As we know now, Juan Williams made controversial remarks about Muslims on “The O’Reilly Factor” this Monday. Also, we know now that NPR has cancelled his contract due to the remarks he made on the show. This is big news BUT did we know that Juan Williams has signed a new contract with Fox News this week for $2 million the same show that Bill O’Reilly’s “The O’Reilly Factor” show? That’s right! It was planned.
Now we all have our opinions about whether he was let go rightfully or wrongfully. But now that doesn’t matter anymore. Well, not exactly. It matters because he should have had more respect for Muslims or any group of people in our society. He definitely disrespected Muslims and all people by using “social conditioning” and judging people ‘just because’.
Despite being fired by NPR, Williams has landed another gig- pretty quickly, don’t you think? Los Angeles Times has reported that former NPR analyst Juan Williams has been offered a new 3 year $2 million contract Thursday by Fox News Channel. Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has extended this in lieu of him already being a Fox News contributer. Williams will use the big money paycheck to appear more frequently and have his own column on Fox News website.
Read what he says to defend himself on “The O’Reilly Factor” today: (Courtesy of MyFoxNY)
“They were looking for a reason to get rid of me ’cause I appear on Fox News and they don’t want me talking to you…I have always thought of journalism in a way as a priesthood, you honor it, you protect it … [but] these people don’t have any sense of righteousness and what’s right here…I’ve been there 10 years. I have taken shows on that network to unprecedented heights, served key roles there, raised tons of money for them…[But] I don’t fit in their box, I’m not a predictable, black liberal.”
And you will not believe this: Juan Williams has already written on his column with Fox News Channel website about this whole fiasco:
“Well, now that I no longer work for NPR let me give you my opinion. This is an outrageous violation of journalistic standards and ethics by management that has no use for a diversity of opinion, ideas or a diversity of staff (I was the only black male on the air),” Williams wrote, adding, “This is evidence of one-party rule and one sided thinking at NPR that leads to enforced ideology, speech and writing…It leads to people, especially journalists, being sent to the gulag for raising the wrong questions and displaying independence of thought.”
Hmm, very interesting. Juan Williams takes a poke at Muslims in order to encourage his termination with NPR. That was a pretty cheap shot. I’d hate to show my face now if I was him.
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