"Apart from the presidents he served, he was arguably the single most important figure in the creation of modern conservatism", Mr David Greenberg, a Rutgers University political scientist, wrote in an essay for Politico past year.
Judith and I extend our condolences, love and prayers to Beth, Zachary and all of Roger's family, including his Fox family.
By mid-2016 Ailes still ruled supreme as he prepared to celebrate Fox News' 20th anniversary.
Carlson's lawsuit opened the gates to a flood of allegations from women, including star host Megyn Kelly, who accused him of groping them or making unwanted advances - and sought to expose what they called a culture of misogyny at the network. Or that Ailes, who helped craft former President Richard Nixon's anger-stoked presidential campaign, informally advised Trump during his run for president.
Leaders in conservative media acknowledged Thursday his influential but flawed legacy to the world of cable news and conservative politics.
So, it seems like no coincidence that when Ailes died Thursday morning, his widow snubbed Fox News and gave the scoop to the Drudge Report.
News of Ailes' death prompted widespread expressions of shock and grief from numerous political, entertainment and media figures. It was Ailes who helped Fox News reach $1.0 billion in annual profit for its parent company, 21st Century Fox, and he was paid a fortune for all of his hard work.
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"He will be remembered by many people on both sides of the camera that he discovered, nurtured, and promoted", Murdoch said.
"Today, America lost one of its great patriotic warriors", Hannity tweeted.
The Republican success can not be totally attributed to Ailes' network, of course, but there was broad agreement Thursday on both sides of the aisle that Ailes' conservative network was a major factor.
This attack-dog style served him well when, at 27, Ailes wrangled a job with Nixon, then vying for a political comeback in the 1968 presidential race.
He wasn't flawless, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him. "In addition, Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs". "Roger and I shared a big idea which he executed in a way no one else could have", he said.
Ailes is survived by his third wife, Elizabeth, who had worked for him at CNBC as vice president of programming, and their son, Zachary.
But it was in partnering with Rupert Murdoch (whose News Corp. also owns The Post) in 1996 that he unveiled the formula for success: Appealing to centrist and right-of-center viewers turned off by the relentless liberal skew of existing media.