Longtime news analyst Juan Williams, who has written extensively on race and civil rights, has been fired by NPR after saying on the Fox News Channel that he gets nervous when he sees people in Muslim garb on an airplane.
NPR issued a statement late Wednesday saying his contract as a senior news analyst was being terminated after Williams’ comments Monday on The O’Reilly Factor.
Host Bill O’Reilly brought on guests to discuss his own appearance last week on ABC’s The View during which Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the set in protest of O’Reilly’s views on Muslims.
“Where am I going wrong here, Juan?” O’Reilly asked.
Williams, 56, responded that too much political correctness can get in the way of reality.
“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the Civil Rights movement in this country,” Williams said. “But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”
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