Mike Huckabee calls Roger Ailes a 'genius'

Ruben Ruiz
May 19, 2017

Former Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes died Thursday morning, his wife Elizabeth Ailes said in a statement provided to BuzzFeed News.

A statement from his wife Elizabeth said she was "profoundly sad and heartbroken", calling him a "patriot".

Mr Ailes, she said, was "the most wonderful loving husband (to me) and father to our son Zachary".

Ailes reportedly fell, hit his head and was seriously bleeding eight days before he died, according to a Palm Beach police report.

Sherman also tweeted out that, "A Fox News employee who'd been sexually harassed by Ailes said this morning, "Justice". Paramedics arrived within a minute and he was taken to a hospital. For Decades RA's has impacted American politics and media. Roger and I shared a big idea which he executed in a way no one else could have.

Ailes, who started his career in local television, served as a media consultant and adviser to three Republican presidents, including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.

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"Ailes had a clear vision for a alternative news channel in 1996, and by rigorously managing its conservative content, he build the most powerful and profitable news brand in the world". O'Reilly was sacked his top-rated show at Fox in April after reports surfaced that the network had settled lawsuits with five women who alleged he sexually harassed them.

A longtime confident of media titan Rupert Murdoch, Ailes was seen as a central figure in the conservative United States political movement, who stood down at Fox in July a year ago after a sexual harassment lawsuit from former news host Gretchen Carlson.

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".

The cause of Ailes' death has not yet been disclosed.

Right-wing radio host Alex Jones publicly credited Ailes for pioneering the ultra-conservative media space that allows people like him to thrive. Ailes left Fox with a tarnished legacy over allegations of sexual harassment. Sources told ABC News he was advising President Donald Trump during his preparation for the presidential debates, although Trump's spokeswoman Hope Hicks denied his involvement at the time.

Ailes, who died at age 77, made recent headlines because of a series of sexual harassment allegations that ultimately lead to his ouster. But we're talking about a man whose career as a political operative and television executive was all about delivering a message in the most effective way possible.

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