ADL Accepts Apology From Fox News CEO Roger Ailes For Inappropriate "Nazi" Remark

New York, NY, November 18, 2010 … 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." 

"I welcome Roger Ailes apology, which is as sincere as it is heartfelt," said Mr. Foxman, a Holocaust survivor.  "Nazi comparisons of this nature are clearly inappropriate and offensive. While I wish Roger had never invoked that terminology, I appreciate his efforts to immediately reach out and to retract his words before they did any further harm."

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.