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Fox News President Apologizes For NPR Nazi Comments

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"This morning you might be receiving calls because I used the word 'Nazi attitudes' to describe the NPR officials who fired Juan Williams," Ailes wrote to Foxman. "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."

In an interview with The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz, Ailes said NPR is "the left wing of Nazism."

Ailes wrote:

I'm writing this just to let you know some background but also to apologize for using "Nazi" when in my now considered opinion "nasty, inflexible bigot" would have worked better.

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(h/t Michael Calderone)

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