Fox News' Roger Ailes Apologizes For Calling NPR Execs 'Nazis'
November 19, 2010 at 4:14 AM (PT)
FOX NEWS Chairman ROGER AILES has apologized for comments in an interview published THURSDAY that likened NPR executives to Nazis, reports the NEW YORK TIMES.
AILES told the DAILY BEAST in the interview that NPR executives, who fired news analyst JUAN WILLIAMS for comments he made as a FOX NEWS contributor, "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 apologized in a letter to the ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE's ABRAHAM FOXMAN, saying that he had been "ad-libbing" and "should not have chosen that word," adding that "nasty, inflexible bigot" would have "worked better." FOXMAN accepted the apology in a statement that said he "welcome(d)" AILES' apology, calling "as sincere as it is heartfelt." NPR told the TIMES that AILES had not directly apologized to the network.