Gad. Juan Williams steps over the line on Fox, NPR says this hurts his credibility as an analyst and discontintues his contract, suddenly the Republican Party is screaming censorship and accusing NPR of being “Liberal,” which, from what I can tell, means not being a toady to their every desire. As Colbert once said only half-jesting, “Everyone knows that the truth has a distinctly liberal slant.”
I never much cared for Williams. Didn’t like his radio voice, didn’t see him as that insightful. His playing a double game on Fox didn’t help either.
Now the GOP is screaming to defund NPR. Why is this a straw man? Because, as the CEO of NPR makes clear in this interview, the federal government doesn’t give NPR all that much money.
This is yet another example of the screaming full-court press the GOP uses, very effectively, to completely overshadow any reasonable conversation in this country. Truth is irrelevant, facts less so. Mr. Williams makes the handy foil this time. I wonder if he’s bright enough to see that he’s being used?
Truth: Williams was out of line. Not sure what he was doing working for two companies anyway, although the NPR CEO says several people do it, so OK then, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have to pay attention to the standards.
Is this censorship? Of course not. Williams is free to say whatever he wants, whenever he wants, but no news organization is under any obligation to pay him to do so. I can say what I want, when I want, but if I want the Standard-Examiner to pay me to do it, I have to follow their rules, which is one reason I don’t take public stands outside of my column, even to the point of never having yard signs on my front lawn during elections.
Mr. Williams is no different.
I find it highly amusing that Williams says NPR was gunning for him. That’s the last gasp of someone who’s looking for a way out and wants to blame it on the people he’s leaving. Anyone who has ever had to deal with a drama-queen rebellious teen knows how that game plays out.
And he stepped right into a $2 million contract at Fox? How cozy. How convenient. And what a coincidence, Fox just happened to have a $2 million slot available!