Roger Ailes, who mastered the art of selling political candidates like Hollywood celebrities and was the architect of conservative-oriented TV news, died today May 18 at 77. He was the longtime chairman and chief executive of the Fox News Channel, building it into an politically influential juggernaut until his abrupt ouster last year amid sexual harassment allegations. No cause was reported.
Mr. Ailes presided over a cable outlet that combined news from a conservative perspective with the rabble-rousing of right-wing talk radio to produce a singularly influential media machine.
He was born Roger Eugene Ailes on May 15, 1940 in Warren, Ohio, U.S.