[Update] Juan Willaims writes "I Was Fired for Telling the Truth." Video of Williams and O'Reilly's reactions at Part #2 of this post, found here.
Below is the segment of the O'Reilly Factor where Juan Williams made statements, using his first amendment right to freedom of speech to which NPR (National Public Radio) terminated his contract, firing him, for saying.
Watch for yourself, the controversy surrounding this issue below video because readers should hear all the remarks, in context.
NPR claims Williams' comments violated the terms of his contract with them, so they fired him.
The fallout and reactions have been like a firestorm throughout the media and blogosphere, with Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin both calling on Congress to strip funding from NPR, Bernie Goldberg who is a television news reporter and winner of 10 Emmy Awards calls this the "Death of Liberalism.
Even some liberal bloggers, while not agreeing with Williams' statement itself, stating that "Mediaite has a transcript of an interview with Williams about his firing. Again, I didn't like Williams' statement, but this is the kind of thing you should be able to say on TV without getting fired."
A look at Memeoranum shows the flap over this is wide and opinions varied and doesn't appear to be letting up in any way:
Brian Stelter / New York Times:NPR Ends Analyst's Contract After Comments on Muslims — NPR has terminated its contract with Juan Williams, one of its senior news analysts, after he made comments about Muslims on the Fox News Channel. — NPR said in a statement that it gave Mr. Williams notice of his termination on Wednesday night.Discussion: The Atlantic Online, Atlas Shrugs, PR Newswire, NO QUARTER, Outside the Beltway, Moonbattery, And So it Goes in Shreveport, NewsBusters.org blogs, The Anchoress, Jihad Watch, Questions and Observations, Flopping Aces, News Hounds, Examiner, Stop The ACLU, TigerHawk, neo-neocon, Babalú Blog, RealClearPolitics Video Log, The Daily Caller, Pajamas Media, GetReligion, Guardian, Commentary, Gawker, Indecision Forever, Mediaite, Politics Daily, Althouse, Scared Monkeys, Taylor Marsh, Don Surber, Gateway Pundit, Washington Monthly, Weasel Zippers, No More Mister Nice Blog, Newshoggers.com, Sweetness & Light, Left Coast Rebel and Oliver Willis, more at Mediagazer »Discussion:Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs: Hamas-linked, Muslim Brotherhood CAIR Demand for Action — Juan Williams FiredPat Austin / And So it Goes in Shreveport: Fox All Stars Ought to Be Interesting Tonight: Will Williams Be on the Panel?Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org blogs: NPR Hates Fox: After CAIR Demand for Action, NPR Fires Juan Williams …The MaryHunter / Stop The ACLU: NPR, George Soros, and the Canning of Juan WilliamsDennis DiClaudio / Indecision Forever: NPR Fires Juan Williams, Sadly Not for Simply Being Juan WilliamsSteve Krakauer / Mediaite: Bill O'Reilly And Whoopi Goldberg Agree! Juan Williams Firing Is “Ridiculous”Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit: Juan Williams Fired From NPR for Comments About Muslims on O'Reilly Factor (Video)RELATED:David Folkenflik / NPR:NPR Ends Williams' Contract After Muslim Remarks — NPR News has terminated the contract of longtime news analyst Juan Williams after remarks he made on the Fox News Channel about Muslims. — Williams appeared on “The O'Reilly Factor,” Monday and host Bill O'Reilly asked him to comment …Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite, The Huffington Post, Washington Wire, PostPartisan, JSOnline, The Awl, YID With LID, The Jawa Report, The Daily Caller, Pajamas Media, The Page, National Review, Bearing Drift, ThinkProgress, FishbowlDC, TPM LiveWire, Speakeasy, Betsy's Page, Conservatives4Palin.com, NPR Topics, TalkLeft, Raw Story, Hubbub and LewRockwell.com BlogDiscussion:Colby Hall / Mediaite: Megyn Kelly And CAIR Director Get In Heated Debate Over Juan Williams' FiringEarl Ofari Hutchinson / The Huffington Post: NPR Should Have Booted Williams for His Fraudulent LiberalismChoire Sicha / The Awl: That Guy NPR Fired Should Totally Go Back to FranceBen Armbruster / ThinkProgress: NPR Fires Juan Williams After He Admits Getting ‘Nervous’ …Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPM LiveWire: NPR Fires Juan Williams Over Remarks Made About Muslims On O'Reilly Factor (VIDEO)Lauren Kelley / Speakeasy: NPR Fires Juan Williams for Offensive Muslim RemarksBetsy Newmark / Betsy's Page: NPR fires Juan Williams for expressing his opinionNicole Coulter / Conservatives4Palin.com: Bye, Bye Juan — I'm no fan of political correctness …Mark Memmott / NPR Topics: Juan Williams: My Words Were ‘Not A Bigoted Statement’Myglesias / Yglesias:On Juan Williams — Since my ThinkProgress colleagues are sort of “part of the story” in terms of Juan Williams getting sacked from NPR I'm a bit hesitant to comment on it. But as in the case of Rick Sanchez it seems to me that if you assume Williams has been doing valuable work all these years …Discussion:Jonathan Bernstein / A plain blog about politics: Catch of the Day — Oh, it's going to Jonathan Chait, alright.Patrick Madden / WAMU 88.5: Report Exposes Security Flaws At DPW Site Before ShootingWashington Post:NPR fires Juan Williams over anti-Muslim remarks — Veteran journalist Juan Williams was fired from his job as senior news analyst for National Public Radio late Wednesday because of comments he made about Muslims and terrorism on “The O'Reilly Factor” on Fox News Channel.Discussion:Alexandra Petri / Rough Sketch: NPR fired Juan Williams for this? My plane danger list.Jack Stuef / Wonkette: Fox News Sued For Being Racistly Abusive To EmployeeAharding / CNN:Huckabee calls on Congress to cut NPR funding — “NPR has discredited itself as a forum for free speech and a protection of the First Amendment rights of all and has solidified itself as the purveyor of politically correct pabulum and protector of views that lean left,” Huckabee said in a statement provided to CNN.Michelle Malkin:Firing offense: NPR axes Juan Williams for opinions on Muslims & post-9/11 travel — Un-freaking-believable. — Cable news blogger Johnny Dollar red-flagged NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik's Twitter feed, which announced tonight that liberal NPR analyst/Fox News contributor Juan Williams' contract …Discussion: ThinkProgress, RedState, The Daily Dish, The Huffington Post, Wonkette, Media Research Center, Balloon Juice, The Other McCain, The Sundries Shack, Outside the Beltway, Political Byline, Stop The ACLU, The Powers That Be, National Review, NewsBusters.org blogs, Sweetness & Light, Pajamas Media, Liberty Pundits Blog, protein wisdom and iOwnTheWorld.comDiscussion:Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress: Juan Williams Stands By His Claim That He Has ‘Anxiety’ …Brent Bozell / NewsBusters.org blogs: NPR Firing of Juan Williams Is Outrageous, Congress Should InvestigateMelissa Clouthier / Liberty Pundits Blog: Juan Williams, Liberal, Not Liberal Enough For NPRMike Huckabee / Huck PAC:Statement On NPR Firing Juan Williams — NPR has fired Juan Williams as a result of comments he recently made on The Bill O'Reilly show. The comments were his personal admission that while he is certainly not a bigot, he said he was nervous when someone in Muslim garb and spouting Muslim doctrine got …Discussion:Stephen Prothero / CNN: My Take: NPR's firing of Williams imperils national conversation on IslamGlenn Greenwald / Salon:NPR fires Juan Williams for anti-Muslim bigotry — (updated below) — On Monday, I documented the glaring double standard in our political discourse generally and in the world of journalism specifically, whereby anti-Muslim bigotry is widely tolerated, while those perceived as expressing similar …Discussion:Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft: The Right To Complain — Jeralyn details the Juan Williams firing by NPR.P.J. Salvatore / Big Journalism:
Screw Free Speech, NPR Fires Juan Williams for Muslim RemarksDiscussion:William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion: Juan Williams Fired For Acknowledging Negative StereotypesAlex Fitzsimmons / NewsBusters.org blogs: Ousted NPR Analyst Jokes and Jests with Hannity on Night of Terminationaolnews.com:
Opinion: Juan Williams, NPR and the Death of LiberalismDiscussion:Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: Goldberg: NPR drove a stake through the heart of liberalismKathy Shaidle / five feet of fury.: Juan Williams expresses (literal) ‘Islamophobia,’ …Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Why NPR Was Wrong to Fire Juan WilliamsDiscussion:Tommy Christopher / Mediaite: Juan Williams Just the Latest to be Fired For Telling the TruthChris Moody / The Daily Caller: Williams firing, Soros donation spark new calls to end NPR taxpayer subsidiesWilliam Kristol / Weekly Standard:
National Politically-correct RadioDiscussion:Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online: Juan Williams Fired by NPR For No Particular Reason (UPDATED)Brian Stelter / Media Decoder: Fired From NPR, Juan Williams Keeps Talking on FoxRussell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Did Juan Williams Say What Most People Are Thinking?NEW!Conor Friedersdorf / Provocations:
Reflections On Stigma — National Public Radio has reportedly …Discussion:Adam Serwer / The Plum Line:
Should Juan Williams have been fired?Discussion:Echidne / ECHIDNE of the snakes: Can I Call You Names? — Juan Williams has been fired by the NPR for this:Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite: Juan Williams On NPR Firing: 'I Don't Even Get The Chance To Have A Conversation?'Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
NPR memo to stations: why we fired Juan Williams10 minutes agoDiscussion:Andy Barr / The Politico:
Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee blast NPR over Juan Williams firingDiscussion:Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft: A First Amendment Threat Related To The Juan Williams FiringJohn Aravosis / AMERICAblog News: Palin & Huckabee want to slash NPR's funding for firing Juan Williams …Riley Waggaman / Wonkette: Juan Williams Fired For Admitting He Is Afraid of Flying MuslimsEd Morrissey / Hot Air:
NPR fires Juan Williams over comments about Muslims flyingDiscussion:Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket: Psst! A majority of Americans sees too much political correctness …B. Daniel Blatt / GayPatriot: Wonder if his work for FoxNews had something to do with itWilliam Saletan / Slate:Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
The left is doing to Juan Williams what the right did to Shirley Sherrod.10 minutes agoDiscussion:Greg Mitchell / The Nation: Reactions to Juan Williams Firing, From Left and RightDoug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway: What Juan Williams Has In Common With Shirley Sherrod
NPR Fires Juan Williams Over Remarks Made About Muslims On O'Reilly FactorNEW!
[Update] Interesting little tidbit about NPR and George Soros: