In a frank and candid interview with The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz published today, Fox News Chief Roger Ailes used some shockingly colorful language to describe some of his media adversaries. Labeling Jon Stewart “crazy” for his constant critique of conservatives is one thing, but Mr. Ailes calling NPR executives “Nazis” for their handling of the Juan Williams affair seems to have accomplished more than just raised eyebrows.
A statement released by the Anti-Defamation League claims that Mr. Ailes has apologized to the ADL for the “inappropriate ‘Nazi’ remark” (the full statement can be read below.) Mediaite has learned from an NPR spokesperson that Ailes has not yet apologized to NPR over the comments, and given the recent strife between the two media outlets, its difficult to imagine that Ailes will be forthcoming with a direct apology to NPR.
ADL Accepts Apology From Fox News CEO Roger Ailes For Inappropriate “Nazi” Remark
New York, NY, November 18, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has accepted an apology from Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel, for his use of the expression “Nazi attitudes” in an interview to describe officials at National Public Radio.
In a letter to Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, Mr. Ailes wrote that he was sorry for using the term “Nazi” in an interview with The Daily Beast. “I was of course ad-libbing and should not have chosen that word,” he wrote, “but I was angry at the time because of NPR’s willingness to censor Juan Williams for not being liberal enough.”
“I welcome Roger Ailes apology, which is as sincere as it is heartfelt,” said Mr. Foxman, a Holocaust survivor. “Nazi comparisons of this nature are clearly inappropriate and offensive. While I wish Roger had never invoked that terminology, I appreciate his efforts to immediately reach out and to retract his words before they did any further harm.”
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