Fox News Chief Blasts NPR 'Nazis'

(Blog Post) Roger Ailes slams Jon Stewart as a conservative-basher, explains why he rode to Juan Williams’ rescue—and sees NPR as taxpayer-funded propaganda. Part II of Howard Kurtz’s interview. Full Story »

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Jon Mitchell
by Jon Mitchell - Nov. 18, 2010

Kurtz barely has to say anything as Ailes writes a blockbuster article for him. Ailes says some completely irresponsible things and defends the irresponsible on-air utterances of his star opinionators.

This guy is clearly unfit to be in the media at all.

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Fred Gatlin
by Fred Gatlin - Nov. 18, 2010

This article does not do a good job of responding with facts. The comments of John Stewart position by Ailes lack facts too. To consider Fox News as a source of good information is laughable.

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Bob Herrschaft
by Bob Herrschaft - Nov. 18, 2010

A rather revealing glimpse into the warped mind of Roger Ailes who apparently offered a $2million contract to Juan Williams because "a guy who gets fired and humiliated in the press can lose a lot of confidence". Wow, what a bleeding heart liberal, this Ailes!

The "Nazi"remark referencing NPR was no doubt part of a continuing concerted effort by the Right to confound an illiterate public by using terms that historically apply to the extreme Right for their opponents on the Left. Little doubt, they do this to deflect from their own quasi fascist behavior. It's not surprising that Ailes and his cohorts have trouble defining left and right, they have a similar problem when they define right and wrong.

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Michael Shaver
by Michael Shaver - Nov. 18, 2010

Howard Kurtz has found his own "Roger and me" story, it is a two-part interview with Fox news chairman Roger Ailes. Howard has accomplished something that very few journalists of today have been able to do. He has created an image of Roger Ailes by doing nothing more than allowing Roger to talk. Howard weighs his questions carefully and introduces them at points that allow Roger to reveal more about himself than he suspects. Details are offered and placed in a context that allows the reader to form their own opinion he doesn't try to manipulate the phrases for an end result. Mr. Kurtz understands the power Fox has so he makes an effort to get the reader to think about the true purpose of news vs. news as entertainment. This is a ... More »

I found this to be a well-written and very evenhanded piece. It's obvious that Howard Kurtz and Roger Ailes share completely different ideologies. What I admire is that Howard was able to check his ego and allow Roger to explain Roger himself, thinking about it trying to explain this guy to anyone else is practically impossible. Roger Ailes simply has to be experienced unfiltered and uncensored. It is only in the second part of the interview that it becomes evident that Howard has ... More »

“He just has a different belief system than most Americans"…. That seems a rather loaded phrase—different belief system—even if you strongly disagree with ... More »

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Jack Dinkmeyer
by Jack Dinkmeyer - Nov. 22, 2010

Excellent article cutting between second person description and first person quotes in an interview with Roger Ailes, Fox’s head of the right-wing Bogeyman Machine. The piece speaks for itself about the hypocritic nature of right-wing rhetoric. For instance, Ailes, angry about the Juan Williams firing, describes NPR as a bunch Nazis. But when defending O’Reilly’s crack that Dana Milbank should be beheaded, responds that O’Reilly probably shouldn’t have said that. Probably?! Boggles one’s intelligence!

Ailes’ nasty comments about John Stewart hating everything conservative merely confirms Stewart’s excellent intelligence and superb taste. Me thinks Ailes speaks with forked tongue when, angered by NPR's firing of Fox’s token liberal, he kvetched about NPR’s willingness to censor Juan Williams for not being liberal enough. How many moderate Republican incumbents have been chased out of office by right-wingers for “not being conservative enough”? And what would radical ... More »

On Thursday, Ailes apologized to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for describing NPR brass as “Nazis.” He wrote: “I was of course ad-libbing ... More »

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Travis Plummer
by Travis Plummer - Nov. 18, 2010

Kurtz uses Ailes' own words against him, but not in an unfair way. These are the words that Ailes used, and which show him to be the sort of individual that wants everyone to treat his organization with respect, but holds himself to no such standards. The name-calling against Jon Stewart and NPR speaks for itself. Certainly, Kurtz steps in to contextualize some of Ailes' claims, but he doesn't do much to influence the reader's opinion, which I imagine would have been formed on the basis of Ailes' words themselves.

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Mary Kobrossi
by Mary Kobrossi - Nov. 20, 2010

atleast he apolgized for his rude comment! well written article

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John Herbert
by John Herbert - Nov. 18, 2010

This is good journalism, reporting what is said indiscriminately but I cannot help but be disgusted by the majority of the things Roger Ailes says about politics in general. The world might be a better place without his voice in Fox News.

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