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Ailes Apologizes to Foxman; Controversy Is Over

ADL director eagerly accepts grudging ‘I’m sorry’

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Abraham Foxman.(Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images)

It doesn’t matter that Fox News head Roger Ailes called NPR “Nazis.” Why? Because he apologized to Abraham Foxman! Per a press release we got:

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has accepted an apology from Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel, for his use of the expression “Nazi attitudes” in an interview to describe officials at National Public Radio.

In a letter to Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, Mr. Ailes wrote that he was sorry for using the term “Nazi” in an interview with The Daily Beast. “I was of course ad-libbing and should not have chosen that word,” he wrote, “but I was angry at the time because of NPR’s willingness to censor Juan Williams for not being liberal enough.”

(Actually, not to nit-pick, but Ailes did more than “use the expression ‘Nazi attitudes’”—he actually said of NPR, “They are, of course, Nazis.”)

My parents used to tell me that when you apologize but add a “but,” you are basically negating the apology. Oh well: “I welcome Roger Ailes’s apology, which is as sincere as it is heartfelt,” Foxman said. (As it happens, I too believe that Ailes’s apology was exactly as sincere as it was heartfelt.)

All this may turn out moot: The soon-to-be Republican House Majority is planning to defund NPR. Which means you should enjoy the awesome Twitter #NPRGoesNazi hashtag—Goerring Edition; Morning Becomes “Night”; This American Life, No Longer With The Jew Ira Glass—while you can.

Earlier: Fox News Head Called NPR ‘Nazis’

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So was Foxman supposed to not accept the apology? Is that what you would have preferred?

What’s so special about Abe Foxman? I want an apology, too.

Apologies or not, NPR is one of the contributors to the deligitmization of Israel. This is pretty ironic (bur not surprising) considering the fact that I’m sure that proportionally Jews are one of the biggest contributors to NPR

Interesting that this is an issue.
Seinfeld can use soup nazi.
Blacks can say the N word.
There are some people who can say neither.

What kind of apology doesn’t address the injured party, in this case, NPR? What kind of apology comes with a “but”? And, as Andy said in his comment on Nov. 18- “What’s so special about Abe Foxman?”
“I welcome Roger Ailes’s apology, which is as sincere as it is heartfelt,” Foxman said. And Marc Tracy added in parentheses “As it happens, I too believe that Ailes’s apology was exactly as sincere as it was heartfelt.”
As for me, I believe that both Foxman and Ailes’ statements are often “as sincere as they are heartfelt.”

The point of this article appears in the last paragraph. Marc is not pleased with the results of the mid-term election. Sorry Marc but do not assume every reader of Tablet shares your left-wing views and anti-Fox news bias. Who cares about NPR anyway? They are no different than CNN, ABC, MsNBC, and other liberal media outlets. Who even listens to their drivel anyway?

I love it when political conservative try to suggest that Fox News is no more biased in its presentation of the news than other networks including National Public Radio. It reminds of that incredible scene in the Godfather where Al Pacino suggests to Diane Keaton that she’s just being naive if she doesn’t realize that everyone is as corrupt and evil and his family.

Howard says:

Fox News is one of the saddest examples of the degradation of our culture. It is the cause of so much polarization and untruths and demonization. They have been a danger to our society now for years.

Tablet, can you find anymore bleeding hearts. If the author did his research he would have shared with all of us about the huge private endowment that NPR has compared to the insignificant amount that the government supplies. So hold on to your hysteria Marc Tracy, Ira Glass will be doing just fine.

DEMONIZE everyone and everything you don’t like. Any wonder why Amerika is falling apart.

Conan M. Kaufman says:

To pretend lack of bias but to be blatantly anti-Israel and pro-everyone who is anti the Jewish state as is NPR puts you in the same bed with some of humanity’s most execrable examples. But it doesn’t quite make you Nazi, a pejorative that should be employed with care.


I knew it would not take long for the libs to start in with their typical sensationalism (“Fox is a danger to our society.”) Thanks Mitch and Howard. First, I am not a political conservative nor did I insinuate Fox News does not have bias. In addition, while I believe in the mission of the ADL, I really don’t care much for Abe Foxman. I was just making the point that Marc is the one that has bias. His article made no sense until the last paragraph when his true colors became apparent. His purpose was to delegitimatize Fox and whine about the election. On the other hand, I wholeheartedly agree with Carl’s point above about NPR and would add that Fox News is the polar opposite: they actually advocate for Israel’s right to exist. What in the hell is wrong with that?

Daniel says:

Why to ADL?
Since when did Foxman became the highest authority in charge of accepting or denying bigots’ “apologies”?

I agree with Dan, has ADL received/accepted an apology from Larry David because of the Soup Nazi?
Or, are we Jews the only ones allowed to tell Jewish and Nazi jokes?

stan nadel says:

And what about Ailes’ saying he couldn’t (mis)use Holocaust analogies because he’d be attacked by “left-wing rabbis”? Given that such instrumentalizing and abuse of the Holocaust is regularly criticized by moderate and right wing Jews, both religious and secular, as well this strikes me as throwing in the term left-wing to disguise the fact that he really just means Jews–which is underlined by saying rabbis. We wicked Jews just won’t let him say what he wants the way he wants because we are so powerful and repressive. This is right out of the Protocols and the writings of real Nazis. He can pseudo-apologize all he wants, but it still stinks of Antisemitism.

Dorothy Wachsstock says:

I am so angry that I can spit. Been behind this past few months with floods etc and I thought that only happened to people who hated Israel..anyhow..Abe Foxman does not deserve any apology.

Does he demand an apology from Al Sharpton who called Jews “Diamond Merchants” or Charles Baron in NY or any other democrat who calls Jews names..Many people have used the term “Nazis” to define the people that Obams rules over as he is one also..Pres Obama wants power and hates this country.

Someone better tell Abe Foxman that speech is free in this country and let him go after the democrats (who he would not dare) on the things they say about Jews today and not years ago.

Many people use the word “Nazi and Brown Shirts” as this Pres. is building his own shadow army under his command. Remember what he said, he wanted to fund an army just like the military..well send them to our border but he is waiting for an attack to take over and call it an emergency.

The ADL does not represent all Jews. Only democrat liberal Jews so stop sending reporters to them only. Send reporters to the Republican Jewish Coalition and speak to Matt Brooks instead for a representation of other views from Jews.


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