Fox News Creator Roger Ailes Has Died. Let’s Let the Internet Say a Few Words in Remembrance
Roger Ailes–the creator of Fox News who spent decades helping drive a wedge into the already vast political divide between regular Americans, not to mention fostering a landscape of racism and misogyny while serially harassing female coworkers and allowing others to do the same, passed away this morning at the age of 77. This is always a tricky situation because while there’s that whole don’t speak ill of the dead thing, when men like Ailes pass, it would be a disservice to all those impacted by his horrible actions to pretend like they were decent human beings all along.
So rather than write an obituary made up entirely of four-letter words, as I would like, I’ll let our good friend The Internet do the memorializing.
sure, roger ailes was professionally evil but keep in mind that in his personal life he was a monster
— Cullen Crawford (@HelloCullen) May 18, 2017
There’s a lot he’ll be remembered for.
Roger Ailes has died. Wow. Sending deep and heartfelt condolences to everyone who was abused, harassed, exploited, and unjustly fired by him
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) May 18, 2017
say what you will about roger ailes, he demeaned the profession of journalism and became rich off the fomentation of bigotry and lies
— andrea grimes (@andreagrimes) May 18, 2017
“RIP Roger Ailes. The man may be gone but the sewer of misogyny, bigotry & lies that he midwifed still poisons the world.” – Fox News💫
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) May 18, 2017
He genuinely did change the landscape of cable news.
new york times roger ailes obit doesnt mention anything about the legacy of racism af fox news. the whitewash is on. https://t.co/Uzs3VroN3A
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 18, 2017
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 18, 2017
— Peter Brannen (@PeterBrannen1) May 18, 2017
Are we being disrespectful?
“Don’t be disrespectful of the dead!” yell those who’ve gleefully watched as the empire Roger Ailes built uses Seth Rich as a human shield.
— shauna (@goldengateblond) May 18, 2017
This feels like the proper amount of respect.
skirts at Fox News today will be lowered to half-mast
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) May 18, 2017
Either way, even in death, Roger Ailes will be just fine.
Today Roger Ailes returns to hell a hero.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) May 18, 2017
Everyone seems to agree on that.
But to his enemies know this; I say ADVANTAGE ROGER, In his mind he just has a head start in preparing to kick your ass in the next life. https://t.co/gcRFTom0fG
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 18, 2017
Whatever that means.
Sean Hannity spinning Roger Ailes death into a win is actually Peak Fox https://t.co/b67JZeloyO
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) May 18, 2017
What is your demented belief system where the afterlife involves waiting for enemies to die so you can fight them there? https://t.co/A4BbChThpw
— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) May 18, 2017
Meanwhile, there are other public figures actually worthy of your mourning today.
RIP Chris Cornell
Incredibly Missed. pic.twitter.com/pKNI4tKiXz
— Jimmy Page (@JimmyPage) May 18, 2017
(image: Ninian Reid / Flickr + Twitter)
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