Basara's Blade Keeper
- Oct 6, 2004
I'm not one to speak ill of the dead, but I have to admit I wont miss the guy.Roger Ailes, the Fox News co-founder who resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal, died on Thursday, his wife, Elizabeth Ailes, confirmed in a statement. The networkç—´ former chairman and CEO was 77.
Elizabeth Ailes said she was èŸrofoundly sad and heartbroken to report that he had died surrounded by his family. è¿♥oger was my best friend, the most wonderful loving husband and father to our son Zachary. He was a loyal friend to so many, she said in the statement. è¿♥oger was a patriot, 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.
Ailes suffered from health complications for most of his life, after being diagnosed with hemophilia as a child.
æººy doctor told me that IçŸ¥ old, fat, and ugly, but none of those things is going to kill me immediately, he told Vanity Fair in 2013. å…¸he actuaries say I have six to eight years. The best tables give me 10. Three thousand days, more or less. Iå£‡ give anything for another 10 years.
çš„è‡´e been prepared to face death all of my life, he added. å±•hen it comes, Iå€¤l be fine, calm. Iå€¤l miss life, though. Especially my family.
Ailes death comes less than a year after he was ousted from Fox News after multiple allegations of sexual harassment. The networkç—´ parent company, 21st Century Fox, announced in a quarterly report this month that it has had to pay a total of $45 million in costs é€”elated to settlements of pending and potential litigations following the July 2016 resignation of the Chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel after a public complaint was filed containing allegations of sexual harassment. Ailes reportedly received a payout of much as a $40 million.
It all began when Former æ“¢ox and Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson sued Ailes for harassing her on numerous occasions ― they ultimately settled for $20 million. More than 20 other women subsequently came forward with similar allegations.
The bombastic executiveç—´ departure had a domino effect. Former star anchor Bill Oå¦eilly was subsequently accused of sexual harassment, leading to his departure from the network this year. Bill Shine, who was tapped to run the network when Ailes left, resigned last week amid allegations that he worked to cover up more sexual harassment and racial discrimination reports.
Ailes founded the network in 1996 and was considered one of the most powerful figures in the media as he helped built Fox into must-watch television.
He got his start as a producer in Ohio working on The Mike Douglas Show. In 1968, he advised then-President Richard Nixon to use television to speak more directly to voters. He went on to advise former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Ailes advised President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, and the two were longtime friends. Trump also defended Ailes after the sexual harassment allegations surfaced last year.
In the 1970s, Ailes already understood how television could influence voters. In 1970, he wrote a memo for Nixon called é„♥ Plan for Putting the GOP on TV News, in which he urged the White House to use the power of television. å…¸oday television news is watched more often than people read newspapers, than people listen to the radio, than people read or gather any other form of communication, he said. å…¸he reason: People are lazy. With television you just sitè¬¡atchæ§˜isten. The thinking is done for you.
Ailes was known to be paranoid. He installed a solid wood door in his office that prevented people from looking in and visitors were reportedly captured on camera before they entered. He also had cameras installed at his home so he could watch at all times.