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Here's What Fox News Considers "Honest Expression" About Muslims And Williams

Reported by Ellen - October 24, 2010 -

As I have previously posted, Fox News is trying to whitewash the anti-Muslim comments that got Juan Williams fired from NPR by calling them an "honest" expression of how he feels. They never mention (at least as far as I've seen) that they were said in support of Bill O'Reilly's even more disturbing comments about the "huge" "Muslim threat to the world." Now Fox Nation has deliberately misrepresented the Williams/O'Reilly discussion to suggest that Williams merely answered a question about his feelings when, in fact, he voluntarily raised them in validation of O'Reilly's. That, plus the threads' comments corroborate my argument that what Fox News really wants is the "freedom" to engage in bigoted speech.

A Fox Nation post about Williams called, How Would You Have Answered? misleadingly asks,

"How would you have answered the question: When boarding an airplane, does seeing a fellow passenger dressed in the clothing of a devout Muslim make you worried or nervous?"

In reality, Williams was never asked such a question. O'Reilly completed an anti-Muslim rant, asked Williams, "Where am I going wrong here, Juan?" and Williams replied that he agreed with O'Reilly and added the now-infamous comments about being worried on a plane with Muslims. You can watch the entire exchange in my original post on the segment.

According to Fox Nation's own Statement of Purpose, the website is devoted to "the core principles of tolerance, open debate, civil discourse--and fair and balanced coverage of the news. It is for those opposed to intolerance, excessive government control of our lives, and attempts to monopolize opinion or suppress freedom of thought, expression, and worship."

Following its unfair, imbalanced presentation of the context of Williams' remarks, here are some examples of Fox Nation's core principles of "tolerance," "civil discourse" and "freedom of expression" at work. (H/T James W.)

The following comments were still on Fox Nation as of about 2PM ET today.

The first comment, by "frankshab," seems to have been edited from its original, as captured by our reader. Here's the comment as it now stands.

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Here's the one our reader found earlier:

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So the Fox Nation moderator(s) edited out "rag heads" but they allowed the following to stand:

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