Truman thought for a moment, clearly uncomfortable with faking bereavement. "I really do", Levin said. Which became the presidential statement that day.
Given that the anchors of Fox News barely addressed their former CEO Roger Ailes being forced out of the network a year ago, it was hard to predict how they'd handle the announcement of his death Thursday. It's a damn shame. Many people out there would say that he saved this country by starting the Fox News Channel. He later went to Washington to work as a media guru for Richard Nixon and then to NY to start Fox News. What's more it's influential: a recent Pew study found 20% of users have "modified their stance on a social or political issue because of material they saw on social media". Share your thoughts at http://timesunion.com/rex_smith.
Ailes conceived Fox News, which launched in 1996, to compete with CNN and the three broadcast networks by targeting a large underserved audience of conservative Americans who didn't like the way the world was rapidly moving away from the one they knew in the 1950s.
Ailes earned Murdoch's loyalty by giving him a remarkably profitable enterprise. Mark Zuckerberg quickly denied any responsibility, saying: "Personally, I think the idea that fake news on Facebook ... influenced the election in any way is a pretty insane idea". If you want to really blame something on Ailes' death there's one thing I'll give you Bill: pressure did get to Ailes. That total included a $20 million settlement in September to former Fox and Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson, who filed suit against Ailes. "Without his success at Fox News Trump could never have won". AP is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information.
Others are stating that O'Reilly needs to be honest: Ailes died from an accident-related injury, possibly compromised by his poor health. Stirring flag graphics and throbbing music can instill in viewers feelings of patriotism, anger and fear. In addition, Ailes owns four other properties in Cresskill, New Jersey and Garrison, New York. He subsequently served as a media consultant for Republican presidents, including Richard Nixon, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.
Bartlett, who is in no way a left-winger (he also worked for Ron Paul), also found that Fox's approach to reporting breeds anger and resentment.
Ailes' career would draw on various blends of showmanship, ruthless politics and an unmatched skill for recognizing TV's raw communication power before his opponents did, and harnessing it better.
My National Review colleague Jonah Goldberg, also a Fox commentator, made the point well in a 2004 column.
Despite building Fox into a profit-making machine and a tribune of conservative ideology, Ailes left a noxious trail of personal accusations stretching over more than 50 years.
Ailes was a tough guy, seemingly impervious to criticism.
If nothing else, it's worth noting the rather matter-of-fact statement (and its lack of superlatives) emailed from Ohio University regarding Ailes, a graduate and substantial financial donor to the school: "Today, we learned of the passing of alumnus Roger Ailes". Hell, yes. Do I care?