Roger Ailes' Lasting Legacy: Making Trump President

"The impact of Roger Ailes on American politics and media was indisputable", said CNN commentator David Axelrod, a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, on Twitter Thursday morning, when news of the former Fox CEO's death at the age of 77 became public.

Fox News, which Ailes started in 1996 with the backing of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, raised the temperature of on-air debate on US television, generally taking a hardline conservative view.

"I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning", his widow Elizabeth Ailes said in a statement released by the network.

"He wasn't flawless, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him", Bush tweeted.

But in little more than two weeks, both his legacy and job unraveled following allegations by former anchor Gretchen Carlson that he had forced her out of Fox News after she spurned his sexual advances. Multiple women came forward a year ago to report sexual harassment accusations, including prominent host at the time, Megyn Kelly.

Ailes was a prominent figure in American media as well as a powerful force in conservative politics, and many expressed their condolences.

Ailes would go on to work with politicians such as Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush before turning his attention to television with a stint at CNBC from 1993 to 1996.

Before founding Fox News, Ailes served as a political consultant to Bush and other Republican presidents. Sources told ABC News he was advising Donald Trump during his preparation for the presidential debates, although Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks denied Ailes' involvement at the time. The fall that caused the injury had not been reported prior to Ailes' death and it was not immediately clear whether it had caused him to be hospitalized. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Elizabeth and son Zachary". During his 20-year reign over the network, he built Fox News into a conservative media powerhouse.

"There would not be a President Trump if not for Roger Ailes", he told Inside Edition. The Left would command a monopoly control of the so-called "news" media but for the Fox News Channel, and FNC would not exist but for him.

Yet Bartlett, a Fox critic, warned that Ailes' network has become a "state news service for the Trump administration".

"A brilliant broadcaster, Roger played a huge role in shaping America's media over the last 30 years".

Sherman, who wrote a biography of Ailes titled The Loudest Voice In The Room, also spoke to Terry back in 2014, when his book was first published.

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