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Former FOX News CEO Alies helped launch Mitch McConnell's Senate career

Tobias Pedroso | 19 May, 2017, 08:49

Ailes received a $40 million "exit package" from Fox News.

The release said the 77-year-old died this morning of complications from a subdural hematoma after he fell and hit his head in his Palm Beach home.

Others were more blunt: "American politics would have been infinitely better off had Roger Ailes gone to barber college", blogger Charles Pierce tweeted.

Ailes was born in Warren, Ohio, and studied radio and television production at Ohio University, according to Fox News.

Ailes was a very polarizing figure in the TV news industry, as evidenced by reactions to his death. Twenty-First Century Fox noted in a recent quarterly report that it paid $45 million in settlements related to sexual harassment allegations against Ailes. Roger and I shared a big idea, which he executed in a way no one else could have. Many of those people are sitting in their hotel rooms right now, reading the transcript of this and then writing their reports rather than coming.

Ailes was hired by Rupert Murdoch in 1996 to help launch and run the news network after spending decades in television and Republican politics.

In the 2016 presidential race, Ailes parlayed his friendship with Donald Trump into a role as informal adviser for the presidential hopeful, even sitting in on debate prep for the candidate in his face-offs with Hillary Clinton.

The Republican success can not be totally attributed to Ailes' network, of course, but there was broad agreement Thursday on both sides of the aisle that Ailes' conservative network was a major factor.

In 2009, Axelrod said the Fox News Channel is "not really a news station" and that much of the programming is "not really news".

Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has died at age 77.

By 2002, Fox News was a ratings leader, dominating cable-news competition and tying his rivals in knots in both daytime as well as prime time, where he deployed a murderers' row of hosts led by Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity. One Fox News employee said she was effectively under Ailes' complete control for 20 years. "In addition, Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs".

Mr Ailes served as a consultant to presidents from Mr Richard Nixon to Mr Ronald Reagan to Mr George H.W. Bush.

Ten months after Ailes abruptly exited his post at Fox News in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual harassment, he was in his two-story, $36 million, 12,747-sq. -ft. house in Palm Beach, Florida, when he suffered an accidental fall in his bathroom on the afternoon of May 10.