Fox News President Roger Ailes slammed NPR executives as “Nazis” in a new interview, saying the publicly financed radio network espouses the "left wing of Nazism."
The comments — published as the second part of an interview with The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz — were in reference to the firing of former NPR and current Fox News employee Juan Williams, whom Ailes called a "pure liberal."
“They are, of course, Nazis,” Ailes said of NPR. “They have a kind of Nazi attitude. They are the left wing of Nazism. These guys don’t want any other point of view.”
Williams was fired by NPR last month after saying on a Fox News program that he gets nervous when he sees airplane passengers wearing Muslim garb. The firing prompted an anguished debate in media circles about the role of television news analysts, and a firestorm among congressional Republicans over whether NPR should continue to receive public funding.
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