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Firing Juan

Tom, do you really think Juan Williams would be commenting on political subjects on Fox TV if his NPR contract says he can't comment on politics outside of NPR? Why weren't his comments on other Fox TV shows a problem? Vivian Schiller's handling of this matter has cost NPR and PBS thousands, maybe millions, in withdrawn financial support (see comments above). When Juan's wrongful termination civil case is settled, there will be millions more in damage to NPR/PBS. So at a cost of millions in dropped donations and legal settlements, NPR tosses a respected political analyst for expressing his feelings honestly. This sounds like McCarthy-era paranoia, not 21st century public broadcasting.

October 27, 2010 at 9:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Firing Juan

After working in the TV News business for 29 years (19 years in San Diego) I was shocked that NPR fired Juan Williams as they did. Nobody dismissed by the network affiliates I worked for was ever fired by phone. It's professional courtesy to meet in person behind closed doors to resolve the issue. What's more disturbing is the comments made by Vivian Schiller during a public appearance shortly afterward. The Juan Williams matter is a private personnel matter, not a public debate. Every professional manager knows this. She has discredited NPR and PBS by handling his dismissal this way then making humor about it afterward. Absolutely unacceptable.

What's worse is that Juan didn't offer 'opinions' about Muslim airline passengers on 'The O'Reilly Factor'. He simply said an airline passenger dressed in traditional Muslim garb made him nervous when he (Juan) got on a plane. That's a personal feeling, clear insight as to how opinions get formed. Not a professional opinion.

Vivian Schiller's unprofessional conduct isn't about Juan Williams violating NPR policy. It's about intolerance toward an NPR analyst for appearing on a Fox TV program, nothing more. NPR, PBS and all other CPB funded broadcasters will not get a penny from me ever again. Maybe they've forgotten professional conduct and decency. I haven't.

San Diego, CA

October 26, 2010 at 3:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )