This is the former NPR reporter who was fired for making a comment on Fox News -- something to the effect of an an endorsement of "Islam-o-phobia"(albiet snipped out of context by the wonderful FOX News crew). FOX News instantly hired him after NPR fired him, apparently to endorse the idea that it's perfectly legit for Americans to harbor reactionary fear against Muslims based on religion --- and that in any event this was "free expression," and an exchange of ideas that no "fair and balanced" news source out to punish.
For a while, it seemed like Mr. Williams not only took the $ 2 million dollar bait -- he went out of his way to justify it. In his own words: "I was fired for telling the truth." Williams has since insisted that this whole time, he's just been trying to encourage a fair dialogue between different-minded people in the U.S. Therefore, he took a $2 million dollar job from Fox News immediately after being canned by NPR for the Muslim comments, etc. (The Daily Show has been all over this one...)
Just the other day, however, Mr. Williams showed some signs of life re: his commitment to the "free expression" / "fair and balanced" memes. On live TV, he said that most people in America agreed with the "basic tenants" of OWS, namely that there is income inequality and something needs to be done to be done to reign in an out of control financial sector. He was promptly shut down and silenced by a Fox anchor (surprise, surprise).
My point is simply this: here is a wonderful opportunity to expose Fox News for lying on an international stage. I suggest everyone take a couple minutes and comment on Mr. Williams' follow-up piece to his comments on Fox News.
It can be found here: http://thehill.com/opinion/columnists/j ... cal-divide (as you can see, FOX viewers are getting their money's worth in the comments below...) Tell Mr. Williams to keep up the pressure.
I know this is hardly a novel idea from an ideological perspective. But consider the practical consequences. Maybe... just maybe... Mr. Williams will prove to have the strength to call out Fox News on more of the classic right-wing lies it re-enforces daily. Maybe he'll stir up a real controversy or lawsuit that makes national headlines. Such consequences could be enormous.
If you're inspired, please comment. http://thehill.com/opinion/columnists/j ... cal-divide
Show this guy that more than a handful of real Americans have at least half a brain left. Maybe it will compel him to make a scene on a national stage!
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