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. stevetall

    When did we become so desperate for content that what this moron has to say is news? Fox News should be forced out of business in America because we don't like Nazi propaganda! In a network filled with right-wing mental cases, exactly who is this crack-pot anyway? He wouldn't know "fair and balanced" if it walked over and said 'hello'! Please CNN, stop parading this kootie in front of us. I'm trying not to toss my breakfast, and considering the amount of publicity you've already heaped on Sarah Palin this morning, that's taking some effort!

    November 18, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. angel

    fox news needs to disappear. maybe someone with some balls will go head on with fox news and pull the plug and after go after bimbobaugh the oxy king of the airwaves

    November 18, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. maine liberal

    @smith Steart(SIC) is about as far-left as you can get. I hate his smug, arrogant "comedy

    why do watch, did you lose the remote

    November 18, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Joshua Ludd

    So, for those of you who want to believe Fox News is "fair and balanced" in any way, Ladies and gentlemen.. here is their president. "Obama is more socialist than the french or germans, jon stewart is crazy, and the folks at NPR are nazis".

    November 18, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Voice of Reason

    The problem is that the lines between news and entertainment have blurred. And this guy (who you'd think knows the difference) seems to have lost his compass along the way. So to set things straight, here are the facts:
    1. Fox News (despite the name) is ***NOT*** a news outlet. They, like other coservative shows (Beck, Limbaugh, O'Reilly), provide ENTERTAINMENT.
    2. Mr Ailes has every right to his OPINIONS, but no one should listen to him and try to glean any FACTS out of the nonsense he is saying.
    3. As long as they remain in the ENTERTAINMENT industry, and not JOURNALISM, the White House will continue to deny them access to the president, and most other press-ralated venues.

    Now while everyone is expressing OPINIONS disguised as FACTS – I'll offer mine: Mr Ailes is an uninformed idiot, and anyone who listens to and believes the tripe his network is using to clutter the airwaves is equally mentally challenged.

    November 18, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. MLed

    Lets get one thing straight. "Nazi" was the political party of Hitler. Nobody is a Nazi in this discussion. Fascism was the political economic system the Nazis established in Germany... Which was government partnering with big business resulting in the denial of social liberties. It's fair to call Ailes a Fascist but not a Nazi.

    November 18, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Rosemary Peppercorn

    Aren't comedians SUPPOSED to be crazy?

    November 18, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. Steve from Boston

    I suggest we all enjoy the humerous commentary while it lasts from this walking heart attack in a human costume.

    November 18, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. vonh

    Someone needs to retreat to hos bunker.

    November 18, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Tribe Observer

    Mr. Ailes is either whacko, paranoid, or delusional; perhaps all three. Or maybe this is a schtick to draw attention to himself , which he appears desperate to get at any cost, including whatever integrity he possesses. Whatever it really is he brings dishonor to real journalism, his network, and his own personal self.

    November 18, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. 1969er

    I have this sneaking suspicion that, ironically, this guy now pretty much represents the beginning of the end of Fox News. Just a suspicion, but it seems like a classic case of greedy overreaching that backfires. Happens pretty often (viz, Sarah Palin).

    November 18, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Voice of Reason

    I commend Mr. Ailes on his courage to come out and speak in public like this after all he's gone through. Not everyone can undergo a complete brain removal and still be the head of a major network.

    November 18, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Peeann

    I don't even know who this cat is, and I'm happy leaving it that way.

    November 18, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. moabie

    Well, DUH...Most topical humor, Mr. Ailes, deals with, um,...what's out there. Polarization is what's out there.

    November 18, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Chris

    Big man, pig man
    Ha, ha, charade you are
    You well heeled big wheel
    Ha, ha, charade you are
    And when your hand is on your heart
    You're nearly a good laugh
    Almost a joker
    With your head down in the pig bin
    Saying 'Keep on digging'
    Pig stain on your fat chin
    What do you hope to find
    Down in the pig mine?
    You're nearly a laugh
    You're nearly a laugh
    But you're really a cry

    - Roger Waters

    November 18, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Observer

    Give Roger Ailes credit. There are probably far more people laughing at him now than at John Stewart on the Comedy Channel.

    November 18, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Voice of Reason

    Gee, I wonder where HIS $$Billions$$ went during the last election cycle? No wonder we had such sleazy and fact-free campaigning.

    November 18, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. angel

    who in their right mind would ever ever ever vote for palin if she runs for president and my answer would be the crazies on fox news who sit there and dress like a hooker on the street

    November 18, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. ch

    Can someone feed him a few more donuts so he can burst an artery soon.

    November 18, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Mike Kowalczyk, San Geronimo

    Interesting that Mr. Ailes should level "Nazis" allegations at NPR, given that he employs so many of the techniques honed by Joseph Goebbels. Ailes and Fox News are living examples of Hitler's maxim about telling lies so "colossal" that no one would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously."

    This guy can't even take care of his own health, can't control his own rapacious gluttony and he's going to lecture Jon Stewart on career choices and how and when to be funny. Stick to honing your lie machine Roger.

    November 18, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. L.A. Voter

    Has anyone checked that Ailes may be off his meds? My jaw literally dropped at "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.'"

    Does Ailes even REMEMBER that the spur for the Stewart/Colbert event was the truly insane rally by Fox employee Glen Beck? Does he not remember, or does he think only certifiable loonies like Beck should be allowed to make social speeches on the steps of the Washington Monument? Personally, I applaud Ailes for hiring someone so clearly impaired by borderline personality disorder, although after this story I wonder if maybe he and Beck met when they were involuntarily committed to the same hospital wing. I'm not saying Beck's performances aren't comedy, in the same way that John Wayne Gacy's clown paintings were art.

    November 18, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. geecee

    PLEASE bring back the Fairness Doctrine. I am so sick and tired of the lies being perpetrated every day by the haters on Fixed Noise Channel and Clear Channel (i.e. Rush Limpbag). Someone has to refute the lies and MSNBC and John Stewar and Stephen Colbert try constantly to dispel the myths and seek the truth. As for NPR, I listen to it every morning and evening on the way to and from work, and find they are truthful and intelligent. What is Ailes problem? Other than being insane, of course, what IS his problem??? He wants to push his political agenda of ultra right-wing religious fanatics being the only voice heard in this Country and in Politics. In other words, he wants the Taliban to control America!!

    November 18, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. blahblahblah

    It was not on the steps of the Washington Monument, guy. It was at the other end. Sheesh.

    November 18, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Rick - Former Marine, Liberal

    Ah Ailes, what ails ya? I mean besides being a Bigot, racist, fool? This is where Faux news gets it thought leadership. Everyone else is facists and nazis, but not Faux, not Ailes. It is true that John Stewart focuses on "conservatives" although that's not what these people really are. He also shows footage of what they actually said, which is better news coverage than Faux by more than a long shot. Keep up your act and get rich while you ruin the country...

    November 18, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. Brook

    LOL! What a nut. He's the head of Fox News? That explains alot.

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