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Axelrod calls Roger Ailes' legacy 'indisputable'

Axelrod calls Roger Ailes' legacy 'indisputable'

Reporting the news of Ailes' death on the network on Thursday morning, Fox News host Steve Doocy said, "Roger Ailes helped build Fox News channel into the powerhouse it is today".

Ailes died of complications from bleeding on the brain following a fall at home in which he hit his head, the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner said.

Ailes strongly denied the claims, but stepped down with a $40 million severance package. "Ailes' biographer, Gabe Sherman, calls it a world wrestling style of politics that led to the election of Donald Trump", she appeared to whine.

"He is not advising Mr. Trump or helping with debate prep".

"Roger was my best friend, the most wonderful loving husband and father to our son Zachary, he was a loyal friend to so many". 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.

Anchors of the channel's morning show Fox & Friends were noticeably emotional in announcing Ailes' death.

"Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs".

Ailes started Fox News nearly from scratch in 1996 and built it into not just a cable news ratings leader but a profound influence on the right wing of American politics.

"He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape, single-handedly for the better", Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted. (21st Century Fox eventually agreed to settle with Carlson for a staggering $20 million.) Reports later surfaced that Megyn Kelly (who has since left Fox News to host a newsmagazine on NBC) had told 21st Century Fox's independent investigators that Ailes had also made unwanted sexual advances toward her when she was a young correspondent. O'Reilly was sacked his top-rated show at Fox in April after reports surfaced that the network had settled lawsuits with five women who alleged he sexually harassed them.

Fox anchor Bill Hemmer, looking shaken, announced Ailes' death to his audience, ending his brief report by saying, softly, "Wow!"

By the time he stood down, Ailes had become a central figure in the United States political landscape - both revered by fellow conservatives, and vilified by the left.

Roger Ailes, the former CEO of Fox News, has died.

A former GOP operative to candidates including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, Ailes later turned his media savvy to running TV networks.

Critics have long accused Ailes and Fox of stretching the meaning of the network's motto, "fair and balanced".

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is adding his voice to those mourning Fox News Channel founder Roger Ailes.

Fox had been the source of "politically motivated misinformation", wrote Brock and co-authors, accusing it of "brazenly broadcasting demonstrable lies and distortions, always with a conservative spin".

Roger Ailes understood the worlds of media and politics as did few others, and mastered both; his passing surely marks the end of an era. RIP.

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