Fox News employees reacted on social media Thursday to the news that the network's founder, former CEO and chairman Roger Ailes, had passed away at the age of 77. She called him "a loving husband" and "patriot".
According to a Palm Beach police report, a caller contacted 911 dispatchers just before 2 p.m. on May 10, saying Ailes had fallen in his bathroom, hit his head and had serious bleeding. Former anchor Gretchen Carlson received a hefty settlement past year after filing a lawsuit against Ailes, and fellow former anchor Megyn Kelly also claimed that she was the target of unwanted sexual advances while working there. He is not completely alert... No other details on his death were provided. In a letter to Rupert Murdoch obtained by ABC News at the time, Ailes emphasized that he was proud of his accomplishments and said that he was looking forward to working as an "adviser" with 21st Century Fox. "A brilliant broadcaster, Roger played a huge role in shaping America's media over the last thirty years", the statement read, according to Fox News.
Geraldo Rivera, Brit Hume, and Laura Ingraham were among the the journalists who praised Ailes in tweets.
"Roger was a media genius, good friend and great American".
"Deeply saddened by death of Roger Ailes". In her memoir, former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly - who has accused Ailes of sexual harassment - wrote that Ailes would caution her not to be "too hard" on Trump. The suit triggered similar claims from other women and an in-house investigation at Fox.
Two weeks later, Ailes was ousted from the network with a $40 million severance package.
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On MSNBC Thursday, Joe Scarborough said that "Roger Ailes was fiercely loyal and would fight for you even if you didn't work for his company".
"Ailes' power and ruthlessness. allowed him to take over the Republican Party and mold it to fit his paranoid world view", Sherman told the Washington Post in 2016. "After all he built in his career, he for all practical purposes died alone".
"Roger Ailes has died". Four years later, he was a key player in the successful presidential campaign of George H.W. Bush. helping to plot effective messaging and television advertising strategies.
"He helped market a brand of pseudo-journalism that revolves basically around hate, rhetoric, divisiveness, pitting people against each other", Eric Boehlert, senior fellow at liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America, told Reuters.
The formula shook the American news industry and changed American politics. He made Fox News a comfortable venue for Republican figures, offering up a soft, on-air landing place for out-of-office politicians like Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum. Bill Shine, co-president of Fox News Channel, who had been at the channel since its inception, also left earlier this month. He resigned from Fox in July amid charges of sexual harassment.
Hannity remembered Ailes as a "patriotic warrior" who changed the nature of news through his strategic leadership.
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