Roger Ailes, the man who built Fox News into the conservative sanctuary, died Thursday morning due to health complications; he was 77 years old.
News of his death shocked the world as many people did not know he was suffering from any health problems. His death also caused different reactions from people online, some grieved, and others and others were unapologetic in not caring. In 2016, Ailes was forced to leave his position as Fox News CEO because of mounting sexual assault allegations against him. Over the years many people have also accused him of racism.
One person who wasn't sad to see Ailes go was former Fox News contributor Marc Lamont Hill. Hill used to appear on Fox to debate the likes of Bill O'Reilly. In a tweet Thursday he offered his condolences, but not to the family of Roger Ailes, to the people Ailes mistreated over his tenure.
Long time Fox News host O'Reilly believes it was the media storm Ailes endured at the end of his Time at Fox News that ultimately killed him.
Whatever the case, I can't say I'm sad to see him go. His "news" program infuriated me by how they spun stories to fit the Republican narrative. The sometimes overt racism the network still displays is a product of Ailes direction, and the number of viewers always soared because of it.
If we have to judge him off of his value to the company, I guess he did his job then, but I won't miss him.
Malcom X. Bowser is a writer, curator, and founder of Urban X.