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. _______

    Mr. Ailes, don't worry about Jon Stewart. Worry about your impending heart attack.

    November 18, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Paul NYC

    I never realized how fat Ailes was until this photo. He's enormously fat. I'm sure he'd say it was a thyroid condition except that I never realized thyroid came cream filled with icing.

    November 18, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Debbie

    "Polarization"? "Nazi"?–*That's* Fox News! Funny how Ailes doesn't notice that Fox only has one viewpoint, and no one else is even invited to disagree with anybody in that bizarre propaganda machine.

    November 18, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. lysh

    Why do right wingers constantly compare everything they don't like to Nazis? NPR = Nazis? REALLY?

    Take comfort knowing that history will be the judge. And look forward to The Daily Show tonight 😉

    November 18, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. buckup

    Ailes is senile and angry
    perfect for Fox snewz

    November 18, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. leggs67

    Stop giving this monster a forum to speak on. Let him rant on his own damn network. I don't want to see his corpulent face or hear what hatred comes out of it. He's a fat as hell fascist.

    November 18, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Ken

    So all the lefties posting here are apparently completely comfortable with the likes of Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Jon Stewart, and other propagandists thinly disguised as "news" reporters. No problem with MSNBC, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, or PBS and their poltiical leanings. Nope, all the of extremists all over there at Fox News. Yeah, that's it.

    November 18, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    I can't believe people stick up for this guy? Does any of these loons know the definition of socialism? Or is it just something they throw out b/c they don't have any thoughts of their own?

    November 18, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  9. chuck

    Every bad thing I would like to say about this man has been said many times, so I will just add that calling someone a Nazi is the epitome of bad manners, stupidity, poor decorum, ill advised thought. The Nazi title is off limits and reserved for the Nazi's. No other group deserves the name and few in the world will ever live up to it, especially NPR. Only the truly ignorant of history would use this word so freely in a name calling jab at others. The Nazi adjective is hands off. The word is taken and can not be attached to other non Nazi's. Stupidity shines through (like sunshine through transparent glass) those who would dare dredge up this evil description for softball opposition to a competing organization.

    November 18, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Dave, Central Illinois

    Slow news day CNN or are you trying to distract attention away from Rangel and the Dem's other headaches? What a tool CNN is!

    November 18, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. George

    Great interview. I haven't laughed so hard in years.

    November 18, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. rick

    Look at Aile's pig face. He's insane.

    November 18, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Rafa

    I just wished that this interview had come out days before the last would have turned all those swing voters against the stupidity that a lot of this right wingers have. Fox News is just a symptom of the disease that this country has...ignorance and lazyness to get informed with the right facts.

    November 18, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Canadian...thank GOD

    Sorry to say, but it is Americans like this that make the USA look like the egocentirc, ignorant nation that the rest of the world thinks it is....

    November 18, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. tony

    Another "BP" CEO heading for the exit.

    November 18, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Elmore

    A fat gravy sucking right wing fascist should know about left wing Nazis for sure.

    November 18, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. TheMovieFan

    I am proud to write that I am to the far left of Nazism.

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

    Um, Mr. Ailes, Nazis were ultra-rightwing nationalists, by definition the OPPOSITE of "left".

    Just another example of how Fox demonizes all of its perceived enemies, how they want to eliminate any civil discourse, and how they want to control everything.

    Sounds to me like Ailes, Fox and their lackeys are the Nazis ...

    November 18, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Jessica

    Sound like someone is upset that Jon & Stephen had more than 3 times the number that glen beck had. Also Mr Faux man, Jon is a comedian and not a news anchor, but he does a much better job with the actual facts than your network will ever do. Also he skewers both parties but your guys have done so much more laughable stuff than the Dems have.

    November 18, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Kent Bowen

    Who in the world is Roger Ailes? Looked up his bio. He's certainly no journalist, which makes him perfect for Fox which wouldn't know a real news story if Cronkite returned from the grave to write it for them.

    November 18, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Bill

    Roger Ailes, the chairman of the 24/7 far right propaganda channel calling NPR Nazi's and Jon Stewart crazy??

    Oh the irony.

    November 18, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Keith

    Ailes claims NPR is left-wing Nazis?? He does realize that the Nazis were RIGHT WING doesn't he?? And that the communists are LEFT WING?? And that those ideolical diffrences is why Germany and Russia didn't get along??

    November 18, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. JM

    Nazism is by definition on the far-right of the political spectrum. I'm confused now – is everyone who doesn't subscribe to the backwards, blatant ignorance expressed on your channel a communist or a fascist? Do you really not know that they are polar opposites? Or are you just like most retardicans who just spit out the GOP's buzz words like they just sucked off Rush Limbaugh. Try making a sensible argument once in awhile you ignorant pig. Might help to jog once in awhile too – your blood has to be thicker than cake batter.

    November 18, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. Tim

    Fair, balanced and accurate.

    November 18, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Kenneth Krieger

    Part 2 is as good as part 1. Roger for Vice President on Sarah Palins ticket. Ken Krieger Cape Coral Florida

    November 18, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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