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. Rick Carter

    Now we all know why Fox "NEWS", (LOL), is so perfectly unbiased. Yeah, RIGHT.

    November 18, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. skorpeo

    how's that for "fair and balanced"?

    November 18, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Bob in PA

    I would say he isn't correct in his Nazi comment. Although, Nazi like behavior is the next illogical step for socialism gone too far. NPR applies a more communist approach.

    November 18, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Scott

    My goodness. I read comment after comment from all of these angry, name calling, liberals. I'm just glad that they don't represent the majority of americans. Remember.. Elections have consequences.

    November 18, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Kara

    What he's basically saying is that if his channel didn't tell so many lies, jon Stewart would have no comedy material. So here's a thought, why doesn't he actually DO his job, tell the truth on FOX for the first time ever, and deprive Jon Stewart of this source of comedy?

    November 18, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. doug

    Did you hear about the Democrat in Wisconsin who blew up his tv with a shotgun when Bristol Palin made the final 3 on Dancing with the Stars?

    Don't laugh at him. He has now been offered the 8pm time slot on MSNBC, a job as an economic professor at Princeton with a column in the Ny Times, and he is the headliner next November in Washington DC for some event about restoring sanity.

    November 18, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. doug

    The Nazis were national socialists who said that your fellow countrymen are the emeny if they are Jewish.

    Barack Obama is a nationa socialist who said in an interview with Univision that your fellow countrymen are the enemy if they are Conservative.

    November 18, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. CaliforniaBC

    WOW! And NOW it is completely obvious WHY fox entertainment is the way it is. Everything is wide open now. With people like this guy running things...we can all see how fox turned into the right-wing, hate-filled, misinformation spreading, opinion-news entertainment network that it is.

    What's even worse, is that people actually BELIEVE this crap.

    November 18, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Always amusing when far-right wing extremists call liberals close minded, saying it is the other side unwilling to listen to opposing points of view.
    Prominent conservative guests on the Daily Show in the past decade have included: Rick Santorum, Tom Delay, John McCain (over a dozen times) Bob Dole, (also over a dozen times) Steve Forbes, Pat Buchanan, Bill O'Reilly, Ben Stein, Mike Huckabee (also repeatedly), Bill Kristol, and the list goes on. Just because liberals don't agree with conservatives doesn't mean they aren't listening. And Jon Stewart has spent most of last two years criticizing Obama, the current president. He will criticize anyone in power. And he has said, unlike Fox News, that he'd be happy to be out of a job if the absurdities of today's politics, and especially the absurdities of Fox News would disappear.
    Ailes is just pissed that day after day Jon Stewart can prove with footage and facts that Fox News has been lying.

    November 18, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Another goofball from Fox Nuts! Why does CNN even give these idiots air time???

    November 18, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Peter E

    Has this guy been watching Fox News? Do you know what Fox News does to people who disagree with them in the slightest way? They demonize them, liken them to Hitler and Stalin, and call them terrorist sympathizers and un-American. Somehow I don't remember NPR calling anyone who disagrees with them any of those names. But then again, these neocons think 'open minded' means: agree with Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannnity, and Glen Beck 100%. If you don't, you're a close-minded Nazi.

    November 18, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Norman

    Holy cow Mr Ailes your Nazi comments are 1000% off when Fox News spews out venomous speech on it's show like Hannity, Beck etc. I appreciate that you have a right to say what you like but the Right of 2010 is as despicable as you can get. I'll give you two examples when the President is called the annointed one or the RIGHT does not support health insurance for those who need it the most.

    Start waking up that this is the 21st century.

    NPR is far better and more realistic news the Fox news will ever be.

    November 18, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. Joesnopy

    Can't wait to see the Daily Show tonight. Hey Ailes were are the WMD in Iraq

    November 18, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. Bob

    If Roger would listen to NPR he might learn about the dangers of snacking between meals.

    November 18, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. NVa Native

    Odd how when I see him the movie Deliverance comes to mind – "Boy look just like a hog"

    November 18, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Peter s

    CNN you surely do love the Ailes sausage face with no substance in his skull, Now we the American people knows why fox is biased! add one diaper head with a douche from Australia and you get the worst toxic news in America!!

    November 18, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Peter s

    THIS IS FOR YOU Jesse in Texas!!

    "Speaking of "Nazis", this also applies directly to the DHS Secretary and to TSA chief John Pistole. I am 88 years old and I watched the beginning of the Nazi takeover in Germany in the late 20s and early 30s. The actions of DHS and TSA are identical in every way. We are being led around by the nose by a bunch of self proclaimed security experts who are nothing more than a rebirth of the old Nazi Party. We have failed to learn our lesson based on history. Unless our congress wakes up and very fast, this country is doomed as was Nazi Germany and Facisit Italy." ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM DEMENTIA!! YOU JUST FORGOT 911? oops you are wearing different socks grandpa!!

    November 18, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. Truth in Reporting, Texas

    Wow, this guy has his hands full. One hand is holding the devil's fork, the other hand feeds his fat face. The mashed potatoes
    are numbing this guy's brain
    He has a lot of money, but he has no class, no integrity, gains no respect from normal people, and you can see that
    by the people who work for him. All peas in a rotting pod.

    November 18, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. charley hankins

    Mr. Ailles should be ashamed of himself for using the word "Nazi" to describe NPR. That is a disgrace to all who suffered under the hands of true Nazi's. To use that word to describe someone's actions is to water it down, rendering it practically useless. That word has one meaning and should only be used in the context of a person or group of people who abuse their power and nationalism to the level of murder and genocide.

    November 18, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. doug


    Can't wait to see the Daily Show tonight. Hey Ailes were are the WMD in Iraq"

    No your hateful ilk is the weapon of mass distortion in America. However, outside of the coasts and Chicago, everyone else knows that your type are just hateful libs who are intolerant, seflish, mean, dishonest, and ruled by hate as Soros pulls your strings without the slightest resistence.

    November 18, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. larry

    CNN calling this jerks quotes "fun quotes" is stupid when calling people Nazi. This just goes to show you that Fox is not a news station but a propaganda station for the republicans

    November 18, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Mark

    Well this explains a whole lot. He has no grasp of reality, but believes that if something is repeated over and over enough then it is true. The whole nazi thing is old too. Who pulled his string anyway?

    November 18, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. Kwesoe

    Americans must understand that freedom of speech does not mean to speak nonsense. Methinks Mr. Ailes has started smoking again.

    November 18, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. D. Bunker

    To be fair, CNN is not far behind in the propaganda department in terms of crafting stories that favor the established order and the ultrawealthy. They're just a bit more subtle; other than that, not much diff.

    November 18, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Marcus

    OK, lots of typos in my previous post... So please read 'naivité' instead of 'anivité', the correct phrase is 'the other European countries said to Greece...' and finally the 4 or 5 fatal victims of left wing extremism in Greece worked on the bank some ***** set fire on during comercial hours...
    Sorry for the typos.

    November 18, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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