Former Fox News chief Roger Ailes dies at 77

Roger Ailes, conservative TV titan dogged by harassment allegations, has died

Fox news founder and ex-Chairman, Roger Ailes dies at 77

Palm Beach police officials said this morning that Ailes didn't die in Palm Beach, though Palm Beach Fire-Rescue crews were summoned to his home last week, according to a dispatch report. They said there were no signs of foul play.

"He really did as much as anyone to redefine the Republican Party as a party of cultural populism. making resentment of the media, resentment of elites, resentment of liberals who were soft on crime and soft on national security central to what the Republican Party was about", David Greenberg, a Rutgers University political scientist, told AFP. "His advice to Presidents Nixon and Reagan was historic and helped elect both". He died Thursday morning.

In this August 17, 1988 file photo, Vice President George H.W. Bush, left, gets some advice from his media advisor, Roger Ailes, right, as they stand behind the podium at the Superdome in New Orleans, La., prior to the start of the Republican National Convention.

"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.

Fox News personality Janice Dean wept openly on Fox And Friends. Fox news was widely known to be a haven for right-wingers, and everyone knew it. Ailes was feared and respected for what he could do for a Republican candidate or political figure, which made Fox News even more valuable. Roger gave every single one of us on this couch an opportunity. "The GOP has long had a problem speaking to people beyond the boardroom and country club. He was a genius".

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.

Mr Ailes, she said, was "the most wonderful loving husband (to me) and father to our son Zachary". Not sure I would have been President w/o his great talent, loyal help.

"Chris and I first met Roger Ailes - I was right out of school - in 1968, in Philadelphia", Andrea Mitchell recalled. Paramedics arrived within a minute and he was taken to a hospital.

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Fox News' Sean Hannity also paid tribute on social media.

"Roger Ailes was a patriot. He suffered complications." Several days ago, Ailes called a friend and said, "Well, if you want to know if I'm suicidal the answer is no". "RIP", Ingraham wrote on Twitter.

The cable network's hosts struggled to hold back tears as they read a statement from Mr Ailes' wife, Elizabeth, announcing his death yesterday.

In death, Roger Ailes has become a talking point for the kind of polarization and loathing he spent his career fomenting, a fitting legacy for one of the culture wars' biggest instigators.

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

AFP | Roger Ailes, the United States media mogul who co-founded Fox News and helped redraw conservative American politics, died Thursday less than a year after he was forced out by a sexual harassment scandal. In 1996, Ailes would resign from CNBC, joining Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.to launch Fox News in October of that year.

Ailes stepped down from his Fox post in July 2016 following sexual harassment charges, claims which he denied.

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