Not knowing as much about this situation as I am sure there is to know, I can understand the confusion that Mr. Williams and his supporters may have with NPR’s decision to terminate his contract. This story reminds me of the Shirley Sherrod tale where she was fired without having an opportunity to defend herself in person but that is where the similarities end. “NPR terminated the contract of Juan Williams on Wednesday after comments the veteran journalist and news analyst made about Muslims on Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor.” “On Monday, O’Reilly asked Williams if there is a “Muslim dilemma” in the United States.” “The NPR analyst and longtime Fox News contributor agreed with O’Reilly that such a thing exists, and added that “political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don’t address reality.” “I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot,” Williams continued. “You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country.” “But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried.” “I get nervous.” (Calderone, Michael, 10/21/2010, Yahoo Upshot, NPR fires Juan Williams for Muslim remarks on Fox, Retrieved from firstname.lastname@example.org).
While Juan Williams was presented to be the Colmes to Fox’s Hannity many statements made by Mr. Williams leave a lot wondering if he was really there to present that other side of the argument or just pretending. His recent description of the First Lady is just one of several he has offered on Fox.
“Williams had described First Lady Michelle Obama as having a “Stokely Carmichael in a designer dress thing going,” a reference to the militant African-American activist.” (Calderone, Michael, 10/21/2010, Yahoo Upshot, NPR fires Juan Williams for Muslim remarks on Fox, Retrieved from email@example.com). There may be other reasons for this move by NPR and Mr. Williams may now have been given the opportunity that he may have wanted for quite some time now and that is to become a full-fledged Fox News Contributor and even get his own show. I say this because of the remark mentioned about where he joins many in spreading the rumor of the First Lady being a militant African-American activist but the most obvious of which is Bernie Goldberg, Bill Kristol and Bill O’Reilly coming to his defense. Now maybe they came to his defense because he was a friend and they really though NPR was wrong to fire him or they may have come to his defense because through the years he has been seen as someone who has a different title than they but thinks just as they do. Just my opinion and I could be wrong.