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How Fox News has changed in the four years since Roger Ailes was ousted

July 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Roger Ailes was forced to walk the Fox News plank four years ago this week.

New York (CNN Business)Roger Ailes was forced to walk the Fox News plank four years ago this week.

These suits have been coming ever since Gretchen Carlson sued Ailes for sexual harassment in July of 2016 and opened the floodgates for numerous other allegations against him.

Ailes launched Fox News in 1996 and ran the network like a mob boss would, rewarding those who were loyal and punishing those who strayed.

The gloomy speech Trump gave that night spoke specifically to Fox's America -- the audience that Ailes cultivated for decades.

Fox News staffers were in disbelief that Ailes had been deep-sixed.

July 22, four years ago Wednesday, was Fox's first Ailes-free day.

The rot at Fox started at the top, with Ailes, but it didn't end there.

Fox News said in a statement that it "strictly prohibits all forms of sexual harassment, misconduct, and discrimination. "

"Some of the names in leadership may have changed since Roger Ailes' regime, but Fox News' institutional apathy towards sexual misconduct has not. "

So four years to the day after the Ailes scandal made international news, Fox's climate is back in the news.

CNN "New Day" co-anchor Alisyn Camerota, who previously worked at Fox for many years, said Tuesday that she was sad to hear that "four years after Roger Ailes was gone that the young women there feel like they're still having to operate in this culture. "

Ailes was useful to Trump when he ran Fox -- but not so much as an unemployed political consultant.

In June, he slammed Fox again and asked, "Where are you Roger Ailes?"

When people on Twitter ridiculed the comment and wondered if Trump knew Ailes was dead, he followed up, "I know better than anyone that my friend Roger Ailes died 3 years ago, just look at what happened to @FoxNews.

And in his recent sit-down with Fox's Chris Wallace, Trump invoked Ailes again, saying "I'm not a big fan of Fox, I'll be honest with you.

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