NPR Fires Fox News’ Williams After Bigoted Muslims on Planes Comments
October 21, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)— National Public Radio has finally had it with Juan Williams and his questionable pontificating on Fox News. Juan Williams has been on thin ice with NPR for years, creating one ethical dilemma after another for the public broadcasting station, but he has continued to hold on to his job, until now. What did it take for NPR to finally live up to its ethical code? Apparently, Williams’ bigoted remark about Muslims on planes making him “nervous” during an appearance on Bill O’Reilly’s show was the final straw. NPR fired Williams for violating “editorial standards.”
Although Williams’ appearances on Fox News Sunday as the lone “Democratic” prop were mostly non-controversial, and he even managed to break through the right-wing Fox noise machine at times, it was his appearances on Bill O’ Reilly’s the Factor that presented a problem for NPR.
When O’Reilly would receive criticism for his race-baiting and bigotry, Williams would come to his rescue to provide cover for the unhinged hate talker. Remember O’Reilly’s cringe-worthy remarks about his experience eating at a Harlem restaurant?
“And I couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia’s restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks, primarily black patronship. O’Reilly added: “There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘M-Fer, I want more iced tea.’”
Williams came to O’Reilly’s rescue then, accusing the media of “rank dishonesty” with respect to negative coverage of O’Reilly’s racist remarks.
And when O’Reilly got himself in hot water again during an appearance on the View, by saying “Muslims killed us on 9/11,” Williams once again, rushed to his bigoted buddy’s defense.
While discussing O’Reilly’s “Muslims killed us” comment, Williams admitted scary-looking Muslims on planes dressed in traditional dress frightened him. Williams defended O’Reilly by blaming the media for “political correctness.”
“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot,” said Williams, who is African American and has written extensively on the civil rights movement and race in America. “You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on a 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.”
And to make matters worse, O’Reilly identified Williams as a liberal working for NPR.
That was just too much for NPR. The public broadcasting outlet announced on Wednesday that Williams’ contract had been terminated.
“His remarks on “The O’Reilly Factor” this past Monday were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR,” the statement read.
Now Williams is free to provide cover for his bigoted pal O’Reilly as much as he wants.