Fox News Founder Roger Ailes Died: a Fair and Balanced Look at Twitter Reactions
Roger Ailes, the founder and former CEO of Fox News, has passed away at age 77. Whether you liked him or hated him, whether you’re a devoted Fox News watcher or would throw the remote straight through the TV if you accidentally switched to that channel, one thing is undeniable: the man was a television titan who forever changed cable news.
Reactions to Ailes’ death across Twitter ranged, as you might expect, from effusive praise to gleeful (if morbid) mockery.
First let’s see what some assorted Fox News personalities had to say:
Today America lost one of its great patriotic warriors. Roger Ailes. For Decades RA's has impacted American politics and media.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 18, 2017
(Hannity wrote a series of follow-ups as well, which you can check out here.)
OMG #RogerAiles is gone, devastating news, & Erica & I send our condolences to Beth, their son Zack & the entire family. He was a great man
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes founded one of the most important and successful media outlets in American history. I will miss his friendship dearly. RIP.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 18, 2017
Prayers to Beth and Zach. R.I.P Roger Ailes- you changed television as we know it. https://t.co/ijOtxlV488
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) May 18, 2017
Love and prayers to Beth and Zach. R.I.P Roger – you changed television as we know it. https://t.co/1vjhGFQaDc
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) May 18, 2017
Perhaps not so curiously, Megyn Kelly also hasn’t said anything publicly. Before she left for NBC, Kelly claimed that Ailes had sexually harassed her, and it was a popular rumor that she pushed Fox higher-ups to fire Ailes.
Fox’s chairman, Rupert Murdoch, issued a statement:
Statement from Rupert Murdoch on Ailes pic.twitter.com/zqZvEPATsA
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) May 18, 2017
Fox News’s official Twitter linked to their story:
Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at 77 https://t.co/tdP1tBhZKu
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 18, 2017
Fox’s competitors played it pretty much straight:
— CNNMoney (@CNNMoney) May 18, 2017
BREAKING: Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, has passed away at the age of 77, reports Fox.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 18, 2017
Joe Scarborough: No one has impacted American culture and media more than Roger Ailes https://t.co/6VJ7AvPk9s
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 18, 2017
Politicians and pundits also chimed in:
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.
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes was a genius at politics and the news media. His advice to Presidents Nixon and Reagan was historic and helped elect both.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) May 18, 2017
For better or worse & the ignominious end 2 his reign at Fox News, the impact of Roger Ailes on American politics & media was indisputable.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) May 18, 2017
Just because he's dead doesn't mean you have to say something nice about him. Would he give you the same break?
— Jack Shafer (@jackshafer) May 18, 2017
Nothing yet from Donald Trump, though we suppose is a bit busy these days trying to avoid impeachment.
Ailes made a lot of enemies over the years too, and lots of them weren’t shy about it:
In Roger Ailes' version of hell, the women wear long skirts, everyone has civil rights and all the TVs run a constant loop of Rachel Maddow.
— shauna (@goldengateblond) May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes has died. Let all his victims now be ungagged for the true, full reckoning of his life. And give them back their jobs.
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) May 18, 2017
— laura olin (@lauraolin) May 18, 2017
A lesson of today: if you live as an abusive, cynical scoundrel who loves nothing more than your own power, no one will cry when you die.
— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) May 18, 2017
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes once threatened me that he had the rest of his life to get back at me for an article I wrote. Looks like he ran out of time.
— Julia Angwin (@JuliaAngwin) May 18, 2017
— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) May 18, 2017
I bet Roger Ailes' hell and Carrie Fisher's heaven are the same place.
— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes is why Trump is president
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes behaved egregiously toward women in his organization and changed our culture for the worse, making people dumber and angrier.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes is dead. He just…ran out of power. And importance…
And now…a moment's silence in memory of the many women he harassed…
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes, perhaps the most destructive force in American politics in the last 50 years, is dead: https://t.co/SpOr7vvDC6
— Alex Shephard (@alex_shephard) May 18, 2017
Roger Ailes authored the most successful lie in broadcast history in the U.S. That Fox was not the conservative alternative but just "news."
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) May 18, 2017
Sean Hannity on #RogerAiles: "Were it not for Roger Ailes, I would not be the person I am today." Does he consider that a tribute?
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) May 18, 2017
And last, God bless ClickHole:
— PatriotHole (@ClickHole) May 18, 2017
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