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Ramesh Ponnuru

The House That Roger Ailes Built

His own success at Fox News helped lead to this time of turmoil for conservative journalism.
Trumpist before Trump.

Trumpist before Trump.

Photographer: Bob Riha Jr./Getty Images

Roger Ailes’s death comes at a time of turmoil in conservative journalism -- turmoil caused in no small part by Ailes’s own success in making Fox News into a media-political juggernaut.

Charles Krauthammer, one of Fox’s commentators, jokes that Ailes saw the opportunity to serve a niche market of half the country. The point of the quip is that the major networks had a liberal outlook and millions of Americans wanted something else.