Fox News CEO Roger Ailes was awarded the Bradley Prize by the Bradley Foundation, which recognizes people who have contributed to helping promote the free market and limited government, as well as those who have provided “a vigorous defense, at home and abroad, of American ideas and institutions.”
In his comments, Ailes talked politics, but he also talked a bit about FNC itself, and why he thinks it has remained as the top TV news channel:
“My remarks tonight are my own, and don’t necessarily reflect those of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch or Fox. I will say, however, that I didn’t give up my citizenship to create and run a news organization. I speak here with the highest authority and title anyone could ever aspire to — citizen of the United States.
“The Fox News Channel just finished its 137th consecutive month in first place in cable news, almost 12 years. The top 13 programs in cable news are all on the Fox News Channel. One reason is: We cover news but we also cover stories we know others will not. Like the abortion doctor in Philadelphia, who was actually killing babies after they were born. We covered Benghazi when four Americans were killed, even though no other network would touch the story. It’s an important story because it involves two hundred years of our military ethos, which is: If we ask you to go out in the middle of the night and risk your life for America, we promise that we will backstop you. And, try to get you out if it is humanly possible. In Benghazi we did not do that.