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How Eric Cantor Can Turn Around His Legacy

Juan Williams thinks the Majority Leader should try to fix the Voting Rights Act

(Newser) - If Eric Cantor's story ends today, history will remember him only as "the highest-ranking Republican to suffer defeat in a primary," Juan Williams observes at The Hill . But Williams thinks there's a way Cantor can use his final days to rescue his legacy: He can revive... More »

As GOP Eyes 2014, Tea Partiers Sit on Wallets

Party sees 'total split': insider

(Newser) - The divide between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party is growing wider, analysts say. Case in point: Politico reports that eight of the 20 most ardent members of the House pro-shutdown faction haven't given a red cent to the National Republican Congressional Committee, though midterm election are looming.... More »

Juan Williams: Here's the True Problem With NPR

Arrogant, elitist leaders ruining a 'once-great brand'

(Newser) - The departure of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller shines a light on the network’s key problem: its "ingrown and arrogant" leaders, who have "lost sight of journalism as the essential product of NPR," writes Juan Williams in the New York Post . Those at the top think they're... More »

NPR News Exec Resigns Over Juan Williams Firing

Ellen Weiss took flak over how it was handled

(Newser) - The fallout over last year's firing of Juan Williams by NPR continues: The executive who canned him over his comments about being nervous around Muslims in airports has herself resigned. Ellen Weiss made the announcement today, the same day as an outside review concluded that while the firing was legal,... More »

Palin No Intellectual Match for Obama: Juan Williams

Conservatives react to Fox correspondent's analysis

(Newser) - Conservatives rushed to Juan Williams’ aid when NPR fired him—but now, he’s taking heat from the right for saying Sarah Palin “can’t stand on an intellectual stage with Obama.” On Fox News Sunday, the onetime NPR commentator said the field of Republican candidates was “... More »

Ailes Sorry for Calling NPR Execs 'Nazis'

...what Fox boss meant to say was 'nasty, inflexible bigots'

(Newser) - Roger Ailes has apologized for calling NPR bosses "Nazis" in an interview—but he's not exactly backing down. Mediabistro obtained a letter that the Fox News chair sent to the Anti-Defamation League apologizing for his word choice, but in it, he doesn’t apologize for slamming NPR. “In... More »

Democrats Block Attempt to Kill NPR Funding

Eric Cantor says Republicans will try again next year

(Newser) - House Republicans today failed in their attempt to strip funding from National Public Radio over the Juan Williams scandal , the Hill reports. But Eric Cantor suggested the battle isn't over: "If the Democrat majority wants to continue to ignore the will of the people that’s their prerogative, but... More »

Roger Ailes: NPR Brass Are 'Nazis'

Fox News boss also says Jon Stewart is 'crazy'

(Newser) - Roger Ailes thinks Juan Williams is a “true liberal,” but he hired him anyway because he was mad at NPR. “They are, of course, Nazis,” the Fox News chief told Howard Kurtz of the Daily Beast . “They are the left wing of Nazism. … They... More »

Bill Maher Doesn't Want West 'Taken Over by Islam'

'It's not because of the race, it's because of the religion'

(Newser) - Bill Maher, no fan of organized religion, isn't thrilled with news out of Britain that Mohammed is the most popular baby name there. “Am I a racist to feel alarmed by that?” he asked on his Real Time show last night, reports Mediaite . “Because I am. And it’... More »

Jon Stewart Kicks Off DC Week

'Daily Show' ramps up excitement for Saturday rally

(Newser) - Jon Stewart kicked off the Daily Show’s week in Washington, DC, by weighing in on—what else?—the Juan Williams-NPR controversy. The obvious problem? Williams violated NPR’s “never-say-anything-interesting policy,” says correspondent Samantha Bee. And, considering Fox News was quick to jump all over NPR as soon... More »

Why NPR Should Never Have Even Hired Juan Williams

Bonnie Erbé cites sexual harassment allegations against him

(Newser) - Juan Williams is catching plenty of flak for what he said on Wednesday. But it's what he said nearly two decades ago that has Bonnie Erbé chiming in—and arguing not about whether or not he should have been fired, but protesting the fact that NPR hired him in the... More »

NPR Chief Sorry for Williams 'Psychiatrist' Dig

Ombudsman says firing mishandled; DeMint want to cut funds

(Newser) - NPR’s chief has apologized for suggesting Juan Williams keep his feelings about Muslims between himself and “his psychiatrist or publicist,” the station’s website notes. “I spoke hastily and I apologize to Juan and others for my thoughtless remark,” said Vivian Schiller. In a separate... More »

Canned Juan Williams Gets $2M Fox News Contract

Ex-NPR analyst signs 3-year deal, still furious over firing

(Newser) - Getting fired from NPR is working out pretty well for Juan Williams. Fox News has offered the analyst a new three-year, $2 million contract, the Los Angeles Times reports. Williams—canned for telling Fox's O'Reilly Factor that people in Muslim garb on planes make him nervous—will have an expanded... More »

Juan Williams: 'I Said What I Meant to Say'

Fired NPR hosts says it's not bigoted, just the truth

(Newser) - Juan Williams says he didn't misspeak when he talked of getting nervous when seeing Muslims in airports, comments that got him fired from NPR . "I said what I meant to say," Williams explained on Fox News today, "which is that it is an honest experience that when... More »

Juan Williams Flap a Shirley Sherrod Rerun

This time it's the left pushing an edited, misleading video clip

(Newser) - The Juan Williams controversy ought to seem awfully familiar—because it’s a complete rerun of the Shirley Sherrod debacle . Only this time, it’s left-wingers promoting an edited, misleading clip, writes William Saletan for Slate . The video, which was quoted by the New York Times, Washington Post and NPR,... More »

NPR Bounces Juan Williams for Muslim Remark

Islamic garb on planes makes him a 'nervous' flyer

(Newser) - NPR has axed commentator Juan Williams after he said that Muslims on his airline flights make him "nervous." Williams comments are "inconsistent with our editorial standards," said a statement from NPR. Williams made his remarks on Fox's The O'Reilly Factor as he discussed attitudes toward "... More »

Obama Arrives Late for Race Debate

Cosby launched conversation in 2004, journalist argues

(Newser) - The black community has already started the conversation Barack Obama wants, prominent conservative Myron Magnet writes in City Journal. Liberal icons Bill Cosby and Juan Williams have declared that it’s time for African Americans to take responsibility for their own destiny. They’re telling truths that have left black... More »

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