George HW Bush weighs in on Ailes' death

George HW Bush weighs in on Ailes' death

"In the years I worked with Ailes he was a great mentor, deeply patriotic, committed to Fox News and really anxious about America", Gingrich tweeted Thursday afternoon.

I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning.

"He wasn't flawless, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him", the 41st president tweeted Thursday. "The downside of that is turning us into a nation where hatred is nearly celebrated in some quarters", he wrote. CNN in its coverage of his death called Ailes "The Father of Fox News".

Ailes left Fox News past year after a series of sexual harassment allegations were levied against him. Multiple employees - including former anchors Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly - alleged that Ailes sexually harassed them. Ailes, who denied any wrongdoing, reportedly received $40 million on his departure.

That October, Ailes flipped the switch on Fox News Channel.

Roger Ailes may be dead, but the country is now left suffering through his legacy: a politics of resentment fueled by a stream of racist, sexist propaganda made palatable with a populist spin.

It's not just that Fox News and Ailes gave Trump a platform to spout his relentless birther conspiracy about Obama.

After his ouster, at least 20 other women came forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Ailes.

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

"By fusing television's power to conjure feelings of anger and resentment to an ideology of cultural populism that demonised liberal elites, Ailes set forth the methods and the message that would help conservative politicians win and maintain power for decades".

In an op-ed for USA Today, former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly lauded Ailes for his vision in creating a channel where "conservatives like him were heard loud and clear", adding that it's "a very good thing for the republic".

"Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs", the 86-year-old said in a statement.

In 1996 he helped launch Fox News, which would dramatically change the media landscape.

Right-wing radio host Alex Jones publicly credited Ailes for pioneering the ultra-conservative media space that allows people like him to thrive.

"He wasn't flawless, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him", chimed in George H.W. Bush.

Murdoch led tributes to the late Fox News chairman, hailing what he called his "huge role in shaping America's media".

A few weeks later, Nixon hired Ailes as a media adviser for his 1968 presidential campaign.