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Is Juan Williams is Whining and Playing the Race Card Against NPR?

March 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Is Juan Williams right about 'all-white' NPR?

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

Juan Williams, the Fox News commentator who was disgraced in a highly public firing by NPR last year, has decided to go at his old bosses after NPR went through a public humiliation of it’s own. In a recent interview, Williams referred to NPR as an "all-white organization" that showed "the worst of white condescension" in the way they fired him last year. This was after NPR executive Ron Schiller was caught on a hidden camera referring to the Tea Party movement as racist.

"I think when it comes to NPR’s decision to, without any reason, throw me out the door, I think that for them, especially for some of the people who created NPR, it’s an all-white operation," Williams said. He also said that he felt that they favored white female journalists over black and Hispanic ones.

Sorry Juan, but what NPR did to you was not condescending. Condescending is when Fox News uses you as it’s personal "Negro Stamp of Approval" for some of the most racist, vile and insulting commentary in news media today. I personally stopped appearing on Fox News in 2007 after the network decided that race-baiting was a great way to get ratings. The Obama presidency was just around the corner, and Fox News would take the lead in giving a platform to the racial ignorance that still exists in our country.


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Your Black Life: NPR Cancels Sole Black Program

December 13, 2008 Leave a comment

It seems that as time changes, nothing seems to ever change as it relates to African American issues in our society.  Growing up in the 1950s I often heard the refrain, that blacks were the last hired and the first fired.

That trend continues as National Public Radio, a liberal news organization, has just announced they are discontinuing the Program, “News & Notes, hosted by veteran broadcast and digital media journalist Farai Chideya.  NPR cites the fact that the program received low ratings and did not attract the funding necessary from national sponsors. [...]

In addition the News & Notes, the station also eliminated the program “Day to Day”.

“News & Notes” was a one-hour daily program and was produced at the NPR West studios in Culver City, CA. A roster of respected experts contributed regular segments on a wide range of subjects, with input from the program’s audience [...]

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