Roger Ailes Apologizes to ADL for Calling NPR Officials Nazis: ‘In My Considered Opinion, ‘Nasty, Inflexible Bigot’ Would Have Worked Better’
Fox News chairman & CEO Roger Ailes has sent a letter to the Anti Defamation League, apologizing for comments he made to The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz. As we reported earlier, Ailes compared NPR executives to Nazis in the interview.
TVNewser has obtained excerpts from the letter Ailes sent to ADL National Director Abe Foxman earlier today.
While Ailes apologizes to Foxman for the inappropriate reference, he makes it clear that he does not believe an apology is in order for NPR:
“This morning you might be receiving calls because I used the word ‘Nazi attitudes’ to describe the NPR officials who fired Juan Williams. 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.”
“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. Juan Williams is a good man and like you, a friend. And my friends never have to worry about me sticking up for them—even if I’m occasionally politically incorrect I never leave any doubts about my loyalty.”
The ADL’s response, after the jump.