NPR Receives Bomb Threat Days After Juan Williams Firing
NPR received thousands of emails and calls criticizing its decision to terminate news analyst, and on Monday the FBI got involved after a bomb threat was mailed to company's headquarters.
Less than a week after NPR fired news analyst Juan Williams over a controversial comment he made about Muslims on The O'Reilly Factor, the news organization is experiencing major repercussions, including threats to employees. And on Monday, things turned serious enough to get the FBI involved after NPR received a bomb threat, reports the Washington Post.
NPR received the bomb threat at its Washington headquarters by U.S. mail, and although the letter did not specifically mention Williams or his termination, the Post report mentions that anonymous NPR employees said they believed the timing and tone suggested the threat may have been in response to the Williams controversy. The document was turned over to local police and the FBI.
On Oct. 20, NPR let Williams go from his contract after he revealed to host Bill O'Reilly during a chat on Fox's The O'Reilly Factor that he worried when traveling on planes with people in "Muslim garb."
Following the journalist's firing, NPR reportedly received thousands of emails and phone calls about the issue, most of them critical of NPR's decision. In addition, company president Vivian Schiller received threatening phone calls to her home.
NPR released a statement Tuesday saying that the company is "taking extra precautions" and "being more aware of who's entering the building."