Fox News Channel Chairman Roger Ailes delighted a conservative crowd gathered to honor him Wednesday night, as he picked up a $250,000 award from the Bradley Foundation for promoting policies consistent with the group's mission.
Ailes said he's donating his quarter-million-dollar prize to a charity for senior citizens and thanked the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation for "recognizing people who shape America."
The foundation honored Ailes and three others with its 10th annual prize for their work to forward the group's goals of school choice, welfare reform, and limited government, The Washington Post reported
The foundation also recognized former Indiana GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels, Bush administration Solicitor General Paul D. Clement, and Yuval Levin, founding editor of National Affairs.
Ailes took advantage of the celebratory night and the room-full of conservatives to slam the Obama administration in particular "and liberals in general," as the Post put it in its reporting on the event.
He was particularly hard on President Barack Obama for his handling of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.
"I have come to the conclusion that even I don’t care what the president of the United States was doing that night. However, I would like to know what the commander-in-chief was doing that night," he said in prepared remarks, published on FoxNews.com
Ailes also touched on the IRS targeting of tea party and other conservative groups, even joking at one point about a video showing agency employees line dancing and recent reports about IRS investigators being armed.
"The federal government is about to hire 16,000 more IRS agents to enforce healthcare. Forty-seven new tax increases — no wonder they need guns," he said. "Now we already know the IRS is arrogant. They waste as much money as the other government agencies. They enjoy pushing people around, and they can’t line dance. We don’t need 16,000 more people who can’t line dance!"
But, turning serious, Ailes raised concerns about the country being split politically and the fact that Democrats and Republicans can't seem to get along.
"Regardless of your political party there are some themes that I believe we should all agree on: Government must reinforce the value of the individual and life," he said. "Government must have programs to help individual independence flourish and not reinforce dependency. Votes must not be purchased by corrupt organizations or individuals on false missions of mercy."
And, he added, "Freedom cannot be compromised anywhere. Anti-Americanism needs to be answered every place, every time. By every one of us."
Despite attempts by some Americans to "systematically try to dismantle the greatest country on earth," Ailes said, he believes the nation is still strong.
"We’re strong, because of three words I believe: God, country, family. I cannot and will not apologize for any of those and anything that enhances those. I will defend them with my life," he concluded.
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