Congressman Eliot Engel took to the House floor today to decry Roger Ailes’ comments that NPR’s top brass are the “left wing of Nazism.”
“If Mr. Ailes is the president of Fox News and claims to be fair and balanced, he should keep his comments to himself,” said Engel. “If he wants to be a commentator then he should do so, but if he wants to pretend to be a so called ‘fair and balanced’ president of a major news organization he ought to know better than to utter such hateful words.”
Engel also criticized Ailes for earlier comments to Jon Stewart, in which he said: “There are left wing rabbis who basically don’t think that anybody can use the word ‘holocaust’ on the air.”
“To use the word ‘holocaust’ in the same sentence that he uses the word rabbi–although he clearly meant rabbi in another connotation–is doubly offensive, and to use the word ‘holocaust’ cavalierly to connote any situation in which somebody or some group feels aggrieved is offensive again,” said Engel, who noted that he had relatives who were victims of the holocaust.
Ailes apologized to the Anti-Defamation League today for the former comments.