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. Elle

    Absurd. I think Mr. Ailes may be losing his marbles. Or has he always been this insane?

    November 18, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Dana

    "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."

    ...I'm sorry, can someone please explain to me how this quote wouldn't apply to the conservative party–and ANY political party, for that matter–if by calling someone a Nazi, one (or, in this case, Ailes) means someone/some party who wants to target a specific group of people as the cause of sociopolitical upheaval and strife??

    November 18, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ailes supports "Apartheid", an official policy of involving political legal and economic separation of people, in other words keep the wealth only among the rich and this is exactly what President Obama has been fighting against, for Americans to share in the wealth.

    November 18, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. USAHunterNRAMember

    Ah yes. Another piece of material for Mr. Stewart to make jokes out of. Good job Ailes, and thank you. You are dumber than i thought.

    November 18, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. george42

    Ailes doesn't believe in free speech. On Fox forums you can't post a critical or in fact rational comment.

    November 18, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Eric

    The ironic thing is, if Hitler were alive today, he'd be listening to Fox News, not NPR.

    November 18, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. mark

    Ailes is a loon. Same old thing at Fox. Idiots.

    November 18, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Jerry

    I like this guy. He doesn't seem like a hypocrite. I feel his honest and does not hide behind a camera to say what he feels and what is on his mind.

    Best of all, he doesn't seem to lie through his teeth like Stewart and his cronies at the White House.

    Lets speak our minds. The truth will set us free!!!

    November 18, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. nancy

    He is doing what he does best and that is to deflect the real criticism of Fox News (I use the word "News" loosely), which is a lack of objectivity toward a hatred of anything conservative. Deflection has always been the name of the game. Never answer a question with a statement when you can answer the question with a question.

    November 18, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. NVa Native

    The right wing wackos hate NPR because they use facts.
    As far as Repubs are concerned nothing is more evil than facts, science, and history. Oh and free will.

    November 18, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. I agree with this guy

    I'd have to say that the chief of Fox News is correct. NPR = pathetic. They are all white, have no minorities speaking for them, and cannot tolerate any diverse viewpoints. At least Fox News is diverse, presents both right and left viewpoints, and is balanced.

    November 18, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. 2+2=5

    Swore I heard a crying baby coming from somewhere. Yeah, these guys are something else. Feel bad for people getting their "news" from Fox in 2010, you missed the boat big time. It's mass denial. Whoever sat through the Iraq war listening to Fox would know this, unless of course they had never read a book before hand and already had no clue about Iraq and dumb @$$ WMD's which any High School student would know he never had. Sickening. Now they are even starting to write books, yikes.

    November 18, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Jeff

    I think Mr. Ailes is right on with his points. While the Left's paradise of England and France are going down in literal flames, Obama is pushing a socialist agenda like never before. Jon Stewart is funny at times but I thought he was a joke interviewing Obama – Stewart could barely look into his eyes and should have asked Obama about the President giving a pass on child soldier laws to African countries that support the U.S. AND finally NPR – EVERYONE knows they are Air America with a government subsidy. I'm just thankful that Mr. Ailes is rich enough that he can give his blunt assessments without having to fear the Leftist in this country doing to him, what they did to Jaun Williams.

    November 18, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. RAWoD

    Fox News is an oxymoron.

    November 18, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Bobo

    Wow. Fox..Another angry and FAT idiot running its mouth. He'd make a perfect Nazi.

    November 18, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. trevorinmidstream

    Ladies and gentlement, I give you The Anti-Christ.

    November 18, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. TC in California

    RE: Fox Noise
    To paraphrase: Fox Noise is the red-light district of news.

    November 18, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Seattle Voter

    HA!.. The ONLY people who are crazed lunatics are the tea party people... They would rather enslave themselves to corporate America than to do what's right!

    November 18, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Modern Family

    Unfortunately Mr. Ailes, your network news, FOX, has no credibility. Journalism is where you report the facts. FOX News is not journalism, not even remotely. Your network spews disinformation, hate, intolerance and outright lies.

    As far as the term Nazi, Mr. Ailes, even my 75 year-old Father can see through you guys, he calls FOX News "The Nazi News". Spreading fascist propaganda across the globe...FOX.

    November 18, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  20. Corey James

    It looks like he ate John Stewart.

    November 18, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Chuck Anaheim,Ca

    I have a 19 year old son that watches Stewart every night. He has not been fooled by the propoganda pouring out if the right wing in this country. He does question how the right wing can call the left Nazis. Nazism is a far right wing form of politics as defined in any dictionary. Very puzzling indeed.

    November 18, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Hugo Naranja

    It's Nazis, not "Nazi's". The deterioration of our political landscape at the behest of goobers like Ailes is bad enough, but can't CNN hire people with a working knowledge of punctuation?

    November 18, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. Joe A

    I'm sure fox News has a disclaimer about this, right? "The views of Mr. Ailes do not necessarily represent Fox News..oh, wait, they DO."

    Ailes proves that you don't need to be intelligent to be rich.

    November 18, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Nicole Gross

    So, Mooney, the PDF you posted in your Palin article today is from April 2010, not October 2010. Do you have the more recent poll results?

    Did anyone else notice this?

    November 18, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Rabbi David

    The truth always seems to hurt the left in the USA more than the right.Because emotions rule leftist thinking and logic rules the right.Its the truth about NPR-they are considered saints up there in DC,and they do PUSH an agenda.I don't know when TRUTH or REALITY became a crime in America-but it IS! If you differ with these people they will black list you,not hire you and discriminate against you for your views and its all legal and OK by their "moral code". Don't expect compromise because in the end there is none with these people. No negotiation-NO bi-partisan non sense.Do the job save the country and get the left out of the way-they are impeeding PROGRESS.....

    November 18, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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