Bill O'Reilly claims former boss Roger Ailes died from 'hatred'

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During a four-minute tribute on his podcast yesterday, Mr. O'Reilly praised Mr. Ailes as a visionary and someone who "didn't take any guff from the left or the right" politically.

Even after Ailes' departure last summer, the scandal didn't disappear, with O'Reilly recently ousted by the network. Mr. O'Reilly has denied those accusations.

Dennis Blank, also from Warren and nine years Ailes' junior, recalled his surprise when he met Ailes as a media executive in the 1980s in New York City.

Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes died on Thursday as a result of complications after falling and hitting his head at his home the previous week.

The report also emphasized that Ailes' death was accidental, ruling out the possibility of foul play.

"I want to elect the next president", he told Fox executives at a 2010 meeting, according to the 2014 biography "The Loudest Voice in the Room" by Gabriel Sherman, a writer for NY magazine. 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.

'Roger Ailes was a genius at politics and the news media. He was hired to help shape Nixon's public image during the 1968 presidential campaign and was later fired for negative remarks he made about the Republican candidate to Joe McGinniss for his book "The Selling of the President 1968".

Ailes died just three days after his 77th birthday.

Roger Ailes and his wife Elizabeth with Jamie Colby, Fox News Channel anchor
Roger Ailes and his wife Elizabeth with Jamie Colby, Fox News Channel anchor

As a product of a working-class OH factory town not unlike Warren, where Ailes grew up, it's not hard for me to see where he first noticed the grim vision of looming gloom that percolates at the core of "resentment TV", my description of the Fox News format Ailes created.

"There's absolutely no doubt as the creator of the Fox News empire - or network - [Ailes] was part of a significant change in the media landscape", said David Jackson, professor of political science at Bowling Green State University. And when Trump ran for office, Ailes routinely advised him from his offices at Fox News. By 2002, Fox News dominated the ratings among cable news outlets.

"More than anyone, Roger knew how to frame the message and communicate it to the masses", Huckabee said.

Kai Ryssdal: Test my thesis: "Roger Ailes changed this country". "He was a genius". "Railed against him many times". "From Ronald Reagan to George Bush, the elder, to Rush Limbaugh, Ailes gave them all blunt advice that led them to success". He was arguably one of the most consequential individuals in media and politics in the last century, and he leaves behind a loving wife and son. Not sure I would have been President w/o his great talent, loyal help. "But somebody put a frame around the hole and wrote, 'Don't mess with Roger Ailes"'.

Sherman: "Without question. I mean, this was again one of Ailes' unique insights. He was taken to a hospital by attending paramedics, the Palm Beach Police Department said".

No other details were announced. If a Fox person had trouble, Roger was the guy to go to.

The resulting conditions laid the groundwork for Trump, who, much like Ailes, challenged the institutions and establishment that had long ruled over Washington.