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Thursday, October 21, 2010

NPR Fires Juan Williams Over Comments made on FOX



"NPR has terminated its contract with Juan Williams, one of its senior news analysts, after he made comments about Muslims on the Fox News Channel.

"NPR said in a statement that it gave Mr. Williams notice of his termination on Wednesday night.

"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.

"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.'

"Mr. Williams also made reference to the Pakistani immigrant who pleaded guilty this month to trying to plant a car bomb in Times Square. 'He said the war with Muslims, America’s war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don’t think there’s any way to get away from these facts,' Mr. Williams said.

"NPR said in its statement that the remarks 'were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.'

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"Mr. Williams’s contributions on Fox raised eyebrows at NPR in the past. In February 2009, NPR said it had asked that he stop being identified on 'The O’Reilly Factor' as a 'senior correspondent for NPR,' even though that title was accurate."

Apparently believing that some Muslims are a threat to the U.S. is a firing offense at NPR. However, Sarah Spitz wishing death upon Rush Limbaugh is not a firing offense at NPR. Go figure.

Yup, NPR. Your tax dollars at work-- as Malkin notes.

Donald Douglas at American Power has a clip of the comments that earned Williams' dismissal.

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