Sean Hannity Remembers Roger Ailes as ‘Patriotic Warrior’

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Sean Hannity was among the first to pen a tribute, following the news that Fox News founder Roger Ailes died Thursday morning at age 77.

“Today America lost one of its great patriotic warriors. Roger Ailes. For decades [Roger Ailes] has impacted American politics and media,” Hannity wrote in a series of tweets. “He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape singlehandedly for the better. Neither will ever be the same again as he was a true American original. Few people in this life will ever reach the profound level of impact that Roger Ailes had on the country every single day. As his opponents played checkers in life, Roger was always the strategist, playing chess, [five] steps ahead at a whole other level.”

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Hannity added, “On a personal note, were it not for Roger Ailes, I would not be the person I am today. In 1996 he took a huge risk on an inexperienced, young, local radio talk show host in Atlanta. To this day I have no earthly idea why I was hired and not fired early on, as I had little television experience when I was hired by FNC, as old tapes humbly remind me. He saw something in me and many others he hired that we never saw in ourselves, and he forever changed the trajectory of thousands of peoples lives. In many ways he was like a second father after I lost my father 6 months after I started at FNC in 3/97. I am forever grateful. His endless enthusiasm, energy, wit, humor and raw instinctive intelligence will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers now turn to him, his wife Beth, his son Zachary, his brother and his family. He will be deeply missed.”

Ailes’ long career as a towering figure in television news and politics, including founding Fox News Channel, was tarnished by a sexual harassment scandal that ended with his being forced to resign from the company. Hannity wrote that he hoped Ailes’ would be “left alone.”

“It would be nice if the media would leave Roger and his family alone in their time of grief, but knowing people that hated him and his politics, and those that forget “all have sinned and fallen short” and “cast the first stone” I doubt that will happen,” Hannity wrote. But to his enemies know this; I say advantage Roger. In his mind he just has a head start in preparing to kick your a— in the next life.”

Many other prominent media figures have also chimed in online to mourn Ailes’ death.

Hannity later called into Fox News to talk about the impact Ailes had on his life and the media:

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  1. Retrometa says:

    He was bald, he was paunchy but he was most definitely a visionary. He founded Fox News and the radical left will never be allowed to forget or recover from the shock of having an independent news network break with the establishment media’s agenda. Perhaps the greatest tribute to Ailes is the extent to which the degenerate left, the true enemy of the state, seethe when they hear his name.

    • Tim says:

      Ailes legacy is that he found an underserved market and he served it. No more. No less. I know many people at Fox News – writers, producers, tech staff, and talent – and the goal is no different than any other tv network. RATINGS. Ailes found people like you, fed you what you wanted to hear (right or wrong) and you ate it up.

      • Frank says:

        People like you, spreading hate.
        Anti-Christian ethics. The ethics that the country was founded on. instead you make hate statements, the same hate statements that the middle east slaughter is based for Christians. The same hate that hitler promoted about Jews. All the European hate ethics of history. Get out. Get out of our country with your hate.

  2. Wayne says:

    Roger Ailes was a scumbag. He treated women like meat and manipulated the media reintroducing yellow journalism damaging media credibility and misleading millions. Good riddance.

  3. Sean, like Rush Limbaugh, is a national treasure. These men have been the courageous fountains of truth and discernment in a very corrupt world.

  4. Ai says:

    and for the record he was never a solider, a “warrior” – whatever that is, nor a patriot – a term that is oddly being tossed around flippantly by a lot of people these days. its a tawdry buzzword. also cool Hannity had to toss in some expletives in remarking on a death – super class act.

  5. Obswa says:

    Murdock is a fool who did a crappy job raising his leftist sons. The wealth his family enjoyed was at the brilliant and hard work of Roger Ailes. It’s doubtful we wouldn’t know this worthless family without the genesis of Mr. Ailes.

  6. Honest John says:

    Our “progressives” are dancing on his grave already! They are SO PREDICTABLE and SO PATHETIC!

  7. DC says:

    Does this mean that the sexual assault lawsuits against him will stop or continue?

    • John Campbell says:

      At the rate some people operate, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.
      Shoot! At the rate Democrats go poor Roger has already reregistered to vote Democrat for the 2018 midterms. Ya just never know. :o)

    • Asdfkj Koiasdk says:

      It certainly doesn’t mean that you’ll develop a likable personality. LOL

    • Donna Chan says:

      Didn’t take long for the liberal hate to start did it hope. The compassionate left, what a joke.

      Liberals are sick people. They have no morals or ethics. Obama and his liberal cronies hate the Constitution and free market capitalism. They do nothing but bleed the middle class dry.

      My tax rate is 40% and my healthcare is now $700 per month thanks to Obamacare. My car insurance is still just $25/month (thanks to Insurance Panda), but if you look at Democrat strongholds like Detroit and New Orleans, where car insurance will run you $300+ per month, it’s easy to be pessimistic about the future of the United Socialist States of America.

      The cultural Marxists have really done a number on Western youth, haven’t they? What a bunch of sick people.

      • Honest John says:

        I think you have them pegged spot on. The epitomie of hypocrisy and arrogance – it’s just who the “progressives” are. Perhaps the most INTOLERANT people on earth, and if it weren’t for the jihadi’s, the most dangerous – the progressives only beat and scream at their infidels – no “beheadings” – well YET anyway.

      • Ai says:

        no one cares about your household monthly expenses. stop being poor and keep your personal info to yourself. Everyone pays bills – its called life.

      • John Campbell says:

        Making a post is not a license to spam.

  8. Sam says:

    That was a beautiful note.
    The women persecuted an elder man, they have been cursed.

    • John Campbell says:

      Making a post is not a license to spam.

    • DC says:

      Yeah, cursed be being sexually assaulted or raped by an old pervert who also just happened to have a lot of money and power to make his crimes mostly go away.

      • Honest John says:

        Interesting yet NOT SURPRISING that when females use their “weapons” / “advantages” to gain profit from males, THEY are given a “free pass” OR “cast as victims”. MAYBE the men are the “victims”. Really, the “evil conservatives” really don’t play the “victim game” very well – it’s a skill well honed by Democrats / Progressives and a vital tool to gaining the “elite pig” status on their “Animal Farm USA”.

        Yes, their female comrades are complicit in this – no surprise there.

      • Obswa says:

        And you know this how exactly?

      • Honest John says:

        Billary did get a “free pass” for all the rapes/abuses he committed. OK, he DID have acredible “free pass” – Hillary. But what about HER “conquests” – all in the name of the “progressive sisterhood”.

      • Asdfkj Koiasdk says:

        You’re off-topic. We’re not talking about Bill Clinton. You described him perfectly, tho. LOL

      • John Edwards says:

        kinda like david letterman? hugh heffner? way worse political hacks if you ask me. the charges against Roger aren’t backed up by anything just the unreliable words of a disgruntled beauty queen

  9. Dunstan says:

    He’s already infamously known as the person who “rehabilitated ” Richard Nixon’s image resulting in eight years of more dead and missing soldiers in Vietnam and more recently an even worse notoriety for being a sexual predator.

    What a poor excuse for anything approaching a human being.

    • JimInNashville says:

      Your account of the history seems to have been acquired by watching too much MSNBC. For the record, JFK got America into the Viet Nam war, LBJ went all in in the mid-60’s. Nixon took office in 1968 and extricated us from LBJ’s disastrous mess, his every move being disputed and fought over by traitors like John Kerry. Of course, in the strange MSNBC universe, it is “Nixon’s war”. 59,000 dead. Almost all men. Most attributable to hubris of JFK, LBJ, Westmoreland, and McNamara. LBJ resigned rather than try to run for re-election against Nixon.

    • Kravitz says:

      Richard Nixon ended the Vietnam war. FYI: The war was started under a Democrat (Kennedy) and continued under another Democrat (Lyndon Johnson). And, I seem to recall that both JFK and Teddy (the swimmer, who left his girlfriend to drown) were notorious womanizers. But, the MSM gave them both a pass. Old Teddy boy, ended up being one of the most famous Senators and lionized by his Democrat buddies in the Senate/House. They were poor excuses for human beings and the media comes in a close second.

    • Asdfkj Koiasdk says:

      The only poor excuse here is you, crapping on a dead man, who was greater than you will ever be.

    • Just Joe says:

      Breaking News to Dunstan. Nixon ended the war that two Democrat Presidents before him got us into and made a meat grinder out of it while hamstringing the military in the field. Nixon unleashed the military and was within an eyelash of having the NVA on the ropes. Only the flower children back in the USA, who are now teaching modern snow flakes, prevented a victory. Were you there, and have no memory left? Or have you no knowledge other than ex-hippies have told you.

    • John Edwards says:

      kinda like david letterman? hugh heffner? way worse political hacks if you ask me. the charges against Roger aren’t backed up by anything just the unreliable words of a disgruntled beauty queen

  10. George Lewis says:

    R.I.P. the great Roger Ailes. Thank you for the wonderful things you tirelessly did for our planet. Thank you for the best news channel, the Fair & Balanced FOX News. Thank you for your overall excellent staff selections with intelligence, wit, analytics, & great visuals. Wonderful how easily you sent & continue even in death to send the hysterical lunatics into their absurd tantrums (that his family will rightfully ignore).

  11. Tom Bennett says:

    Television genius, loyal to a fault to many like O’Reilly and mentor to many making stars out of hosts like Hannity and Megyn.

    But to call him a “great man” as Geraldo did is just laughable,

  12. pokerddiva says:

    Yeah, Sean Hannity, we know Roger Ailes, as founder and head of Faux News, propagated a legion of scum “reporters” like you. No need to rub it in our faces.

    Karma finally kicked in on this serial sexual deviant and assault artist. When you coming for Hair Fuhrer Trump? He’s overdue to.

    • Asdfkj Koiasdk says:

      Ignoramus. Hannity is not a reporter. He’s a commentator, as he’s always said. You don’t even know the difference between news and opinion, which is the fundamental problem of all the progressive kooks in their fantasy bubble. And Trump is still prez. Could be a long 8 years for you. LOL

  13. JE Vizzusi says:

    Perfect! One under investigation of Sexism pays tribute to a verified Sexist! I guess the new Patriot is one that abuses and disgrace Women in the Workplace at a Major News Cabler. Jump on the Bandwagon O’ Riley wherever you may be…

    • JimInNashville says:

      You seem to be confusing allegations with guilt. May you live to see the day when someone falsely accuses YOU of sexual harassment. Then you’ll see how stacked the deck was against Roger. The truth might well be that James Murdoch was looking for an excuse to can Roger, and Gretchen Carlson saw a terrific opportunity to take advantage.

    • Your a pathetic sick twisted little man. Speak ill of the dead you know nothing about. Your cursed.

  14. Michael Anthony says:

    Patriots dintvtake work life a living h@#l for women. Patriots allow individuals to live their own lives, with freedom for oppression.

  15. Isabel Oren says:

    And the rest of the world will remember him as sex pest…

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