Roger Ailes may be dead, but the country is now left suffering through his legacy: a politics of resentment fueled by a stream of racist, sexist propaganda made palatable with a populist spin.
Ailes’ baby Fox News, which he founded with media mogul Rupert Murdoch in 1996, fundamentally reshaped conservative politics, radically changed the media landscape and inarguably fertilized the dirty muck out of which grew President Donald Trump.
“The impact of Roger Ailes on American politics and media was indisputable,” said CNN commentator David Axelrod, a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, on Twitter Thursday morning, when news of the former Fox CEO’s death at the age of 77 became public.
Others were more blunt: “American politics would have been infinitely better off had Roger Ailes gone to barber college,” blogger Charles Pierce tweeted.
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