Saturday, November 20, 2010

Nazi Offended by NPR Comparison

In an interview this week, Fox News Chief Roger Ailes described NPR executives as left wing Nazis. The comment enraged many surviving Nazis who see little similarity between the fascist regime that occupied most of Europe and killed 6 million Jews, and the radio network that brings you All Things Considered.

"How many countries has NPR invaded?" asks Heinrich Gutter, who joined the Nazi party during its 1933 Nuremberg Pledge Drive. "Not one."

Gutter became part of Joseph Goebbels' Ministry of Propaganda, where he produced Klik und Klak, a regular radio transmission about the superiority of German automotive engineering. He later went on to work on several other Nazi broadcasts, including This Aryan Life, and Wait, Wait Don't Shoot Me.

NPR's biggest failure, Gutter says, is in the field of his speciality. "To be a true propaganda disseminator," he says, "a news outlet must be a direct mouthpiece for the party. Every news story must advance the party's ideology. Their paid correspondents should be prominent party members and candidates. And the head of the propaganda ministry must viciously attack anyone who criticizes the party, preferably by calling them Nazis."

Gutter hopes that Ailes will fully retract his comment, as he wants to be in no way associated with public radio. "If I thought the Third Reich was anything like those public radio weaklings," he says, "I would throw out my Nazi tote bag right now."

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