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By Roger Ailes

January 31, 2000
Web posted at: 3:45 p.m. EST (2045 GMT)

Many believe the times we live in define us. The last half of the 20th century was defined by the evolution of media politics. From 1960 on, no candidate won a big race without a media consultant who understood creative advertising and how it influences news coverage. BOB SQUIER was the best of the best. He knew it wasn't just the times but how we pass through those times that matters. Bob was a Democrat through and through. He believed in his candidates and in his own ability. His personal confidence, transferred to an unsure candidate, often proved the margin of victory.

One night, as guest speakers in Bermuda, Bob and I debated and even attacked each other for two hours, then went to dinner and took a long walk on the beach. We talked about life, the two-party system, the future of America--and forged a bond that transcended partisanship. Bob had talent, humor and a good heart. He threw his body and mind into winning. He fought every round to the bell. He believed the country needed the people he was trying to elect. For five years, he and I parried on the Today show. Although we disagreed sharply on issues, it was clear to the audience that we didn't dislike each other. In fact, our mutual respect became a friendship. Bob will be missed not just by his party, but by those of us he made better by challenging us to be our best.

--Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO, Fox News


Cover Date: February 7, 2000

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