Roger Ailes

Will July 19 Live On in GOP Infamy?
Trump's rise and Ailes' travails reinforce seismic shift underway

Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, seen here with his wife Elizabeth Tilson in New York Tuesday, helped create a populist political environment that ultimately led to the rise of Donald Trump, writes Matt Lewis. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND — Tuesday, July 19, 2016, will go down in history as an inflection point for the Republican Party. Little liberal children will solemnize it with "pomp and parade," and not just because casino magnate Donald Trump became the official (no longer presumptive) Republican nominee. It was also the day news broke that Roger Ailes’ days as Fox News head honcho are numbered .  

As recently as a year ago, both events would have been utterly unthinkable. Ailes was firmly ensconced on his journalistic throne, seemingly untouchable thanks to years of success in politics and media while Trump was still viewed as a joke by the vast majority of political observers.