By Christopher B. Daly
Politics aside (now, how often do you see that phrase in a presidential campaign season?), let’s give Roger Ailes of Fox News his due. He did the following:
–had an original idea
–got someone else to fund his idea
–built a news outlet from scratch
–made it profitable
–made it hard to ignore
–took home $21 million in salary and bonuses from News Corp. last year.
On that set of facts, he deserves to be ranked with Horace Greeley, Ted Turner, or Arianna Huffington. (I know, I know: there are other facts that I have not introduced into evidence here. I’m just saying. . .)
Ailes, who is 72, signed a new contract with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. that extends his work life (and his ultimate control over Fox News) through the 2016 elections.