UPDATE: 10.21.2010, The line in the sand is being drawn:
Juan Williams Signs New Multi-Year Deal with Fox News Channel
NPR Fires Juan Williams; Fox News Expands His Role
In making the announcement, Ailes said, “Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at Fox News in 1997. He’s an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by Fox News on a daily basis.”
Also, today Glenn Beck announced on his television program that George Soros contributed $1.9 (Editors Note: My typo) $1.8 Million to NPR. Check out NPR’s memo at the bottom of this post.
A few thoughts about the firing of Juan Williams by NPR because he spoke his truth and committed the sin of exercising his God-given right to free speech in the America infiltrated by progressive ‘know-it-alls‘.
- I’m not a big fan of Juan Williams but I will defend to the death his right to exercise his right to free speech.
- A close friend from Nigeria who fled that country because he was a christian used to tell me on almost a daily basis, “if you speak the truth, you are considered rude.”
- This isn’t so much about trying to shut down FoxNews and make people shy away from appearing on the cable news station, this is more about the CONTINUED ‘Chilling Of Free Speech’ in this country when it comes to anything the globalists don’t want interfering with their agenda. (Like Americans who have independent thought, action, and who exercise all of their freedoms.)
- This entire situation is just more fodder for the Dems and the administration to wave the left hand vigorously and distract you while they bitchslap you with the right. What are Wall Street and those federal economic agencies doing today? What’s happening with Fraudclosure or the value of the dollar? Oh that’s right, Fannie and Freddie need another bailout.
- NPR may have just broken the camel’s back; which is what always happens when you push good people too far – they let you know what they think!
- Do you think that Juan Williams will have a David Horowitz moment now?
- Are you as sick of the multiculturalism as I am? What are you first and foremost; an American or something else?
Juan Williams’ response to his firing by NPR:
RAW DATA: NPR Internal Memo on Juan Williams
The following is an internal memo sent on behalf of NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller:
Thank you for all of your varying feedback on the Juan Williams situation. Let me offer some further clarification about why we terminated his contract early.
First, a critical distinction has been lost in this debate. NPR News analysts have a distinctive role and set of responsibilities. This is a very different role than that of a commentator or columnist. News analysts may not take personal public positions on controversial issues; doing so undermines their credibility as analysts, and that’s what’s happened in this situation. As you all well know, we offer views of all kinds on your air every day, but those views are expressed by those we interview – not our reporters and analysts.
Second, this isn’t the first time we have had serious concerns about some of Juan’s public comments. Despite many conversations and warnings over the years, Juan has continued to violate this principal.
Third, these specific comments (and others made in the past), are inconsistent with NPR’s ethics code, which applies to all journalists (including contracted analysts):
“In appearing on TV or other media . . . NPR journalists should not express views they would not air in their role as an NPR journalist. They should not participate in shows . . . that encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis.”
More fundamentally, “In appearing on TV or other media including electronic Web-based forums, NPR journalists should not express views they would not air in their role as an NPR journalist.”
Unfortunately, Juan’s comments on Fox violated our standards as well as our values and offended many in doing so.
Here is the truth:
We’re profoundly sorry that this happened during fundraising week. Juan’s comments were made Monday night and we did not feel it would be responsible to delay this action.
This was a tough decision and we appreciate your support.
President & CEO, NPR
Vivian has a wholelottasplaining to do.
Megyn Kelly interviewing Ibrahim Hooper of C.A.I.R.:
The money trail behind NPR from Bret Baier:
When a tax-funded radio station fires a reporter for stating the truth, it is time to take them off our gimme list. There are too many legitimate organizations that need our money that we shouldn’t be giving it to left-leaning people who do not allow the truth to be spoken, even when on another show.
This is nothing more than a disguised effort to harrass and eventually shut down Fox, which is the network with the highest ratings in the country, primarily because it is the only network that even recognizes the truth.
I don’t very often agree with what Juan Williams has to say, but he has a right to say whatever he believes, and in this case his belief is the same as the majority of Americans. Since 9/11, I, along with most Americans, feel that muslims have been given too much slack in this country. Political Correctness has over reached in this country, and like a dead fish it smells like he**.
Kudos to Megan Kelly for her broadcast today. She fed the truth to Hooper from CAIR with a big shovel. This creep was exuding victory over the truth like Sharia over the world. Which is exactly what this organization is trying to accomplish. She let him have it up one side and down the other, even having him admit to things he probably regrets now.
We need to get this election over with and then make a determined effort to eliminate all government funding to NPR.
Angela Merkle, and other European leaders have the right idea. Multi-culturalism has gone too far. It is time we closed the barn door and fumigated what is already here.
1. Muslim first or American first?
2. Black first or American first?
3. Mexican first or American first?
4. Irish first or American first?
You get the idea.
American first, by all means.
Just read your update about Juan Williams new contract with Fox. This is great news. I’d like to think that we still have one place where we can get the unvarnished truth, and where we can feel that reporters at least feel that the can speak their minds.
I’m not quite sure that I would put FoxNews in that category….more bloggers and independent media – like Big Government and Atlas Shrugs go in that category.
Fox has investors who have agendas – take everything with a grain of salt – that’s what I always say.
I’ve never been to Big Government, but will vist that site. As usual, your recommendation is good enough for me. I visit Atlas Shrugs on occasion and feel that it is the best place to keep up with what is happening in the Middle East. She pulls no punches about Sharia Law and what they are trying to swamp us with. For quite a while I have been worried about Sharia Law and the inane idea that the Treasury Dept. would hold seminars to acquaint American officials and bankers with the so-called advantages of it give me nightmares.
I am right there with you, LM – I may not always agree with Mr. Williams, but by golly, he has the right to his own opinions.
Very interesting stuff abt C.A.I.R. and the money trail. It will be interesting to see where all of this leads, won’t it?
Thank you for the great work you do!
Fox is just grandstanding by giving Williams a contract. Did you listen to his answer to NPR? What he basically said was – yes I said it, but was very careful to walk it back during the rest of the interview. Williams is just spewing sour grapes that he’s now on the receiving end of NPRs PC Jihad.
The only that should come out of this is the defunding of NPR. Instead, Williams got a big fat contract for being a sniveling liberal weasel that got caught in his own trap, and NPR and Fox get more viewers because
peoplemoos tune in to see the controversy.
The whole thing is disgusting and just an attempt to distract.
This got fishy about a year ago when Juan started to sit in for O’Reilly, while at the same time laying into Conservatives as racist and idiots on NPR..He talks out of both sides of his mouth, and is nothing more then a talking head, he’s not some kind of new patriot……PS..SEE..Anti-CAIR-Net.org….