes has died at 77

Fox News Channel founder Roger Ailes has died at 77

Ailes stepped down from his role as chairman and CEO in July 2016 amid allegations that he had sexually harassed female coworkers. O'Reilly has denied those accusations. I dealt with his right-wing lieutenants plenty, but only met Ailes once, at a Fox News "Holiday Party". The cause of death was not immediately known.

The very nature of sexual harassment and discrimination cases - which often play out in private conversations or closed-door sessions that don't have other witnesses - makes it especially hard for defendants in the case of an accused's death. Ailes died because he hit his head.

'In the years I worked with Ailes he was a great mentor, deeply patriotic, committed to Fox News and really anxious about America, ' Gingrich, a Republican, wrote on Twitter.

Elizabeth Ailes can think about that, I'm sure, when she puts the house back on the market.

It would be tragic, indeed, if Ailes died due to the emotional fallout from his public image.

ALEX WAGNER: David, beyond President Trump, how responsible is Roger Ailes to the political landscape in America?

Outside the Fox News studios, a news ticker displays news of the passing of Roger Ailes in New York City, May 18, 2017. By 2002, Fox News dominated the ratings among cable news outlets.

Roger Ailes died Wednesday at the age of 77. "So I don't know any more than that". "The GOP has long had a problem speaking to people beyond the boardroom and country club. He was a genius". "From Ronald Reagan to George Bush, the elder, to Rush Limbaugh, Ailes gave them all blunt advice that led them to success". For Roger, that meant more than all his accomplishments, and I hope that brought him solace in his last tough year.




O'Reilly wrote that he would choose to remember Ailes "holding court with his top anchors, jazzing them with wit, verbally crushing any and all pretensions". "They have to rely upon emails or witnesses who could come in and say "this is what Ailes said'". He was taken to a hospital by attending paramedics, the Palm Beach Police Department said.

No other details were announced.

Ailes's career neatly spans the rise and fall of broadcast journalism as the most important medium of political influence. "RIP", Ingraham wrote on Twitter. "Viewers don't want to be informed", opines Chet Collier, one of the founders of Fox News, as quoted in Gabriel Sherman's new biography of Ailes.

"Roger and I shared a big idea which he executed in a way no one else could have", Murdoch said. "Roger was a patriot, who never ceased fighting for his beliefs".

Born into a blue collar family in OH, he began his career in daytime television, learning the art of manufacturing good entertainment before moving into politics, becoming an advisor to Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Ailes conceived Fox News, which launched in 1996, to compete with CNN and the three broadcast networks by targeting a large underserved audience of conservative Americans who didn't like the way the world was rapidly moving away from the one they knew in the 1950s.

But then, Brown added, there was the other, darker side of Ailes, who was ousted last summer after former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him.

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