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Opinion Roger Ailes' poisonous legacy

23:20  18 may  2017
23:20  18 may  2017 Source:   theweek.com

Late Ailes Amassed Fortune Before Death

  Late Ailes Amassed Fortune Before Death The former Fox News scion reportedly received $40 million to leave the cable network in July.FOX News Channel Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in 2015.

Edit. Roger Ailes ' poisonous legacy . Damon Linker. In founding Fox News in 1996 and leading it until he resigned last July in the midst of a sexual harassment scandal that continues to roil the cable news network, Ailes did more to poison American political culture than any other single individual.

Fox News is an institution on which history will look back with wonder and disbelief. Its role in pushing the poisonous philosophy of conservatism onto the American public can’t be overstated. Ailes ’s legacy is racism, climate change denial, jingoism, sexism, hypocrisy, and the advancement of the

Roger Aisles, 2006© AP Photo/Jim Cooper Roger Aisles, 2006 Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

Want to understand how the United States ended up with a clueless reality TV star and emotional invalid in the White House? You could do worse than studying the life and works of Roger Ailes, who died Thursday at age 77.

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In founding Fox News in 1996 and leading it until he resigned last July in the midst of a sexual harassment scandal that continues to roil the cable news network, Ailes did more to poison American political culture than any other single individual. Ailes managed this dubious achievement by flattering the ignorance and encouraging the ill-informed anger of a certain class of older, white Republican voters, and by dragging the Republican Party ever further to the right and ever deeper into know-nothing populism in the process — and all as a means of enriching himself and his corporate enabler, Rupert Murdoch.

Hannity mourns Ailes: ‘America lost one of its great patriotic warriors’

  Hannity mourns Ailes: ‘America lost one of its great patriotic warriors’ Fox News host Sean Hannity took to Twitter on Thursday to mourn the death of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Load Error

tcaeditors@tribpub.com. Roger Ailes was no genius, not in the league of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. The founding chairman of Fox The New York Daily News claimed he leaves a “ poisonous legacy .” Slate wrote that his life’s work was “making angry, paranoid creeps look like virtuous men.”

It seems fitting somehow that the death on Wednesday of Fox News co-founder and former chairman Roger Ailes caused almost as much discord, discontent, and The only reference made to any of the darker aspects of the former Fox chairman’s legacy were some comments about how “we all have our

Ailes built his network on the model of right-wing media pioneered in the mid-20th century by broadcaster Clarence Manion, book publisher Henry Regnery, and magazine publisher William Rusher. All three sought to lead a grassroots insurrection against the postwar liberal establishment, which completely dominated the nation's newspapers, news magazines, and TV network news bureaus. They would do so, first, by ferociously attacking any and all signs of pro-liberal "bias" in the "mainstream media," seeking to undermine its high-minded claims to objectivity and accuracy in reporting. This effort at unmasking would then be supplemented by the promulgation of an alternative account of reality that comported with the presumptions of conservative ideology, consistently confirming its tenets and convincing growing numbers of voters to embrace it.

Elizabeth Ailes' statement on husband Roger Ailes' death

  Elizabeth Ailes' statement on husband Roger Ailes' death Elizabeth Ailes' statement on husband Roger Ailes' death: I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning surrounded by his beautiful family. I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning surrounded by his beautiful family. Roger was my best friend, the most wonderful loving husband and father to our son Zachary. He was a loyal friend to so many. Roger was a patriot, grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise — and to give back.

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Roger Ailes was no genius, not in the league of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. The founding chairman of Fox News Channel, who died last week from complications after Reaction from the left to Ailes ' passing was predictable. The New York Daily News claimed he leaves a " poisonous legacy ."

By the late 1980s and early '90s, the model had been adopted by a slew of talk-radio personalities who learned that they could make a fortune by hammering liberals day in and day out, convincing their listeners that anything and everything they disliked about political and cultural trends in the country could be rightly blamed on them.

Ailes' genius was to expand this model to cable television. Ted Turner founded CNN on the old mainstream media model that strove for objectivity and accuracy. Ailes saw that there was room to found a competing network that would directly challenge such claims in the name of greater fairness and balance.

In theory, it sounded like a noble goal: Fox News would be a cable news channel that would report on stories neglected by other news outlets — stories that appeared more worthy of coverage to conservatives than they did to reporters and producers elsewhere who tended to be liberal. In some of its programming, Fox News did (and still does) exactly that. But the real impact of the network was felt in — and the lion's share of its ratings and advertising revenue derived from — prime-time programming, which from the beginning was dominated by right-wing populist rabble rousers.

Roger Ailes - In his own words

  Roger Ailes - In his own words Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a cable powerhouse before leaving the company in 2016, died May 18, 2017, at the age of 77. Here are some of his more memorable quotes: 'Every other network has given all their shows to liberals. We are the balance.' ‘If you have two guys on a stage and one guy says, ‘I have a solution to the Middle East problem,’ and the other guy falls in the orchestra pit, who do you think is going to be on the evening news?’ 'You cover the bad news about America. You do. But you don't get up in the morning hating your country.

The New York Daily News claimed he leaves a " poisonous legacy ." Roger Ailes was far from a perfect man, as former President George H.W. Bush noted in a tweet, but he was a winner on one of the world's biggest stages, and that is his legacy .

The New York Daily News claimed he leaves a “ poisonous legacy .” Roger Ailes was far from a perfect man, as former President George H.W. Bush noted in a tweet, but he was a winner on one of the world’s biggest stages, and that is his legacy .

For three hours a night, plus several additional hours throughout the day, Ailes' Fox News served as a right-wing propaganda outfit. When a Republican was in the White House, it became de facto state media, pushing the administration's agenda and talking points, demonizing critics, and all the while offering a constant stream of facts and interpretation designed to uniformly confirm and reinforce the conservative ideology behind it all. Under Democratic presidents, the approach reversed. Now the network sounded like the leader of a revolutionary faction acting to stir up an insurrection against treasonous usurpers who had illegitimately seized control of the country's institutions from the hands of the invariably virtuous American people.

And through it all, Ailes ensured that the explicitly slanted commentary and coverage would be described as uniquely "Fair and Balanced," its on-air partisans overseeing an embattled "No Spin Zone." It wasn't just high cynicism. It was an active effort to distort and ultimately break down the distinction between professional journalism's (invariably imperfect) attempt to achieve objectivity and the deliberate, unceasing pursuit of political advantage.

Many publicly mourned Roger Ailes, but the silence was deafening, too

  Many publicly mourned Roger Ailes, but the silence was deafening, too Amid the shock over his death, the Fox News’ chief’s complicated legacy emerged.Load Error

Roger Ailes 's (Other) Legacy . Remembering the founder of Fox News also demands remembering the many women in his orbit—women who refused to be silent. Fred Prouser / Reuters.

Ailes' efforts were more successful than anyone could have possibly imagined back in the '90s. He made gobs of money and managed to transform the Republican Party, and hence American politics more generally, along the way. Today, millions of Republican voters view the world entirely through the lens of the furiously anti-liberal ideology that emanates from Fox News every night. And Republican politicians go about their business in Washington keenly aware that their popularity at home (not to mention their prospects for landing a lucrative gig at the network down the road) depends on them conforming to that ideology in every respect.

Ailes may have been suspicious at first when Donald Trump took Fox-inspired right-wing populism just a couple of steps further and turned it not just on Hillary Clinton and the Democrats but also on the Republican Party establishment that Ailes himself had helped to build and fortify. But of course it didn't last — and not only because Ailes was forced to resign in the midst of the presidential campaign. Fox had already begun to come around on Trump under Ailes' leadership, at least after it become clear that Trump would win the GOP nomination.

Once Trump won the presidency, it was inevitable that Fox News would fully embrace him. The network has always been primarily about money and power. And serving as state media to Republican presidents is a very profitable and powerful place to be. Whether it does damage to the civic life of the nation, furthering corruption and enabling a man utterly unqualified to serve as commander in chief, is entirely beside the point.

In this respect, Fox News remained Roger Ailes' poisonous gift to his country after his resignation, and it will remain so long after his death.

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