President Barack Obama is "too far left" for the French and the Germans, Jon Stewart "loves polarization" and NPR has a "Nazi attitude," Roger Ailes said in a long interview with The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz.
While holding a mug branded with the Fox News Channel's logo, "fair and balanced," the network's chairman shared his views on a wide-variety of subjects often discussed on the network.
On Obama, Ailes said, "The president has not been very successful. He just got kicked from Mumbai to South Korea, and he came home and attacked Republicans for it. He had to be told by the French and the Germans that his socialism was too far left for them to deal with."
As for Stewart, Ailes noted that The Daily Show would fail if liberals and conservatives were getting along. "He loves polarization. He depends on it," said Ailes. "He hates conservative views. He hates conservative thoughts. He hates conservative verbiage. He hates conservatives."
When it came to NPR, Ailes said: "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 spout their propaganda."
Still, after sharing his comments, Ailes insisted his network is "interested in two points of view; most networks aren't."
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs later responded that Ailes' views don't come as a shock. "If you watch most of the programming on the channel, I don't think you would find many of those comments surprising."
Ailes later apologized to the Anti-Defamation League for using the term "Nazis" in describing NPR, which expressed its disappointment that Ailes offered his apologies to the ADL, not NPR.
NPR spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm said: "This ongoing name-calling is offensive to NPR, its member stations and the 27 million listeners who rely on us."