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Fox News Ailes Apologizes For ‘Nazi’ Slip

Fox News chief Roger Ailes (pictured in AP file photo) apologized Thursday to Abraham Foxman, national director for the Anti-Defamation League, after calling NPR executives “Nazis” in an interview with The Daily Beast. Ailes, in a letter, began by following up on “the Glenn Beck situation with regards to George Soros” before getting into his own references to the Third Reich. “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. “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”/Michael Cordelone, The Cutline. More here.

Question: Do we use the word “Nazi” too much in our culture to describe people or organizations with which we disagree? And/Or Is there any value to these kinds of forced apologies?

Poll: R’s, D’s Split On NPR Funding

Most Republicans and a plurality of independents want the U.S. government to halt its financial contributions to embattled National Public Radio, while most Democrats support continued U.S. funding for NPR. NPR’s controversial firing last week of news analyst Juan Williams re-ignited a long-time debate over whether U.S. government funds should be channeled to the non-profit radio service. A single-digit percentage of NPR funding comes from the U.S. government/Poll Position. More here.

Question: Do you support continued U.S. funding of NPR?

Hammes: NPR Firing Shows Arrogance

Juan Williams, pictured, told a television audience that when he saw Muslims boarding a plane it caused him concern. Something Juan Williams now understands he never should have admitted. The group-thinkers at NPR could not allow it to stand unchallenged. Being a leading purveyor of political correctness, they know the world has more to fear from a lumberjack, miner or roughneck than radical Muslims. So they canned him. The people at NPR are shell-shocked at the reaction. The firing of Juan Williams has caused irreparable damage to the reputation and credibility of NPR. The fact they did not expect the backlash is just another example of the arrogance/Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.

Question: What do you make of the Juan Williams’ firing by NPR?

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