Roger Ailes

(Roger Eugene Ailes)

Roger Ailes
Roger Ailes
  • Born: May 15, 1940
  • Died: May 18, 2017
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Former President Fox News, Chair Fox Television, Stations

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Roger Eugene Ailes was an American television executive and media consultant. He was the Chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations, from which he resigned in July 2016. Ailes was a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush, and for Rudy Giuliani's first mayoral campaign. In 2016, after he resigned from Fox News amid allegations of sexual misconduct, he became an adviser to the Donald Trump campaign, where he assisted with debate preparation.

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... infiltrate and neutralize the mainstream American media. Media, Journalism & The Press
As everyone knows, Voter News Service, a consortium with a good track record, gave out bad numbers that night. In the closest race in history the wheels apparently came off a rattle trap computer system which we relied on and paid millions for. Through our self-examination and investigation we have determined that there was no intentional political favoritism in play on election night on the part of Fox News. Voters, Voting & Elections
Campaigns are about creating cartoons. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Every presidential election I've ever been involved with has been characterized as the dirtiest campaign in history. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I know certain techniques, such as a press release that looks like a newscast. So you use it because you want your man to win. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I never had a political thought in my life until they asked me to join the Richard Nixon Presidential Campaign. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Nixon is the last candidate who couldn’t make it on the Johnny Carson Show who could make it in an election. Media, Journalism & The Press
People lose their sense of humor in [presidential] campaigns. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Politics is power, and communications is power, Power ;Communication & Communications ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Television is not a gimmick, and if you think it is, you’ll lose again. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Media, Journalism & The Press
The [TV evening] news usually defines the candidate for the public. Media, Journalism & The Press
You don't even have to attack him [Ross Perot]. All you have to do is quote what he says. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
You hope the American people are fair. We recognize journalists have to kill somebody each week. Media, Journalism & The Press
Audiences are shifting. Platforms are shifting. Ages are shifting. It's better to be in charge of change than to have to react to change.
CNN and MSNBC, our primary competitors, are trying to figure out how to beat us. There are some good, smart people at those networks, and even occasionally a blind pig finds an acorn.
CNN International, Al-Jazeera and BBC are the same in how they report mostly that America is wrong and bad.
Everybody fears the unknown. But I have a strong feeling there's something bigger than us. I don't think all this exists because some rocks happened to collide. I'm at peace. When it comes, I'll be fine, calm. I'll miss life, though. Especially my family. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting ;War & Peace
Growing up in Ohio and just being kind of an average guy from flyover country - my dad was a factory guy - I try to put things on a screen that reflect reality. I don't mind if people want to argue with that, or think that's crazy. Families, Children & Parenting
I can't stand cruel people. And if I see people doing something mean to somebody else just to make themselves feel important, it really gets me mad.
I don't have any focus groups on talent and programming. If I need five people in a mall to be paid $40 to tell me how to do my job, I shouldn't do my job.
I grew up in the era when Dan Rather hated Richard Nixon. He was a newsman, but you knew what his opinion was.
I have a soft spot for Joe Biden. I like him. But he's dumb as an ashtray.
I look for something unique, and I look for people who haven't reached their potential. I think I'm pretty good at developing talent.
I only understand friendship or scorched earth. Friendship
I quit politics because I hated it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I think almost everything in life is life-experience, personality-driven. Life
If somebody wants to book Alec Baldwin on one of our shows, and he wants to come on and talk to our people and say what he wants, I don't care. We would question him on his choice of words.
My doctor told me that I'm old, fat, and ugly, but none of those things is going to kill me immediately.
Obama's the one who never worked a day in his life. He never earned a penny that wasn't public money. How many fund-raisers does he attend every week? How often does he play basketball and golf? I wish I had that kind of time. Life ;Time ;Money, Coins & Minting
Television and I grew up together.
Tell me who you want to see on the Left, and I'll hire them. If you give me a big name that's out there, that's floating around and wants work, I'd be happy to hire them. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There is a - deep down, underneath all the work I do, I think there's a laziness in me. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We're not programming to conservatives. We're just not eliminating their point of view.
You never pull the trigger until you know you can win.

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