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Was Fox News CEO Roger Ailes a visionary or a monster?

Fox News founder Roger Ailes is dead at age 77, and the debate over his legacy is fierce. As media adviser to four Republican presidents and founder of the most-watched cable news channel in TV history, Ailes' vision and ideas shifted the entire paradigm of American political media and culture—and drove conservatives to huge political gains. But others condemn Ailes for amplifying fear and hatred, abusing women, and distorting the media's relationship with the truth. What do you think? 📺

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Love him or loathe him, no one can deny that Roger Ailes reshaped American politics and media. He was influential in winning presidential bids for Nixon in 1968, Reagan in 1984, and George H.W. Bush in 1988. He was an advisor to the triumphant Trump campaign. He recognized as early as in 1970 that television narratives would be the key to political dominance, as he wrote in a memo to Richard Nixon:

"Today television news is watched more often than people read newspapers, than people listen to the radio, than people read or gather any other form of communication...The reason: People are lazy. With television you just sit -- watch -- listen. The thinking is done for you."
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To many conservatives, he was a visionary hero.

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Others say Ailes' brand of militant conservatism has irreparably damaged our national discourse.

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Ailes' defenders are calling widespread criticism of him unseemly and appalling.

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But Ailes' critics argue someone who was an alleged serial sexual harasser and abuser to so many women deserves no respect, even in death.

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The accusations against Ailes by more than 20 women, which eventually resulted in his departure from Fox, go back many decades and paint a picture of a malevolent sexual predator.

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And others call Ailes' legacy toxic.

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Others say sexual harassment lawsuits should not be the only part of his legacy that is discussed.

FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Was Fox News CEO Roger Ailes a visionary or a monster?
#HatsOffToAiles
A festive crown for the winner
#GoodRiddanceRoger