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Yesterday Juan Williams was fired from NPR for statements he made while a guest on “The O’Reilly Factor”. Today Williams is speaking out on NPR’s decision to fire him in the NY Post; which he views “a chilling assault on free speech”.

Juan Williams:

She never suggested that I had discriminated against anyone. Instead, she asked what did I mean? and I told her I said what I meant. Then she said she did not sense remorse from me. I said I made an honest statement. She informed me that I had violated NPR’s values for editorial commentary and she was terminating my contract as a news analyst. I pointed out that I had not made my comments on NPR.

I asked why she would fire me without speaking to me face to face, and she said there was nothing I could say to change her mind. The decision had been confirmed above her. There was no point to meeting in person.


To say the least, this is a chilling assault on free speech. Honest journalism and a free-flowing, respectful national conversation are being buried by ideological orthodoxy.

I say an ideological battle because my comments on “The O’Reilly Factor” are being distorted by the self-righteous, ideological, left-wing leadership at NPR. They are taking bits and pieces of what I said to go after me for daring to have a conversation with leading conservative thinkers. They loathe the fact that I appear on Fox News. They don’t notice that I am challenging Bill O’Reilly and trading ideas with Sean Hannity.

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