Thursday, May 18, 2017

Obituary: Roger Ailes

In a rather shocking development, political-operative-turned-news-(read propaganda)-mogul Roger Ailes, 77, has died, just a few months after he was forced out of Fox News because of sexual harassment charges.

Ailes had no real experience in journalism, just as a political operative, but thanks to the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 by the Reagan administration, he and Rupert Murdoch felt the time was right to try and con the American people into thinking up was down, without much in the way of opposing viewpoints. Thus began the creation of Fox News in the mid-1990s.

The effect has been disastrous for the country. Millions of people have literally been living under an alternative reality, which is far removed from reality itself. Hence the continued support of millions of people for that whatever he is in the White House, despite all of the evidence he was in effect a Russian puppet.

Back to Ailes:

Roger Ailes, who shaped the images that helped elect three Republican presidents and then became a dominant, often-intimidating force in American conservative politics at the helm of Fox News, which he created with Rupert Murdoch’s money and guided for two decades until he was forced out in a sexual predation scandal, died on Thursday. He was 77.

No cause of death was given in an announcement by Mr. Ailes’s wife, Elizabeth, but he was a hemophiliac long plagued by obesity and arthritis.

“I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning,” Ms. Ailes wrote in the statement. “Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many.”

Maybe he was, but he certainly wasn't loved by others. He was even feared by Rupert Murdoch, the man who held the purse strings at Fox.

From the Washington Post:

As founding chief executive of Fox News in 1996, Mr. Ailes defined the channel in opposition to the traditional journalism of CNN and the liberal bent of MSNBC, and he brought Fox from a distant third to clear dominance, riding to the top along the wave of public dismay that arose over President Bill Clinton’s affair with a White House intern.

Mr. Ailes’s reign at Fox ended abruptly in 2016, in the middle of the presidential campaign, after an on-air host at Fox News, Gretchen Carlson, alleged that Mr. Ailes had sabotaged her career when she refused to have sex with him. Following Carlson’s accusations, 25 other women, including Fox’s most prominent female anchor, Megyn Kelly, came forward to say that Ailes had sexually harassed them over his five decades in the TV business.

Fox’s parent company quickly pushed Mr. Ailes to resign his positions, though he said the allegations — which ranged from kissing women against their will to telling women that they had to provide him with sexual favors if they wanted their careers to flourish — were false. Mr. Ailes’ bosses, Lachlan and James Murdoch, the sons of Fox’s longtime owner, Rupert Murdoch, announced the resignation in a statement that emphasized the company’s “commitment to maintaining a work environment based on trust and respect.”

Whatever the case, Ailes was one of a kind, thank God.

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