"When stuff hit the fan, as it will when you are doing daily political commentary in a polarized nation, Roger had my back", he wrote.
The co-founder and longtime CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes, died Thursday morning at the age of 77. "Now they do and I think we'll see that continue", Earnheardt said. Yet without him, friends and foes agree, the GOP's current control of Washington and statehouses nationwide may not have been possible.
That October, Ailes flipped the switch on Fox News Channel.
Ailes was a defendant in a pending sexual harassment case brought by Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky, who says she was denied a full-time job after rejecting Ailes' advances.
"He wasn't ideal, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him", the 41st president said in a tweet shortly after news broke Thursday about Ailes' death. "He transformed American politics and American media".
"Today America lost one of its great patriotic warriors".
Eventually, Ailes's political consulting career rebounded. He advised at least four Republican presidents, President Donald Trump among them.
While supporters felt the network showed a previously underrepresented point-of-view, others argued that it negatively affected the American political discourse by papering over facts in service of right-wing ideology. And it really anchored the entire FOX operation.
"Was he a capable propagandist? Yes".
Ailes, an OH native, joined KYW-TV in 1962, during the nine years the station was in Cleveland.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is adding his voice to those mourning Fox News Channel founder Roger Ailes. After leaving Fox News past year amid a sexual harassment scandal, he also advised Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
The real driver that created Trump the politician was the network's decades-long campaign to discredit the "biased liberal media" and its constant handwringing over "political correctness". Ailes partnered with media king, Rupert Murdoch and used Murdoch's money as an investment to build Fox News to become the widely successful cable network that it's known for presently.
Ailes was born in Warren, Ohio, and studied radio and television production at Ohio University, according to Fox News. "He made the Republican control of Congress possible".
He said he suspects the rest of the media, who despise Fox News, will not "leave Roger and his family alone in their time of grief" but that's ok because Ailes "just has a head start in preparing to kick your ass in the next life".