Juan Williams: The proverbial straw…and NPR’s back

October 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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National Public Radio (NPR) fired Juan Williams this week for remarks he made in an appearance on the O’Reilly Factor on FOX.  Williams is a regular commentator on Bill O’Reilly’s show.

Williams has made controversial comments in the past (Michelle Obama: “Stokely Carmichael in a designer dress…”) but apparently his remarks about people in Muslim garb was one too many for NPR.  The public response was immediate and overwhelming, crashing the NPR “Contact Us” form on their website.  The political conversation has been heated on all sides as well, with some accusing NPR of political correctness while others cheered the departure of Williams.  NPR’s Alicia Shepard writes that in her three years as Ombudsman, no other employee has generated as much controversy as Juan Williams.  Shepard believes that the firing was poorly handled but, given Williams’ contracted role with NPR, the correct decision.

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