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Kit
- 3107 days ago - cbsnews.com
"They are, of course, Nazis," Ailes told the Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz. "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 -->



   

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Kit B (276)
Friday November 19, 2010, 7:31 am
Fox News chairman Roger Ailes is characterizing executives at NPR as Nazis.


"They are, of course, Nazis," Ailes told the Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz. "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."


Putting aside the Nazis comment, the claim that NPR (previously known as National Public Radio) uses government funding to "keep them alive" is questionable at best: Even when indirect funding is included, less than one tenth of NPR's budget comes from taxpayer dollars. It receives no direct federal funding for operations.


NPR reemerged as a lightning rod for conservative criticism thanks to the decision to fire contributor Juan Williams in part for his comments that he gets "nervous" when he sees Muslims on his airplane flights.


The firing prompted Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, among others, to call for NPR to be stripped of federal funding.

Ailes later semi-apologized for his comment in a letter to the Anti Defamation League.

"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," he wrote, as TV Newser reports.

"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," he added.


House Republicans announced Wednesday that they planned to force a vote on cutting funding to NPR in response to the Williams firing.


"When NPR executives made the decision to unfairly terminate Juan Williams and to then disparage him afterwards, the bias of their organization was exposed," House GOP Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (Colo.) said in a statement, as The Hill reports. "Make no mistake, it is not the role of government to tell news organizations how to operate. What is avoidable, however, is providing taxpayer funds to news organizations that promote a partisan point of view. Eliminating taxpayer funding for NPR is precisely the kind of commonsense cut that we have to begin making if we want to fundamentally alter the way business is conducted in Washington." (UPDATE: House Democrats today shot down the effort.)


Conservative Republican Senator Jim DeMint announced plans last month to put forth a similar bill in the Senate.


NPR wasn't Ailes' only target in his interview with Kurtz: He called Comedy Central's Jon Stewart "crazy" if "really smart" and said Stewart "openly admits he's sort of an atheist and a socialist."


He also said President Obama "had to be told by the French and the Germans that his socialism was too far left for them to deal with" and said the president "just has a different belief system than most Americans."


In response to the Nazi comments, left-leaning media watchdog group Media Matters sent reporters a list of instances in which Fox News hosts have used Nazi imagery to criticize opponents. The list includes more than eleven instances of Glenn Beck using such imagery as well as multiple examples from Bill O'Reilly.

Brian Montopoli is senior political reporter for CBSNews.com.
 

Kit B (276)
Friday November 19, 2010, 7:35 am
This man is of course an idiot! Some things are just too stupid and to mean for an apology. Retire Ailies, or at least put a sock in his face!

BTW, only about 6-7% of income is through any government funding, and we have been over this funding so many times.
 

Jae A (316)
Friday November 19, 2010, 1:28 pm

...no comment as eyes are just going all 'whirlydurley' at the moment....

I guess I could say this..."Takes one to know one" Ailies..
 

Terry King (113)
Friday November 19, 2010, 2:33 pm
Fox news is living proof that there's no limit on stupid!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday November 19, 2010, 3:56 pm
Noted, thanks Kit. "It is not the role of government to tell news organizations how to operate....". Correct...that role seems to have been taken over by big corporations.
 

Vallee R (280)
Friday November 19, 2010, 4:16 pm
My husband teased me this morning and said - so do you want to turn on the Nazi's - since we listen to NPR daily.
 

Linda G (187)
Friday November 19, 2010, 5:32 pm
I have found that NPR is one of the few organizations that relates and takes into consideration more than one view. So obviously neither Ailes, Palin or Huckabee actually listen to NPR.... or they wouldn't know "fair and balanced" if it bit them. They are too busy yelling "Nazi, Commie, Socialist" and they don't even know the meaning of the words.
 

Kit B (276)
Friday November 19, 2010, 6:14 pm
Thank you, Linda - hit the nail on the head. As did each of the comments here. I did wondered if maybe there was a new definition of Nazi that all of us were missing, but no there is just the one and I can not figure out how that applies to NPR.


Nazi:

1. A member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party, founded in Germany in 1919 and brought to power in 1933 under Adolf Hitler.
2. often nazi: An adherent or advocate of policies characteristic of Nazism; a fascist.
adj.
 

Caitlin M (104)
Friday November 19, 2010, 7:17 pm
This guy said President Obama "had to be told by the French and the Germans that his socialism was too far left for them to deal with." How absurd! He doesn't know anything about those countries to say such a thing. Isn't that right Harry S? (We haven't heard from Harry yet, but maybe he'll return.)
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Friday November 19, 2010, 7:45 pm

Fox News' Roger Ailes Calls NPR Execs "Nazis"

O.K. News Flash: A Pig Is Oinking!

(Is anyone surprised?)

 

Michael Carney (217)
Friday November 19, 2010, 8:49 pm
Sounds like he's describing is own network...
 

Michael Carney (217)
Friday November 19, 2010, 8:49 pm
His* encuse my typo...
 

Past Member (0)
Friday November 19, 2010, 9:18 pm
Faux News is Fascist News!
Corporatist bootylickers!
 

KS Goh (0)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 12:33 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Charlie L (47)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 4:23 am
Noted, t.u. Kit. "Left wing of Nazism"? Is he for real? There is no such thing as left wing Nazism! It would be funny if it were not so sad that there are a number of gullible people who actually believe that crap!
 

. (0)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 8:08 am
And Fox News is real credible
 

Esther Z (94)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 8:17 am
Noted....I can't say anything about this jerk.
 

Harry Schneider (43)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 9:18 am
When I look at this face, it reminds me of a fat toad, but let`s stay factual. But if I think of Orwell`s "Animal Farm", you could be pretty right, ähh correct, Carole. First of all, Ailes is calling NPR "Nazis" and claims them to have a "Nazi attitude". For this defamation he would get sued right away in Germany, if he couldn`t proof that objectively. NPR is known as a critical news organization, but for sure, they are no Nazis. I doubt, that even the Supreme Court would see that differently, even if they are a little c... nowadays, no I din`t wanna say corrupt, let`s use the term "goppy".
In his second reproach he calls NPR "a left wing" of Nazis, such a thing has never existed. The Nazis were an ultra-right wing organization, that didn`t allow a minor deviation, and they even put their own people in jail or shot them, if they changed their mind and dared to speak up. Ailes uses the old concept of enemy and pure stereotypes that the Republicans used since the Cuba crisis, everything they didn`t like, they just labeled as socialism, while spreading a lot of lies (that is propaganda!) to keep the public afraid and on their side. That becomes quite clear, where he says, that the NPR doesn`t want any other point of view, which means that he is angry, because they don`t take his position. The next reproach points to an asserted abuse of tax dollars, and that NPR only can survive through fundings. That can be quickly proofed false, as the funding is less than 10% of NPR`s budget.
Mr. Ailes should rather take a look in a history book instead the checkbooks of his supporters, that we all know to come from the very right wing. In fact, the tea party movement has some parallels to the early Nazi organisation, for the are using the same propaganda-maschine and violent suppression of ctiticism. One could think that America has learned from the german history, but that is not the case. There seems to be a tendency of the public to accept these unreasonable behavior, in times of depression. Right-wing politicians all over the world know that very well, and have been using this for their political activities. America be careful, where you going! It is easier to throw stones on somebody else, instead of cleaning the own house.

So it`s no surprise that itchy-bitchy-Palin-witchy, among others, tries to shut up any organization that expresses criticism against their unsane politics. A mean that Nazis commonly used, to block all resistance, and leading to the situation that later nobody dared to open his mouth, because he had to fear that the „Gestapo“ (Hitler`s security police) would come and get him in the evening.
Americans, we must not allow that to happen, we have to strongly oppose any attempt to block free speech, this is the only mean to prevent a later dictatorship.

The last statement, that Germany and France regarded Obama`s politics as socialism, is the same nonsense-propaganda like discussed above. The opposite is the case, but this is another mechanism of propaganda, you just pick out some crumbles of your opponent`s speech, mix it to your desired flavor, and serve the taintad cake to the public. As many tea partiers don`t like to think themselves,
they swallow this cake without chewing and immediately start to spread the same unreasonable pseudo-truth.
America wake up, or you will see a dictatorship, that will overmatch the Third Reich experiences by far...
 

Donn M (56)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 11:42 am
It's common to see opponents of pretty much anything or anyone equating what they disagree with to nazis. Nazis and their regime are pretty much considered the epitomy of evil, although communists give them a good run for the money. Lefties, think Bush-haters especially, are guilty, righties are guilty, everyone seems to love equating Nazis to things they vehemently oppose, regardless of any real comparison.
 

Douglas K (134)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 12:12 pm
Yom Kippur programming this year on KUSC Classical radio PBS station included recordings of a World War II NAZI collaborator conductor I think he was (maybe a composer). Antifascist Radio Broadcaster Dave Emory www.spitfirelist.com has discussed this Pacifica Radio(part of PBS) slant on Arabian news, with its shows like Radio Intifada, Middle East in Focus, Democracy Now, including but not limited to Professors Noam Chomsky and Norman Finklestein who are mentioned in Ever Again, mentioned in a moment. Fatah terrorist organization does have a Jewish board member. More information can be had from the free Hulu movie "Ever Again" narrated by 1Adam12 star Kevin Costner(beat that Erik Estrada, star of CHIPS). http://www.hulu.com/watch/155072/ever-again
 

Douglas K (134)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 12:16 pm
This product of feedlot carnivorist capitalism who has never heard of The Mad Cowboy, Howard Lyman, nor had him on his shows, speaks more truth than you might think. If you don't think his portly perspective is at least somewhat correct, see my previous comment.
 

Douglas K (134)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 12:49 pm
A health spa is recommended for him, which will prevent this fat man from getting his hands on excessive amounts of food, but will feed him only that which is medically required for his health. I suggest Tree of Life or the Gary Null Programme, or Ann Wigmore Insitute or Hippocrates Institute, or any of the foreign spas in Thaliand, India, Canary islands, anywhere.. Or even the Pritikin Institute. Look, if VP and former Celtic great Don Chaney can lose it in hospital, so can he. The alternative is heart attack, stroke, cancer and the like. There is no alternative. I went vegan in the face of such symptoms more than 16 years ago and never did have even that first heart attack. Since this is impossible to accomplish for anyone, I don't recommend that he mess around with his condition by various do it yourself means, but strongly urge him to go directly to a spa ASAP.
 

Charmaine C (177)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 1:35 pm
Godwin's law. Thank you Kit.
 

Terry King (113)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 1:55 pm
Donni
I would never insult the Nazis by comparing them to George Bush!
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 4:01 pm
Thanks Kit.
 

Kathy B (106)
Saturday November 20, 2010, 9:24 pm
When is this man's karma going to run out? Calling him an idiot was kind Kit. Just looking at his picture gives me the willys.
 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday November 21, 2010, 4:28 pm
> totally agrees with Kathy B on that, also with Carole and Harry.- Thanks Kit for this laugh. Oh, there IS one notable thing about the article: I want to give credit to the very talented Peter Kramer of Getty images for capturing this toad-pig portrait so perfectly! Doesn't he look much like the late Franz Josef Strauss?? (Just as far-right-wing, too, btw)-what do you think, Harry????
 

Charlie L (47)
Monday November 22, 2010, 2:26 pm
Donna M., regardless of what you consider 'common', while it is true that many on the American left feel that today's Republicans, and especially Teabaggers are disguised Nazis, and that they throw the same accusation at NPR and other leftist elements, you don't have to be a lefty to know that Republicans by far fit the definition of Nazis more than anyone on the left. You would have had to have been a sleeping hermit for the last 50 or so years not to know this or....be one of the gullible, misinformed and easily manipulated people who believe the delusional garbage peddled by demogogues like Ailes.
 

Donn M (56)
Monday November 22, 2010, 9:35 pm
That's ridiculous, Terry. Charlie, thank you for proving my point.
 

Thomas H (37)
Tuesday November 23, 2010, 7:25 am
No, no, no. Today's Teabaggers aren't Nazis. They're much closer to Brown Shirts.
 

Bonnie B (103)
Monday November 29, 2010, 5:38 pm
Ah, the favortie fear-monger word thrown about by a Fox rep, and then changed to the kinder, gentler term 'nasty, inflexible bigot.' these guysmust be looking in the mirror when they start preparing for their daily mud slinging! Thanks, Kit, this would be really funny if it weren't so frightening! Because their listeners are swallowing it, hook, line and sinker.
 

Mary L (132)
Monday November 29, 2010, 7:53 pm
Well of course they're nazis! Look at the programs they air. All about arts, different cultures sciences, different kinds of music, documentaries can't forget them. If people listen to that nazi propaganda they might learn truth and then they might think for themselves and there goes the ballgame. Why it's a world gone mad
 

Marilyn K (50)
Tuesday November 30, 2010, 6:10 pm
The only ones who implement the same techniques as the Nazi's are 24 hr a day Fox News and friends
 
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