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Roger Ailes, media guru and political strategist, dies at 77

Roger Ailes, media guru and political strategist, dies at 77

A statement from his wife Elizabeth said she was "profoundly sad and heartbroken", calling him a "patriot".

"He wasn't flawless, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him", the 41st president said in a tweet shortly after news broke Thursday about Ailes' death.

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.

Kudlow told WLS it is "unfortunate" that much of the coverage of Ailes death will center around the sexual harassment allegations, because he says Ailes was much more than that.

That October, Ailes flipped the switch on Fox News Channel, which within a few years became the audience leader in cable news. Here we are, over 40 years since Nixon resigned, and one of the biggest reasons Trump was elected president can be attributed to advice he took from Roger Ailes.

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

Former President George H.W. Bush offered warm praise of late former Fox News chief Roger Ailes, who helped guide his successful 1988 presidential campaign.

Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox and Fox News Channel, said he was saddened by the development. He is widely believed to have created the behemoth that is the Fox network, having overseen production since its founding in 1996. He was forced out last summer after former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson accused Ailes of sexual harassment in a lawsuit.

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VOA's Turkish Service said the protesters were supporters of Selahattin Demirtas, a jailed pro-Kurdish lawmaker. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, "Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech".

Roger Ailes at a TCA event.

"Today, America lost one of its great patriotic warriors", Hannity tweeted.

The Observer reached out to lawyer Nancy Erika Smith, who is representing several of the women harassed by Ailes, about how his death would impact pending cases.

"He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape singlehandedly for the better".

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. Sources told ABC News he was advising President Donald Trump during his preparation for the presidential debates, although Trump's spokeswoman Hope Hicks denied his involvement at the time.

More than 20 women came forward before his death to accuse Ailes of sexual harassment, prompting Ailes to resign from Fox.

He said he suspects the rest of the media, who despise Fox News, will not "leave Roger and his family alone in their time of grief" but that's ok because Ailes "just has a head start in preparing to kick your ass in the next life".


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