Roger Ailes, Fox News former CEO dies at the Age of 77

Today the world lost another pioneer.  Roger Ailes the former Fox News CEO died at the age of 77.  When his wife Elizabeth Ailes delivered the news of his death to the news website Drudge Report, she added:

          “I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning.  Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many.  He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise—and to give back.  During a career that stretched over more than five decades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many millions. And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life …”

While reporting about his death some of the host of the morning show “Fox & Friends” were visible shaken and upset as they recounted some of the good memories they experienced with Mr. Ailes. He was a kind and generous person that touched many people.

Ailes, born in 1940 was raised in Warren, Ohio and was very interested in what was happening in the TV world as a youth.  After his graduation from Ohio State University in 1962, Ailes began working for The Mike Douglas Show.  Ailes moved on to build Fox News Channel in 1966 as a 24-hour cable news outlet that covered the politically conservative audience.

One Fox News media source recalled his comment concerning his reaction to joining Fox News:  “I’m very pleased to join this organization… It really is exciting to join what I think is the most dynamic television company in the world today.”

As a testament to Ailes’ business savvy, his business partner Rupert Murdoch issued this statement on Twitter after Ailes’ death; “Roger and I shared a big idea which he executed in a way no one else could have,” according to the statement. “In addition, he was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs.”

Roger Ailes was a true pioneer who paved the way for conservative reporters to have an outlet to deliver the most important and relevant news for the American people to be informed.  He will be truly missed and Diamond and Silk sends out prayers and best wishes to his family and friends.