November 18th, 2010
11:45 AM ET
12 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. Joey

    As long as people keep watching FOX News, or any FOX owned and operated channels on TV, Cable or any other media FOX will have a big say in the distortion of the truth. I would like to say boycott, but that's impossible in this day and age of intricately woven contracts it will be difficult to avoid watching anything owned by FOX. THe amazing thing is how many people who are Roman Catholic, Republican Conservative believe FOX networks as Gospel! Let's not leave out our Evangelicals all those other lunatics on the right. You know what....nobody can be by definition truly conservative or truly liberal. We are a mix of both. However, FOX has learned to pander to the fear amongst its viewers. It works to FOX's benefit. Let's be honest they are paid to do their senior management's bidding. Plus they have high contracts to pay out to the likes of O'Reilly, Beck, Rivera, Van Susteren...the list goes on and on. How come you do not see any people of color having their own show on FOX! clearly FOX is easy to see through....need I say more?

    November 18, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. USMC Ret.

    What the heck is wrong with John Stewart? I thought his piece on the Palins last night was both funny and good.

    November 18, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Froggy

    Funny. I thought it was "listeners like me" who supported NPR.

    November 18, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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