Juan Williams

I can’t help but think that the presence of someone like Juan Williams on NPR and Fox was a good thing. It allowed for some cross fertilization between conservative and liberal news outlets.

I think Juan’s presence was at least originally supposed to give some credibility to Fox’s claim of being fair and balanced, and at least early on I think he did that. Fox seems to me to be moving to be more explicitly a conservative network. Hannity and Combs is now just just Hannity after all. I admit in some recent occasions, he seems to have picked up the Fox style, especially in filling in for O’reilly, and I think he may have been planning to jump to Fox. Economically, it appears he will be better off for having been fired. Maybe he planned this incident, or something like it.

So I thought Juan’s presence on both networks might help provide some balance to both networks. But maybe the time for him to that was gone even if he had stayed. Still I think it was mistake that he was fired.

One response to “Juan Williams

  1. A bigger mistake than NPR bargained for – this is going to work against them for some time. David Brooks just said that in the early years, 20 years ago, NPR was in fact a liberal organization but htey’ve spent the intervening time working on that and becoming a non partisan voice. And doing a good job. And he said something like ‘now they’ll have to fight that battle all over again’.

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