Media Titan Roger Ailes, Dead At 77

Here is NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik.

Reacting to the news of Ailes' death, Bush credited his media consultancy with being integral to getting him elected.

AINSLEY EARHARDT: Roger believed in hard work. "He will be remembered by the many people on both sides of the camera he discovered, nurtured and promoted".

FOLKENFLIK: He certainly saw it that way.

Roger Ailes' death shook the Fox News community.

Sherman: Federal prosecutors as we speak are subpoenaing documents and records to look at whether Ailes and Fox News broke laws in the way he ran Fox to serve his personal agenda.

"Ailes had a clear vision for a alternative news channel in 1996, and by rigorously managing its conservative content, he build the most powerful and profitable news brand in the world". There was nothing there for them.

"Candidates rarely win battles with the media, and unless you really know what you're doing you should not tangle with them", Ailes said. Chris Ruddy is chairman of Newsmax, a rival conservative media group.

The death of Roger Ailes, the mastermind behind the eruption of Fox News as the brightest star in the cable news universe, on Thursday at age 77 evoked for me memories of my days as a young reporter in the mid and late 1960s. "I don't think there's ever been one source of media that has such a loyal political following as Fox News does".

Roger Ailes attends a special screening of
Roger Ailes attends a special screening of"Kingsman The Secret Service in New York

FOLKENFLIK: Ailes identified stories with saints and villains, saviors and victims; not so much journalistic offerings as cultural obsessions, sometimes even conspiracy theories.

Critics have long accused Ailes and Fox of stretching the meaning of the network's motto, "fair and balanced". The notes directed positive coverage for Republican politicians and negative news about Democrats.

It didn't, and set ratings standards with the beginning of President Donald Trump's administration.

But if you run a Google search on him, you'll find that the top results consist nearly entirely of articles from several liberal publications savaging his reputation as a person. One can recognize his incredible impact (however you feel about it) on television, politics, and the American social landscape while also recognizing that many women are in pain because they state that he made the choice to hurt them, to be cruel to them. "From an evidence point of view, the interesting thing will be whether they're admissible as statements by a party opponent", King said.

FOLKENFLIK: Fox presented Trump to the Republican electorate as a plausible political figure.

In 2016, former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the Fox chief. FNC's 2014 prime-time audience of 1.7 million households was more than the combined number of viewers of the other two, according to the Pew Research Center. For these rich, powerful white men, the backlash and public scorn they faced this a year ago was not the effect for their crimes, but rather an unfair witch-hunt for which they are completely innocent. Kelly left for NBC News and Van Susteren now has a daily show on MSNBC.

Carlson left the network and received a $20 million settlement from Fox several months later.

Judd Burstein, a lawyer who represents former host Andrea Tantaros, released a statement saying Ailes' widow and teenage child "did nothing wrong, and surely deserve our sympathy".

Roger Ailes in 2006.

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