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Juan Williams: 'They were looking for a reason to get rid of me' (Video)

Ousted NPR news analyst Juan Williams appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday and spoke out about his firing.

By Emi Kolawole  | October 22, 2010; 8:11 AM ET
 
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NPR appeared to act rashly, but I believe there was much more to this story and that this may have been the last straw. Juan Williams has been a closet conservative for most of his years as a "journalist." During the Reagan Administration, the Justice Department would leak stories to Juan that vilified affirmative action and civil rights programs they were lawfully required to enforce. Juan always did their bidding, writing that affirmative action equaled quotas, even if the regulations were plainly contrary to that assertion. We, on Capitol Hill, watched as this happened time and time again and Juan was their water bearer. So, I am not surprised that thirty years later, he was finally fired by NPR for his conservative leanings. Nor am I surprised by his subsequent hire by Fox News for $2 million. Juan is where he should have been all the time.

Posted by: wilcherglobal | October 22, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

NPR appeared to act rashly, but I believe there was much more to this story and that this may have been the last straw. Juan Williams has been a closet conservative for most of his years as a "journalist." During the Reagan Administration, the Justice Department would leak stories to Juan that vilified affirmative action and civil rights programs they were lawfully required to enforce. Juan always did their bidding, writing that affirmative action equaled quotas, even if the regulations were plainly contrary to that assertion. We, on Capitol Hill, watched as this happened time and time again and Juan was their water bearer. So, I am not surprised that thirty years later, he was finally fired by NPR for his conservative leanings. Nor am I surprised by his subsequent hire by Fox News for $2 million. Juan is where he should have been all the time.

Posted by: wilcherglobal | October 22, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"OF COURSE NPR was 'looking to fire' Williams! He got his gigs because his skin is brown; now he is losing one because he has never been smart.

That was the promise of affirmative action, and it's the way it's s'posed to work."

...no jealousy or bigotry in *that* statement, none at all. And certainly the WP will have no problem with it on their site ;)

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Posted by: itkonlyyou331 | October 22, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Since the departure of Alan Colmes Juan Williams has been the resident milquetoast
voice of "liberalism" on Fox. All of the conservative talking heads use him like a human pinata. I guess large sums of money make anything palatable. NPR should have given him his papers long ago for imitating a journalist.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou331 | October 22, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

"I'm a victim". How totally in character.

Posted by: carlbatey | October 22, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

OF COURSE NPR was 'looking to fire' Williams! He got his gigs because his skin is brown; now he is losing one because he has never been smart.

That was the promise of affirmative action, and it's the way it's s'posed to work.

Now O'Reilly and Murdoch actually OWN him - hope he likes the view from the plantation.

Posted by: practica1 | October 22, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

NPR may have just committed suicide.

Posted by: mike85 | October 22, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Strange, there is no mention of Mr. Williams firing on toyotarunaway org.

Posted by: Moley2 | October 22, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Wow, somebody call the waaaaaaambulance for this guy. He'll fit right in at Fox with their terrified 'everyone's out to get me' mentality.

Posted by: SmallBusiness | October 22, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

To all white suprimacists who pretend to be advocates of free speech but are
infact advocates of hate speech against american muslims:
What is the difference between firing juan williams - who was lead on by infamous white suprimacist Orielly - and firing Rick sanchez - who said jews control american media -?.

Posted by: MumboJumboo | October 22, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

"Mr. Williams was taking money from two masters - reminds me of Congress. NPR needs a fresh face and Mr. Williams will do fine with Fox and others."

He was under a retainer with Fox for 3 years before NPR picked him up. That argument simply holds no water.

Posted by: chucklebuck | October 22, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Williams was taking money from two masters - reminds me of Congress. NPR needs a fresh face and Mr. Williams will do fine with Fox and others.

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | October 22, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm a fan of Juan Williams but see a silver lining in his firing.

Perhaps we will begin a serious discussion about journalism in this country, and how it intersects with opinion.

Print media, airwaves, and blogosphere are chalk full of the cheapest thing on earth: opinion.

I long for the day when news was simply read, and I was made responsible for my opinion, rather than tuning into to my favorite opinion jockey.

That's my opinion.

Posted by: mbus | October 22, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

This is a carbon copy of when Vilsack fired Sherrod, and just underlines the liberal trigger happiness to suppress open and honest speech.

Both Sherrod and Williams profited. Liberals did not.

Posted by: DaTourist | October 22, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

This is a carbon copy of when Vilsack fired Sherrod, and just underlines the liberal trigger happiness to suppress open and honest speech.

Both Sherrod and Williams profited. Liberals did not.

Posted by: DaTourist | October 22, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

This is a carbon copy of when Vilsack fired Sherrod, and just underlines the liberal trigger happiness to suppress open and honest speech.

Both Sherrod and Williams profited. Liberals did not.

Posted by: DaTourist | October 22, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

This is a carbon copy of when Vilsack fired Sherrod, and just underlines the liberal trigger happiness to suppress open and honest speech.

Both Sherrod and Williams profited. Liberals did not.

Posted by: DaTourist | October 22, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Whereas NPR is a news organization, Fox is entertainment. Juan would wear one hat when working for NPR as an analyst, but a court's jester hat when working for Fox.

He could not wear both hats at the same time (and neither can Mara Liasson).

Posted by: sthomas1957 | October 22, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

As a republican and conservative I am pleased that Juan will be on Foxnews even more regularly.

I don't agree with his liberalism, but I love the positions he takes on fox and argues objectively! He is truly a great American!

And NPR is a Marxist entity now! One way the Marxist way!!!


Posted by: jjcrocket14 | October 22, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Ok, so now the author of 'Eyes on the Prize' is a bigot from the 'hood? No, he is not. I despise Fox News and NPR, two sides of the same coin, the feeling is mutual.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 22, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

juan Williams is now free to express his opinion as Fox sees fit. That's one conservative down many to go. It will be good for America to have all the nut jobs at Fox so that eventually Americans will see they are "Fairly Unbalanced". Of course now that corporate America owns the press they are all "Fairly Unbalanced" and report only what their masters tell them to report. The exception would be the "Daily Show" which is the only place to get news.

Posted by: SanchosR | October 22, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

NPR has a long history of its reporters and guests making terribly politically incorrect statements and not losing their jobs.

A producer at an NPR affiliate said she “”laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out” if she saw Rush Limbaugh suffering a heart attack.

NPR darling Terry Gross held an entire conversation with a George Soros funded “evangelical” about how evangelicals had sold their soul to Rush Limbaugh.

Michel Martin, formerly of ABC, and now at NPR, recently implied that Catholicism or Christianity in general had some connection to Timothy McVeigh blowing up the Murrah Federal Building.

When Mother Theresa died, NPR anchor Scott Simon vilified her for her alleged support of “tyrants and criminals” and her “destructive comfort to keep people poor.”

When white powder appeared in the offices of several Democratic Senators, an NPR reporter implicated the Traditional Values Coalition in the attack without any evidence.

Earlier this year, NPR openly speculated without any evidence that historic Cardinal John Henry Newman was gay.

Terry Gross was horrified at the “very extreme” Franklin Graham ruining the image of the United States.

All the way back to 1995, NPR icon Nina Totenberg said of Jesse Helms on Inside Washington, “If there is retributive justice, he’ll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it.”

NPR = Hypocrits and should be defunded NOW!!!

Posted by: NO-bama | October 22, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I never heard Williams come out with an original idea, or perform an incisive interview. He mostly parroted someone's talking points or repeated conventional wisdom. Never a great journalist. Glad he is gone.

Posted by: debrawalt | October 22, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

This is crazy. Juan Williams was the only reason I used to watch Fox News. I was a big Fox News watcher back in the day, when they first came on the air (and actually were "fair and balanced") and enjoyed his inciteful comments and takes on issues. I ultimately stopped watching when they started to get crazy, but would tune in on the local Fox Sunday broadcast and see him and the other liberal lady (Maura something or another) serve as foils to their ultra-conservative counterparts. For NPR to fire a liberal contributor for not being "politically correct," goes to show that the liberal media has gotten out of hand. I'm not defending conservative media such as Fox News (spewing downright false information is unacceptable as well), but this has gone to far when a reputable news personality, such as Juan Williams, is fired for saying his personal opinion on another news organization. The FACT that he was actually defending Muslims has been totally swept under the rug. I think they were trying to get rid of him, and unfortunately, he gave them the cause to do so. It's just a shame that he got fired by voicing an opinion that I think many Americans share. Instead of opening dialogue to put these stereotypes and fears to rest, the liberal media has just fanned the flames and probably will incite more fear/hatred toward Muslims. Shame on you NPR.

Posted by: harri3ta | October 22, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Juan Williams is free to express his opinion as he sees fit.

NPR was absolutely right to fire him. If he didn't fit in, he should be elsewhere. That is his right, and NPR's right.

News and opinion (facts and propaganda) are two different things.

Posted by: pcc7407 | October 22, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

bizlearn - What hypocrite you are. Williams is a honest, and very nice guy, you and the liberals are a bunch of hypocrites.

Posted by: josetuero | October 22, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Williams may not be a bigot but he certainly stigmatizes those who see psychiatrists.

Posted by: jms10 | October 22, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Juan now gets to host O'Reilly's show tonight! Gotta give Fox credit, money talks!

Juan, the chameleon, just changed colors on ABC News. His high pitched, loud voice, sounded just like O'Reilly!

Finally, he's in his element and can be true to who he really is. . . from the hood!

Posted by: bizlearn | October 22, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

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