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Rightwing political operative and Fox News founder Roger Ailes died today at the age of 77, according to a statement from Fox News which included no details on where or how. Ailes rose to prominence as the guy who made Richard Nixon almost palatable for television, then as a conservative media hatchet man/consultant, and finally as the founder and CEO of Fox News, which existed to transmit his personal political agenda to the world. In 2016, Ailes was forced to resign after first Gretchen Carlson and then 25 other women came forward with sexual harassment charges. Ailes denied the allegations but Fox settled the Carlson case for $20 million and all the Silkwood showers she needed — while giving Ailes a severance package totaling $40 million.

If you want a detailed look at the actual media genius (evil genius, but yeah, scary smart about how TV and politics work together), we recommend you get your hands on Gabe Sherman’s excellent The Loudest Voice In the Room, which like Rick Perlstein’s Nixonland is mandatory reading for understanding how our political and media landscape got into the nasty twisted shape it’s in. Ailes got his start giving Richard Nixon a media makeover after Nixon’s defeats in the 1960 presidential race and the 1962 California gubernatorial election, after which Dick gave America false hope by whining, “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore.” Ailes didn’t change a single thing about Nixon’s politics, but engineered his TV appearances to help make him more camera-friendly, with more flattering makeup and carefully selected audiences for Nixon “town hall” interviews — they played the parts of just regular folks and lobbed canned questions to Nixon so he could give practiced, relatable answers. And that’s how Roger Ailes got into the business of using TV to manipulate reality (not that all TV isn’t an exercise in manipulating reality, but we’ll save the seminar on postmodernism for another time).

Ailes certainly didn’t invent rightwing grievance politics, but he turned it into a very successful business model at Fox, playing on the fears and grudges of (mostly) white middle-American conservatives who thought Reagan was God. The Fox News slogan, “Fair and Balanced,” was a stroke of genius, since obviously all other media organizations were biased, and it was only fair for Fox to provide a rightwing worldview to balance out other networks’ perceived liberal bias. Ailes tightly controlled what counted as news, making sure that reporters and hosts stayed on message by sending out daily memos to let them know what the emphasis of the day would be. The shtick stuck, and Fox quickly became the top cable news outlet because its viewers knew exactly what they’d get, and that it would reinforce their beliefs without too many messy facts getting in the way.

The Washington Post’s obit captures the essence of why Fox News works for its audience:

“At Fox, Ailes has ushered in the era of post-truth politics,” concluded David Brock, a conservative-turned-liberal activist who wrote a book on Mr. Ailes, The Fox Effect. “The facts no longer matter, only what is politically expedient, sensationalistic, and designed to confirm the preexisting opinions of a large audience.”

Fox gave intensive coverage to stories that later collapsed under closer inspection: the idea that Barack Obama, the first black U.S. president, was born outside the United States; or that Obama’s health reform initiative would impose death panels to determine which Americans might be refused medical care; or that human behavior played no role in global climate change.

We can expect tonight’s Fox News lineup to be wall-to-wall Ailes, with little to no mention of any of the day’s Trump news, and certainly very little attention paid to the recent unpleasantness with the women who betrayed Ailes, and must therefore not be named.

It’s not like Ailes’s sexism was any secret; long before Gretchen Carlson was fired and then sued Ailes, everyone had noted the network’s penchant for leggy newsladies sitting on couches. In 2013, Gretchen Carlson readily acknowledged the “Fox & Friends” dress code didn’t allow women to wear pants. A pre-release excerpt from Sherman’s book in 2014 detailed Ailes’s obsession with getting a good leg show with the news, complaining to the control booth that he couldn’t see an anchor’s legs because of a damn laptop, insisting an executive tell another female anchor “I did not spend x-number of dollars on a glass desk for her to wear pant suits,” and dictating that for 2012 election night coverage, it wouldn’t do to simply cut from the anchor desk to the “Decision Desk”; instead, Megyn Kelly was to be dispatched to walk down a long hall to the Decision Desk set, with a nice tracking shot of her hike. As a Fox employee explained to Sherman, “This is Fox News, so anytime there’s a chance to show off Megyn Kelly’s legs they’ll go for it.”

Ailes’s pathological obsession with treating women as playthings finally crashed up against an era that was no longer 1960, and a raft of sexual harassment lawsuits got him fired — very comfortably, but fired all the same. This year, the work environment Ailes encouraged led to the firing of Bill O’Reilly, and then co-president Bill Shine, and the network still seems like a dubious place for women to want to work. And now the Murdoch family will have to find a way to keep making billions, somehow. They’ll probably be OK. Condolences to Ailes’s family, yes, but we’re also in complete agreement with Temple University professor and media commentator Marc Lamont Hill:

We’ll borrow our own in memoriam from Bette Davis’s acidic comment on the passing of Joan Crawford, except unlike in the miniseries “Feud,” we can say this without tears of regret:

You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good… Roger Ailes is dead. Good.

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  • Crystalclear12
    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Wilmer Hale, & Etc. apparently has 12 offices and over 1000 attorneys worldwide. Given his background, it is unlikely Mueller even knew any of them were clients.

      • Crystalclear12

        Thanks for the hope.

    • I think thats a disinformation campaign by the russkies and the white house to lay the seeds of doubt on the investigation.

    • ltmcdies

      bet if you looked at a list of clients this law firm had, we’d see a lot of names we know.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    May his victims finally find peace now that he’s gone.

  • Cheesus Crust _ Rebel
  • memzilla Ω
  • goonemeritus

    Why do the good die so young?

  • Zonath

    Now if only the “key person” clauses in those talking heads’ contracts with Fox would trigger to send the rest of those bastards to Hell (with votes)…

  • Vincent Ricola
    • jesterpunk

      That is one of my favorite driving songs.

  • goonemeritus

    Considering this guys relationship with the truth why do we believe he’s really dead?

  • Hobbes’ Evil Twin

    Brietbart. Scalia. Ailes. This are looking up.

    • baconzgood

      Hell is getting crowded.

      • JCfromNC

        We might have to revisit the old adage of “Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company” because I don’t want to risk spending any amount of time around those assholes.

    • schmannity

      Rightwing Rapture, y’all.

  • anwisok
    • janecita

      I’m stealing all of those. I will be doing my monthly “Facebook, Trump Voters” trolling today! I love fucking with those bitches:-)

  • baconzgood

    This is good news for the press.

  • goonemeritus

    In the old days when a Pharos died they would entomb a few of his most loyal servants up with him.

    Edit: with votes, of course.

    • Vincent Ricola

      Fox ‘n Friends should step up to the tomb.

    • doktorzoom

      Ahem. You know better.

      • goonemeritus

        Your reproach is warranted, I will go to my room and reflect upon my transgressions.

    • Mildred Broxon

      Ancient Egyptian libelz! Pick some other ancient civilization.

  • Caepan

    Now Ailes can join his fellow travelers Nixon, Reagan, Cohn, Breitbart and Joe McCarthy in that special ring of Hell that Satan has provided for them.

  • Crystalclear12

    In hell: let’s look sharp people, we have a VIP coming. Where’s the pineapples?

  • doktorzoom

    A quick note from your Friendly Neighborhood Comments Moderator:

    Yes, our commenting rules are still in effect today. You are not required to say anything nice about Roger Ailes; he was a terrible human being. That said, while you can insult Ailes all you want and be glad he’s in hell (which doesn’t exist), we won’t tolerate calls for anyone still alive to join him prematurely. That really shouldn’t be too hard to understand.

    Also, keep in mind that the comments are likely to be visited by rightwing trolls looking for heartless liberals wishing all conservatives would die, which we emphatically do not (we wish they would change their minds), and wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t give them ammunition?

    — Dok Zoom, Yr Friendly Neighborhood Comments Moderator

    • alwayspunkindrublic

      But a couple of ales in memoriam is permitted?

      • doktorzoom

        God, if we banned terrible puns I’d be banhammered.

        • alwayspunkindrublic

          I’m going to take that as a compliment.

    • The Wanderer

      We hear and obey, O Mighty Wielder of Ye Banhammer.

    • Red Bird Ω

      This is a good policy to have especially when the people you’re being nice to fail to return the favor. ;)

  • schmannity

    I pity the pallbearers.

    • cats530

      Maybe they’ll have to use the cart, that’s what they do for the very large ones.

      • Werewolf

        Bring out yer dead! (Clank)

    • data_ninja

      As the joke goes, they could give him an enema and then bury him in a shoe box.

  • C4TWOMAN


    Ailes didn’t change a single thing about
    Nixon’s politics, but engineered his TV appearances to help make him
    more camera-friendly, with more flattering makeup and carefully selected
    audiences for Nixon “town hall” interviews — they played the parts of
    just regular folks and lobbed canned questions to Nixon so he could give
    practiced, relatable answers.

    Hate to go all Godwin–or has that ship long since sailed?– but this is excat what Hitler did to create the image of a loving family man, in spite of the fact he had terrible relationships and never had children.

    • The Wanderer

      The Bohemian Corporal carefully cultivated the image that he loved children and family, but held himself aloof from those pleasures himself to devote himself (marry, if you will) to Germany.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Vincent Ricola

      Whoa.

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      Firing Comey really opened the floodgates of info

  • The Wanderer

    Fox: Because “Fair and Balanced” sounds better than “Confirmation Bias.”

    • Caepan

      More pithy than my old car mechanic’s slogan? “We screw the other guy and pass the savings on to you!”

  • Marceline

    Chaffetz is leaving early. This day has been like fucking Christmas and it’s not even noon.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/chaffetz-to-announce-early-departure-from-congress-238550

    • The Wanderer

      Whee!

    • Shoto

      Expect to see him yammering his greasy, psycho bullshit on Fox Fearotainment in the near future.

      • Marceline

        I expect to see him make a plea deal in the future.

        • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

          That was my immediate thought. What has he done and how is he going to wriggle out of paying for it.

    • cats530

      Is he or isn’t he leaving? The shifty little rodent keeps changing his mind.

    • mardam422

      I hear Christmas is a good lay.

    • Chadwells
    • Stulexington

      Huh, independent councel … carousal … council … counsel announced to look into Russian interference into the election and Chaffetz stops playing coy and resigns … If I were a wingnut conspiracy theorist I’d say this is totally a coincidence.

    • Ilgattomorte

      I guess all the fun is gone when all that is left to investigate are Republicans.
      He’ll miss you Hillary.

  • DainBramage

    Roger Ailes dead. About time.

    • RobKanC

      Around 20 to 30 years too late. He has made half the population dumb idiots who can’t look at reason.

  • (((fka_donnie_d)))

    In other (genuinely sad) news, this may or may not delay compensation for victims

  • dlemex

    I have to wonder if he was installing a spa in his penthouse and fell. I bet he knew where many of the comrade bodies were buried.

  • Shoto

    Quick question: Did he choke on a live kitten?

  • Ilgattomorte

    We may not always have loved him, but let’s take a moment to remember Roger Ailes. He wasn’t a good man, but he was a man and as such, should be remembered.

    I’ll never forget that time Roger said, “Bring me Solo and the Wookiee. They will all suffer for this outrage!”. Classic Roger.

    And, he had a sense of humor. There was that one time when discussing all of the women at Fox News with O’Reilly Roger said, “The best blowjob at Fox was Shep Smith”. Ah, we laughed and laughed.

    Speaking of the women, Roger was single-handedly responsible for giving women a face in news. Thanks to Roger, so many poor, down-trodden, Victoria’s Secret models were able to put on a pair of glasses, squeeze into a tight dress and speak as if they had a brain to go with that pair of legs. Roger spearheaded so many women, literally.
    He was a visionary.

    As an innovator, he was the first to coin the word “Info-tainment”. He was also the first to coin the phrase “Muffin-twat” and was much beloved among the guys at Fox for that one.

    Most importantly though, I think, the death of Roger Ailes makes us all appreciate Chris Cornell even more. Damn I really loved Soundgarden.

    • janecita

      Well said! I also loved Soundgarden. Audioslave was also really good.

  • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

    Is he really dead? I have a suspicion he’s really settling in at his new dacha on the Black Sea coast and he’s busy getting to know all the 13-year-old girls Vlad assigned to his entourage.

    • Indivisible Snark Tank

      Safe to say he’s not being met by 72 virgins.

      • Turgid Love Skwerl

        72 pee hookers?

  • MynameisBlarney
  • Scooby

    Were his last words ‘Rosebud’?

    • The Wanderer

      Goatse libel.

    • Vincent Ricola

      Glass desk.

    • beatbort

      CLose. It was actually, “Another Bud, barkeep.”

  • beatbort

    Ailes, with a whoop of glee as he slithers down the chute into Hades: Where’s the hot tub?! Where’s my ho’s?!
    Satan: Sometimes I really hate this job.

  • memzilla Ω

    All these Russian operartives do seem to be dropping dead at the most convenient times, don’t they?

  • Joe Beese
    • MynameisBlarney

      LOL

      Hammity is such a fucking tool

    • Caepan

      Yeah, yeah, Hannity, we know you have daddy issues. “My CEO can beat up your CEO!”

      Christ, what an asshole!

    • beatbort

      Confirmation that Fox News is really an insane asylum.

    • Rickyphoo

      Is it still ok to say, Fuck you, Hannity?

      Well, fuck you, Hannity!

      • jesterpunk

        Is it ever ok to not say Fuck you to Lumpy?

    • jesterpunk

      Do we have to call the Ghostbusters to deal with him now?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5mlQ8JTl5c

  • Dutchman

    The skirts at Fox News will be lowered to half staff.

    Stealing that from Ms. Dutchman.

    • Stulexington

      Skirts worn mid-thigh?

  • Stulexington

    Ailes gets to the pearly gates and discovers the woman in line ahead of him that he’s been harassing is actually God giving him one last shot at redemption.

  • msanthropesmr

    OT. Flynn has refused to testify before Congress.

    • Ralph Gauer

      Ailes too, evidently.

  • memzilla Ω
    • The Wanderer

      Sweet Ereshkigal’s Musky Bunghole, I have to stock up on Raisinets!

    • Shoto

      Can he be arrested, then?

      • Stulexington

        I’m willing to bet that not only can he be arrested but he can be military arrested.

        • Turgid Love Skwerl

          so he has already fled the country?

          • Stulexington

            If not, he’s probably about to quit the country cold Turkey.

          • Thaumaturgist

            Turkey

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          With lots of “resisting arrest” and “Don’t taze me, bro” one hopes.

      • aureolaborealis

        Yes. There’s video.

        https://youtu.be/XebF2cgmFmU

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Wait, I thought the whole idea of a subpoena is that you have to honor it? Or is that only for people who haven’t committed treason?

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Can’t say much of anything and stay within the confines of Rules for Radicals or good taste (though the latter hasn’t stopped me before.)

  • WiscoJoe

    Hey, even Sean Hannity thinks Roger Ailes is in hell. Either that or Hannity has an incredibly sadistic idea of what heaven entails.

    https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/865195686551277570

    • beatbort

      And they wonder why atheism is becoming increasingly popular

      • WiscoJoe

        I refuse to believe in an afterlife that involves monsters waiting around preparing to kick my ass.

    • RobKanC

      If you are in after life and you see Roger Ailes then you are probably Sean Hannity and you are in hell.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Yup, he sure showed me.

    • Elvis Causticfellow

      Ailes’ family was unavailable for comment on Hannity’s claim that there was an advantage to Ailes being dead.

    • DainBramage

      That’s some nice, loving god you’ve got there, Sean.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Did Sean Hannity drop out of school after the fourth grade? Inquiring minds and all.

  • Chadwells

    I’ll keep my mouth shut on this one. I’ve said all I have to say.

  • Crystalclear12

    In lieu of flowers please sends bags of ice.

  • The Wanderer
  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
    • Marceline

      Somebody doesn’t understand how subpoenas work.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Dragging him to court in cuffs is acceptable as well.

    • Joe Beese

      The Senate has cops that can… persuade him.

    • Nounverb911

      So the Ecuadorean Embassy with Assange or Moscow moving in with Snowden?

    • Vincent Ricola

      “Oh well, then nevermind I guess. Thanks for pondering our request and have a nice day.” – no one ever

    • Joe Beese

      Not that he’s hiding anything, you understand. It’s just a matter of principle.

    • msanthropesmr

      Also too. This is pissing on congress’s authority. Going for the trifecta of pissing off the intelligence community, Congress, and the courts. Good job assholes!!

    • DainBramage

      Let him cool his heels in a jail cell for a while then.

    • Oblios_Cap

      He’s be better off showing up and taking the fifth.

  • TJ Barke

    If only he’d done it 40 years ago, we’d have been spared the thought cancer that is Fox news and the greater rightwing noise machine.

  • Dutchman

    Ah, the bittersweet irony of being an atheist. Hard to wish for this mumser to burn in a fictitious lake of fire that I don’t believe in.

  • BosGrl

    OT: Ryan speaking. Shorter Ryan: Don’t worry, folks, about the distractions. We’re still gearing up to screw you mightily.

    • Vincent Ricola

      He pulled out his most hideous tie for this special event.

      • BosGrl

        So apparently no one is going to ask him about his “joke”.

        • Vincent Ricola

          I’m highly disappointed so far. WTF press?

  • Nounverb911
    • Alt-dog

      They’re gonna need a bigger pit.

  • ltmcdies

    rest in peace Boothe Powers (he passed May 15) and thanks for leaving us this to use at an appropriate time

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVrEwCa8nSA

    • The Wanderer

      I recall Powers Boothe as Jim Jones.

      • ltmcdies

        he was great as Curly Bill in Tombstone….

      • Antonin Dvorak

        Yep, he won an Emmy for that, and deservedly so.

    • Stulexington

      I wish I could upvote this one more than once.

  • Nounverb911
  • jesterpunk
  • Mpeg

    Ailes.. dead..

    ♪ “I read the news today, oh boor…” ♫

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot
  • janecita
    • The Wanderer
    • TJ Barke

      Saved it from decency, compassion, critical thinking…

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        Democratic governance that gets things done and helps out the little guy . . .

  • La forza del resistino

    Murdoch must have seen the writing on the wall when Roger suggested a renaming to Foxy News in 1999.

  • Nounverb911
    • beatbort

      “Fox and Friends” should be moved to Comedy Central. I can’t stop laughing at whatever they have to offer.

    • Vincent Ricola

      Racist old white people who want to remember what sex was like by staring at women who aren’t allowed to wear pants?

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      It seems somewhat appropriate that his eulogy should have the words “many people are saying” in it.

    • DainBramage
  • When will the Kochs rise up and give Ailes a Standing Ho-vation?
    https://media0.giphy.com/media/3oAt22bcou09fYJZyo/giphy.gif?response_id=591dc0b4fbf79c889e276dfb

  • Joe Beese

    President Donald Trump is considering scaling back White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s public role, according to several officials familiar with the president’s thinking, as Trump also weighs a broader shakeup of his communications shop in the wake of several scandals.

    The press secretary, who has turned into a household name over the past five months and garnered sky-high television ratings for his daily press briefings, has also drawn the ire of the president. He is no longer expected to do a daily, on-camera briefing after Trump’s foreign trip, the officials said.

    The briefings have become one of the most dreaded parts of the president’s day, and Trump has told allies and aides he doesn’t want Spicer, who has developed a belligerent persona from behind the podium, publicly defending and explaining the message anymore, officials added.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/will-sean-spicer-be-fired-238548

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Yes, Dump, we all know the problem is that Sean is doing a bad job presenting the Lie o’ the Day a few hours before you send out the Tweet Refuting the Lie o’ the Day. It has nothing to do with your bad presidenting.

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        Usually you have to look for a recent undocumented immigrant to take a job that shitty and humiliating.

    • The Wanderer

      Spicer was getting higher ratings than Trump. Therefore he has to be marginalized.

    • WeaselPoo

      Spicer is incompetent.
      Trump is incompetent.
      Even if Spicer were competent, he’d always appear incompetent because his boss does incompetent things and expects Spicer to defend them competently —which is impossible.
      And then Trump consistently undermines Spicer by doing or saying something contrary to Spicer’s presentations and obfuscations, rendering Spicer doubly incompetent.
      So what is Trump mad about?
      Spicer’s ratings as an entertainer..
      Only that.

    • President in Exile Firefly

      To be fair to Spicey, even Goebbels couldn’t spin well enough for Trump.

    • An Outhouse for the Resistance

      Who cares, your administration is done like dinner.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Well done. Put some ketchup on it.

  • TJ Barke

    The man is responsible for what is likely irreparable harm to this country. If only dying could undo all the wrongs people have wrought…

  • COMPLETELY OT: THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD MEMORIES

    Bette Davis on the death of Joan Crawford:

    “Mother always said you should say something good about the dead.
    Joan Crawford’s dead. Good.”

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      hah — I knew it would be here.

  • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

    He brought fascism to America by Clockwork Orange-ing damn near the entire Baby Boomer generation into hateful, shouty bigots. He not only made the lives of everyone around him worse, but will negatively affect generations to come.

    That’s about all I got. May we never see his like again.

  • We can all hope that Ailes wife takes the millions the Murdochs gave him in severance and starts a charity for women’s rights.

  • beatbort

    What a great day. I planted some vegetables in my garden. And this moral vegetable was planted. This is one day I hope lasts forever.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    He died of a broken heart.

    • DainBramage

      Fake NEWZ! Ailes had no heart.

    • Blackest Noobs

      more like a broken penis.

    • Wild Cat

      Probably the Clap, Mister Blobfish, but bipartisan America applauds you for your great Americanism and love of God.

    • Terpsichord

      Evidence of existence of heart not in evidence. Objection sustained.

  • Anna Rompage

    I suppose the creators of South Park are going to have to rewrite this before the next holiday season is upon us…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmaMfXwlq90

  • Sadly, Ailes is not a load-bearing boss, so Fox News will continue to broadcast.

  • Ryan Denniston

    Hope he dodged the door on the way out. No I don’t.

  • The one good thing that can be said about Roger Ailes is that at least every obituary will start with “Serial Sexual Harasser Roger Ailes.”

    Its just a shame they won’t continue “found slumped over his shrine to Satan with a spiky dildo shoved up his own ass.”

  • MynameisBlarney

    McCain: Go back to your 3rd world country…

    https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029082813

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      I… err…

      I mean, I agree, but could it sound less “go back to Africa”-ey?

      • MynameisBlarney

        Yeah, for real.

    • La forza del resistino

      Erdogan’s people were on a plane out of town before DC police could review their body cam tapes.

    • TJ Barke

      Should have called it a dictatorship or autocracy or something.

  • Nounverb911
  • jesuswasablack

    Looks like Spicey is done after the foreign trip! “Trump gave himself an A+ for effort and a low grade for communicating”. Right see all this obstruction of Justice, colluding with a foreign adversary, leaking classified info to Russia, see its all just a matter of poor communication. Time to hire hire a FAUX news info-slut to do the daily briefings!

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/will-sean-spicer-be-fired-238548

    http://www.dailystormer.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/kimberly-guilfoyle-2.jpg

    • Ghenghis McCann

      The last time I saw a woman fondling her breasts like that it was in a soft porn video intended for prurient males. Oh, sorry. I hadn’t noticed it was Fox News.

      • jesuswasablack

        This is Trumps new press secretary, he interviewed her early this week!

        • Celtic_Gnome

          Depending on how she was dressed, it could have been a pretty short interview.

  • subatomic

    Good riddance… enough said.

  • Joe Beese

    I miss him already.

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is expected to announce Thursday that he is resigning before the end of this congressional term, according to three sources familiar with his plans.

    Chaffetz did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. Multiple sources say he will leave Congress on June 30.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/18/chaffetz-to-announce-early-departure-from-congress-238550

  • DainBramage
  • Rachel Book Harlot

    I think this begs the question: has Hillary’s death squad struck again??

    • TJ Barke

      Why didn’t they strike 25 years ago?

      • Rachel Book Harlot

        Long game, young Jedi. Long game.

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      yes

    • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

      “I bet Roger Ailes loved his smother!”

      Overheard at the Killary Death Squad meeting

  • JCfromNC

    Well. I thought the air smelled a bit sweeter today. Now I know why.

  • MynameisBlarney

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry…

    NATO dumbing down meeting for idiot turmp.

    http://crooksandliars.com/2017/05/nato-plans-dumb-down-their-meeting-man

    • Ghenghis McCann

      Everybody attending the meeting will be issued with white hats, so Trump knows that they’re the good guys.

    • C4TWOMAN

      God, I wouldn’t bother. Isn’t there some provision that if he leaves early, they can just get on with business without him? Hell, make it more “smart” so he leaves sooner!

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      I owe George W. Bush an apology, I think.

    • Indivisible Snark Tank

      Should they be letting Dampnut leave the country at this point? Talk about a flight risk, and Ecuador has embassies all over the world.

      • Oblios_Cap

        Nobody would take him in. Not even Putin.

      • MynameisBlarney

        I’d be fine with that actually.

    • It must be tempting to at least some leaders to let Trump make total ass of himself, but the reality of the situation is if he’s poked (and realizes it) the bombs could very easily start flying.

  • Lance Thrustwell

    Oh Dok, you and your reasonableness.

    In all seriositation, I for one am glad that we do not behave like a bunch of slavering Breitbart jackals with no ideas of propriety or decency. I am proud of my Wonkette community, and that when we say we’re better than them, on the whole, we walk the walk.

    EDIT: oh, and may Ailes’ corpse be anally ravaged by a meth-addicted psychopath in a ditch.

  • jesuswasablack
    • Red Bird Ω

      Huh? Did you ever notice that same pattern in American society at large???

  • wide_stance_hubby

    I hear he got a double occupancy room at Hotel Eternity, but I won’t elaborate on the roomie situation.

  • Muriel Pritchett

    Betty Davis stole that line from Moms Mabley.

  • Ghenghis McCann

    Roger Ailes In Hell Now

    May I take this opportunity to extend my condolences to His Satanic Majesty, his demons and all the eternally damned souls currently resident there.

    • Stulexington

      Hey, no sympathy for the devil, he knew what he was signing on for.

  • anon_the_great

    On the passing of Roger Ailes

    Nothing in his life
    Became him like the leaving it.

    • The Wanderer

      Excellent use of The Scottish Play. Bravo.

  • jesuswasablack
    • Wild Cat

      The Great Necro Mutual Jack-Off of 2017!

    • doktorzoom

      So I post a reminder about the rules, right at the top of the thread, saying “while you can insult Ailes all you want and be glad he’s in hell (which doesn’t exist), we won’t tolerate calls for anyone still alive to join him prematurely. That really shouldn’t be too hard to understand.”

      Apparently it really IS too hard to understand. I know I’ve reminded you about the commenting rules previously, and, and still you post a comment wishing for people to die. You can see why that’s a little irritating, right?

      I’m getting tired of reminding you to stop this bullshit. Sometimes you’re really funny, so I’m reluctant to banhammer you, but you’re running out of warnings.

      — Dok Zoom, Yr Friendly Neighborhood Comments Moderator

  • Wild Cat

    In honor of the fat Fox pimp’s disgusting legacy:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY7EPE9biO0

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Ailes must know answer for his sins. To the court of final authority.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      The funeral home’s body prep room?

  • Belasaurius

    looks like Killary struck again [sarcasm] (I am not a right wing troll)

  • epzik8

    I don’t know how I should feel about Roger dying on my birthday. Whatever. Obama made his personal Twitter account on my birthday two years ago and that was a good enough present for me.

    • Antonin Dvorak

      Happy Cake Day!

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      Happy Birthday!

  • Blackest Noobs

    one less fat rich white guy to ogle and demean women.
    this ought to be a victory for all of us.

  • Oblios_Cap

    For foisting Nixon, Reagan, the Bushes, and Trump on us, I can only say Ailes departure’ form this mortal coil was extremely undeservedly delayed.

  • Rickyphoo

    So, does his wife/family still get the $40 million payoff from Fox?

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      Maybe the don’t. Maybe that’s why he’s dead. Just sayin’.

      • Oblios_Cap

        Who knows how that works?

    • John Resistant Tovarich Smith

      I gotta figure it’s part of the estate, but IANAL.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    I shall think of him dead, then I shall think of him no longer.

  • jesuswasablack

    Poor Roger, I wonder if he ever got to bang some of that sweet Gretchen?
    https://img.wonkette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/gretchen2.jpg

  • Internet Hitler

    On the passing of Roger Ailes to his final judgement, I’d like to remind everyone that President Bannon called Jared Kushner a “cuck.”

  • President in Exile Firefly

    Fox Hell News Alert–Is God Taking Money from George Soros?

  • BearLeft

    Yes, it must be a terrible disappointment for such a fine specimen of manhood to find himself among legs found wanting ….

  • President in Exile Firefly

    “I have never killed any one, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction.”

  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    If only this were the death of infotainment. Shame the dead can’t take their travesties to the grave with them.

  • La forza del resistino

    Can anyone verify the whereabouts of Scalia’s pillow last night?

    • Oblios_Cap

      Hillary was seen with it. Lots of people are saying that.

    • Edith Prickly

      No, but Megyn Kelly looks extremely well rested.

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    All men must die. Most of us, in our final moments, will look back on our lives and take an accounting of the good and bad that we’ve done. I wonder if in his last moments good ol’ Roge had any regrets about many of his life choices. I’m gonna say, yeah, probably more than a few.

    • Shanzgood

      Sadly, that doesn’t do anybody else any good.

      • Martini Ambassador 🍸

        And now that he’s gone, he can’t do anybody else any more bad either. That’s about as charitable as I can get without the wrath of Dok falling on my head.

        • Shanzgood

          That’s true as well.

    • Edith Prickly

      He made the world a better place by leaving it.

      • Pisto75666

        I KNEW there was a reason the sun looked a little shinier this morning!

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      But then again, too few to mention. Well, not by me, I’d mention them all.

  • Should everybody have hamburgers today in Alies’ memory?

    • MynameisBlarney

      Yes.
      I had a blackened chicken caesar wrap with bacon.

    • Martini Ambassador 🍸

      Damn it, I had blissfully put the hamburger connection out of my mind. And now it’s back, you evil wench!

    • Brendan_M

      Goddamnit.

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      Shit… I just made that association and almost puked my fucking guts out. Thanks for that.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      I had a Big Boy. Does that count?

  • MynameisBlarney

    Today in “Well who really gives a fuck?” News…

    Redneck dumbass to follow Yankee fucktard to Saudi Arabia.

    https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029082902

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      I didn’t make it further than the headline. Fuck Toby Keith.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Yeah, lol.
        I didn’t make it much further myself.

        Also, too; Toby Keith is a fucking ignernt shit-kicker.

    • Pisto75666

      Jesus, haven’t the military AND the Saudis been through enough?!

  • Edith Prickly

    I hope he’s enjoying the 8th circle of hell.

  • IdiokraticDrumpfenJugend

    “This Roger is no more. He has ceased to be. He has expired and gone to meet his maker. He is a late Roger. He’s a stiff. Bereft of life, he rests in peace. If you hadn’t nailed him to his perch, he would be pushing up the daisies. He’s rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. He is an ex-Roger.”

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      He’s just sleeping!

    • John Resistant Tovarich Smith

      Now if someone would nail him to a perch, so we can ridicule him in perpetuity.

  • I look forward to someday visiting Mr. Ailes burial place and pouring out a nice bottle of single malt scotch on gravesite.

    After I pass it through my kidneys first.

    • Fartknocker

      And I invite you to a similar event when Dick Cheney takes his dirt nap. I’ll provide the Garrison Brothers bourbon.

  • theblackdog

    May the women who were harassed by him be left alone today and find peace and comfort.

  • Bemused Australian

    Roger isn’t really dead. Even now, in a secret laboratory located under the Nixon presidential library, his brain is being transplanted into Mike Cernovitch’s head (which was empty anyway, so there are no serious ethical issues). Don’t buy into the fake news of Roger’s demise!

    • Atheist

      brilliant :D

  • sadboy

    My capacity for mourning the dead is presently being used exclusively for Chris Cornell. An extraordinary musician. Probably going to crank ‘Spoon Man’ in my car tonight on the way home.

    • Juan de Fuca

      Yup. That one really is sad. RIP, Chris.

    • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

      I feel you there! Got Black Hole Sun going in my ear right now.

    • Bemused Australian

      Chris Cornell died? Not cool.

    • Master Contrail Program

      Yeah, I’m glad I finally got to see Soundgarden, on tour with Nine Inch Nails, a few years back. While Chris’ voice wasn’t quite what it was in ’96 it was still an amazing show.

      Rest In Peace.

    • Jason

      If I may, still one of my favorites
      https://youtu.be/VUb450Alpps

      • NastyBossetti

        MrBossetti and I saw Temple of the Dog the night before the election, when there was still hope left in the world.

        • Jason

          Glad you got the chance. Would had loved to have seen it. As for the hope, well remember the FBI. Lets hold a little hope for that.

        • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

          Never give up hope. Remember the words of Andy Dufresne, “Hope is a good thing, perhaps the best of things and no good thing ever dies.”

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        His voice. Just heartbreaking and honest.

        • Jason

          I know, then there’s the message of the song, kinda made me wanna steal bread from wonder bread and give it away.

      • SeeTrain65
      • SeeTrain65
    • SeeTrain65

      One of my favorites, a very inventive mix of a bit of the past mixed with another bit of the past. Mix Sabbath and Sealth and you get …
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9wF2DDyz2g

  • MynameisBlarney

    Oh for fucks sake.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/fox-friends-hosts-tearfully-eulogize-roger-ailes-he-saved-this-country-by-starting-the-fox-news-channel/

    Fuck ailes, fuck fox and fuck every un-American piece of shit that works there.

    • Stulexington

      And fuck everyone who watches it for reasons other than to gather ammunition.

    • Pisto75666

      Every blond Faux anchorwoman will be showing a bit more leg today. Roger would’ve wanted it that way. *sniffle*

      • Swampgas_Man

        Panties at half-mast?

  • Shibusa
  • Master Contrail Program

    In much more personally upsetting news, Chris Cornell has also died.

    • Jason

      That should be bigger then ailes imho

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        It is bigger than Ailes. I actually listened to Cornell and it gave me pleasure. Cornell is someone I actively cared about. Ailes? meh!

        • Jason

          Me too. Posted a song below, Temple of the Dog

          • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

            Thanks. Playing it right now.

    • Master Contrail Program
    • sadboy

      Only male vocalist I know who could go from a mellow bluesy drawl to a sustained banshee scream (at perfect pitch!) in the blink of an eye. When he got going, it was like being caught in a jet engine blast. He and the guys from Soundgarden made some incredible music.

      As for Ailes, well, I’m sure he was nice (maybe?) to his family but to everyone else he did nothing but sow discord, hatred, paranoia and shame. Cornell left a far better legacy for the rest of us.

      • Master Contrail Program

        It’s a toss up between him and Dio in my personal most powerful voice in rock rankings. Cornell definitely had more range than Dio though.

        • pianoplayer1

          Freddie Mercury.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Fuck the rightwing trolls. Time to play this:

    https://youtu.be/PHQLQ1Rc_Js

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    My god, when will Hillary’s murdering spree stop???! Is no one safe?

    • Rick Hill

      I just wish she and Obama were more efficient and timely with their dirty deeds

      • AnnieGetYerFun

        It wouldn’t be as devious if they did things in such a way that benefited them, and us. That is JUST the kind of EVIL GENIUSES that they are.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Let’s hope she gets all the Ivana spawn before she’s caught.

  • TJ Barke

    At last, he can join his beloved Nixon in a crockpot in hell.

  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    I will take the events of today and employ them in a form of normal protest by being nicer than I usually am to all women. Make some good come of everything.

  • Rush Limbaugh is weeping about how great a leader Ailes was, that he wasn’t defeated, and that because of him, he has never had to worry about facts.

    Thankfully, we will soon be rid of a generation of boomer rightwingers who have trashed this country just to line their pockets.

  • Atheist

    So Faux Newz has a dress code that included “no pants”

    I would then show up to work with a bra, shirt, and the biggest most comical looking pair of bloomer granny panties ever.

    • SeeTrain65

      Then you’ll have Gutfield and Watters on you like white on rice. Pass.

  • exinkwretch

    I’m groping for the right word that properly reflects Roger’s legacy.

  • MuttsRule

    “I have never killed any one, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction.”
    –Clarence Darrow

  • hillarysleftone

    well his predatory behavior made two women rich–Gretchen Carlson & Mrs. Ailes, who had apparently per Rudy Giuliani (yeah i know) at least considered divorce behind her husband’s bullshit, now she won’t have to…nice to know he doesn’t get to spend that sweet Murdoch severance dosh.

  • Andrew Rheinheimer

    On here I just hope more of the Faux News crew gets canned, not dead.

    We could really use the resignation of that douche-canoe Hannity.

    • just_jim

      Resignation? Hell no! He should be fired with the explanation that his entire broadcast career was bad for America.

  • One assumes that he got locked in his car and ate himself to death…

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C4R37DiWYAA9nkC.jpg

    • Portia McGonagal

      OMG things that cannot be unseen.

      • Wait… Are you implying that you’ve never seen Pizza the Hut before? GO WATCH SPACEBALLS RIGHT NOW! THAT IS AN ORDER!

        • Portia McGonagal

          Mea Culpa!

  • Treg Brown
  • An Outhouse for the Resistance

    Wow, Trump will stop at nothing to get the treason story of the day changed. He’s learned well from Hillary.

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      Vince Foster libelz!!1!!11!

  • UnsaltedSinner
  • Rick Hill

    In lerving memory of this guy, unwanted bird sexual advances and Ben is still a hoe.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0qqprbcQTQ

  • IdRatherBeDancing

    I am sure this has been stated — but the old Bette Davis trope about Joan Crawford retrofitted for Ailes —
    My mother told me you should only speak good of the dead. Roger Ailes is dead. Good.

    • Ms.Moon

      My great grandmother (lived into her 90’s) always spoke honestly of the dead. It did not mean nice things for everyone, so I always go with my Ma I speak honestly of the departed.

  • DainBramage
    • MizzMazz

      Keep digging, Sean.

    • Al Swearengen

      “We are not sending our best people to Hell. We’re sending rapists, gropers…I will build a wall around Hell and make Heaven pay for it!”

  • Ulricii

    Hey Doc, when you say you’re not going to tolerate calls for anyone still alive to join him prematurely, how are you defining “prematurely”? I can name some folks who are still in the land of the living but who are well basted and ready to toss on the Eternal Barbecue right now. That guy running North Korea who machine guns his erstwhile family and friends, for starters.

  • andyshelt

    As the commenting rules are still in place for this thread I’ll leave it at the quote below.

    “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.”

    Mark Twain

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Ain’t Twain, though.

      • andyshelt

        Damn, I’ve just been fact checked and yes, you’re absolutely right the actual quote (in a slightly different form of words) is by Clarence Darrow.

        Apologies for this and the irony of misquoting someone and propagating fake news on a thread about Roger Ailes is not lost on me!!

        Note to self: google is your friend but don’t just click on the first link without researching more thoroughly.

        • nightmoth

          Still a great and famous quote. I also need to remember the correct attribution.

        • AnnieGetYerFun

          Don’t worry – I thought it was Twain until someone else on teh Wonket told me about it.

        • Al Swearengen

          Good Twain quote on death is “Pity is for the living, envy is for the dead.”

  • Red Bird Ω

    Is it considered “saying something bad” to say that Roger Ailes helped to extend the life of the white supremacist power structure in America with his stupid TV network?

  • Portia McGonagal

    I hope all of his victims have already received their settlements. That’s about the nicest thing I can come up with.

  • timpundit

    I never heard any stories about him crushing kittens under his boots.

    • chascates

      They were covered up.

    • khanurik

      That’s because you just watch the lamestream media. Fox’s lede tonight will be: kittens totally deserved to be crushed and plus also they were funded by George Soros

  • Portia McGonagal

    Singing an adapted version of the Coroner’s song from The Wizard of Oz is ok though, right?

  • Poly_Ester

    Cause of death? Lack of trim.

  • Chadwells

    No comment….I’m just gonna leave this here for you to enjoy…or not.

    “I’m Sorry To Report That Roger Ailes Ever Lived”

    http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/im-sorry-to-report-that-roger-ailes-ever-lived-1795334754

    • NastyBossetti

      That was a beautiful obituary.

      • Chadwells

        I thought so too.

  • fawkedifiknow

    Would it be impolitic – or crude – to say that God has rendered His verdict regarding Ailes and his morals? It’s not? Good.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    When I heard this announced this morning on the radio, I was taking my kids to school. My daughter said “Did they just say “deaf”?” (she’s super concerned about deafness because of my hearing aids).

    I said, “No, they said ‘death’. A famous man died.”

    “Who?”

    “Oh, this guy who founded a news channel. He was really an awful person.”

    “Still, it must be hard for his family to say goodbye.”

    My kids are much better people than me.

    • Bebecca

      give them time to become cynical

  • nightmoth

    “Thoughts and prayers” to those in his family who no doubt had a complicated but loving relationship with the man. Still, this is mandatory:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHJoj9IqeKg

  • hendenburg2

    Fuck. Ticketmaster wouldn’t let me sell seats to watch St. Peter tell Ailes that he’s going to Hell

    • Wee Mousie

      The Archangel didn’t think there was a show there. It being so obvious Ailes was going to hell and Archangels not having any appreciation for schadenfreude.

  • aureolaborealis

    Can somebody digitally swap in Killary here?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV1Ono5DSQ0

  • E.A. Blair

    If we render his body for the blubber*, we won’t need to import any oil for the next hundred years.

    *Yeah, I know – it’s fat-shaming – deal with it. I could stand to lose a few kilograms myself, but I’m not in Ailes’ league.

    • Carole

      Or we could use the rendered fat to make soap, like they did in Fight Club. Really rancid, nasty soap.

      • E.A. Blair

        That would be the only soap that left you filthier than you started.

  • BMW

    If there were a hell, it’d be getting crowded.

  • BMW

    Let’s not forget, before founding Fox News, he was also responsible for bringing this failed TV show to life.

  • Bebecca

    The stress of the imminent implosion of the Republican party was probably too much for him. He probably thought “damn, my life’s work, down the drain”.

  • PhloxALot

    Conducting a poll to settle a martial debate:

    – Did the human embodiment of the devil himself just return to the underworld?

    OR

    – Did Satan just get dethroned?

    • doktorzoom

      Are you actually at war, or just disagreeing with your spouse? (Like I have any room to make fun of typos, I KNOW)

      • mardam422

        You misspelled now.

      • Yr. Gma

        We have martial debates around here all the time. I have the key to the gun cabinet.

        • IOnlyLikeCats

          We have a gun cabinet?

          • Yr. Gma

            Well, it’s empty, but yeah.

      • PhloxALot

        Ha! Freudian slip, maybe? We do both kick-box…it could get ugly.

    • Allie Markham

      Absolutely brilliant. I loved her follow up as well.

      • SKruetheratbassedarDs

        Nothing topped HST’s post-mortem takedown of Tricky Dick

  • Longstreet63

    I’m a bit torn. On the one hand, the world is a better place. On the other hand, it’s a shame he didn’t live in disgrace a bit longer, perhaps to watch Fox News fall apart.

    • IOnlyLikeCats

      It’s already started.

    • resisting and persisting

      Or long enough to watch his buddy Trump go down in flames.

  • Jacob Prescott

    Too soon. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy…..

  • folderol

    Can we vote conservatives to hell? I’d like to nominate Jim Bakker, Pat Robertson, Grover Norquist, and Alex Jones. Let’s save Rush Limbaugh for dessert.

  • Blackest Noobs

    Ailes’s passing on reminds of that Yes song…the chorus went like this:

    “owner of a lonely penis
    owner of a lonely penis
    (much better than a)
    owner of a broken penis
    owner of a lonely penis”

  • Wookie Monster

    Define “prematurely.” I mean, some might argue that Rupert Murdoch is overdue.

  • Lyly Sirivong

    Well, thanks for nothing, dude. You won’t be missed.

  • canes_pugnaces

    And this just in; Melon to address military families on overseas trip:

    Vell Dahling… I vent to America vith noting. Nutting at all. No even visa. Ha ha ha. I verked, met rich old fat man, very orange. Very rude. I marry an become very very rich. The fat man, he disgust but it ok, I have sold gold apartment in New Verk, I melt down and sell. Meet younger man. America great country for me. Not for you. You not rich.

  • By contrast here’s the mourning tribute from the mrs

    https://mobile.twitter.com/yashar/status/865184398748110848/photo/1

    I wonder if all the women he harrassed and threatened will be invited to the funeral to share a touching (in more ways than one) remembrance of him being a “loving husband”?

  • maxneanderthal

    His resemblance to Droopy the Basset hound is simply too much to un-see…

    • SKruetheratbassedarDs

      More Jabba than Droopy

    • Bitter Scribe

      Because my mind works in weird ways, you just made me Google “Fred Basset,” and I was astonished to find that it’s still a thing. And just as unfunny.

    • SeeTrain65

      “Hello, all you happy people.”

      We are now.

  • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

    Megyn Kelly was to be dispatched to walk down a long hall to the Decision Desk set, with a nice tracking shot of her hike.

    I liked the part where Brett Baier escorted her off the stage. Kinda like bouncers would do for strippers at the end of their sets.

    • Cat Cafe for the Investigation

      But the best part was when she went there, she only discovered that Obama had won.

  • Oneofthebobs

    I’m pretty sure his lawyers are still negotiating with Satan for home confinement.

  • canes_pugnaces
  • Swampgas_Man

    The good die young.

  • mardam422

    Pretty sure Satan is already afraid for his job.

    • JustDon’tSaySurety

      Then he better start showing some leg!

  • William
    • doktorzoom

      So I post a bigass note about the commenting policy, very clearly adding, “while you can insult Ailes all you want and be glad he’s in hell (which doesn’t exist), we won’t tolerate calls for anyone still alive to join him prematurely. That really shouldn’t be too hard to understand.”

      Apparently, that was too hard to understand. Jesus, people.

      — Dok Zoom, Yr Friendly Neighborhood Comments Moderator

      • Yr. Gma

        Some people don’t read.

      • JustDon’tSaySurety

        Dok, I’m thinkin you should copy that text somewhere handy so you can paste it and save some typing time. It’s gonna be that kind of day.

      • William

        Which is why I took the post down, but hey, if you find that more offensive than laughing at Christianity while condemning (as you should) Muslim haters, I’m probably on the wrong site anyway.

        • Elder God’s Minion

          We can laugh at Christianity, Islam, Judaism or any other religion, because we have the powers of reason.
          We can also condemn hate. Because hating someone just for there choice of religion is wrong period.
          Hate and finding fault in a religion are two very different things.

          • BearDeLaOursistance

            Well-said. People have rights, ideas don’t.

          • Serai 1

            Excuse me, but trolls aren’t the only ones here who are religious. How about stowing the blanket sneering?

        • Serai 1
      • redarmyzombie

        You should really just lower your expectations, Doc. It’s cheaper than Prozac…

  • William
  • miss_grundy

    I second the Bette Davis quote which is being used for this creature today. He helped create a more divisive country–one in which people cannot agree to disagree and still be civil.

    • don

      Fox and Radio Rwanda are pretty much the same thing. Not that the dupes and useful idiots who vacuum up the swill know it, or care

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    And the devil takes his due… All I’ll say is that I hope Hell is every bit as fair and balanced as his network is…

    • Me not sure

      He and Scala will eat the devil out of house and home.

      • teele

        And Phyllis Schlafly is there for the grabbing’.

        • Me not sure

          Yaaacccckkk.!
          “Phyllis make me a hell shit sammich. “

  • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

    Well this is just terribly unsatisfying until we hear HOW he died. I need details, people. Did he just end it all because life post-Fox was too boring?!

    • ltmcdies

      well…75…..on the heavy side…..everything he worked so hard for (getting a Trump like stooge elected to the WH) blowing up in his jowls, …

      I’m going with stroke…

      • Al Swearengen

        Sex toy and three wetsuits? Don’t google that, oh no. Please…don’t…stop.

        • Scrofula

          Thought I recognized your handle from Xtube.

          • Al Swearengen

            No, that’s “Al Sweatenagain”.

      • lynchie

        Died dressed in a french maid’s outfit while servicing Murdoch

    • lynchie

      Someone needs to screw the lid down on the casket so he doesn’t escape

      • Scrofula

        Fortunately, he was never exactly spry. It’s why his doors had those auto-locks.

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    dear lord, how soon before they add Ailes to Clinton’s “body count.”

    He was out of work and no longer a threat to anybody….time to strike! – Fake Evil HIllary

    • Serai 1

      I don’t know that he was no threat – he was advising Trump, after all.

  • PigDootsMolloy

    Squirrel Nut Zippers-“Hell”

    https://youtu.be/yS2IBMQIjDo

  • IOnlyLikeCats

    Am I allowed to say, “Yay, so much happy nice times in the last couple of days” in reaction to this news?

    • Scrofula

      Hey, Soundgarden may be twenty years out-of-date, but at the time I enjoyed them. HHHHHHuh–is Ailes the black hole sun that took what’s-his-face home?

  • William
  • Mavenmaven

    Drats, I wanted him to live through Trump’s impeachment

  • whitroth

    And he died in infamy. With any luck (allow me to use Faux News’ own language against them), Murdoch, who runs the show, will follow him, and sooner rather than later.

    • ken_kukec

      “… he died in infamy ..”

      I heard it was in Palm Beach, but I heard it on Fox, and you know how they lie.

  • IdiokraticDrumpfenJugend
  • Mavenmaven

    Molest in Peace

    • resisting and persisting

      Someone said, “He touched a lot of people”. Snerk.

  • Scrofula

    The FOX statement “included no details on where or how”. CNN is still unable to report from that hemisphere, as all satellites passing over the region lose communication. The few reporters who’ve survived the banshee wailing to get close enough describe only an unearthly green fire rising from beyond the horizon, a yellow haze obscuring all sunlight. At least a billion humans are feared dead in the mysterious dimensional reversal.

    • VirginiaLady

      That explains why Sprint is down.

      • Scrofula

        No, that’s just cause it’s breezy.

  • lynchie

    No you got it wrong he is in heaven with the ugly virgins.

    • Scrofula

      I think being served non diabetic-friendly foods with his metformin by beautiful virgin brown muslim boys is appropriate, yes.

      How did this guy wind up being a conservative icon and not being into the pretty virgin boys again? Actual vanilla blond white women? So passe.

      • Bitter Scribe

        He was a traditionalist.

    • vivian

      ugliness is unfortunate, but not a sin.
      soul-rotting corruption on the other-hand…

  • Edith Prickly
  • JMP

    I’m glad he survived long enough to see his long history of sexual harassment and rape be made public and utterly destroy his reputation.

    • Scrofula

      The people whose opinion he gave a shit about knew since the sixties at least.

  • Me not sure

    I dunno, I kinda like legs with goat hair and cloven hooves. Sexxxy!

  • Wee Mousie

    My belief system does not allow me to imagine that Roger Ailes is roasting in Hell and complaining about the pulchritude of the she-devils, however. At present, the most I can manage is that Ailes is giving a mob of maggots the bellyache.

  • Michael Loraine

    Gee whiz, Doktor Zoom! How am I to vent my spleen with all of these burdensome regulations?

    • Scrofula

      Me, I just keep drinking. It’ll vent itself.

  • SKruetheratbassedarDs

    Well, someone had to be the final casualty of the Bowling Green Massacre . . .

  • jaspersdad

    To paraphrase Voltaire;

    “He was a scholar, visionary and gentleman. Provided, of course, that he really is dead”

  • Bitter Scribe

    Regarding the relationship between Ailes and Nixon, a good alternative to the book Dok mentioned is “The Selling of the President 1968.” The late Joe McGinnis makes it abundantly clear what a loathsome prick Ailes was even then–although there were plenty of others around Nixon at the time. As Murray Kempton said of the book: “Mr. Nixon’s bearers talked to [McGinniss] with the candor possible only to persons who have no idea how disgusting they are.”

    • mtn_socialist

      I’m going to have to go back and reread it now that I know who Roger Ailes is/was. It’s been something like 4 decades or so since the first read.

  • CATMAN

    The fulfillment of the American Dream–getting rich off stoking partisan resentment for personal profit and power. America is much worse off due to his efforts and I wish there was a hell for him to go to

  • Jennifer R

    Hell stinks more now.

    • Scrofula

      Brevity award. +1

    • LurkinLongmont

      Yeah, but it’ll be a long time before his stink is washed off this country.

    • Beans n’ Rice

      Let’s hope they don’t send him back.

  • Bub, Zombie of the Resistance

    There are unconfirmed reports that an out of control grease fire is raging in the deepest pits of hell. Asked for a comment, Satan simply shrugged and said: “Hermann Goering’s was worse,”

  • Bitter Scribe

    Rupert Murdoch built a media empire on the boobs of his Page 3 girls.

    Then Roger Ailes built a media empire on the legs of his blonde hosts/anchors.

    Call me crazy, but I’m starting to see a pattern here.

  • Carole

    Right wing trolls who are already complaining that we’re horrible monsters from hell to be celebrating the loss of such a good and noble man?

    Yeah, fuck ’em.

  • Mister Smith

    It’s a great day for humanity when a vile obese bigoted old KKKonservative piece of crap dies.

    Fun fact.

  • Carole
    • gullywompr

      My EMT neighbor said he finds all the stiffs in the bathroom. So probably, yeah.

      • don

        Poor toilet, what did it do to deserve that??

  • TakingAmes

    The upside is that he couldn’t possibly have spent the entire $40M golden parachute before he passed, so maybe his family will be able to put the money to better use.

    • Scrofula

      Settling lawsuits?

  • Harbinger08

    It will be difficult to ever fully comprehend the extent of the damage this man did to the institutions of the Republic, its people, and the entire world. He may be dead, but he will still be hurting all of us for a long time to come. What a shitty legacy.

  • Hazel Blumberg

    Actually, I thought that Ailes had died some time ago. And actually, he did. As my Lithuanian grandmother would have said, albeit in Yiddish, “Fish rot from the head down.”

    • Scrofula

      Ok, but did something get lost? I’m not being snarky or disagreeing: does she mean brains, or ugliness or morals? Did your grandfather have a foot fetish? Just confused.

      Also, fish always seemed to go with whole-body overnight stank transmutation.

  • My mother always said if you do not have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
    So….taking a cue from Bette there….
    That’s nice!

  • gullywompr
    • Carole

      Oh look! He donated his body to one of those body farms so CSIs could observe natural decomposition.

  • darnyoudarnyoutoheck

    There once was an Ailes named Rodger,
    A slimy and wicked old dodger.
    He liked playing games with horrified dames
    That nasty and little mourned codger.

  • this country says it’s about

    Thanks, Roger, for passing off non-stop editorials as journalism. We are a crappier country for it. What a cluster!

  • Scrofula

    The “man” never seemed to come around on Trump, did he? Seemed he might have been growing sour, before revenge-of-the-gams got him all mopey.

    Would have been nice for him to see the true outcome of his legacy before his descent.

  • Upright Ape

    (Hey Doc, since my last comment was detected as “spam”, here goes nuthin. I am not spam. I Am a Democrat.)

    “Every time an Ailes dies, a demon gets a boner”.

    -George Bailey, “It’s A Wonderful Life” out-takes.

  • LurkinLongmont

    To those people who gave condolences to his family, go to hell. They’re living very nicely off of his misdeeds. May they all roast on the same spit he is now on. Good day to the rest of us.

  • Poly_Ester

    Roger, enjoy your $40M severance where ever you are.

  • Zyxomma

    Well said, Dok. And good reminder about comments (as if they were allowed).

  • Teto85

    Something something something only speak good of the dead. Roger Ailes is dead. good. Something something.

  • jesuswasablack

    Video of Ailes suffering the fatal blow!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_9u-XGE1NA

  • Jeff Mc Donald

    I’m not sure what I can say, that hasn’t already been forbidden as being rude and insensitive…um…I’m sure he loved his dog?

    • phoenix00

      He sure as heck loved his network’s ratings?

  • Maybe

    Roger Ailes is dead?!

    How on earth can they tell?

  • pixeloid

    If Hell were real, he’d probably be getting daily pineapple enemas like Hitler,
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZQw6KuNKqs

  • SeeTrain65

    To paraphrase Slappy White in “Amazon Women on the Moon”

    “But in conclusion, I’d like to say congratulations, Roger. Rigor mortis is the closest you’ve ever come to a hard-on in 15 years.”

  • Alexander Stallwitz

    Whats sad is that Ailes legacy will live on for decades. He created the media bubbles that we have such a long dialog about. Hell, i will confess to living in one. He created a world where you have dont have to ever hear anything that will challenge your beliefs. I have spoke about my relatives who watch Fox News and how they believed every word is true and you cant tell them otherwise. We truly are living in Alies’s world. God help us all

  • pixeloid

    “The shtick stuck”

    Man, that’s tough to say.

  • handyhippie65

    it’s wrong to speak ill of the dead. so i’ll have a silent house party. to celebrate, uhh… i mean morn.

  • Carole
  • Lily412

    I’m mad at Roger Ailes for being disgusting, but I’m even madder at the legions of cowards at Fox News who daily witnessed the blatant misogyny and harassment and did absolutely nothing for years. Yes, he was a powerful man, but if people stand together against injustice, they have a chance to take people like this down.

  • Run2Live
  • MisterShoebox

    I think Ailes’s legacy of sexism and having very few people able to say anything decent about the man is punishment enough, so I’m just going to say I hope his family is all right.

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