Ailes Cracks Wise At 'B&C' Event

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The Wire attended Broadcasting & Cable's Hall of Fame ceremony, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel last Tuesday and, for one-liners, you couldn't top Roger Ailes, the first individual in the alphabetized program.

First Ailes credited CBS's Katie Couric, the fabulous emcee, whom he worked with 20 years ago. “For me it was 20; for her it was 10.”

“I wonder if this is how Elisabeth Hasselbeck feels,” he added after a beat.

He thanked News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch for being in his introductory video. “He had to say nice things — the stock price is a little iffy right now.” Ditto Jack Welch, another former boss. “But let's face it, he's not at GE and this is probably a high point for him.”

“With fame comes wealth,” Ailes later advised. “And regardless of the politics of anyone here, we all have financial advisers to help us duck taxes, so, screw Joe the plumber.”

In conclusion: “Fifty years ago, I was digging ditches in Ohio, and tonight I'm getting a hall of fame award in broadcasting. What a great country. I only wanted three things in my life: A great family. A fun job. And to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming like the other passengers in the car.”

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