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I mean look bill I'm not a bigot you know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country.
But when I get on a plane I gotta think if I think people who are -- Muslim garb.
And I think you know they're identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims I get worried I get nervous.
This is not a reflection on his comments this is not a debate you know -- one feels the way he feels that it's not.
For me to -- to pass judgment on that is really his feelings that he expressed on Fox News -- really between him and this.
I don't psychiatrists or his publicist or or take effect.
But it is not compatible with the news analysts on and went with the role of a news analyst.
On -- there.
And -- -- terminating its contract with Juan Williams as a news analyst after something you said on Bill O'Reilly show Monday night.
One says he got a call from Alan Weiss and -- senior vice president for news.
She said you know this has been decided up the chance and you mean I don't even get the chance to come in.
And we do this eyeball to eyeball person the person have a conversation I've been there for more than ten years.
We don't have a chance to have a conversation about this as you said there's nothing you can say that would change my mind this has been decided above me.
And we're terminating your contract.
President CEO of this company Roger Ailes has announced that he is extending and expanding Juan Williams contract with Fox News Channel as of today.
What about all of this let's bring in our -- Steve Hayes senior writer for the weekly standard.
-- -- -- Henderson of the Washington Post and syndicated columnist Charles crap.
When I want to start by having people look at this quote from Jesse Jackson and eighteen years ago.
In which he says I hope we can put it up on the screen that when he walks down the street hears footsteps.
And he starts thinking about robbery he looks around and when he sees someone who is why he feels -- -- Jesse Jackson to say things in other words.
If the people he looked at were black he would feel anxiety or fear.
This there's nobody in his right mind was gonna say that Jesse Jackson is a racist anti black racist he's not.
So what's happening here there are two elements in what he does he talks about a feeling.
Which is related to a statistical fact that the feeling is the anxiety fields.
And the fact he's talking about this is implicit of course is the empirical fact -- there's a higher.
The raid of a crime among young African Americans than among young -- him -- -- -- he regrets this.
He regrets this.
And he says the feeling of relief is it as a result of this obviously statistical disparity.
To think -- what one has said it's exactly the same kind of statement he talks about a feeling he has when he sees a person -- the Muslim garb.
And then he spoke explicitly about how it's related to it empirical reality -- -- reality -- when we all know.
That overwhelmingly the acts of terrorism the world the attacks on airplanes into buildings on mosques around the world -- -- -- years.
Have been no -- overwhelmingly.
Carried out not by the IRA.
Tiger's -- of German red army but by radical islamists.
So he makes his statement that perfectly.
Parallel with what Texas and -- you explain to me why nobody would attribute hostility to bigotry or racism in the Jackson's statement.
And yet NPR attributed its to move the Juan Williams statement and that only attributed.
But does it would -- certain -- it.
Dismisses him without even hearing I'd like to hear one executive and NPR.
Defend that if not this is not just a case of political correctness it's a case of intellectual cowardice.
Yeah and PRC executives.
The president of NPR Vivian Schiller.
Said today that there have been multiple.
Incidents where they've talked a -- about speaking out in expressing his opinions.
And they've been uncomfortable with it.
What about all of this.
It's like in a way Juan Williams was -- -- pretty unhappy married within PR for the last couple of years and this is the final straw for them.
And yeah I think some some journalists over the last couple weeks and months have had brings -- -- -- situation.
CNN -- fired Rick Sanchez for some comments he made about Jon Stewart.
I do think I mean as a journalist I think there is this kind of increasing blurring of the lines between commentary and analysis opinion and and what is straight news and an objective.
You know objective reporting and -- I think Juan Williams -- got tripped up with that but also mean I think one of the underlying thing is just that he was an Iberia opera characterization.
From the point of view of -- -- has been a contributor here for a long time speaking of other opinions perhaps.
There's a couple quotes Nina Totenberg and PR correspondent.
I said this about Jesse Helms former Republican senator.
I think you ought to be worried about what's going on in the good lord's mind because if there's Richard did justice.
He'll get aids from a transfusion or one of his grand children will.
There's also an incident about recent story about learning the language of -- back.
Steve well people still have jobs you don't you need to look that far back to an income -- has said I looked at what she said over the last.
Four weeks and -- -- a key distinction here Nina Totenberg.
Is an NPR correspondent.
Not an analyst which suggests some blending of fact and opinion but a correspondent she's a reporter.
And she's gonna show and in in Washington that Charles is on as well.
Called inside Washington and over the last four weeks she has said the following things that Michelle Obama makes voters feel quote warm and fuzzy.
That Bill Clinton was the most gifted politician she is ever seen.
That the Supreme Court ruling which she covers can citizens united.
Was outrageous scandalous and could lead to another Watergate and -- the one that I find most outrageous of all.
In a discussion about the tax cuts extending a tax cuts there was a discussion.
About 31 Democrats who had written Nancy Pelosi and said we want to extend these tax cuts for everyone.
-- Totenberg said that lamented the diversity in the Democratic Party said when you have a huge majority you have huge diversity.
And that as a part of the problem that Democrats half.
But what I like it to be otherwise.
Of course so -- she's taking not only not an ideological position a philosophical position but it expressly.
Now the position of Vivian Schiller the CEO of and PR last night it was that one was let go because he had made these comments on bill -- -- show.
Today after that had been widely criticized she change the rationale altogether should not I don't it's filling out those comments.
It's just the fact that he's expressed an opinion -- if that's the case how does Nina Totenberg who is a -- who is not a -- an analyst but reporter.
How does she possibly keep her job and the final point.
How does Vivian Schiller after questioning with a smart like we saw on that video Juan Williams -- For saying things he said.
How does she possibly keep her job.
I hope it's not just Republicans to call for her dismissal but that -- -- joined by numerous Democrats you can't do that kind of thing in public it's deeply irresponsible.
He said she should talk to a psychiatrist her publicist.
John Boehner the minority leader Charles came out with a statement.
Saying this Washington is -- 37 cents of every dollar -- -- from our kids and grandkids.
Given that I think it's reasonable that's what congress is spending taxpayers' money.
To support -- left wing radio network in the wake of Juan Williams firing its clearer than ever that's what NPR it's.
There are calls now to investigate this and to look at funding -- deal.
Well even in the absence of this travesty you have to ask.
Why in -- world where you have infinite media outlets.
Every expression every kind Internet broadcasting.
Are we subsidizing anybody -- because obviously -- it's they.
The the opportunity is -- when you almost anyway and secondly I think this really is a travesty which raises a question of why we ought to be supporting.
In directly left for an organization I've known to warrant for twenty years it isn't only that he doesn't have a bigoted component in the body.
It's that he is distinguished himself in his career in writing and speaking.
Into fighting against prejudice everywhere he's founded in every community.
And to fire him over this and to make this a part of his record I think really is a scandal.
Ten seconds well the Corporation for Public Broadcasting which -- sort of -- that oversees this funding for public broadcasting.
Just requested 495.
Million dollars for the fiscal year.
In -- world -- running at thirteen trillion dollar debt and when you've got 600 satellite channels you can watch Google grooming.
On five of them at any given time there's absolutely no excuse -- Taking taxpayer funds for for taxpayer funded.
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