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Juan Williams Fired From NPR For O'Reilly Factor Comments About Muslims

Reported by Ellen - October 20, 2010 -

Juan Williams' over-the-top comments about Muslims on The O'Reilly Factor Monday night have cost him his job at NPR. After Bill O'Reilly went on an anti-Muslim tear, Williams made the astounding comment, "I think you’re right… I’m not a bigot… but when I get on a plane, I gotta tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb, and I think, you know, they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

In my opinion, it's not just what Williams said, which was bad enough, but that he said it after agreeing with O'Reilly's most disgusting anti-Muslim rant ever: "The Muslim threat to the world is not isolated, it’s HUGE! ...The cold truth is, that in the world today, jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet.”

The New York Times reported,

The public radio organization said it thanked him for many years of service. Mr. Williams did not immediately respond on Wednesday night to an e-mail seeking comment.

Mr. Williams’s contributions on Fox raised eyebrows at NPR in the past. In February 2009, NPR said it had asked that he stop being identified on “The O’Reilly Factor” as a “senior correspondent for NPR,” even though that title was accurate.

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