Roger Ailes: Colleagues and Critics React to Fox News Founder’s Death

Roger Ailes Fired Fox News
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Colleagues of Roger Ailes took to social media to pay tribute to the former Fox News chairman and CEO. Ailes died Thursday at the age of 77.

Former President George Bush said he was not sure he’d be president without Ailes “great talent” and “loyal help.”

Sean Hannity heaped praise on Ailes on Twitter, followed by a lengthy statement, and then a phone interview.

He praised his former boss for his “enthusiasm, energy, with, humor and raw instinctive intelligence.”

“Love and prayers to Beth and Zach. R.I.P Roger – you changed television as we know it,” wrote Bret Baier

Geraldo Rivera responded in shock: “OMG #RogerAiles is gone, devastating news, & Erica & I send our condolences to Beth, their son Zack & the entire family. He was a great man,” he wrote.

“Roger Ailes founded one of the most important and successful media outlets in American history. I will miss his friendship dearly. RIP,” wrote Laura Ingraham.

Kim Guilfoyle called him “a mentor.”

Alex Jones tweeted a screenshot of the Drudge Report announcing Ailes’ death, stating, “We stand on his shoulders.”

Stacey Dash weighed in, “My condolences to Roger Ailes’ family. I knew Roger. He was a friend. And, he was a gentleman.”

Rev. Jesse Jackson said they had “mutual respect” for one another.

Former Fox News anchors Megyn Kelly or Gretchen Carlson, who accused Ailes of sexual harassment, were silent on social media as of noon ET on Thursday.

Others sent their sympathies to his alleged victims, including academics Marc Lamont Hill, Rula Jebreal, and screenwriter Randi Mayem Singer.

Jack Antonoff reacted to Ailes’ death, and the death of Chris Cornell, which was also announced Thursday morning. “roger ailes was a sexual predator who ruined many lives. chris cornell was a brilliant artist. world was made better and worse today,” he wrote.

Activist Imrann Siddiqi described Ailes as being “the man responsible for monetizing anti-Muslim bigotry.”

Gabriel Sherman, a New York magazine reporter who wrote an unauthorized biography of Ailes, noted the polarizing reaction to his posting.

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  1. I never could quite fathom the level of self-importance of so many power brokers and in the end
    they get dirt thrown in their faces just as rank and file do. In Ailes case no different
    If anyone thinks it is insensitive, it is not, just speaking truth about subject of death which
    touches all of us

  2. Ellie says:

    The inability of either side to let any event pass without negative comments, still surprises me; although by this time, it shouldn’t. I’m always particularly stunned by the insensitivity shown by the supposedly compassionate left, whose words can no longer hurt the deceased, only the deceased’s loved ones and friends.

    Not a fan of Ailes or Fox, but on the day a man passes, if you can’t send non-sarcastic condolences, don’t say anything. Tomorrow will soon enough for vitriol.

    • JK says:

      agree, the deceased’s loved ones and friends suffer for his sins, but is hypocritical calling out the “compassionate left” for telling the truth, the man was a sexual predator and that can’t be erased, and the “compassionate right” is snarking out about the victims of the sexual predator, they are the ones who suffered and wil keep on do it, everyone, left, center or right shoud be compassionate towards them

  3. 1Ronald says:

    Very empty article. Everyone wants to know how he died, why he died so soon after leaving. Sitting around looking at the walls does not help life to go on. Having a reason to roll out of bed every morning does the trick. And with his settling in at PB he would have every reason to want to see the sunlight of the next day. And those rabid opportunists of the female persuasion who are said to be “quiet” on Roger’s passing maybe they can sit and stew over what they did to him. Shame on you. Money, your money, that would not have been made, never made, if it weren’t for Roger and his generous spirit willing to take a chance on you. And this is how you repaid him. Again, shame on you.

    • JK says:

      Shame on Roger Ailes for being a sexual predator, there’s nothing to be ashamed about for calling out his disgusting deeds. And shame on you for overlook that and called the victims opportunists, really shame on you

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