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Thursday, February 12, 2009

NPR To Fox"News": Shut Up

About Juan Williams, that is.

On TV, Fox identifies Williams as "NPR News Political Analyst." (Conversely, NPR rarely identifies him as Fox News contributor.)

Last year, 378 listeners emailed me complaints and frustrations about things Williams said on Fox. The listener themes are similar: Williams "dishonors NPR." He's an "embarrassment to NPR." "NPR should severe their relationship with him."

The latest flap involves Williams' comment on Fox about First Lady Michelle Obama. To date, I've received 56 angry emails. For comparison, this year so far, listeners sent 13 emails about Steve Inskeep, 8 about Mara Liasson and 6 about Cokie Roberts -- other NPR personalities who I often get emails about.

More here from NPR's Ombudsman Alicia Shepard.

It's interesting to see Juan on O'Reilly or Hannity creating the defense that they, or Fox, are somehow not "racist" or "racially motivated". It's as if he's being used - and this blogger feel that he not only is, but he is willing to do so.

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