The founder of Fox News, Roger Ailes, has died, less than a year after accusations of sexual harassment forced him to leave the chain, which has revolutionized the information and the audiovisual landscape of the us.
It is the string itself, which on Thursday announced the death of its former boss iconic, the presenters of the morning show “Fox and Friends” not hiding their emotion in evoking their former leader, left in July 2016. He was 77 years old.
Hemophilia, the tv man died following a fall on the head which had resulted in the formation of a hematoma, said on Thursday the medico-legal institute in Palm Beach county (Florida), where he resided.
A veteran of the media, a man of influence, the republican had created Fox News in 1996 at the request of the boss of the Fox network and the media group News Corp, Rupert Murdoch.
Line very conservative
Although the arrival in the television landscape well after CNN, launched in 1980, the chain of continuous information, a favorite of conservatives, had quickly taken the lead of the hearings.
To its place, Fox News has adopted an editorial line very conservative, willingly controversial, embodied by a few leading personalities, in the first place Bill O’reilly, more a columnist than a journalist.
Him-even in the face of accusations of sexual harassment from several women who worked within the supply chain, Bill O’reilly had to leave at the end of April, Fox News, which has thus waived his locomotive, king of the hearing, all-news channels combined.
Buoyed by its success, Fox News has also become a source of considerable revenues for the group 21st Century Fox, born from the split in 2013 of the activities, television and media, the latter being housed under the name News Corp.
Praise and biting commentary
“Today, America has lost one of its great warriors, patriots,” tweeted Sean Hannity, one of the journalists, the most influential of Fox News. “It has radically and permanently changed, the political landscape and the media, for the best”.
“It would be well that the media leave Roger and his family in this time of mourning”, he urged, “but knowing the people who hated him, him and his opinions, (…) I doubt it.”
It would be nice if the media would leave Roger and his family alone in their time of grief, purpose knowing people that hated him https://t.co/WQeJoD8pGi
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) may 18, 2017
In fact, if the praise is are multiplied, the acrimonious comments have also flowered. “The founder of Fox News has been (United States) the country is stupid, full of hatred, that it is today,” writes Matt Taibbi, on the site of the magazine “Rolling Stone”.
Others have also referred to the many accusations of harassment to which he was subject.
Media Expert, policy
In addition to the media, that he had been frequenting since the early 1960’s, Wings was also an old hand in politics, but behind-the-scenes. He advised Richard Nixon during his successful campaign of 1968, but also Ronald Reagan, that he helped re-elect in 1984, and George Bush’s father, of whom he has orchestrated the aggressive communication with, the key to electoral success in 1988. “I’m not sure I would have been president without his great talent,” tweeted George Bush sr., greeting a “friend”.
He wasn’t perfect, a goal that Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him. Not sure I would have been President w/o his great talent, loyal help. RIP.
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) may 18, 2017
More recently, Roger Ailes has advised Donald Trump during a good part of his campaign. He has in particular helped to prepare for the televised debates, a new exercise for the business man. The two men had, however, distanced themselves a few weeks before the election of November 2016.
Since the departures of Roger Ailes and Bill O’reilly, but also that of the star reporter Megyn Kelly, spent at NBC, the chain is going through a period of turbulence even if their audiences remain high.
This is Megyn Kelly, who has pushed the fate of Roger Ailes at Fox News, at the end of July 2016. She would have claimed to have received advances from the CEO ten years earlier, during an interview with the responsible of the internal inquiry conducted by the chain to shed light on the accusations being made against.
These allegations came to the support of those launched in early July 2016 by a former presenter and star, Gretchen Carlson, claiming to have been dismissed after his refusal to give in to the sexual advances of her boss. (afp/nxp)
Created: 19.05.2017, 00h37