November 18th, 2010
11:45 AM ET
11 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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soundoff (328 Responses)
  1. jimmm

    Pot, meet kettle. Whuch network suppresses oposing views and makes large contributions to the RGA? Which network allows its commentators to lead fundraisers? hmmmmmm

    November 18, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Apparently they (NPR) are left wing extreme rightists.

    November 18, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. js007

    This is a very angry man...I wonder if Fox is starting to feel the heat. Propaganda only works until people realize it is propaganda. If this man actually learned a bit about Nazi actions (racism, discrimination, propaganda, beating up on the weakest in society) he'd realize that their views are a lot closer to his and his network's than to anyone on the left.

    November 18, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. JHeron

    He is rich enough and powerful enough to keep living in his nice bubble. Stewart wouldn't have anything to show if these guys just kept their mouths shut. The truth is that what these guys spew forth is so ridiculous that the best thing is to show how insanely stupid it is.
    He is more upset because Stewart shows fox for what it is.: A circus where the clowns are in charge. What World Wrestling is to sports, Fox is to news.

    November 18, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Joe Gerken

    Fox News is an oxymoron. Omit the "oxy" and you describe Mr. Ailes.

    November 18, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Not All Docs Play Golf

    I worry about his paranoid delusions being espoused as truths on Fox Noise and further inflaming the rabble among their audience. I picture Robert DeNiro's character in Taxi Driver out looking for "socialists" to target.

    November 18, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Bitter Old White Man

    Ailes has long-been a human cancer on the American political scene.

    November 18, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. JoeT

    Any lingering questions regarding the reliability of Fox news? No? I thought not.
    (Especially liked the "left wing of the Nazi party" remark)

    November 18, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Oy Vey Az

    It's Rupert folks. I say that mange infected Australian Rupert is behind all the FOX bull puckie. You folks are looking too low ... look to the top ... he's the rascal with his finger in our political pie.

    An Australian I say.

    November 18, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Joe

    "The left wing of Nazism?" Who writes this guy's material? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA........

    November 18, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    Tellin' it like it is, minus the PC speak!! Way to go Roger! NPR **IS** run by a bunch of leftist loons that shouldn't be getting one cent of government money. This is simply NO justification for it especially when the country is broke. If the government isn't funding Fox News to the tune of nearly a half a billion dollars, why is it doing it for NPR? And why is George Soros funding NPR as well? The guy is dangerous and our government is in bed with him by funding the same group of hate filled leftists.

    November 18, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  12. Me

    Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News, IS NOT NEWS WORTHY!
    I don't care what he thinks about Jon Stewart or NPR...(NPR is an awesome new source, I highly recommend it)
    but, I understand, CNN
    You are like a spoiled teenage girl looking for attention...I'm gonna call you Becky from now on.
    So when ever I say Becky sucks at journalism, you will know I'm talking about you!

    November 18, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Phlyphishingphreak

    It's funny that Ailes calls NPR "Nazi's" when his little boy dresses up like a dictator and another GOP candidate for congress lost his election because he actually liked playing dress up in a Nazi uniform.

    Ailes is a piece of cochroach pooh that should shrivel up and die.-

    November 18, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. jeff, alabama

    Just because all you liberals
    out there hate Ailes doesn't
    mean he is wrong. He is right
    on target on both of these issues.
    I listened to Radio Moscow on my
    shortwave during the cold war.
    It was amazing to me that spin
    of that sort could be so prevalent
    in any country.
    NPR is so close in format and
    message it is scary.
    And as for Stewart, he is the
    a typical celebrity drug head.

    November 18, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. PalmReader

    Last week it was Limbaugh, this week Ailes. Seems as if CNN is trying to court right wing viewers away from FOX. Sorry, CNN. This just isn't going to happen. FOX viewers will never leave FOX - Ailes words speak to what it is his viewers WANT to hear, and TUNE in to hear, each day: unadulterated propaganda. Call it what you will, but these foolish FOX viewers are not the brightest bulbs that ever burned ... and are very devoted to their media gods, Ailes included.

    November 18, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. srichey321

    You just can't make thsi stuff up.

    November 18, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. David from WI

    NPR tries to maintain integrity and balance. Ailes doesn't. Ailes is not a conservatives. David Brooks is a conservative. Ailes is a wingnut.

    November 18, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Stephen

    And some of you still trust Fox News...

    November 18, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |

    Wow, just wow!

    this fart (remember I would rather use fart for FAT 4 this big-mouth "Rush Limbaugh cousin" IDIOT) is seriously off his meds!

    I'm glad Roger Ailes, FOX NEWS Chairman is NOT living in a "socialist country USA" and he's exercising his freedom of speech about how Jon Stewart is getting on his fart behind & how NPR is a NAZI country!

    Realy?...can't this blowhard look in the mirror at FAUX NEWS and see the kind of "news media" he's running and the garbage they are dishing out to their lemmings!!!

    November 18, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. ingrid

    This guy is an embarrassment. He has the audacity to speak about fair and balanced reporting when fox news lacks credibility in its reporting and has become a mouth piece for far right republicans. He is the NAZI not the people at NPR. NPR has guests of all political views and treats them with respect. I have watched fox trying to understand its powers and I am always taken aback by its unfair, unsubstantiated claims and how it tries to divide the country. Remember when Michelle Obama fist pumped her husband at a rally and Fox tried to insinuate that she was a terrorist!!! ?? Seriously, Ailes is an embarrassment to journalism.

    November 18, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. stevegee

    Ailes forgot one group: Obama and the Democrats are radical Socialists.

    November 18, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. Al D'Amato

    The only relationship between FOX and The Daily Show, Keith Olbermann etc. is that the FOX network CREATES propaganda, while Stewart and Olbermann EXPOSE the propaganda.

    November 18, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. awaitingmoderationby CNN

    Ailes is of course, once again right, Stewart is a liberal shill and does spend almost all of his show attacking conservatives, and NPR is nothing but a hypocritical, tax sucking, liberal organization.

    November 18, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. T'sah from Virginia

    [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.]

    Wow, so it's TRUE about FOX NEWS????? The difference is, FOX NEWS LIES and Stewart (along with CNN and MSNBC) "straighten out" the LIES!!!

    The RIGHT always manages to call everyone on the LEFT Nazis!!! Now I understand why FOX acts the way they do! The management is CRAZY!!! They all think like Limbaugh and cannot even see how hateful they are. And their audience is GROWING!!! That's the Scary part!

    Whew, let’s leave this story for what it is WORTH. MOVING AMERICA FORWARD to the next century is going to be more difficult than imagined. But we still have our leader, President Obama!

    November 18, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. HeyHey

    Wow. I always wondered why Fox came off like it was run by a bunch of right-wing nutbags. Now I know it's because Fox is run by right-wing nutbags.

    November 18, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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