Skip to comments.NPR's Firing of Juan Williams Was Poorly Handled
Posted on 10/23/2010 1:39:02 AM PDT by South40
Juan Williams once again got himself into trouble with NPR for comments he made at his other job, at Fox News. And NPR's reaction has unleashed an unprecedented firestorm of criticism directed not at Williams but at NPR.
Thursday was a day like none Ive experienced since coming to NPR in October 2007. Office phone lines rang non-stop like an alarm bell with no off button. Weve received more than 8,000 emails, a record with nothing a close second.
At noon, the deluge of email crashed NPRs Contact Us form on the web site.
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FOX News was really the intended target in this fiasco. Unfortunately, NPR suffered the greatest amount of collateral damage. Kind of like when Hanoi Boi John Kerry shot himself in the @$$ with an M-79 grenade launcher while serving in Vietnam.
John Kerry was in Vietnam?
I’m not sure if he actually served there but he did “Report for Doody” for 2 or 3 months.
There is not a doubt in my mind that the inspiration for Schillers righteous indignation was the childish walk-off-the-set theatrics by Whoopie Goldberg and Joyce Behar on The View last week, in reaction to a comment about Muslims made by Bill OReilly.
I would bet anything that Schiller watched that show, tilted her head, and thought, Gee, what a really cool and morally upright thing to do! Take that, OReilly! She wanted to do something just like that so she could be cool, too, and earn some smiles and pats on the back from the liberal cocktail crowd she cavorts with.
So she walked off the set by firing Williams for the insensitive, OReilly-like comments about Muslims which... whaddaya know!... Williams made to that very same Bill OReilly on the hated Fox News channel! It was a perfect storm for Schiller, who reportedly had been looking for an excuse - - any excuse - - to dump Williams precisely because of his employment with Fox News.
She had it all figured out. ...Only it didnt quite work out the way she expected.
Schiller should be fired ASAP. What a freaking idiot.
Contact Us not crashed. Simply disabled.
What a shame..........tee hee
NPR was endowed by the far left and now find themselves the ones who clearly need psychiatric assistance.
No more money for NPR or PBS.
As for Sesame Street, let them share their untold millions with their brethren.
Poorly handled??? LOL! How about ham-handed oafishness and gross tackiness?
I didn't even think of that. I bet you're right. Good call.
Libs are always trying to one-up each other as 'defenders of slights against the downtrodden victims of the patriarchal blah blah blah' or whatever. I'll show those View chicks, I won't just walk off a set, I'll FIRE someone who is intolerant of terrorist---uh, Muslims!"
If Fox was the target, I’ve never seen or heard of a worse cluster-fxxk. Fox and Juan came out smelling like roses while NPR lost a great deal of respect and ended up lng like the worst petty bumblers ever.
I hope Juan sues them down to their panties and shoelaces.
This incident clearly defines just how liberals undermine and ostracize a person with whom they disagree.
As a black man who is conservative I know very well how liberals treat a person who thinks differently than they do. They are some of the most hate-filled people on the planet and at times seem to climb over each other to see who can be the most vile.
They are truly hateful individuals.
this lady is seriously flawed
I think ‘hateful’ is the wrong term. Afraid...would be the better term. These are basically 2-star executives running something they have no concept over...they start to fear things, and then they do dopey things.
The ombudsman used some stupid comparison today to make folks feel better. The quote was.... “I can only imagine how Williams, who has chronicled and championed the Civil Rights movement, would have reacted if another prominent journalist had said: But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see an African American male in a Dashiki with a big Afro, I get worried. I get nervous.”
The only problem with this...is that there hasn’t been a single African-American in a Dashiki with a Afro to kill any Americans over the past three decades. We aren’t even talking about mass killings.
As for the CEO....her smirk and this reference to some mental health doctor made her look like some BP oil executive. NPR is in serious trouble and I suspect a major flip on management will occur by Xmas.
“Thursday was a day like none Ive experienced since coming to NPR in October 2007”.
...hopefully, when a new congress takes over, a pink slip will be handed to you after defunding! That will probably become your new “day like none”!
This is just an MSM distraction from the economy. Playing right in to Obamas hand.
If the employees of NPR close up and jump off a bridge all will be forgiven....
Last year, Vivian Schiller was a well-regarded executive in charge of the digital operations of the New York Times Co. (NYT). She was so happy with her job that she welled up with emotion when she told her boss Arthur Sulzberger that she was leaving to become the chief executive of National Public Radio.
Schiller, "arguably the nation's most powerful woman in media" per More magazine, has also worked at overhauling NPR. She has added new VPs of development and strategic operations, and its revamped Web site lets nonprofits post its archival footage free of charge.
NPR did not disclose Schiller's salary, but pays its top talent less than commercial media does. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montaigne, co-hosts of NPR's Morning Edition, each earn more than $300,000 a year, according to IRS filings provided by Guidestar. By comparison, Brian Williams, anchor of NBC Nightly News, earns roughly $6 million annually, according to The Boston Globe.
My take on this - they couldn't fire Glenn Beck since he didn't work for them. So they went after whatever they could get - Juan.
Follow the money - I suspect that Soros is lurking in the background as always. Why is that man still among the living?
I would think 100% of black conservatives would agree.
WHAT A BUNCH OF CRAP! Apparently, Nina Furstenburg wishing AIDS on Jesse Helms and his children is not a personal attack, by NPR’s “standards”. And apparently, it does not count as a personal attack.
Bottom line is that NPR blew this one BIG TIME. And the local affiliates will pay the price. So long, Cookie Monster, it was nice knowing you.
BTW, wasn’t another black man fired by NPR the same day? NPR is racist! That is what LIBs REALLY think of blacks.
This gives us somewhat of an idea of the pay jump that Juan just made.
He surely was making under $300,000 annually ... now up to a $2 million, 3 year contract. Time to buy a new home.
No wonder liberals are afraid of guns. They have an incredible propensity for shooting themselves in the foot.
I read most of the article but gave up. It was spin and defense of NPR action. Mohamet Somebody got a lot of his comments posted to the article without further biographical explanation. And lastly, Williams was having his character assassinated all over again. Screw NPR, All Things being Considered.
CAIR got Williams fired. Everyone ignores this fact. They have a lot of power.
It should be noted that the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sent around a press release on Wednesday afternoon. CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad called for action against Williams: “Such irresponsible and inflammatory comments would not be tolerated if they targeted any other racial, ethnic or religious minority, and they should not pass without action by NPR.” The New York Times somehow omitted CAIR from its Juan-is-gone story.
...”FOX News was really the intended target in this fiasco”...
YES! That fact could not be more clear.
...”How about ham-handed oafishness and gross tackiness?”...
Not to mention just plain old, garden variety, abuse.
...”Libs are always trying to one-up each other as ‘defenders of slights against the downtrodden victims of the patriarchal blah blah blah’ or whatever”...
YES! And, the dirtiest secret of this age is that they could not give two hoots about the downtrodden. They lust for power and money and they use, manipulate and lie to the downtrodden for the votes to keep themselves in office. Studies show that conservatives give far more to charity and care far more about the disadvantaged than the left. The left needs people to be dependent upon them for their very lives so that they can never be free from that shackle, and, therefore, the left will rule forever. That is their dream.
What I enjoy about the whole situation is that it will make it extremely difficult for RINOs to justify any further federal money. The wiggle room is gone, the rationalizations are kaput. This is a litmus test, now. A minor one, dollarwise, but first in line.
Every FReeper should get his/her Congresscritter or candidate on the record before Nov. 2.
...”Fear may drive their hate but they are certainly hate-filled. They loathe any black man who dares to have a mind of his own.
I would think 100% of black conservatives would agree”...
I think it was Laura Ingraham who pointed out that the left is totally intolerant of any minority person who chooses to think for himself/herself. They demand total enslavement of thought from these people. They should be called the new Masters of the “Plantation of the Mind.”
NPR has made Juan a million bucks, they could have just let this all slide by,,,,,but nooo, they opted for PC which is right from Maos’ little red book, in my opinion.
"The smallest minority on earth is the individual.
Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities."
"I refuse to have my views dictated to me as if I were an intellectual slave."
~Justice Clarance Thomas
Je$$e Jackson claims to be a champion of civil rights yet he clearly wants blacks to be intellectual slaves proving he is no defender of minorities.
...”But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see an African American male in a Dashiki with a big Afro, I get worried. I get nervous”...
I don’t know about the rest of you folks here, but this statement which I have heard more than once since all this started really galls me. IT WAS NOT AFRICAN AMERICANS WHO HIT THE TWIN TOWERS ON 9-11..IT WAS NOT AFRICAN AMERICANS OR ANY OTHER GROUP WHO FLEW THOSE PLANES ON THAT DAY..Anyone doing something like that brings a normal, natural survival response from horrified people..For those who worship the earth..It is a part of Mother Nature to feel that way..The left is in the business of turning normal to abnormal, right to wrong and good into evil..They seem to pervert everything into it’s opposite. Just my opinion..
I’ve dated leftists, and I have to tell you, they’re the most neurotic women of all. They’re so screwed up, and they are ANGRY.
The liberal men I know I just don’t have the time for. I used to have one as a boss, and I just mocked him when we talked about politics. He’d talk about Bush, and try to get me going, and I’d just laugh and correct his usually incorrect “facts,” which made him REALLY mad. I never engaged him in conversation, just tossed off one-sentence responses to his stuff. He got so angry about that.
This summer I was at a friend’s party, and his ultra-lib brother-in-law was still angry about something I said to him TEN YEARS AGO. I still can’t remember saying it to him, and he’s still fixated on it.
What a bunch of weirdos! That’s why my favorite FR ping list is DUmmie FUnnies—I get the biggest kick out of them whining and crying about one group of people, and then becoming ****house INSANE with hatred over conservatives.
Like there's a NICE way? Lol!
I’m not sure about this affair. What would the response have been if a white man, alone, had said that he felt worried when he saw black men, behind him, with backward ballcaps and baggy shorts on the street at night? If he said he felt afraid what do you think would be the swift outcome? And would the response by others(inluding Juan) be the same? I doubt it. Maybe Juan got what he deserved by helping to create this environment. Why do we never hear govt published data on black on white crime? Because one must not speak the truth out loud in this PC country. Juan, next time keep your true feelings to yourself. Like the rest of us.
"In 2008, I received 378 emails complaining about remarks Williams made on Fox but I heard very little about his comments on NPR. "
They are unable to deduce the simple fact that nobody listens to NPR, Juan got exposure to an actual audience on FOX.
This is funny stuff... and I'll be Juan is laughing all the way to the bank and forwarding all calls from NPR directly to his lawyer.
Additionally, the other comment:
"What Williams said was deeply offensive to Muslims and inflamed, rather than contributing positively, to an important debate about the role of Muslims in America."
I will respectfully disagree. This is criticism that muslims should embrace if they truly want peace and to repair their image. If it's not true, they need to make a public spectacle of the exact opposite. It's about repairing their image as a whole. Where is the campaign from all of these peaceful muslims to denounce violence? Why are they themselves, not fighting this so-called fringe group of violent muslims who do not share their beliefs in peace?
I'll tell you why, a muslim is a muslim. Juan was right and anyone with any sense of self-preservation can smell danger and see it for what it is.
I don't know why anyone would even need to explain this, it's so obvious.
I’ve been meaning to ask: Isn’t Garrison Keillor financed by public radio? I know he’s no news analyst, but in his show and in his public statements, he hurled hostile and mean spirited diatribes toward Bush...didn’t seem to bother NPR at all.
To me it indicates that there was no previous grounds for him to expect or anticipate any such treatment. Yes, his appearances on FOX may have irritated some, but they hardly amounted to the emnity with which he was treated and shown the door once this "Shiller" fool got all huffed up. This was all simply a purile act of political retribution with a multi million dollar broadcasting company's reputation and future funding at risk.
The fact is, he truly did nothing wrong, unless one is a commie. All the bluster coming from NPR right now is going to become a massive publicity nightmare. Juan, who is "crying" all the way to the back, is going to have the last laugh on this one way or another.
I doubt Shiller is at risk for her job...immediately, but the damage she has done to NPR will be irreparable for years to come.
And I don't think she'll be getting any 2 million dollar contracts from FOX any time soon.
This first line needs to be corrected, based upon the current and likely future repercussions ...
NPR once again got itself into trouble with the American Public for demonstrating an absolute liberal bias in its firing of COMMENTATOR Juan Williams over remarks made on a different network.
Je$$e Jackson is a joke, as is anyone who refers to him as “reverend”. Haven’t seen any pictures of him with his daughter or baby-mama since that little tidbit was released in retaliation for the W drunk driving story...I guess he’s not helping her with her homework?
What's so unfortunate about that?
I don’t think Fox would have rescued him if he was white; he’s a token (and a victim of the game he himself played for a very long time).
Was this article about NPR making the wrong decision, or did Alicia Shepard feel the need to pile it onto Juan Williams herself.
What a ridiculous article — this woman wants it both ways, and can’t even figure out how to say it.
NPR SUCKS, it always has been a liberal bastion of slantspeak.
NPR: The Dhimmi Channel
You don't say! Wouldn't something like that have been in papers or on TV or something? Strange, how no one's heard about it.