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Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Resigns After Sexual Harassment Claims

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Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a money-making ratings powerhouse, has resigned as chairman and chief executive of the popular cable channel following allegations of sexual harassment, according to the company.

The media executive and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, the parent of Fox News, had been in negotiations over his departure, a person briefed on the discussions said on Tuesday.

Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox, will assume the role of chairman and acting CEO of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, the company said.

The exit marks a swift downfall for Ailes, the 76-year-old media executive who advised several U.S. Republican presidents, including George H.W. Bush, and turned Fox News into the most-watched U.S. cable news channel.

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson sued Ailes earlier this month, claiming sexual harassment. Ailes has denied the charges. Fox hired the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison to conduct an internal investigation.

New York magazine followed up with reports of other women who said they had been harassed by Ailes as far back as the 1960s. On Tuesday, the magazine said that popular Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly had told investigators hired by Fox that Ailes “made unwanted sexual advances toward her” about 10 years ago.

Ailes, who founded the cable channel in 1996, did not sexually harass Kelly, according to a statement attributed to his lawyer in the New York Times on Tuesday. His lawyers did not respond to questions from Reuters.

(Reporting by Jessica Toonkel and Anna Driver; Editing by Bill Rigby)

Photo: Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations, answers questions during a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, California July 24, 2006. Picture taken July 24, 2006.    REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo

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22 Comments

  1. Paul Bass July 21, 2016

    Ha Ha Ho Ho He He.
    Hubris, it’s a bitch.

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  2. opptech July 21, 2016

    Most people that live and breath FOX don’t even know who Roger Ailes is let alone why it is just a right wing spin station not a news station.

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    1. CrankyToo July 21, 2016

      Most people who live and breath FOX Noise don’t know goosesh!t from tapioca.

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      1. Independent1 July 22, 2016

        Yeah! Studies have shown that Faux News viewers/listeners are less informed about reality than people who actually watch no news at all and just get their news from hearsay and what they may catch on the radio driving home from work.

        Primarily because what Faux News broadcasts is not only propaganda but it is also censored to make sure nothing good is ever said about a non GOP administration doing something good for America.

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      2. charleo1 July 24, 2016

        Good one!!!

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  3. jakenhyde July 21, 2016

    We wouldn’t have this scummy bunch who work for and run Faux News if it weren’t for Ronnie Reagan. It was Ronnie who fast tracked Rupert’s citizenship application so he could own Faux News. It’s against the law for foreigners to own any media outlets based in the USA. So Ronnie boosted Rupert ahead of thousands of folks who had diligently taken every step in order to attain US citizenship….and had waited years for the opportunity. But St. Ronnie saw fit to jumped Rupert to the head of the line. What a nifty guy that Reagan fellow was…….NOT!
    Now we’ve got this whole soap opera of Murdoch, Ailes, M. Kelly, and all their right wing propaganda puppies to deal with.

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    1. Dan S July 21, 2016

      Yay party of Reagan ????

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    2. Independent1 July 22, 2016

      If you look at all the other damage Ronnie did to America – just some examples: started the destruction of America’s unions, started America on the road to being a debtor nation, started America on the road to today’s enormous income inequality, started the demise of corporations even thinking they needed to treat their employees fairly and offer them benefits that really mean something, led an administration which had more of its people indicted for felonies (more than 130 with a number of them going to prison) than under all other presidents since 1900 combined; agreed to set up more than 300 of our Marines in harms way, edicting that they couldn’t protect themselves with loaded weapons which ended up with 241 of them dying in their sleep…and on and on (I’m not even 1/2 way to listing all the terrible things about Ronnie): makes it clear that despite how terrible George W. Bush was and how many people died because of his terrible governance; Ronnie Reagan was hands down the worst person America ever had the misfortune of serving as its president. Ronnie is the main reason that today’s GOP politicians are such outright liars and crooks and are even willing to resort to allowing the people who voted them into office to die prematurely long before they should just to feed money into their pockets and the pockets of their already wealthy political campaign donors.

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      1. Jinmichigan July 22, 2016

        Completely agree. Should have been prosecuted for IRAN weapons peddling.

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      2. jakenhyde July 22, 2016

        100% in agreement. Ronnie should have stuck to acting…..and he wasn’t all that good at acting. We may never totally recover from his presidency.
        That said, if The Donald gets elected, we’ll have jumped from the frying pan into the fire. His speech last night was so full of out right lies and half truths. Sad part is that his blind followers believe everything he says. Even David Duke held up a sign saying that the KKK is all for The Donald. Says more than a mouthful about the current not-so-GOP.

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      3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 23, 2016

        The Sacred Cowboy has done major harm to America by unwittingly and ironically being a tool of a myth—that of American Exceptionalism.

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      4. dpaano August 19, 2016

        Totally agree, but most Republicans (and a few others) think Ronnie was a saint!!!

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  4. Oddworld July 21, 2016

    It couldn’t happen to a more deserving POS.

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  5. disqus_QR7ejvoSVU July 21, 2016

    Bill O’Reilly is a wife beater.

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  6. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 22, 2016

    What’s been going around is starting to come around for many of the pompous and arrogant that infest America in large numbers. Others, including Trump, will soon have their day in a “Higher Court”, and in courts in America.

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  7. Leftout July 22, 2016

    MSNBC , Fox, PBS even CNN- getting better- are all opinions of news. Only News stations as WINS , WCBS NY radio types and nearly PBS report news, on a professional level. Stop whining. Most main anchors have skeletons in their closets : fabricating news or cavorting for a little fun.

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    1. Jinmichigan July 22, 2016

      I’m not even buying PBS as unbiased anymore. They have been intimidated by republicans and had funding cut. They are afraid to say the real news.

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  8. Jinmichigan July 22, 2016

    Hard to imagine this will change much of anything at FOX. Ailes built quite the empire.

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  9. Ubudian Roy July 22, 2016

    The one thing that would make this news even more sweet would be if Sean Hannity was following Roger out the door.

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  10. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 23, 2016

    Further reflection on Ailes and his twisted way of thinking leads me to wonder what will become of the allegation of sexual misconduct by his Lordship, Trump.
    A possible alliance of Ailes with Trump will be a match made in Hell, and should further accelerate the process of demolition of the Old Order in its many facets.

    If Lord Fauntleroy were to succeed in becoming POTUS, the rate of decay of conservatism will ramp up, if he can avoid pushing the Red Button given his short attention span and inordinate petulance.

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  12. dpaano August 19, 2016

    From what I understand (per the LA Times this morning), Ailes and Trump are going to “team up” and start a new super conservative network if he loses. He likes being the center of attention, and what better way than to have your own network? So, it looks like two of a kind working together….interesting. It’ll sure put FAUX News in 2nd place most likely, but the only listeners will be white males without college educations…typical!

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