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Roger Ailes, former Fox News chairman, has died, network says

19 May 2017

Roger Ailes, former CEO and Chairman of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, died on Thursday morning.

His career with Fox News ended in disgrace, however, when he resigned previous year amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Ailes wife, Elizabeth, made the announcement in a statement first released to The Drudge report.

Elizabeth Ailes issued a statement that was posted on U.S. news site The Drudge Report. In a statement, she praised him as a loving husband and father, a loyal friend and a patriot.

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Ailes, who reshaped television news over five decades in the TV and entertainment industry, was 77.

He said that members of the media "demean him even on the day of his death".

Ailes' family confirmed his death in a statement, but no cause or location of his death were reported. When he was passed over to run MSNBC, Ailes left and helped Murdoch form Fox News. Shortly after the news of his death broke, Ailes was being remembered in part for his visionary leadership when it came to "American politics and media", Fox News personality Sean Hannity tweeted Thursday morning. He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape singlehandedly for the better. The lawsuit-and Ailes' subsequent stepping down-triggered several other women to step forward. He continued to work as a political consultant to Republican candidates including Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

Roger Ailes, president of FOX News, poses with his wife Elizabeth on the red carpet upon arrival at a salute to FOX News Channel's Brit Hume on January 8, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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Carlson said she was sacked for refusing Ailes' sexual advancements, and Tantaros alleged Fox News was "steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny". Fox then paid Carlson $20 million to settle the claim.

"Apart from the presidents he served, he was arguably the single most important figure in the creation of modern conservatism", David Greenberg, a Rutgers University political scientist, wrote in an essay for Politico previous year.

Ailes leaves behind a bittersweet legacy at Fox News.

Discussing Ailes' impact on politics and culture in the U.S., Sherman said, "One of Ailes' lasting legacies will be that for millions of Americans, news is now no longer viewed as a way to be informed about the world; it's a way of gathering information that advances your side".

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Rick Folbaum, an anchor for CBS's local news station in Miami who previously worked for Fox News, reflected on Alies and the sexual harassment scandal that dominated the past year.