FOX News Chairman Compares NPR to Nazis

In an interview with The Daily Beast, FOX News Chairman Roger Ailes let it all out– on President Obama, on Jon Stewart, and on NPR.  I’ll let his words speak for themselves.
On President Obama: “The president has not been very successful. He just got kicked from Mumbai to South Korea, and he came home and attacked Republicans for it. He had to be told by the French and the Germans that his socialism was too far left for them to deal with.”

On Jon Stewart:

“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.  He hates conservative views.  He hates conservative thoughts. He hates conservative verbiage. He hates conservatives…he’s crazy. If it wasn’t polarized, he couldn’t make a living. He makes a living by attacking conservatives and stirring up a liberal base against it.”


 “They are, of course, Nazis. They have a kind of Nazi attitude. 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.”

For the record, NPR gets no direct funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting or the federal government, and less than one tenth of its funding comes from taxpayer dollars.  Hence the seasonal beg-a-thons, which Ailes would be able to acknowledge if he actually tuned in to the station every now and again.

Yet facts seem to find themselves falling through cracks with Ailes and the rest of the FOX news team, which deludes itself into thinking that there are two sides to every political debate: GOP and Tea Party.  “We’re interested in two points of view; most networks aren’t,” Ailes said while drinking from a mug stamped with FOX’s logo: “Fair & Balanced.”  

When asked to comment on the interview, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs replied, “If you watch most of the programming on the channel, I don’t think you would find many of those comments surprising.”

Ailes later made a semi-apology, not to NPR, the President, or Jon Stewart, but to the Anti-Defamation League

, stating:

“I was of course ad-libbing and should not have chosen that word, but I was angry at the time because of NPR’s willingness to censor Juan Williams for not being liberal enough… I’m writing this just to let you know some background but also to apologize for using ‘Nazi’ when in my now considered opinion, ‘nasty, inflexible bigot’ would have worked better…. Many IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) warriors know me as someone who is consistently strong in the defense of the Jewish people and the state of Israel.  Even if I’m occasionally politically incorrect I never leave any doubts about my loyalty.”

I’m not holding my breath for an apology to the American people.  Because my simple sentiment is this:

Mr. Ailes, I’m going to say the same thing to you that I said when Juan Williams was fired from NPR.  Building a career around the fight for civil rights for one minority in America doesn’t give him a pass to make prejudicial comments about another American minority, especially when you factor in how many Muslims in America are also black.  Being Jewish, Mr. Ailes, and pledging allegiance to the nation of Israel does not give you a pass to call others Nazis and to let your news commentators throw the label “Hitler” around like it’s Halloween candy, especially when you factor in how many Jews in America are also faithful listeners of NPR.  It also hurts your stance to state your defense of Jews when you call another of the chosen people crazy.

Even if NPR were state-funded propaganda- does it conduct witchhunts?  Does it mandate persecution against others not like them?  Does it operate concentration camps?  Does it kill people?  The answer to all of the above is no, and how dare you throw that analogy around lightly with no consideration for cultural sensitivity.  The fact that you support Jews makes it even worse.  You should know better, Mr. Ailes, to use such sloppy labeling.  As a leader of the most watched news network in the country, hold yourself accountable for your words.  If you don’t, you have no business criticizing others for balanced reporting and political satire.  However, given FOX’s track record, I can’t say I’m at all surprised with you.  Your interview reflects the same lack of class as the rest of your staff.  Congratulations on setting the bar of cultural integrity yet another notch lower.









by Silas 916 via Flickr/Creative Commons


William C
William C2 months ago

Thanks for the information.

W. C
W. C2 months ago

Ridiculous, thank you.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle7 years ago

I am sick and tired of people using the term "nazi" in casual ways. The actual Nazis were cruel and unglued, a mob mentality. People should be very careful not to cheapen the term any time they disagree with someone. They are denigrating the horror that actually happened.

Yvonne Curtis
Von D7 years ago

I find it amusing that the democrats attach the only news show that they don't control for the fact that they speak out against them. They used their control of all the other media outlets to endlessly Bush-bash for ten years, then the one remaining free and open news source in this country says the first thing bad about Obama and they are horrified and outraged.

Geynell Eskite
Geynell Eskite7 years ago

Fox compares everybody to Nazis. Except of course, Conservative candidates who like to spend their weekends dressed up as... Nazis. Then it's just good, clean, historical fun.

Nancy C.
Nancy Condy7 years ago

I agree with a comment that indicates a poll like this is hard to answer ("Do you watch Fox News?")
I voted leaning No because I watch the network very occasionally to see and hear for myself the latest propaganda they are hyping. I stay politically informed, meaning I listen for the differences in presentation of facts and obvious lies. I seek valid information and ignore scare mongering and bigoted hate talk.
It's not that difficult to tell the differences; for example, the Fox lies about the healthcare bill - that it's a "government takeover". If you followed the progress of the bill through actual Congressional hearings live on C-Span, you see immediately that to say there is any sort of government takeover is false. Repeating this lie over and over is a well organized Fox effort to scare uninformed people and to foster distrust of Obama and Democrats.
Same goes for issues like General Motors, which was a loan, not a takeover, which saved jobs and was a success. Money well used that is returning to the treasury, but Fox is still lying about it.
Fox News is NOT news, it is a purely political channel dedicated to convincing non-thinkers to support the wealthiest citizens and the largest conservative corporations without realizing that this is hurting our country and our future very, very deeply.

Paul B.
7 years ago

I have asked MANY times for the news source of choice for these left liberal progressives. I have NEVER received one response. Not one. that tells me they are either embarrassed to admit they watch MSNBC, or they read Huff Post, or other lefty propaganda like Media Matters , or, or the American Progressive, or any of the other several dozen similar type blog sites that constantly just feed off of each other with the same hypocritical elitist dribble. Or they watch no news at all. Hmmm...
Based on the comments I have read, it appears that the only Fox show they have "never" watched is Glenn Beck, otherwise the comments are totally out of line. Hannity is a bit extreme but I compare him to watching an Olbermann show on MSNBC. Both a bit on the extreme side of right and left, but other than that, most of the programming is mainstream news, issues of the day, and also filled with very liberal commentators through all the shows. Unlike MSNBC, they actually invite as many opposing viewpoints on their programs as will agree to appear. There have been several and always allowed to voice their opinions. To just arbitrarily bash a news source because it can differ in opinion than what they believe is sooooo progressive in nature. I have always held that progressives are a VERY INTOLERANT group, and the last several comments on this blog only serve to prove that point.

Karen W.
Karen W7 years ago


Craig C.
Craig C7 years ago

Shirley what are these responsible and researched outlets you have? Do you mind sharing with us please.

Sylvia B.
Sylvia B7 years ago

Considering that the current crop of neo-conservatives act more like fascists, Ailes has a lot of nerve calling anyone who disagrees with him Nazis. I sometimes catch the local Fox News channel around 6 PM to get local news, but I find their format hard to watch.