Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes is set to receive an award for "innovative thinkers" from one of the most influential conservative organizations in the United States.


The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation announced on Tuesday that Ailes would be awarded one of four 2013 Bradley Prizes, which includes a $250,000 stipend. An award ceremony was scheduled for June 12 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

"Roger Ailes has been a visionary of American journalism," Bradley Foundation President Michael W. Grebe said in a statement. "His innovative business-building strategies have revolutionized the uncovering and delivery of news in America."

"Through the Bradley Prizes, we recognize individuals like Roger Ailes whose accomplishments strengthen American institutions, in hopes that others will strive for excellence in their respective fields," he added.

According to Media Matters, past recipients of of the Bradley Prize have included Fox News contributors Michael Barone, Paul Gigot, Bill Kristol, John Bolton, and Charles Krauthammer.

Right Web noted that the Bradley Foundation has been described as "the country's largest and most influential right-wing organization" because of a large volume of grants every year to neoconservative groups like the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the Heritage Foundation. The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) and Norman Podhoretz have also been grantees.