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. John L.

    Wow, the word irony comes to mind.

    November 18, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. Jim Loomis

    What a disgrace. Ed Murrow is spinning like a top!

    November 18, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Johnny johnjohn

    the great trembling of the jowls.

    November 18, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. a in austin

    He said it all – it wouldn't be good if everyone got along. People, can't you see how he loves to divide WE THE PEOPLE so he can continue to make millions off the stupidity of others? It's all about the $$$....this interview really just proved it!

    November 18, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    More inane drivel from the NEO-NAZI from Fixed Noise. LMAO!!!!

    Whenever that waste of flesh uses the word Nazi he must be looking into a mirror!

    November 18, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. HJA

    Nazi????? He ought to know one. He sees one in the mirror every morning.

    November 18, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Realistic

    Wow the crazy old propaganda man is at it again. The network he runs is a stark reminder to all americans that Nazi propaganda is still alive and well. Mr.A should take a page from Bush and just shut up and let the grown ups do their work. its sad to see an old man like this try to think beyond his talking points. Mr.A legacy is going to be one of hate, propaganda and attempted distruction of free will and free thoughts. Poor sad old man brings shame to real journalism with his network of propaganda.

    November 18, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    Spoken like a true pinhead.

    November 18, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  9. Kurt

    Ha! "They are Nazi's. The left wing of Nazism." It's those quotes like this that are just beautifully ignorant. One of Stewart's mantras in the rally played on how "polarizers" accuse other people of being Hitler/Nazis simply for having a different point of view. Looks like Stewart is pretty accurate there. Polish it off with something as absurd as "left wing Nazis" and you can just bask in the hypocritical, ignorant deliciousness of Ailes' accusations.

    November 18, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Katie B in NC

    Are the right-wingers having some sort of contest to see who can "out crazy" everybody else? This oneupmanship gets more bizarre - and hilarious - by the day.

    November 18, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. ART

    some one let this fat man know a heart attck is right around the corner and that gout is a desease of over consumption stop feeding at the trough

    November 18, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. Patrick

    I am sure Rogers unrealistic and misguided, blow-hard opinions sound much better in the original German. Heil Newzenfuehrer!

    November 18, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. carrotroot

    Roger Ailes has a very warped world view. In Roger's world, opinions based on emotions is favored over conclusions derived from facts; and this attitude is reflected in fox news' programming.

    November 18, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Its interesting that Ailes feels that an attempt at providing objective analysis of events, rather than a pandering to one segment of our population, constitutes Nazism. He has finally revealed his attitudes and delusional behavior to the rest of the world. I don't ever recall hearing him state that Limbaugh, or any of the others on his grossly padded payroll of conservative pundits/candidates were anything but high-paid whores for the far Right. Its too bad that his zeal for the truth has blinkers on.

    November 18, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  15. Lisa P

    Roger Ailes is the best argument I've seen in a while for the return of the 70% tax bracket. Too much money has clearly deranged his ability to gather facts (or even recognize them), think clearly and arrive at rational conclusions. He's suffering from fiscal obesity and needs to be put on a diet for his own good and the health of the nation.

    November 18, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. One-Liners Galore!

    Brainwash. Fear. Terror. Hate. Death. Destruction. Cancer. Panic, Guns, Defend, Patriot, Liberty, War, Money

    November 18, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Mark

    Didn't he play Jabba the Hut in the Star Wars movies?

    November 18, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Judas

    So this is the tree that all of the rotten little apples at Fox fell from. That explains a lot. While there’s much to laugh at here, I especially enjoyed his criticism of NPR in stating; “these guys don't want any other point of view.” Yeah, right…pot meet kettle. For somebody that has almost single handedly assembled the most biased, divisive, uninformed and unprofessional team of carnival freaks in modern day journalism, he sure does throw a lot of stones at the competition. Hopefully, Ailes and his minions will one day reach the heights of journalistic integrity that's been achieved by the National Enquirer.

    November 18, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Bob

    This man is a major loon. I wonder if he is related to Palin.

    November 18, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Baruch

    Roger Ailes is truly a pustule on the butt of American media.

    November 18, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  21. 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.

    November 18, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. Jesus Would Redistribute the Wealth

    I simply never found Fox news a very intelligent format or a satisfyingly informative source of news. I think it is quite dumbed-down in it's format and the credentials of it's people (Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, all have only high school educations). It plays well to a certain demographic, but it is not a valid source of information. I prefer to not have the news screamed at me. And Roger Ailes, no matter how much money you make from your trashy network, you'll never be able to buy your way to being a hunka-hunka-burnin'-love.

    November 18, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  23. Thomas

    I just love that John Stewart, A COMEDIAN, has the president of what is supposed to be a news network foaming at the mouth.

    Gee, could it be because Stewart's sarcastic and comedic takes on current events are not only more "fair and balanced" than Fox News but also generally more sensible and accurate.

    Ailes is obviously afraid that people are realizing they will get a more honest version of the news from ONE show on Comedy Central than they will from every show combined on Fox. He should be....because it's the truth.

    November 18, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. bailoutsos

    "He loves polarization. He depends on it. If liberals and conservatives are all getting along, how good would that show be?" -- Liberals and conservatives get along?

    November 18, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  25. Marko

    Well this totally explains why the Fox News channel is what it is is with a leader like that. Am I wrong? I always thought fascism was an ultra extreme right. Anyways this guy is scary.

    November 18, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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