NPR Ends Williams’ Contract After Muslim Remarks

I am not a big fan of Juan Williams.  For no other reason than I have little experience with him.  I see him occasionally on various news shows as a pundit, but I honestly try to not pay too much attention to those news shows due to my own viewpoints on media manipulation.

Regardless, he has usually come across to me as a mild, moderate, thoughtful person.  I haven’t seen him yelling, or arguing like I see from many others.  Kind of like Krauthammer…quiet and dignified.

To see what has happened to Williams is pathetic and shameful.  The fact that NPR, a government funded media organization, is so blatantly taking part in steering American society concerns me to no end.

On the NPR website, they have run the following story:

NPR News has terminated the contract of longtime news analyst Juan Williams after remarks he made on the Fox News Channel about Muslims.

Williams appeared Monday on The O’Reilly Factor, and host Bill O’Reilly asked him to comment on the idea that the U.S. is facing a dilemma with Muslims.

O’Reilly has been looking for support for his own remarks on a recent episode of ABC’s The View in which he directly blamed Muslims for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the set in the middle of his appearance.

Williams responded: “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.”

Williams also warned O’Reilly against blaming all Muslims for “extremists,” saying Christians shouldn’t be blamed for Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

But strong criticism followed Williams’ comments.

Late Wednesday night, NPR issued a statement praising Williams as a valuable contributor but saying it had given him notice that it is severing his contract. “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.

Williams’ presence on the largely conservative and often contentious prime-time talk shows of Fox News has long been a sore point with NPR News executives.

His status was earlier shifted from staff correspondent to analyst after he took clear-cut positions about public policy on television and in newspaper opinion pieces.

Reached late Wednesday night, Williams said he wasn’t ready to comment and was conferring with his wife about the episode.


I hope that other journalists take notice.  This is censorship in the worst form on the part of NPR.  After the Journolist debacle, it is disheartening to see these types of actions.

Of course, when you talk about standards of journalism, NPR obviously misses the boat:

Figuring out what’s inconsistent with NPR’s editorial standards can be awful difficult. The network terminated the contract for Fox News contributor Juan Williams because of a comment about Muslims, but apparently has yet to take a similar action against Nina Totenberg. From Reason’s Michael Moynihan:Check out this clip, from way back in 1995, of NPR’s Nina Totenberg telling the host of PBS’s Inside Washington that if there was “retributive justice” in the world the (admittedly loathsome) Jesse Helms would “get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it.


Truly pathetic.  Perhaps Williams is better off not working for this organization?


4 Responses to “NPR Ends Williams’ Contract After Muslim Remarks”

  1. James H Hart Says:

    NPR has better things to do besides its my ball and bat Im going to take them home and not play with you. Really NPR WHAT A DUMB THING TO DO YOPU LOST MY RESPECT>

    • Same here, my friend.

      The double standard being applied here is disgusting. To fire a man, citing that he does not fall in line with the standards of your organization, all the while taking no action against someone who truly is using hate speak is the epitome of atrocious.

  2. NPR receives a *no* federal money directly. What it does get are specific grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. These grants have, since the 1970s, formed a diminishing part of NPR’s total budget. At this point, honestly, if I were NPR, I’d tell the feds to take the tiny amount of money they give and shove it — it isn’t worth it for the grief they continue to get from people who think their tax dollars pay for NPR. They don’t. Most of the money in the NPR system comes from “listeners like you” and like Ray Croc who left them $200 million in his will.

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