Roger Ailes Half-Apologizes for Calling NPR 'Nazis'

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The Fox News chief quips "nasty, inflexible bigot" would have worked been a more suitable insult.

Roger Ailes issued a half-hearted apology for calling NPR officials "Nazis" for their handling of Juan William's firing.

"This morning, you might be receiving calls because I used the word 'Nazi attitudes' to describe the NPR officials who fired Juan Williams," the Fox News chief said in a statement to the American Defamation League. "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."

Ailes quipped he was sorry "for using 'Nazi' when in my now considered opinion 'nasty, inflexible bigot' would have worked better."

ADL head Abraham Foxman accepted the apology, calling it "sincere and heartfelt."