From a partial transcript, h/t Mediaite (I don’t know who did this transcript, but I tried to fix it as much as possible for spelling and punctuation errors.):
Barbara Walters: It’s why I sometimes have trouble here and don’t give my opinion because I’m also with ABC news. If you are a commentator and you’re giving opinions, you’re in one category.
Sherri Sheppard: Is that a pundit?
Walters: You can call it a pundit. If you are giving the news straight, you’re not supposed to give your opinions. Now, that’s changed so much. We’re in a whole other time now. Everybody has an opinion. If you don’t make more noise or scream louder or so on, you don’t get the ratings. So it is a funny blurred line. They said he’s a journalist, he’s a correspondent, and he’s not supposed to give opinions. But when he goes on another cable show like Fox and does it — so it’s a very blurry line. In the meantime, we hope he’ll come on with us and, if nothing else, give Joy and Whoopi 10%.
Juan came on O’Reilly’s show tonight to give a rundown of what happened between he and NPR. God bless you, Juan, for not backing down. And thank you, Roger Ailes, for giving Juan a more lucrative contract, for an extended period of time, and for a more expanded role on Fox News.
Liberal media loses BIG time, because, as always, regardless of politics, it is CONSERVATIVES who come to the defense of others in free speech matters (see Imus, et. al). NPR, you are shameless in the way you treated Juan. Seriously, it’s now between Juan and his “psychiatrist?” Really?REALLY??
Here’s a portion of the “Action Alert” item from CAIR’s website:
CAIR Action Alert #625:
Juan Williams says airline passengers in ‘Muslim garb’ make him ‘nervous’
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/20/10) — CAIR is calling on American Muslims and other people of conscience to ask National Public Radio (NPR) to address analyst Juan Williams’ statement that airline passengers in “Muslim garb” make him “nervous.”
During an appearance Monday on Fox’s “O’Reilly Factor,” Williams backed Bill O’Reilly’s recent claim that “Muslims killed us on 9/11″ and then 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.”
NPR fired Juan Williams today after CAIR complained on him regarding comments he made on Bill O’Reilly’s show on Monday regarding political correctness in society. At the heart of the matter was O’Reilly’s appearance on The View, where Whoopi & Joy got their panties in a bunch over a comment that Bill made stating (correctly) that “Muslims killed us” on 9/11 and walked off the set. Juan and Mary Katherine Ham were on O’Reilly’s show to discuss that, and Juan made a very candid admission and he stand beside what he said. I, too, as well as many other Americans, probably feel the exact same way Juan feels.
Juan is no conservative, but even he has free speech rights…ESPECIALLY since NPR is funded by American TAX DOLLARS! That funding needs to end TODAY! And don’t you find it just a teensy bit odd that George Soros recently gave NPR $1.8M to hire 100 journalists? There is no such thing as coincidences; especially when it involves George Soros and the left-wing smear machine.
This week, a lot of you all heard about Rick Sanchez being canned from CNN for calling Jon Stewart a bigot, and saying Jews owned CNN and all the major media companies. Well, this became a topic of discussion on The View this week, Barbara spoke up and said “good for CNN, they fired him and they should have.” This prompted the sea-cow Behar to mutter “I wonder if Fox [News] would have fired him?” Sherri managed to get a brief comment in, but Elisabeth can’t let it go and she asked Joy “what do you mean?” Joy sheepishly replies “I’m just wondering what another network would have done.”
Uh-huh, that’s what I thought Joy. Even some comments and assertions you make are just too much for most folks, and Elisabeth called you out on this one. Would have been a tough argument to make that you think Fox News would have kept an anti-Semite on board. Good job, ‘Lisabeth!