Word of the passing of Fox News founder Roger Ailes is one of those cultural markers. Ailes was a legendary producer and marketing guy who did wonders for Richard Nixon’s successful 1968 presidential campaign. Realizing that existing news media trended left, Ailes forged the conservative bastion Fox News in 1996 and propelled it to the No. 1 cable news source, and American politics forever changed. "Roger and I shared a big idea which he executed in a way no one else could have. In addition, Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs,” said Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox. That Ailes left Fox News in disgrace after an array of sexual harassment scandals is the sad footnote to what had been an impactful career. - Brian A. Howey, publisher