Daily Archives: October 22, 2010

Death of Journalism Continues: Syndicated Columnist Juan Williams Fired From National Public Radio

Wednesday, Syndicated Columnist, Fox News Contributor Juan Williams was fired from National Public Radio Wednesday for saying a this statement via Fox News Channel:

He continued: “I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

This comes in a segment on the Fox News Channel “The O’Reilly Factor” with Bill Reilly and Washington Examiner columnist Mary Kathrine Hamm where, O’ Reilly asked Williams if the world has a Muslim Problem.From Fox News Channel:

The move came after Mr. Williams, who is also a Fox News political analyst, appeared on the “The O’Reilly Factor” on Monday. On the show, the host, Bill O’Reilly, asked him to respond to the notion that the United States was facing a “Muslim dilemma.” Mr. O’Reilly said, “The cold truth is that in the world today jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet.” Mr. Williams said he concurred with Mr. O’Reilly.

The video also shows Williams chastising O’Reilly for may a generalized statement about Muslims. This segment was dealing with O’Reilly’s appearance on ABC’S “The View” where O’Reilly used a blanket statement of The Muslims attacked the World Trade Center on 9/11, in which co-hosts and comediennes Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar stormed off the set  in protest of O”Reilly remarks. Late on Wednesday, Williams in a phone call from NPR vice President of News Elise Wise saying he was fired without a explaining the circumstances. NPR released a statement saying Williams violated NPR’s “editorial standards and practices.” If that’s not enough the CEO of NPR Vivian Schiller Said,” Williams…should have kept his feeling about Muslims between himself and “his psychiatrist or his publicist,” Schiller told an audience at the Atlanta Press Club earlier today. She later apologized  for remarks From NPR: “I spoke hastily and I apologize to Juan and others for my thoughtless remark.” The news of Williams firing was the hot topic of the day, Thursday on talk radio, newspaper, the blogs and of course the Fox News Channel.

People are angry about Williams firing.   (Including myself  I been reading  and watching  Juan Williams since attending Long Beach City College  when on CNN and in newspaper columns for papers including The Long Beach Press-Telegram; I like him personally  and he was role model for black journalists.)

Within hours Williams was given a three year $2 million salary deal to stay at Fox News by Founder and President Roger Ailes. NPR made a F__ked up mistake in firing Williams.

NPR wanted to get rid of him and found a way to do so with a little help by CAIR the Council of American Islamic Relations. Conservatives Members of Congress  are calling on the defunding of NPR and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The last time Conservatives rallied for African-American was for Clarence Thomas was nominated by President George Herbert Walker Bush in 1990 for the US Supreme Court.  Liberals too were upset including Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Democratinc consultant and Fox News contributors Bob Beckel and Pat Caddell. This is an injustice to Williams and Journalism. What a disgrace.

Hot Air.

Big Journalism has a rundown on the Williams Story.