O'Reilly: Ailes 'had my back' at Fox


Former President George H.W. Bush responded to the news that his former consultant Roger Ailes had died with this tribute in 140 characters: "He wasn't ideal", Bush tweeted, "but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him". 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.

Ailes, who recently purchased a $36 million mansion in Palm Beach, Fla., apparently hit his head after falling in the bathroom of the residence on May 10, according to a Palm Beach police event report.

These included former host Gretchen Carlson, who alleged in a lawsuit that in the 11 years she worked there she was subjected to "severe and pervasive sexual harassment" and that she was sacked when she refused to have sex with him.

Twenty-First Century Fox had no immediate statement. "He will be remembered by the many people on both sides of the camera that he discovered, nurtured and promoted", the statement read.

"For better or worse & the ignominious end 2 his reign at Fox News, the impact of Roger Ailes on American politics & media was indisputable", he tweeted.

Without Ailes there would be no Fox News Channel - and without Fox News Channel there would be no Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly or even President Trump. The fall that caused the injury had not been reported prior to Ailes' death and it was not immediately clear whether it had caused him to be hospitalized.

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But as glum Republicans said during last summer's GOP convention in Cleveland, where they got news of his imminent ouster, the conservative movement he helped build won't be the same without him.

The Fox News founder's television career began in 1962 while working at KYW-TV as a producer, property assistant, and executive producer.

Fox News personality Janice Dean wept openly on Fox And Friends. "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". With television you just sit - watch - listen. "The thinking is done for you".

A few weeks later, Nixon hired Ailes as a media adviser for his 1968 presidential campaign. Gainor said that anger remains as strong today as ever, pointing out Thursday's hateful response to Ailes' death, actually celebrating his passing.

President Donald J. Trump - Long before Twitter, Ailes' Fox News Channel was the biggest platform in media for conservatives and Republicans to communicate with millions of people who were angry at a perceived leftward slant of the mainstream media.