NPR Fires Juan Williams for Offensive Muslim Remarks
Fox News and NPR analyst Juan Williams has gotten himself fired from NPR for making inflammatory remarks about Muslims. On Monday's The O'Reilly Factor, Williams defended Bill O'Reilly's claim that "there’s no question there is a Muslim problem in the world" -- a statement the host made in defense of his now-infamous appearance on The View, during which he said "Muslims killed us on 9/11," causing Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to storm off set. Not content to merely defend Bill O'Reilly's racist views, Williams went on to spout off some of his own, noting that he gets "nervous" and "worried" when he sees people on airplanes in "Muslim garb." Despite his protestation that he's "not a bigot," NPR gave Williams the axe:
NPR News has terminated the contract of longtime news analyst Juan Williams after remarks he made on the Fox News Channel about Muslims .... 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.Update: In response to Williams' firing, Mike Huckabee has called on Congress to cut NPR's funding when it convenes next year, arguing that NPR trampled on Williams' First Amendment rights and saying he will not accept interview requests from NPR as long as they continue to "practice a form of censorship." (One less place we have to listen to Huckabee.) According to NPR, federal funding makes up less than 2% of its budget.