Me­dia mae­stro Ailes dies


ROGER Ailes, the com­mu­ni­ca­tions mae­stro who trans­formed tele­vi­sion news and Amer­ica’s po­lit­i­cal con­ver­sa­tion by cre­at­ing and rul­ing Fox News Chan­nel for two decades be­fore be­ing ousted last year for al­leged sex­ual ha­rass­ment, died Thurs­day, his wife, El­iz­a­beth Ailes, said.

He was 77. The cause of death and where Ailes died was not re­ported.

But ac­cord­ing to the Palm Beach (Florida) Po­lice Depart­ment, a caller con­tacted 911 dis­patch­ers on May 10, say­ing Ailes (pic­tured) had fallen in his bath­room, hit his head and was bleed­ing pro­fusely. He was taken to a hospi­tal by at­tend­ing paramedics. Whether he had been re­leased from the hospi­tal since then was not im­me­di­ately clear.

A for­mer GOP op­er­a­tive to can­di­dates in­clud­ing Richard Nixon, Ron­ald Rea­gan and Ge­orge HW9 Bush and a one­time ad­viser to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, Ailes dis­played a mas­tery of mod­ern mes­sag­ing early in his ca­reer.

Then he changed the face of 24-hour news when, in 1996, he ac­cepted a chal­lenge from me­dia ti­tan Ru­pert Mur­doch to build a news net­work from scratch to com­pete with CNN and other TV out­lets they deemed left-lean­ing.

That Oc­to­ber, Ailes flipped the switch on Fox News Chan­nel, which within a few years be­came the au­di­ence leader in ca­ble news. Ailes branded the net­work “Fair and Bal­anced”.

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