Roger Ailes changed the American media landscape by creating FOX News. He was also responsible for some of the network’s most successful hires. He died today at the age of 77.
Roger Ailes remembered as a pioneer
Roger Ailes, the pioneering media strategist who helped revamp Richard Nixon’s image for an improbable comeback and later redefined political broadcasting by creating Fox News, died Thursday morning at the age of 77, the network confirmed.
“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,” Elizabeth Ailes, Ailes’ wife, said in a statement first reported by Drudge Report and then read on air by Fox.
Ailes left the network he created last July in the wake of a high-profile sexual harassment suit by Gretchen Carlson, one of many successful anchors he recruited to the network. When other female employees related similar stories about Ailes, he and Fox agreed to part ways. Ailes denied the allegations.
His lawyer in those matters, Susan Estrich, provided a full statement from the family that continued: “Roger 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.”
Rest in peace.