The founder of Fox News Roger Ailes died at the age of 77 on Thursday. Before he died, he resigned from his job as CEO at Fox News due to sexual harassment allegations. The same thing happened to Bill O’Reilly who was fired earlier. He broke his silence now and revealed the reason for Roger’s death. He said that Roger died from hatred.
“We are living in a rough age, with technological advances changing behavior and perspective. The downside of that is turning us into a nation where hatred is almost celebrated in some quarters,” O’Reilly wrote.
“Roger Ailes experienced that hatred and it killed him. That is the truth,” O’Reilly added. “But he would not want to be remembered that way. He did both good and bad in his life and in that, he has something in common with every human being.”
On his podcast, O’Reilly said Ailes was “a big target” who “didn’t take guff” from the left or the right.
“He alienated a lot of people. He was very tough and a lot of people hated him, and that hatred ultimately brought him down,” O’Reilly said. “He made a difference. And no hater will ever be able to obscure that.”
O’Reilly said the media reaction to Ailes and the similar accusations enveloping former President Bill Clinton was starkly different.
“The difference between Roger Ailes and Bill Clinton was Clinton was able to overcome what he brought upon himself in the White House because of a largely sympathetic media. That’s a real interesting comparison,” O’Reilly noted.
O’Reilly said few knew the good Ailes did.
“He was a tough, gruff guy. Over the years, I saw him do privately — always privately — very kind things that few other TV executives, or any executives, would ever do. He saved people, routinely, when they got into trouble,” O’Reilly said. “The list of names are legion, and if you were straight with him, he had your back.”
O’Reilly touched upon the sexual harassment allegations that formed the last chapter of Ailes’ career at Fox News, citing allegations that Ailes “treated some women poorly and he had to leave the company. Ultimately, he walked away and he was never the same,” O’Reilly said.
“There are very few human beings on this planet who are visionaries. He died in a way that was heartbreaking. His departure from Fox News broke his heart,” O’Reilly said.
“When Roger departed Fox News last July under a cloud of suspicion, the vast majority of Fox employees were sad. We were not privy to executive actions and while opinions were many, facts were few. Roger was convicted of bad behavior in the court of public opinion, and it was painful for many of us to watch. He, himself, was stunned and never really recovered,” he wrote.
“It’s easy to make judgments from afar — but fair people know that seeking the truth is a complicated and demanding process. In my opinion, few sought the comprehensive truth about Roger Ailes,” he added.
Despite the sad ending to his career, O’Reilly wrote, Ailes left a powerful legacy.
“Millions of Americans have been affected by Fox News, no doubt about that. In a nation where the national press is generally sympathetic to the left, Fox gives voice to a more traditional point of view that other TV news operations historically ignored. That is a very good thing for our republic, and Roger Ailes is directly responsible,” he wrote.
We send our condolences to Roger’s family. May he rest in peace. He will be remembered for the good things he accomplished in his life.