Roger Ailes dead at 77, Fox News says

Ivan Schwartz
May 19, 2017

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

In a tweet on Thursday, Bush said, "He wasn't ideal, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him". The Putnam County Sheriff's Department told BuzzFeed News that it didn't respond to and was not investigating Ailes' death. He was forced out last summer after former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson accused Ailes of sexual harassment in a lawsuit. 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. Almost a year after the former Fox President was sacked due to sexual assault allegations; the network is still paying lawsuits.

In this August 17, 1988 file photo, Vice President George H.W. Bush, left, gets some advice from his media advisor, Roger Ailes, right, as they stand behind the podium at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., prior to the start of the Republican National Convention.

"Few people in this life will ever reach for the profound level of impact that Roger Ailes had on the country", Hannity said.

"You don't get President Trump without Roger Ailes", CNN political analyst Julian Zelizer said.

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More than 20 women came forward before his death to accuse Ailes of sexual harassment, prompting Ailes to resign from Fox.

Long before Fox News, Ailes was a Republican operative who saw long before most what television could do for the party.

Smith described Ailes in on-air tribute as a 'media genius, revolutionary in American politics, shaper of American history, uproariously amusing man with now well documented flaws ... "He has changed dramatically and forever the political and the media landscape, single-handedly for the better". "For decades, RA (Roger Ailes) has impacted American politics and media". "Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs".

Fox News anchor Sean Hannity issued a touching statement after news broke of the death of former Fox News chair Roger Ailes. Ailes found a way to make a network that catered to half the country in an aging demographic that was passionate about the news, and most importantly, were conservatives at heart. He abruptly resigned last July.

He was excited for the future pic.twitter.com/iouxq3E0uK - MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) May 18, 2017 He worked with several Republican presidential candidates including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush, before starting Fox News in 1996. Ailes reportedly helped coach the now president for last year's election campaign debates.

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