Roger Ailes fell dead early this morning, leaving behind him the detritus of a life dedicated to the creation of an ‘us versus them’ nation. Using the tactics of fear and division Ailes built Fox News into a media juggernaut that whipped their wingnut viewers into a frothing frenzy with a new brew of aggro-politics based in sensationalism and controversy. During the W. Bush era, Fox led the charge as the president’s loudest cheerleader as well as the administration’s hugest tool to disseminate its propaganda. For Obama’s eight years, the ‘fair and balanced’ network was the main source of every tinfoil hoax thrown his way. From birtherism, to painting him as an Islamic terrorist, Fox created a nefarious anti-liberal narrative that was simple enough for even the congenitally moronic to understand. Elevating prevaricating pundits such as Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck to superstar status, Ailes’ brain child radically changed politics in America in an elemental way with its fresh brand of dumbed down conspiratorial conservatism.
Ailes’ legacy will live on. It is a legacy of hatred, divisiveness, ignorance and the rise of DONALD TRUMP. And oh yes, lest we forget, the man was also a raging misogynist who was axed from his own network after a throng of women came forward and accused him of sexual misconduct.
Farewell, adieu, bon voyage Mr. Ailes. Yours was truly a life…spent unwell.