Fox News founder Roger Ailes has passed away at the age of 77. He is widely credited with building the news network into one of the biggest in the world. News of his death came to light on Thursday following his wife’s statement, which she sent to the Drudge Report.
” I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning. Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise — and to give back. During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life…”
He apparently fell, while at his Florida home and hit his head. He became unconscious and was put in an induced coma, but died on Thursday morning. Roger Ailes had numerous health conditions that led to his death, according to the report. This is according to sources who have talked to TMZ.
The Fox News founder’s television career began in 1962 while working at KYW-TV as a producer, property assistant, and executive producer. In 1967, Ailes had a heated discussion with Richard Nixon. But after Nixon won the presidency, he invited the Fox News founder to work as his executive producer for television. This also gave Roger Ailes significant experience on the political platform.
He became a political consultant in the years that followed and is credited for offering guidance to George H.W. Bush. In 1988, he co-authored the book, You Are the Message: Secrets of the Master Communicators with Jon Kraushar. It talked about successful performance in the public eye. He founded Fox News in 1996.
Presently, Roger Ailes was said to have a net worth of about $100 million. He stepped down from his CEO position on Fox News last year following sexual harassment allegations. He was paid a reported $40 million to leave the network. His leadership is said to have helped Fox News rake in an annual turnover of about $1 billion, making it one of the key units of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.
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The Fox News founder has had a complicated relationship with President Donald Trump. In August last year, he was reported to be advising Trump ahead of the debates. The move was said to have been potentially retaliatory. The following was the New York Times report on this.
“Mr. Ailes is aiding the Republican nominee as Mr. Trump turns his attention to the first debate with Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent, on Sept. 26 at Hofstra University on Long Island, according to four people briefed on the move, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.”
“Two of them said Mr. Ailes’s role could extend beyond the debates, which Mr. Trump’s advisers see as crucial to vaulting him back into strong contention for the presidency after self-inflicted wounds that have eroded his standing in public opinion polls.”
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“For Ailes, being connected with Mr. Trump’s campaign could be a form of redemption after he was pushed out of the powerful network that he helped build. And for Mr. Trump, having Ailes taking a hand in his preparations for the debates adds immeasurably to the messaging and media expertise in his corner — and could raise alarms within Mrs. Clinton’s camp about just how aggressive Mr. Trump plans to be in those encounters.”
The two soon fell out amid allegations that his camp was frustrated with attempts to prep Donald Trump, who apparently couldn’t focus. According to Sarah Ellison, Vanity Fair Editor, the Fox News founder seemed oblivious to the debates during that period and was more intent on talking about war stories. The cause of Roger Ailes death has yet to be revealed.
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