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”.