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GUEST,Neil D BS: NPR fires Juan Williams (241* d) RE: BS: NPR fires Juan Williams 22 Oct 10


I'm not sure I agree with those on the right who are calling this censorship on the part of NPR. He was a freelance pundit whose contract was canceled. No one has tried to tell him what he can or can't say on his own time. Must an organization be forced to freely offer a public forum for every view, no matter how inflammatory, to avoid be accused of censorship.
    As to calling Mr. Williams a whore, I probably wouldn't use that word, but there does seem to be a certain amount of altering his views over time time to suit the paymaster, Fox being a much more lucrative paymaster than NPR who has to go begging for donations every 3 months.
    My criticism of NPR isn't for choosing to no longer use his services. It is for doing so in such a ham-handed manner as to allow him to wallow in martyrdom. Surely they could have done it a much less publicly. Why make any announcement at all? If he just wasn't there anymore, most people would not have noticed. Then if Mr. Williams or Fox News tried to make an issue out of it, they would have looked like whiners. To me they do anyhow.


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