Hannity Recalls Ailes As A ‘Patriotic Warrior’ Who Changed The World

Hannity Recalls Ailes As A Patriotic Warrior Who Changed The World

With truculence and tenderness, Fox News host Sean Hannity Thursday honored former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes as a “patriotic warrior” and a “second father.”

Ailes, who led Fox News for 20 years before being ousted in July amid sexual harassment allegations, died Thursday at the age of 77.

Hannity issued his statement about Ailes in a series of tweets.

“Today America lost one of its great patriotic warriors. RA. For Decades RA’s has impacted American politics and media. He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape singlehandedly for the better. Neither will ever be the same again as he was a true American original,” Hannity said.

“Few people in this life will ever reach the profound level of impact that Roger Ailes had on the country every single day. As his opponents played checkers in life, Roger was always the strategist, playing chess 5 steps ahead at a whole other level,” Hannity added.

Hannity noted that to him, Ailes was not just a boss.

“On a personal note, were it not for Roger Ailes, I would not be the person I am today. In 1996 he took a huge risk on an inexperienced, young, local radio talk show host in Atlanta. To this day, I have no earthly idea why I was hired and not fired early on.” Hannity said. “In many ways he was like a second father after I lost my father 6 months after I started at FNC in 3/97. I am forever grateful.”

As the news of Ailes’s passing was received by some with a focus on the controversy that ended his career, Hannity fired back.

“(It) would be nice if the media would leave Roger and his family alone in their time of grief, but knowing people that hated him and his politics, and those that forget ‘all have sinned and fallen short’ and ‘cast the first stone’ I doubt that will happen,” he said.

“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,” Hannity added. “God speed Roger Ailes!”

Hannity was not alone in recalling Ailes.

Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, also issued a statement about Ailes.

“A brilliant broadcaster, Roger played a huge role in shaping America’s media over the last thirty years. He will be remembered by the many people on both sides of the camera that he discovered, nurtured and promoted,” he said.

“Roger and I shared a big idea which he executed in a way no one else could have. In addition, Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs,” Murdoch added.

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Source: westernjournalism.com