Polarizing Ailes left mark on news

Katie RamirezMay 20, 2017

The sexual harassment claims against him could be complicated by a 19th-century NY state law that bars people with stakes in lawsuits from testifying about private conversations with parties who have died.

Add Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi to the list of those who aren't sad to see Ailes gone. In what can only be described as a nasty takedown of the ex-FNC head, Taibbi blamed Ailes for creating the "hyper-divisive media environment" American public - described as "a hate-filled, paranoid, untrusting, book-dumb and bilious people" - now finds itself in.

Former Fox show host Gretchen Carlson, whose sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes previous 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.

Ailes, she said, "was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many".

The law, commonly known as the "dead man's statute", is rarely invoked outside of cases involving disputed wills and estates, lawyers and law professors said. One employee claimed that Ailes paid her to have sex with him and, when she got a little older, used her to to lure younger employees into private meetings with him that were just groping opportunities. "I love you", Smith said. (He denied the allegations.) After his resignation, the Aileses withdrew a $500,000 pledge they had made toward a senior center to be constructed in Cold Spring and named for Roger Ailes.

1996: Ailes is hired by media mogul Rupert Murdoch to launch Fox News, which he would build into the top-rated news network over the next two decades. Fox News Channel went on to become the audience leader in United States cable news. He went on to serve as an informal adviser to Murdoch.

"I took it in my hand and said, Roger - 'hey, how are you doing?' His voice was firm and reassuring". "Roger was a patriot, who never ceased fighting for his beliefs". He deployed a murderers' row of hosts including O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck, and signed a virtual salon of former-and-future GOP big names who found a welcoming platform for party talking points.

"Today, America lost one of its great patriotic warriors", Hannity tweeted.

"Roger Ailes was a genius at politics and the news media". To play a different game, all of us - media, politicians and citizens - must reject the Ailes formula and change what we think is important to cover, say, listen to, read and watch.

Democrats also weighed in on someone they often saw as a foe. "But appreciated our frank, back-channel conversations". Ailes stepped down from his role as chairman and CEO in July 2016 amid allegations that he had sexually harassed female coworkers. The relentless run of bad news for Trump over the past few weeks has likely depressed Fox's regular viewership, much like supporters of Hillary Clinton stayed away from television news for the month after her election loss. It was a preview of his Fox News credo that political correctness was to be shunned in favor of blunt, sometimes insensitive coverage of touchy issues. "Television rarely, if ever, tells the whole story", Ailes said in a 1971 a speech he titled "Candidate + Money + Media = Votes".

Before his death, Ailes took steps to limit any financial loss from lawsuits. Though he didn't make it back to Warren after he left Fox News, he did reach out to friends in OH before his death.

Science and medicine will probably disagree with me, but I choose to believe that Roger Ailes died of a broken heart.

"Florida has incredible creditor protection", Tritt said. As with Ailes, O'Reilly also maintains he is innocent. He reportedly fell and injured himself in his Palm Beach home a week ago; the county medical examiner said Thursday that Ailes died of internal bleeding caused by the fall and that hemophilia contributed to his death. The fall is said to have occurred at his Palm Beach home on May 10.

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