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Roger Ailes, media guru and political strategist, dies at 77

NEW YORK — Roger Ailes, the communications maestro who transformed television news and America’s political conversation by creating and ruling Fox News Channel for two decades before being ousted last year for alleged sexual harassment, died Thursday, according to his wife, Elizabeth Ailes. A former GOP operative to candidates including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and a onetime adviser to President Trump, Mr. Ailes displayed a mastery of modern messaging early in his career. [...] he changed the face of 24-hour news when, in 1996, he accepted a challenge from media titan Rupert Murdoch to build a news network from scratch to compete with CNN and other TV outlets they deemed left-leaning. Mr. Ailes branded the network “Fair and Balanced” and declared he had left the political world behind, but conservative viewers found a home and lifted prime-time commentators Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity to the top of the news ratings. Fox News and 21st Century Fox Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch called Mr. Ailes “a brilliant broadcaster (who) played a huge role in shaping America’s media over the last thirty years” in a statement. The lawsuit filed on July 6 by Gretchen Carlson quickly triggered accounts from more than 20 women with similar stories of alleged harassment by Mr. Ailes either against themselves or someone they knew.

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