Monica Lewinsky Writes That Fox News CEO Roger Ailes Made Her Life A 'Nightmare' During Bill Clinton Scandall

The former Fox News CEO exploited her relationship with President Bill Clinton so 'mercilessly' she considered suicide

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Unless you're an avid watcher of Fox News, you probably won't know the name Roger Ailes.

The 77-year-old former Fox chairman and CEO died last week and tributes have been pouring in for the man credited with shaping the cable news landscape (by which we mean endless, 24-hour news cycles).

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One person who hasn't joined in, however, is Monica Lewinsky.

This week, in an opinion piece in the New York Times, she described how Ailes built a media empire on the back of her affair with former President Bill Clinton.

There was a cultural change, Lewinsky wrote, one that came at her expense and ushered in an era of 'cyberbullying.' In the wake of the scandal, the network followed, then documented, her every move.

'It worked like magic: The story hooked viewers and made them Fox loyalists. For the past 15 years, Fox News has been the No.1 news station; last year the network made about $2.3billion.'

Ailes was two years into the job as head of Fox when, in 1998, the former White House intern's affair with Clinton became public.

As she writes: 'I ceased being a three-dimensional person. Instead I became a whore, a bimbo, a slut and worse. Just days after the story broke, Fox asked its viewer to vote on this pressing question: Is Monica Lewinsky an "average girl" or a "young tramp looking for thrills"?'

Lewinsky was a 'news channel's dream come true' but their 'dream was her nightmare.' At her lowest, she considered suicide.

Nearly two decades after her own life unravelled, Lewinsky says sees signs of change and hopes we're on our way to finally getting a "fair and balanced" news. In our current 'post-truth' era, it really couldn't come sooner.

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