Juan Williams on Ellen Weiss' Resignation: 'It's Good News for NPR'
Williams told Fox News that the executive who fired him last year "represented a very ingrown, incestuous culture" at NPR that was not open to different perspectives.
Weiss, NPR's senior vp news, resigned after an independent review that looked into the circumstances around Williams' firing expressed "concerns regarding the speed and handling of the termination process."
Williams was fired in October after making remarks about Muslims on Fox News, where he also served as a correspondent. (He went on to sign a new multiyear deal with Fox shortly after his termination.) He told Bill O'Reilly, "I'm not a bigot …. But when 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."
On Thursday, Williams said about Weiss: "She felt there was no longer any place for me since I had crossed the line of any journalistic standard. What I had crossed was her politically correct line in the sand."
Williams also had words about NPR CEO Vivian Schiller, who said at the time that he needed to keep his thoughts between himself "and his shrink."
Williams called the comment "a low blow." Schiller lost her year-end bonus following the review of Williams' firing.