A little background: Trump, Roger Ailes and Fox News (Update: Ailes advising Trump on debates)

Tom Paine

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I'm a conservative of a certain kind. Not a Cruz conservative, though he has some traits I admire. And certainly not a Trump conservative. In fact, count me among those who doesn't consider Trump to be much of a conservative at all.

But beyond the sexual harassment allegations against Roger Ailes, which are obviously serious by themselves, one must understand the political climate Ailes fostered, and probably engineered, at Fox News.

Like many Murdoch properties, it does some things very well. Its 6pm evening news show and Chris Wallace's Sunday morning program are both excellent. And Megyn Kelly has established herself as an interesting personality, though Trump probably gave her career a boost with his off-color comments. Fox News has excelled in its reporting on defense and foreign affairs. Greg Gutfeld  can be genuinely funny in a satirical way.

It is also not the singular conservative monolith people on the left usually make it out to be.

But most of its hosts are hacks. The personalities on Fox & Friends, Neil Cavuto, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity have their following, but intellectual consistency and integrity are traits they are lacking in.

Because of Trump's attacks on Kelly, many people have misunderstood his relationship with FNC. It is incestuous, and he thinks he owns it. I don't know exactly what role Ailes had in plotting Trump's political rise, but he certainly allowed it happen.

Trump had befriended O'Reilly, Hannity and others over a period of several years. And for the past few years prior to his candidacy, he had a regular morning spot on Fox & Friends that was more important than most realize in building up a base of support far beyond New York.

When he began his candidacy, most of FNC become his personal cheerleading squad. Although people like commentators George Will and Charles Krauthammer were holdouts, most of the commentators and analysts jumped aboard to one degree or another. People I thought I respected buckled under, and I don't know whether those were conscious decisions or simply following suggestions to get in line.

Behind the rise of Trump were a political class that anybody familiar with Republican politics knew was out there. They were working class people either by occupation or heritage, distinctly anti-intellectual (and thus generally irrational), who had been bitterly complaining for years about the Bushes,  Mitt Romney and "country club repub ilicans" in general, and often not turning out to vote for those candidates. Its very much a class thing. So was the Reagan Revolution to some extent, but in that case there was enough common sense to keep things from running off the rails.

McCarthyism hurt many innocent people, but it also created a caricature that could be used to ridicule legitimate concerns about the Soviet Union and Communism. Trumpism may also paint a straw man that can used against conservatism in a damaging way.

Update 7/23: Underscoring the relationship between the two men, the talk is that Ailes will go to work for Trump, perhaps even taking over as campaign manager.

Update 7/24: Trump seems dismissive of sexual harassment allegations against Ailes in comments made in "Meet the Press" interview.

Update 8/3: Trump, again sticking by Ailes, told USA Today that a woman whose is sexually harassed (his daughter, as a specific example), should find another job or career.

Update 8/16: Roger Ailes Is Advising Donald Trump Ahead of Presidential Debates (NY Times)

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Cloud Security Innovator Avanan Opens D.C. and Philadelphia Sales & Marketing Offices to Support Rapid Growth

Cloud Security Innovator Avanan Opens D.C. and Philadelphia Sales & Marketing Offices to Support Rapid Growth

July 14, 2016 10:19 ET | Source: Avanan

NEW YORK, July 14, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avanan, the cloud security platform, today announced the opening of its new sales and marketing offices in Reston, Virginia, a D.C.-area hot spot for some of the world’s leading security companies, and emerging tech startup hub Philadelphia.

Following a May 2016 venture round of $14.9 million from Greenfield Cities Holdings, L.P., Avanan is expanding its sales and marketing team to accelerate the company's rapid growth in bringing innovative, next-generation cloud security solutions to the enterprise IT security market worldwide.

Avanan’s Cloud Security Platform is an entirely new way to secure highly vulnerable SaaS mail applications such as Office 365 Mail and Google Mail. With a single click, enterprises of all sizes can protect from malware such as ransomware and phishing, using preconfigured cloud-based versions of security technology from more than 60 leading vendors such as Check Point, Symantec, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks, Sophos and Kaspersky.

The office expansion is just the latest move demonstrating Avanan’s market success and expanding customer base. Just last month, Avanan named Steven Toole chief marketing officer. Toole was previously the vice president of Marketing for Reston-based semantic indexing technology provider Content Analyst Company, acquired by kCura Corporation in March 2016, and brings 26 years of experience to the Avanan team.

Avanan plans to hire at least 10 more sales and marketing personnel to work out of the company’s Reston and Philadelphia locations, and others throughout the U.S., this year.

“The Herndon/Reston area serves as the D.C. office location for several of Avanan’s partners, including Microsoft, Symantec, Amazon and Palo Alto Networks, and Philadelphia is quickly becoming a startup haven as well,” said Gil Friedrich, Avanan founder and CEO. “Government agencies and enterprises want the benefits of SaaS mail, and we let them use the on-premise security solutions that they trust and apply them to the cloud mail applications. We’re the only company that can do this.”

Avanan has been named a 2016 Gartner Cool Vendor, a Red Herring Top 100 North American Tech Startup and one of CRN’s 20 Coolest Cloud Security Vendors of 2016. The company is headquartered in New York City with Research & Development in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

About Avanan, the Cloud Security Platform
Avanan secures SaaS mail programs such as Office 365 Mail and Google Mail or any cloud application with one click, using security technology from more than 60 industry-leading vendors.

In May 2016, Avanan raised $14.9 million in Series A financing. Greenfield Cities Holdings, L.P. (GFC), a TPG Growth portfolio company, led the round, with participation from Avanan’s existing investors, Magma VC and StageOne Ventures, bringing the company’s total capital raised to $16.4 million.

Avanan is based in New York City with R&D in Tel-Aviv, Israel and sales and marketing in Reston, Virginia and Philadelphia. (http://www.avanan.com)

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