Bill O'Reilly Has Some Words on the Death of Roger Ailes

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And these were the same kinds of grievances, of course, that carried Donald Trump to the presidency.

Ailes, 77, died from bleeding on the brain caused by a fall last week at his home in Florida, according to the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner. But his dominance over the political landscape has loomed large throughout Trump's presidency so far, distinctive in its all-out war against the "mainstream media" and the prominence given to ideologues from the far-right.

"Everybody at Fox News is shocked and grieved by the death of Roger Ailes", Murdoch said in a statement.

"He will be remembered by the many people on both sides of the camera that he discovered, nurtured and promoted". Smith represents two other women with lawsuits pending against Fox News.

"Roger Ailes was a genius at politics and the news media".

Ailes acted as a consultant to Bush during his 1988 presidential bid, as well as helping former Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

'In the years I worked with Ailes he was a great mentor, deeply patriotic, committed to Fox News and really anxious about America, ' Gingrich, a Republican, wrote on Twitter.

Ms Carlson's allegations were met with denial from Mr. Ailes as he said, "This is a retaliatory suit for the network's decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup". The stories fit a pattern: Ailes allegedly acted as a workplace mentor to young female employees, then pressured them for sex in exchange for advancement. "It was an untapped market". He understood the ways in which many Americans viewed journalism and how they longed for a medium that would reinforce, rather than negate, their values and viewpoints. It could be mirthful, mischievous, we might use the word trolling at times. "He hired political commentators who were openly disdainful of the mainstream media". Over on Fox News, the day was filled with emotional tributes, while former network star Bill O'Reilly penned a sympathetic obituary for USA Today.

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In 2009, Fox anchors reported incorrectly that the Obama administration was pursuing concentration camps. The bitter dispute led to a treasury department attempt to exclude Fox from a round of interviews.

A majority of United States adults (62% ) get news on social media and it has overtaken TV as the main source of news for young people. Even political opponents, and detractors appalled by his often ugly behavior, acknowledged that Ailes had an unmatched talent for connecting with people watching a television set. (Rachel Maddow, for instance, asked Ailes to blurb her book.) As I did interviews to promote The Loudest Voice in the Room in the winter and spring of 2014, many questioned my portrayal of Ailes as a paranoid and ruthless cult leader. "More than anyone of his generation, he helped transform politics into mass entertainment", Sherman wrote of Ailes, "monetizing the politics while making entertainment a potent organizing force". "I personally think that's a good thing". A makeup artist said she had to do women's makeup before meetings with Ailes and that afterward, in one person's case, "the makeup on her nose and chin was gone".

At the time, I'd been a part of the TV network news business for a quarter of a century.

There were perhaps few parallels, however, as potent as the two men's treatment of women.

Former Fox show host Gretchen Carlson, whose sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes past year was settled for a reported $20 million, claimed her ex-boss once told her, "I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago, and then you'd be good and better and I'd be good and better", among many other comments. Both men denied the claims.

Whatever the accuracy of the "liberal" bias criticism that began to be aimed at broadcast news, the mission of these networks-at last as understood by those of us who worked there-was very different.

Sabrina Siddiqui is a political reporter for Guardian US based in Washington DC. We were the news.

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