Fox News and other right-leaning media seem to be jumping out of their chairs over NPR's firing of Juan Williams, claiming it was unjustifiable and politically motivated. But was he really fired over his recent comments on Fox (see the video below), or did he violate his contract with NPR?
Here's what Williams said on the O'Reilly Factor this past Monday.
This isn't the first time Williams has had problems with comments made while appearing on Fox, as NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller mentioned when confronted over the firing. It's this pattern of behavior that NPR claims resulted in his termination - not the single instance captured in the video above. As evidence of this history, NPR claims these problems were behind an earlier decision to change his title from `staff correspondent to `news analyst' specifically because of his record taking public positions on controversial issues.
You can read the latest details straight from NPR from their blog The Two-Way in posts here and here, and from links off of the NPR main page.