November 18th, 2010
11:45 AM ET
3 years ago

Ailes: NPR 'Nazi's,' Jon Stewart 'crazy'

(CNN) – Another day brings another round of fun quotes from Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News.

Yesterday, in part one of the Daily Beast's interview with Ailes, the Fox chief said Obama's "socialism was too far left" for France and Germany.

Now in part two of the interview we see Ailes setting his sights on Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and NPR's recent firing of journalist Juan Williams.

Calling Stewart "crazy," Ailes said the popular comedian's career revolves solely around exploiting the public's polarization – the same charge, by the way, that Stewart makes about Fox News.

"He loves polarization. He depends on it. If liberals and conservatives are all getting along, how good would that show be? It'd be a bomb," said Ailes.

"He hates conservative views. He hates conservative thoughts. He hates conservative verbiage. He hates conservatives," a definitive Ailes added.

Ailes also tore into Stewart's recent "Restore Sanity" rally on Capitol Hill, saying "don't give me a social speech on the steps of the Washington Monument. Don't lapse into non-comedy."

But the Fox News chief saved his heaviest fire for NPR, which dismissed Williams last month after he said he felt uncomfortable around some Muslims on airplanes in the days after September 11.

"They are, of course, Nazis. They have a kind of Nazi attitude," Ailes said of NPR. "They are the left wing of Nazism. These guys don't want any other point of view. They don't even feel guilty using tax dollars to spout their propaganda. They are basically Air America with government funding to keep them alive."

NPR spokeswoman Anna Christopher told the Daily Beast that "we will let Mr. Ailes' words speak for themselves."


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  1. effelbee

    All it takes is one look at Ailes and you can see that he is yet another old white male racist who wants to return the US to its conditions prior to the Civil War and the Fourteenth Amendment passed in that war's aftermath. What a sorry excuse for a human being who cares about either his fellow man or the truth.

    November 18, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Ailes is a Moron

    Somone please shut this man up. This man is trying to end 'liberalism', one bite at a time.

    November 18, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Joe

    Mr. Ailes has darned good reason to lash out at Jon Stewart. Jon is an entertainer, a comedian, but he commands more respect as a journalist than any of the FOX programs or commentators, and rightfully so. I do find it extremely ironic that Mr. Ailes criticism is that Jon hates everything conservative while producing the likes of Beck, Hannity and Stossel.
    There oughtta be a law against stupid.

    November 18, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. cc423

    This man is a complete nutjob. For him to sit there and disparage other networks while his employs the likes of Beck and Hannity is beyond laughable. It is also important to not that this man has been a political consultant for Republicans and far right extremists since the 60's. Anything he says needs to be filtered through that lens.

    November 18, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Oak

    The comment about NPR is especially outrageous... and it just shows that Faux News isn't a real news channel. NPR has a ban on public political discussion outside of NPR of ANY kind from their journalists... because NPR are actual journalists, not talking heads spouting incoherant political sound-bites. Allowing journalists to give politically charged opinons in public venues creates an implied conflict of interest. It destroys the journalists credibility, so they fired him. It didn't matter what he said. The word Ailes is looking for when describing NPR is JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY, and ETHICS. He's simply not familiar with them.

    November 18, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. bob

    Clearly the man is out of touch with the invective laced polarized propaganda that Fox news regurgitates. Clearly he can't grasp the difference between nationalism and socialism, or conservative and liberal. Why on earth is he in charge of a news division or in charge of anything more complicated than a broom for that matter?

    November 18, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Erik

    LOL at some of you defenders of Roger Ailes. You just believe that NPR is severely liberal-biased without any proof. Have you ever listened? They are so unbiased that they get criticized for being "pro status-quo".

    BTW, here was Juan Williams's quote:
    "But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."

    So it's not OK for Muslims to identify themselves as Muslims, but it is OK for all of our political leaders to identify themselves 1st and foremost as Christians, Catholics, or Jews? (Including Israel in the bunch since they are basically an extension of our federal government.)

    November 18, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. Wow

    This guy is nuts

    November 18, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. ?

    Left wing of the Nazi Party? So that would make them, i don't know.....moderates? lmao!!!

    November 18, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. truth

    This man is a joke. Anyone crazy enough to believe any lie that Fox reports need a brain scan. Only an out-of-the closet idiot who perhaps lives somewhere near Alabama find justification for Ailes rhetoric. Some southerners need to come out of the wood. Ailes is a filthy rich, well fed Republican who could care less about the average Jeff from Alabama.

    November 18, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. TB

    Yah....who's the crazyi??? Too funny...look in the mirror Ailes!

    November 18, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Gary Swanson

    Roger Ailes' intellectual bankruptcy is showing. If he had stayed awake in his political science class he'd know that American Liberalism and the Nazi's way of looking at the world are diametric opposites. What's even more laughable are the occasional video Fox shows of demonstrators comparing Barrack Obama to Hitler. An important part of Hitler's sales pitch was the principle of Aryan White Supremacy. Does Barrack Obama have the face of an Aryan White Supremacist? Ummmm ... no. It's well past time that Fox News droped the slogan, "Fair and Balanced." It's an obvious lie and an insult to our intelligence.

    November 18, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Alex

    Okay, regardless of your politics, how can you listen to his language and not think he's a little off. Normal, sane people don't use verbiage like that.

    November 18, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Mitch

    Fox 'News' just jumped the shark.

    November 18, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. nandu

    LOL!!
    This guy is funny:)

    November 18, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Brandon

    Left-wing Nazi-ism?....So is that like saying Conservative Communism? Or Freedomly Totalitarianism?

    November 18, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. DAS

    Now when are we going to hear all the memorable quotes from Ted Turner?

    November 18, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. NPR

    For FAUX NEWS to accuse someone else to be Nazis is just illariously crazy too

    November 18, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. MichaelK

    Roger Ailes has done more to destroy America than any 10 organizations in history.

    November 18, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. Byron

    Jon Stewart as said, on more than one occasion, that he is only there to be a satiric comedian... he has no political agenda and he is not a real news show, like Fox News is supposed to be. (Reference Jon Stewart's recent interview with Rachel Maddow of MSNBC). His "Rally to Restore Sanity" was merely a comedic event in which he saw as an ambitious project to make people laugh at the ridiculousness of our current government as a whole, liberal and conservative. What people got out of the event politically, is what they took with them to the event.

    He makes fun of everyone equally. It is hard, however, to make fun of the sides in equal proportion, when one side (the conservatives) constantly, obviously, and a lot of times purposely manipulate facts to push an agenda, and who constantly cry about the mistreatment of radical conservative causes, yet continually refuse to give any side a platform when that side is not on board with their conservative agenda. They are hypocrites.

    Fox News is a disgrace to the name of journalism, and Roger Ailes proves it.

    November 18, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. JoeT

    Am 99.9% certain that the person angriest about this is Stephen Colbert. Ailes's omission of him is a *huge* slap in the face!

    November 18, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. sam barber

    Who cares what ol' Hog-jowls thinks? He is a shining example of the "too much money, and certainly too well-fed" Republican.

    November 18, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Richard Hode

    So Jon Stewart hates conservatives? That's just fine with me because I hate them too, especially jowly old moneybags like Ailes, a right-wing scumbag if there ever was one.

    November 18, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Jilli

    I dismiss any comments once the speaker sees the need to resort to the pathetic dog whistle spewing of nazi/communist/marxist/kenyan nonsense. They have diminished themselves at that point, and there's nothing of value to be gained from further conversation.

    Fox viewers will come to the realization someday that they've been fed a steady stream of tripe and have been played for rubes. Let's all hope they come to their senses sooner rather than later.

    November 18, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. NB

    Dear Roger, I'm a conservative and all I can say is you're an idiot.

    November 18, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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