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H.W. Bush Offers Up Condolences Over The Passing Of Roger Ailes

Former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes passed away yesterday at the age of 77, and the tributes poured in. Ailes built Fox News from the ground-up into a cable news powerhouse, and even those that aren’t particularly enthused about news from a right-leaning perspective have been forced to acknowledge his impact.

Unfortunately for Ailes, his time at Fox News would end in disgrace, as he was forced out over numerous sexual harassment allegations against him.

Those closest to Ailes remember him as a driven man that had a clear vision for making Fox News into what it is, and that drive was ingrained well before he took the reins of the network at its launch in 1996. Ailes started off in television back in the 1960s, and the political fires were stoked when then-candidate Richard Nixon took a liking to him after an appearance on ‘The Mike Douglas Show,’ for which Ailes was working at the time. Ailes would join Nixon’s campaign and help lead him to victory, and he assumed the role of media and political consultant for many political powerhouses through the years.

As AOL shares, he worked with former President George H.W. Bush during the 1988 presidential campaign, and Bush remembered him fondly after news broke of his passing.

“He wasn't perfect, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him. Not sure I would have been President w/o his great talent, loyal help. RIP,” he wrote on social media.

That sounds like a pretty apt way to describe Ailes based on the tributes that have poured in. Those that were directly taken under his wing viewed him as a father figure of sorts, while detractors that may not know him very well viewed him as a controversial figure that had less than great intentions.

The death of Ailes was announced via a statement by his wife, Elizabeth Ailes.

"I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning," she wrote. "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."

Fox News shared several tributes throughout the day on the passing of Ailes, and many personalities were visibly shaken by the news of his passing.

Source: AOL
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