Roger Ailes Attacks Jon Stewart, Calls NPR “Nazis” And Jokes About Castrating Dana Milbank
Reported by Ellen - November 18, 2010 -
If you didn’t think Part 1 of Howard Kurtz’ interview in The Daily Beast with Fox News chief Roger Ailes was proof positive of his conservative agenda, check out Part 2 in which Ailes rails against Jon Stewart as “crazy,” NPR as “the left wing of Nazism,” and "distances himself" from Bill O’Reilly’s joke about beheading Washington Post’s Dana Milbank by joking, “I’d cut a little lower.” UPDATED: Ailes said he should "not have chosen" the word "Nazi."
The entire article deserves a read but just the exchange about Juan Williams and NPR speaks volumes.
When Juan Williams was fired by National Public Radio for remarks he made on Fox about fearing airplane passengers in Muslim garb, Ailes rushed to award him a three-year, $2 million contract.
“A guy who gets fired and humiliated in the press can lose a lot of confidence,” Ailes says. Calling Williams “a pure liberal,” Ailes says he wanted to compensate the pundit for his losses because he was “mad” and “I didn’t want him to have to call his wife and say we lost money.”
Then he turned his sights on NPR executives.
“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.”
Putting aside Ailes’ over-the-top description of NPR, what are the chances that when a news boss spouts opinions like that that his underlings are going to report on anything that might be viewed as positive about the organization? Or even just refer to them in a neutral way? And if Ailes is so concerned with someone losing his job and getting humiliated in the press, then where was his concern for Van Jones or Shirley Sherrod?
Also, can you imagine if the head of NPR made similar comments about Fox News the 24/7 on-air hissy fit that would ensue? How about if CNN joked about castrating Glenn Beck?
UPDATE: Ailes has apologized to the Anti-Defamation League for his choice of words but not to NPR for calling them Nazis. Ailes blamed his unfortunate characterization on the fact that he was "ad-libbing." So what word(s) does Ailes wish he had used instead?