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. Expat American

    Fox News feeds off the lack of global perspective, intelligence and common sense of much of their viewers. Fox ‘News’ is nothing more than fear-based propaganda and lies…..that is the only parallel I can find between Nazism in this whole discussion….John Stewart’s name doesn’t even come into the picture….Ailes and Fox News does though.

    November 18, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. nancy

    He's obviously well fed.

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

    Nazis were left wing... German socialist party

    November 18, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. BWolfsohn

    Speaking about Nazi's, his jowls look very reminiscent of Hermann Göring one of the proponents of the Big Lie theory which Fox seems to be support.. Do you suppose both fox & ailes are descendants ??

    November 18, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. Doug

    Yeah, just where does Stewart get off, relentlessly pointing out FOX's severe lack of journalistic integrity. It is everyone's right, in the information age, to make wild, outlandish claims about their qualifications and standing.

    November 18, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. jboh

    Why give a political operative an interview as a newsman. FOX is nothing more than the GOP/TEA propaganda network. This guy is as much a newsman as Karl Rove.

    November 18, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. darrenhankins

    This is a man that based hi life on the ideal that Regan was a great man.....what a looser.

    November 18, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Atari2600

    Correct me if I am wrong but what are those fundraisers on NPR again? Begging the government for money? Oh wait, it is supported by the listeners. As for a slant, there is none. NPR is impartial and therefore real news. But Fuax Newsies don't want to hear reality, they want a spin...let Rush, Beck and Faux News tell me what I should think instead of using my brain.

    November 18, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. angel

    When is Cheney going to drop dead from another heart attack because lately he looks like he is ready to fall for good which would be a service for this country right now so we don't have to listen to his mouth again.

    November 18, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Independent Voter

    I did watch Fox News for a while but it just became fear-mongering and it is far from fair and balanced.If you want to blame Obama and democrats for everything just turn to Fox.It is sometimes comedic with their polls.Megan Kelly never allows anyone she is interviewing to answer...How can anyone believe the Glen Beck non-sense? O'Reilly also has lost it....

    I hope for the day that America does comes together and it seems Fox News just wants to divide it..I wish they would take the "news" label off ..CNN is starting to follow and HLN is hollywood news.....C-Span 4 coming soon!(

    November 18, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    You know when you are crazy, you really shouldn't speak, especially if you are the head of something called Fox News.

    Now, just about a couple of weeks ago, MSNBC unjustly suspended one of their anchors for giving money to three candidates, his own money, all legal...and now we have the CEO of Fox News come out and describe his paranoid delusions about John Stewart being a nazi... I said before, WHEN YOU ARE IN A HOLE – STOP DIGGING.

    But the right has lost its mind completely, they won one election (but couldn't even take over the senate – I'll explain why later), and now they have bimbos thinking that they can be president and a CEO of a media organization blabbing his ridiculous paranoid delusions, don't let it go to your head righties....

    ....BTW, the only reason righties won is because small rural districts with 2000 people voted for righties, but at the same time large Democratic and urban districts with 300,000 people voted for Democrats, there may be more small rural districts with less people, but in the end there are more Democrats in most (normal and sane) states, that is why on a larger level, Republicans could not win as much... righties, hold your horses, winning a congressional seat is a little different than winning a Senate or even Presidential seat, in the second ceases, you are going up against your whole state not just your crazy community...

    November 18, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. 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 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Jason G.

    I find it funny how history is twisted when convenient. How do you associate "Nazi's", who were "right wing capitalists" with liberal media types like Jon Stewart? That is quite a leap. Here is the truth. Go too far to the right and you have Hitler. Go too far to the left and you have Stalin. If you remember correctly…Hitler attacked communist Russia because he felt that “form of socialism” was evil and incompatible with his “Nazi” philosophy built on “Fascism”. Fascism is defined as “Fascists seek to organize a nation according to corporatist perspectives, values, and systems, including the political system and the economy.” He massacred the Jewish people because he felt they were genetic defects and drain on the economy. His philosophy was that only the strongest should survive. Those are “Nazi” ideas that are a far cry from trying to provide healthcare for all, build a strong middle class, and equality. Those values are more socialistic in nature.

    November 18, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Seattle

    NPR, extreme?? Has the man actually ever listened to NPR?? Those people are probably the calmest and most objective news broadcasters out there! I have heard plenty of shows that bring in both points of view and ask some very good questions which I find Fox news and CNN journalists don't ask! Yeah I think this guy is "crazy." Honestly it's not liberals who hate conservatives, they just like to think that b/c they have been spouting their propaganda for so long they now completely believe it no matter how untrue or far fetched it might be.

    November 18, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Chaos

    Sure, NPR is rounding up people for concentration camps, sure.

    November 18, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Donovan

    Joe Gerken

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


    If you KEEP the oxy ... You get Limbaugh.

    November 18, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Canadian guy that finds Fox News entertaining

    2 words. Sean Hannity.

    November 18, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. lisaspups

    This guy is the poster child for "old farts". Get them out of our decision-making processes - both private and government - and maybe we can finally start moving forward in our thinking rather than being stuck in the '50s.

    November 18, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. mike

    Look at this swine – a perfect hog at the public trough. He's mad as hell that he's asked to pay any taxes at all. I'm sure most of his billions are parked off-shore. Deficit reduction needs to focus on getting rid of tax havens. We also need to remove parasites like this individual, he should be deported.

    November 18, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. BurnTHalO

    Nazi's were the extreme RIGHT wing.....

    November 18, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. Gingeet

    I can't wait to see Stewart rake him over the coals when he responds!
    Good times!

    November 18, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Joe

    Ailes *must* be an undercover writer for the Daily Show, right? It's all just comedy from Ailes – tragic, 'tis true – but comedy none the less.

    November 18, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Julie

    He's clearly a very angry man. It's hard to view any opinion as reasonable when it's so full of obvious bile and bitterness. I don't care what network or party he's from, unless he can control the vitriol he's not worth listening to.

    Sure, Stewart rips on conservatives. I've heard him go after liberals, too, including Obama. The right just gives him more material.

    I am curious how many of those spouting off about NPR have ever actually listened to it. A large percentage of the programming is simply informative, not political at all. The news covers national and international news. I've heard politicians from both sides interviewed fairly. I listen to NPR whenever I'm in the car and, with the exception of some of the comedy on the weekend, just don't see the left-wing spin. I do actually turn on conservative talk radio on occasion, too, just to hear what they are saying and some of it is ok, some of it is just, well, bizarre.

    November 18, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. concerned historian

    Hey Ailes, you should read a history book about the Nazi movement, which, by the way, would not fit the standards that you have claimed in your statements. If you wish to be more intelligent, READ A HISTORY BOOK! You might learn something. Oh, and by the way, stop distorting historical facts to fit your own agenda!

    November 18, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. patriot

    Fox news...Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.......oh my god my sides hurt.
    Its funny anyone thinks they are real news.

    November 18, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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