Roger Ailes conjured up images of armed IRS agents and the government forcing the elderly to take Metamucil, in an award acceptance speech on Wednesday.
The Fox News CEO received the 2013 Bradley Prize from the conservative Bradley Foundation. Upon taking the stage, Ailes said that he was donating the $250,000 prize to charity, and went on to lament the state of America's affairs.
Complaining about people who "want to impose their culture and laws" on Americans, he declared, "We are in a storm, the mast is broken, the compass is barely functioning, and there is a big damned hole in the boat!"
He also told a story about a man in a hot air balloon to illustrate what he said was the difference between liberals and conservatives, and hit out at the IRS and Obama's health care reform, saying:
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. 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! And we don’t need more people with guns, enforcing our healthcare. All right Granny, get your hands up. It’s the last time we’re telling you. Take your Metamucil!
New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman reported that the crowd — which included Fox News personalities Greta Van Susteren, Bret Baier, and Brit Hume — "ate up" Ailes' remarks. Ailes received a standing ovation at the end of his speech.