Juan Williams speaks out about why NPR dropped him

Former National Public Radio analyst Juan Williams, who was fired Wednesday for remarks about Muslims during an appearance on Fox News, said he didn’t even get a chance to talk face-to-face with his editors before they dropped him from the organization.

According to Williams, NPR Vice President Ellen Weiss told him on the phone Wednesday afternoon that his public admission that he sometimes gets anxiety when he sees people wearing Muslim garb in airports was “bigoted” and “crosses the line.”

Williams replied that he was actually disagreeing with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and trying to say that despite feeling nervous when seeing Muslims at the airport, Americans have an “obligation to be careful to protect the constitutional rights of everyone in the country and to make sure we don’t have any outbreak of bigotry.”

Weiss reportedly told him that the decision not to renew his contract had already been decided “up the chain.”

“I said, ‘you mean I don’t even get a chance to come in and we do this eyeball to eyeball, person-to-person, have a conversation? I’ve been here for more than 10 years,'” Williams said in a Fox News appearance Thursday. “‘We don’t have a chance to have a conversation about this?’ And she said, ‘there’s nothing you can say that will change my mind. This has been decided above me, and we’re terminating your contract.'”

The decision to fire Williams has sparked a call among conservatives to end taxpayer financial support of NPR, which is partially government funded.

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  • http://apollospaeks.townhall.com apollospeaks


    If NPR found Mr. Williams’ comments on the Factor so damning and offensive to Moslems as to necessitate the termination of his contract then why do they tolerate ApolloSpeaks? Why do they post my even more offensive and politically incorrect articles on Mohammed and Islam on their website? In several of my 64 pieces that NPR posted I crossed the line and dared call Mohammed a “thieving mass murdering terrorist thug” and said, God knows how many times, that “Islam was a religion of hate, intolerance, discord and war.” If NPR gave Mr. Williams the boot for saying that he’s nervous around traditionally clad Moslems on airplanes then why haven’t they booted me? Why do they post “racist bigoted Islamophobic” articles that blatently insult the prophet and founder of Islam? A man so great, wise, holy and perfect that he stands above criticism (according to most Moslems) and was the closest thing to God on earth? What utter, puking hypocrites!

    Click my name and see for yourself the complete list of my worse than Juan’s anti-Islam articles posted on NPR.

  • gibralto

    If Juan Williams had said a bunch of white people were on board the plane talking about hunting and guns and it made him nervous, NPR would have given Williams a promotion.

  • dallas yankee

    Where is the NAACP when you need them, Where is the Black Cacus, hmm, do I just hear silence

  • windrdr

    If Williams plays this out with a vengeance, the settlement for wrongful and arbitrary termination by a Government entangled entity might well ensure he never ‘has’ to work again in his life. This only strengthens the call for the termination of funding for NPR, as it seems there’s little doubt he’s got an actionable beef about what happened, and the US taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for the NPR executive level brain trust being intolerant jerks. Let their benefactor Soros pick up the tab for this one.

    Somebody at NPR deserves a pink slip – and it ain’t Juan.

  • Miguel Saavadera

    I think they need to link up every member of the NPR staff on a lie detector and ask the question, “Do you feel comfortable watching a person dressed in traditional Muslim dress getting on the airplane,” and fire everyone who answers Yes, but trips the meter. Silly Sods.They probably would have no staff at all.

    After watching three A/C events in which the passengers (not the crew, nor the TSA, or any other security men) have subdued ‘potential’ terrorist acts, IF you are not more observant about these issues you live in a alternative universe (Which fits NPR to a ‘T’).

    I like Juan. Don’t agree with his opinion often, but respect him for giving that alternative view, and being honest in his opinions … So, he gets fired for expressing ‘openly’ exactly what he feels (guess it is alright to think it, but not say it?) …

    We, the People of America are in trouble. This politically correct stuff is fast impinging upon the 1st Amendment. Self regulation in the face of fear of reprisal is “censorship,” albeit ‘self censorship.

  • hotspurluv

    Suddenly jazzed to defend a lib. Wow. He got a raw deal for saying what, I believe 98% of Americans think, each and every time they fly. Why would the open minded left be offended by giving voice to honesty. Oh, dumb question.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nile-Ryan-McCoy/1337081646 Ryan in Iowa

      Juan spoke the Truth and is being punished for it. A Norwegian blogger Bjorn Staerk sarcastically wrote in 2007: “Brave is sitting down calmly on a plane behind a row of suspicious-looking Arabs, ignoring your own fears, because you know those fears are irrational, and because even if there’s a chance that they are terrorists, it is more important to you to preserve an open and tolerant society than to survive this trip. Brave is insisting that Arabs not be searched more carefully in airport security than anyone else, because you believe that it is more important not to discriminate against people based on their race than to keep the occasional terrorist from getting on a plane.”

  • ojfl

    You know what is amazing about this latest report? The “bigoted” conservatives are coming out swinging to defend a liberal. How is that for demolishing stereotypes?

    • dirtytricksjusttowin

      You are mistaken.

      The conservatives are defending Williams because injustice has been done and every American whether Liberal or Conservative should do their best to correct or speak out against injustice.

      • ojfl

        You are correct on the sentiment dirtytricks but if indeed conservatives were so mean as portrayed they would not be doing so, would they. They are standing for the just thing, even if Juan Williams will criticize their policies, as he often does based on his beliefs.