Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes has apologized after calling NPR “Nazis” for firing Juan Williams during an interview with The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz. “I was of course ad-libbing and should not have chosen that word, but I was angry at the time because of NPR’s willingness to censor Juan Williams for not being liberal enough,” Ailes said in his apology. (Williams was fired by NPR following his not-so-PC comments about Muslims during an interview on The O’Reilly Factor.) While speaking with The Daily Beast, Ailes said of NPR: “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 sprout their propaganda. They are basically Air America with government funding to keep them alive.”
But NPR wasn’t Ailes’ only target during the interview — the chairman also slammed Jon Stewart when asked about the Comedy Central host’s disdain for the 24-hour cable news cycle. “He hates conservative views,” Ailes told Kurtz. “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.” Your move, Stewart.