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Reactions to the death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes

Reactions to the death of Fox News founder Roger Ailes

But taken as a whole, from "FOX and Friends" in the morning to "Hannity" at night, the network Roger Ailes built provides a comforting bubble to viewers who can not find their view of the world validated so thoroughly anywhere else on the airwaves.

The remainder of Ailes' career would draw on various blends of showmanship, ruthless politics and an unmatched skill for recognizing TV's raw communication power before his opponents did, and harnessing it better.

Ailes built his fame and fortune in TV and politics in the power centers of NY and Washington, yet friends say he always stayed in touch and occasionally returned to OH for visits.

"Dislike the guy or like the guy, know him or not know him, what you can't dispute is that he was the undisputed king", O'Connell said. O'Reilly has denied those accusations.

O'Reilly, who was recently forced to leave Fox News after a wave of sexual harassment allegations, paid tribute to Roger Ailes on his No Spin podcast on Thursday.

In early 1996 he accepted a challenge from media mogul Rupert Murdoch to build a news network from scratch to compete with CNN. For these delegates, however, FOX was much more than another news organization: It was the one reliable island of honest news in sea of biased, distorted misinformation.

The moves allowed Ailes to take advantage of Florida "homestead" laws that protect residential property from claims by creditors, according to Lee-Ford Tritt, a professor of estates and trusts at the University of Florida.

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Ailes died after a fall at his Palm Beach, Fla., home on May 10 caused bleeding on the brain, the Palm Beach County medical examiner's office said. The death has been ruled accidental and there was no evidence of foul play. He was taken to a hospital by attending paramedics, the Palm Beach Police Department said. The law would only apply to lawsuits in which Ailes is named as a defendant. "They have to rely upon emails or witnesses who could come in and say "this is what Ailes said'". Many saw this as a shortcoming, but with Fox News, Ailes showed how shallowness could be a strength: On television, it becomes hard to distinguish arguments that genuinely lack depth from those compressed to fit the format.

Attorney Douglas Wigdor, who represents 21 current and former Fox employees who are suing Fox News for discrimination, seemed to agree with this assessment. "Without his success at Fox News Trump could never have won". "His advice to Presidents Nixon and Reagan was historic and helped elect both". When Smith's news reporting strayed from Fox News's conservative orthodoxy - "went rogue", as Smith put it - Ailes reassured him: "'You can't have Fox News without the news, ' " he said repeatedly while encouraging the network's reporters during such major stories as the Columbine shootings and Hurricane Katrina.

CLEVELAND Longtime Fox News CEO Roger Ailes built his fame and fortune in TV and politics in the power corridors of NY and Washington, but classmates who knew him growing up in OH say he was down-to-earth and never forgot his Midwestern roots. To Ailes, Fox News was above all a project in perspective.

"More than anyone, Roger knew how to frame the message and communicate it to the masses", Huckabee said. "The GOP has long had a problem speaking to people beyond the boardroom and country club". He was a genius'.

Ailes is survived by his third wife, Elizabeth, who had worked for him at CNBC as vice president of programming, and their son, Zachary. Not sure I would have been President w/o his great talent, loyal help.

Fox personalities including Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham also shared their memories of Mr Ailes. But no one person was more at fault than Roger Ailes. I'll miss life, though. "RIP", Ingraham wrote on Twitter. Yet for all the praise, Ailes also leaves a legacy of deep divisions that critics say will plague the Republican Party - and American politics - for years to come.

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