[Update 1:40 PM, PT, Oct 21, 2010: If you want to see a video of Juan Williams back on Fox News responding to his firinig, please click here.]
Juan Williams has been fired as a news analyst by NPR for comments he made on "The O’Reilly Factor" on Fox News earlier this week, reports AOL news.
The comments are included in the video below.
Williams was speaking about O’Reilly’s comments on "The View" last week about Muslims and 9/11, when he said, "[W]hen I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous," the story says.
NPR said his remarks on the Fox News show "were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR."
According to the article, "Williams’ frequent appearances on ‘the largely conservative and often contentious prime-time talk shows of Fox News have long been a sore point with NPR News executives,’ the NPR website reported. Williams’ title was recently changed from correspondent to analyst after he took clear-cut policy positions in TV appearances and in newspaper columns."
Furthermore, the article says, "In February 2009, NPR asked that Williams stop being identified on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ as a ‘senior correspondent for NPR,’ even though that title was accurate at the time, The New York Times reported.
The article continues, "At the time, NPR ombudswoman Alicia C. Shepard called Williams a ‘lightning rod’ because he ‘tends to speak one way on NPR and another on Fox.’ She told the Times that NPR received 378 listener e-mails in 2008 complaining about Williams."