Roger Ailes: NPR Run By 'Nazis,' Jon Stewart 'Crazy'
Fox News chairman Roger Ailes called NPR executives "Nazis" and said Jon Stewart is "crazy" in the second part of his interview with The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz.
(In the first part of the interview, published on Wednesday, Ailes said that Obama's "socialism" was "too far left" for international allies, and that the president has "a different belief system than most Americans.")
Ailes spoke about NPR in the context of defending Juan Williams, who was fired from the public radio network after his comments about Muslims on Fox News. Ailes gave Williams a new, multi-million dollar contract in response to the firing. He told Kurtz that he had done so because he was "mad," and wanted to look after Williams and his family. But he reserved his greatest anger for 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."
Ailes also blasted Jon Stewart, who has made Fox News perhaps his biggest target on "The Daily Show."
"He hates conservative views," he said. "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."
For the full interview, including Ailes saying that he thinks Bill O'Reilly has moved to the left, click here.