Just as I predicted in yesterday’s post, we will get our fill of Juan Williams on Fox News. In less than 24 hours of being fired from NPR for what were considered anti-Muslim remarks on Fox, Fox signed him to a new “multi-year contract extension” today. Williams is smelling like a rose today with a new $2 million contract extension.
The $2 million deal ties him to Fox for three more years.
FOX News has re-signed Juan Williams to an expanded role with the network in a multi-year deal, announced Roger Ailes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, FOX News.Currently a contributor and a regular substitute host for The O’Reilly Factor, Williams willhost the primetime program tomorrow night for Bill O’Reilly and will appear as a guest with him tonight.
I prefer Laura Ingraham as a sit-in for O’Reilly (in fact I prefer Ingraham to O’Reilly), and I’m thinking most Fox viewers do also. But as I predicted, we’ll see at least triple the appearances on Fox now that Williams is set free from the National Propaganda Radio, via shooting his First Amendment rights dead in the heart. His boss canned him by telephone. Williams was upset that the did not get to meet with her “eyeball to eyeball.”
As a successful Fox contributor, I believe NPR was looking for a way to get rid of him.
Dana Davis Rehm, NPR’s senior vice president for communications, said in an interview that Williams’ comments violated internal ethics policies that prohibit NPR journalists from going on other media and expressing “views they would not air in their role as an NPR journalist.” The guidelines also prohibit NPR journalists from participating in programs “that encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis.”
Rehm said Williams had been warned several times in the past about making personal comments that violated the policy.
Fox founder and Chairman Roger Ailes issued this statement:
“Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at FOX News in 1997. He’s an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by FOX News on a daily basis.”
While we continue to dole out the millions of dollars (taxpayer dollars) to NPR, Mike Huckabee plans to boycott NPR:
“NPR has discredited itself as a forum for free speech and a protection of the First Amendment rights of all and has solidified itself as the purveyor of politically correct pabulum and protector of views that lean left,”
So how does NPR get funds from the taxpayer? Through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (mostly funded by the U.S. government) and the egregious National Endowment for the Arts. It’s my belief that if the Opera House can’t fund itself, then it closes it’s doors. That’s the American way. In 2009, Congress appropriated $400 million to CPB, and we gave the NEA $155 million, in past years, as much as $180 million.
NEA’s communications director Yosi Sergant, was reassigned in 2008-2009, for recruiting artists to create works supporting Obama. Breitbart and Beck stirred the waters until they relented and moved Sergant. Here’s one example. There are no reports of any artwork coming from the “Endowment” created for John McCain. Speaking of funding Liberal sacred cows, do you know about this?
Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook