The widow of Fox News founder Roger Ailes is disgusted by what her husband’s legacy has become following the dismissal of host Tucker Carlson and reforms at the network intended to shield it from further scrutiny following its landmark lawsuit settlement with Dominion Voting Systems.
Elizabeth Ailes, speaking on Newsmax, expanded on her latest tweet where she wrote, “It took you 20 years to build Fox News into the powerhouse that it was and only 6 years for the Murdochs to wreak havoc. Rupert thought he could do your job. What a joke. He has the checkbook but could never come close to your genius.”
“I think I caused quite a stir because for one thing I told the truth. Truth is in short supply today. As you know it did take Roger 20 years to build the channel, and he never once had his hand off the wheel… I decided to make it clear that Rupert thought he could do Roger’s job… He had the checkbook but he could never hold a candle to Roger’s genius.”
Asked by the host if she agreed that Fox, due to Murdoch’s two sons, has pivoted toward the center or even moved to the left, Elizabeth Ailes suggested the network is now attempting to appeal to “viewers of CNN.”
“The sons, Lachlan and James, had decided they wanted Roger gone, and Roger said to me, ‘These useless kids, Tweedle-Dumb and Tweedle-Dumber, are going to ruin the channel and turn it into CNN,'” Ailes said.
Roger Ailes was pushed out from Fox in July 2016 following allegations of sexual harassment from several female employees of the network including on-air hosts Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly, and Andrea Tantaros. In a statement, Murdoch defended the network’s firing of its leader, saying “Fox News has given voice to those who were ignored by the traditional networks and has been one of the great commercial success stories of modern media.”