It looks like Matt Drudge did it again, as Fox News had to check the Drudge Report to learn of the passing of it’s own former CEO Roger Ailes!
The Fox News anchors only learned of the death of it’s former chairman and CEO from the Drudge Report.
In a breaking news segment that was tweeted by the network during Fox & Friends’, Steve Doocy reported: ‘Roger Ailes, one of the founders of the Fox News channel has died. They have published, Drudge has, a statement from his wife Elizabeth.’
After reading the statement, Ainsley Earhardt added: ‘Beth you are in our thoughts and our prayers, and so is Zachary, their beautiful son. Roger, rest in peace.’
Statement from Elizabeth Ailes:
I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning. Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise—and to give back. During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life…
It is important to note that during Fox News’ infancy in 1998, Matt Drudge also scooped Fox on Monica Lewinsky’s Blue Dress that catapulted Bill Clinton’s impeachment woes! Newsweek had refused to report the story.
His death comes came just nine months after he resigned from the company over allegations of sexual harassment.
Ailes was hired by 21st Century Fox Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch in 1996 to launch Fox News. When Ailes designed Fox News, cable news was rather dull, uniformly dry, and straightforward. After taking the network to un-beatable ratings, he worked for nearly 20 years watching as the network left it’s competition in the sand year after year.
Roger Ailes created the “greatest news show on earth.” and the slogan, ‘Fair and Balanced,’ worked well across the political spectrum. While the network was often labeled conservative, more Democrats and Independents consistently watched Fox News than CNN and MSNBC combined.
There has been no further information on the cause of his death, but Ailes has had a recent history of bad health issues.
The DailyMail reports on Ailes’ health:
Ailes had struggled with his health. He had hemophilia, multiple surgeries to replace his joints and a secret prostate surgery a few years ago that put him on an extended leave from the network, according to New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman.
Last year, Sherman reported that Ailes was still having trouble walking and rarely left his executive suite.
A friend who ran into Ailes in Palm Beach over the 2015-2016 holidays told the magazine that he was using a walker at the time.
In an excerpt from the 2013 biography Roger Ailes Off Camera, Ailes said he knew he didn’t have long left to live.
‘My doctor told me that I’m old, fat, and ugly, but none of those things is going to kill me immediately,’ he told the author, Zev Chafets, shortly before his 72nd birthday. ‘The actuaries say I have six to eight years. The best tables give me 10. Three thousand days, more or less.’
He added: ‘I’d give anything for another 10 years.’
Like him or hate him. Roger Ailes has had a definite impact on the American culture, politics, news, and a number of careers! He created a brilliant business plan that worked for two decades, and that was copied by all of his competition.
While CNN may have been first on the scene, Roger Ailes was the father of the modern 24 hour news cycle. For that, he has changed every one of our lives.
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