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. Conrad Shull

    Stewart's not crazy, but he's only an entertainer and his opinion is no more or less important than the guy's sitting at the end of the bar. NPR is certainly full throttle liberal, but at least they don't shout, and the backlash from the Williams incident is a deserved black eye of hypocrisy. But, anyone of any political persuasion who calls anyone a Nazi who isn't a real swastika brandishing Nazi deserves a swift whack of a 2X4 to the side of the head, no exceptions, for anybody, ever.

    November 18, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Slow-brains

    Nazi's huh?
    I have received tons of information about the despoliation of the NIger Delta from the NPR?
    Damage done by companies this relic of a best forgotten era and his asinine network fawn over and defend over the 'wretched of the earth'

    November 18, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Punctus

    Oh look...another rich, fat, old, white guy with racist views who calls himself a "conservative" and everyone else either a Nazi or a socialist. Maybe he could get a job at Fox? Oh...he already has one. Such a surprise.

    November 18, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Todd

    This guy is fact he is storing them in his cheeks

    November 18, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Chips Handon

    Ailes needs to get out of my country.

    November 18, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. SethC

    I have to agree on the Stewart thing, sorry but true. Please don't listen to these entertainers. They have their own agenda, and it's not the publics interest they are after, its show biz and money.

    November 18, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Barking Alien

    Anything Ailes and the Fox automatons disagree wtih is labeled the "liberal media", no matter how unbiased and impartial they are. He does not mention the brain washing right wing propaganda Fox spews out every day.

    November 18, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. clyde

    I cant wait until Jon Stewart rips this interview apart ... definitely will want to watch it over and over as I will be laughing too hard the first viewing. Fox news calling itself "news" simply has to violate some truth-in-advertising laws.

    November 18, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. David

    Who IS this guy? ... never heard of him... although he looks like "The Fat Bastard" from the Austin Powers movie

    November 18, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Praetorian

    What can I say about Mr. Ailes? I remember when he was a third-rate sportswriter for a second-rate local newspaper. If not for the backing, financially and otherwise, of a certain member of the Mellon family, he would probably still be a nobody. I would venture to say that most of the conservative talking heads out there would have been nothing without the generous backing of their moneyed patrons.

    November 18, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. armass

    Conservatives need to focus their name-calling. Is everyone you don't agree with Nazsi or are they Socialists? I know it was so much easier 30 years ago when you could call everyone Communists, but since the collapse of the Soviet Union things are a little harder.

    November 18, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. DougB

    Jon Stewart is going to have a field day with these quotes. He has enough material to get him through Thanksgiving! LOL

    November 18, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. David

    Wow, where do you begin with that set of absurd comments.

    Jon Stewart is dependent on polarization. Are you freaking kidding me?

    Stewart isn't dependent on polarization, he's dependent upon the endemic corruption
    and lack of integrity in our society.

    Almost everything that is wrong, or has ever been wrong, with this nation
    is a product of citizens failing to call BS when they see it.

    The Third Reich almost destoyed the world because the Germans
    watched as a sociopath took their country down the road of ruin.

    Society loses when we turn a blind eye to what "ailes" us (pun intended).

    From the civil rights struggle to confronting the unsustainability of various
    entitlement programs (Medicare, state pensions) there is no alternative but
    to confront our realities.

    We can't keep kicking the pebbles down the road forever...

    November 18, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. ep_vet

    Roger Ailes is so far to the right, he's in his own standard deviation. He is a tired, old, depleted, bitter, vengeful, erectile disfunctional dinosaur! Skin him, bleach his bones and put him in a drawer in the Smithsonian.

    November 18, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Wes B.

    You know, I used to watch the first few weeks of American Idol each season–when they televised the singing auditions. Many of the performers were just terrible singers–couldn't carry a tune at all. Yet, they THOUGHT they were outstanding singers. In their head, they heard wonderful music while they were singing. And, perhaps their parents and friends continued to encourage them despite their lack of talent.

    This guy reminds me of those terrible singers. I think that in his mind he truly believe what he says. Which is, perhaps, the scariest thing of it all. But clearly this man is a lunatic. Sadly, he carries much power and influence with a portion of our country.

    November 18, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. GOP Hate America

    Awesome cant wait to tune into the next Daily Show to see Stewart rip into the fat @ss

    November 18, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. VegasRouleur

    NPR is one of the last news outlets that bothers to take the time and effort to report the truth. They have resisted the easy way out that the corporate-owned networks have taken: reporting press releases from both sides of a story as news – or as with Fox, simply reading press releases and talking points from one side of the debate. That's why the Right gets so angry about them. They are afraid of the truth. I am glad some of my tax dollars (and pledge dollars) go toward supporting the truth.

    November 18, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Brandon

    What a bafoon! I couldn't stand this guy with the first Bush and he hasn't changed! Nazi? Get a clue and look in the mirror!

    November 18, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  19. B. A.

    You know it figures that an ugly obese guy would be in charge of FAUX. I knew all along that it would not be a secure, well adjusted individual, but boy does he look like a bitter fat slob. He wears his greed and malevolence for the world to see. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww.

    November 18, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. SayWhat

    You work for Rupert Murdoch, therefore anything that you say and do is orchestrated to make more money from propoganda and demagoguery aimed at the uneducated. Now that you have had your rant, return to your bunker and plot more ways to crucify the truth.

    November 18, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. Ken in NC

    Well I guess one is to be considered a Nazi if an opinion differs from that of FOX. My thoughts along those lines are that Mr Ailes needs to be re-educated and during that process he should concentrate on learning more about the Nazis. He may realize that his definition is a bit off base. Maybe he will find, as I have been taught, that it is a part of a free democracy that one is afforded the right to be different or to disagree with another or with the opinions of another. If Mr Ailes opinions are held to the test, then from the view of "The Left" Mr Ailes and those that follow his train of thought would be considered Nazis. While I do not believe that to be the case, based on the view point of Mr Ailes, one could make the case that he, FOX, and their followers are Nazis and we all know that is not the case.

    November 18, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Agathe

    I cringed every time I saw a comment with the word "Socialist" used pejoratively like an insult. Please go back to school and learn the true definition of the word. By all means we, Americans, are already embracing some form of socialism through Medicare, the military... Socialism, Capitalism, Marxism... and all the other "isms" can be bad or good depending on the people who practice it.

    November 18, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. koshka

    um...i don't think there are any "steps of the washington monument" to give a speech on.

    November 18, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. Another Narrative

    Ailes is a piece of work. As usual Fox pushes it's narratives as facts. Point in fact, as one other comment read "READ A HISTORY BOOK"; Ailes obviously has no clue what a Nazi really is and anyone who knows remotely anything about WW2 and Nazi's would paint him as one more than NPR or Stewart.

    People like Ailes and Palin are as radical and extreme as the terrorists; perspective's a funny thing to bad they don't have it.

    November 18, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. Randy Siverson

    I enjoy Jon Stewart but Ailes is correct in his assesment. I am sure that all of the left leaning people insulting Ailes have had nothing to say when the MSNBC propaganda machine starts it's daily rituals of insults and personal attacks. Fox offers more balance in one show than MSNBC in a month of shows. CNN is also very straight forward. NPR has been far off in left field for many years and anyone who has any objectivity would admit this.

    November 18, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
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