Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who changed American politics by injecting right-wing conservatism into cable news (and vice versa), has died at 77.
The news was announced by his family; no cause of death has been reported. Citing two sources, New York Magazine national affairs editor Gabriel Sherman writes on Twitter that Ailes fell last week in Palm Beach, Florida, and suffered complications from a blood clot.
Ailes was forced out at Fox last year, amid allegations that he had sexually harassed and retaliated against women at the network for decades. Donald Trump, who was the Republican presidential nominee at the time, came to Ailes’ defense, describing it as “very sad” that multiple victims were “saying these horrible things” about the media mogul.
Trump was not the only GOP president to enjoy a relationship with Ailes, who also served as adviser to George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Richard Nixon. For the latter, CNN reports, Ailes “prepared a 300-page memo titled, ‘A Plan for Putting the GOP on TV News’.”
As the New York Times wrote in a profile published upon Ailes’ 2016 resignation from Fox:
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Ailes’ abundant critics minced no words online: