“I put on an American channel for America. For old folks and young folks, and try to mix it up and make it interesting. People look at it, and I hope I get high enough ratings overall, and people will include some of the subgroups in comparable measurements. So Bill O’Reilly has the highest demo on our channel. . . . He’s in his 60s, and he’s cranky, and a lot of kids don’t want to watch his ass but they do.”
—Roger Ailes, co-founder and CEO of Fox News, was named AdWeek’s “2015 Media Visionary,” Dec. 2, 2015
• Editorial Comment: This is America’s “visionary”? That explains a lot.
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