Juan Williams stands by his comments that he’s afraid of Muslims in an airport — even though he was fired as an NPR analyst Wednesday for expressing those thoughts.
Late Wednesday night, NPR issued a statement praising Williams as a valuable contributor but saying it had given him notice that it is severing his contract. “His remarks on The O’Reilly Factor this past Monday were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR,” the statement read.
Bill O’Reilly and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich have asked Congress to open an investigation into NPR and cut its federal funding as a result of Williams’ firing.
“I’m calling immediately… for the immediate suspension of every taxpayer dollar going into the National Public Radio outfit,” O’Reilly told Scott on Fox News’ “Happening Now” Thursday. “We’re gonna get legislation, we’re gonna freeze it down… they don’t get any more money.”