Even though I often disagree with him, I am a huge fan of Juan Williams. I like him so much that I went to see him at a Civitas function in Raleigh a few years ago and invited my good friend, blogger Betsy Newmark to come since I knew she was a fan of Williams' work as well. After listening to him speak at length about his book, Enough, and after talking to him after the event, I went away with enormous affection for him and, as hokey as it sounds, hope for the future. Williams was open to considering different ideas and to changing his opinions when presented with new facts. My hope was that his influence, through his book and television appearances, would reach millions and cause many to question the politically correct narratives they have been fed over the years, just as Williams had.
I have been so consumed by the election that I have not written anything about NPR's firing of Juan Williams and regrettably don't really have time to do the topic justice, but I did not want to go without at least jotting down some words of support for a man I deeply respect, and some words of outrage for NPR. Firing him was bad enough, the ridiculous explanation for it was outrageous (NPR should be embarrassed. The psychitrist comment in the video was completely out of line.)
Betsy Newmark took the necessary time to do the issue justice, so please go read her blog post at Betsy's Page. She looked at the entire transcript. It is difficult to imagine that NPR could have done the same and come to the conclusion they did. Read Juan Williams' piece at Fox News to get his side of the story.