Sunday, July 16, 2006

Is Juan Williams about to lose his Fox contract?

Juan Williams has always been a reliable foil for Fox News conservatives. As he and Mara Liason have sat in on panel after panel, they've worked for the right in two ways.
  1. Being real reporters and not partisan pundits, they won't fight back against the excesses of the right. The NPR code of ethics explicitly demands that reporters working on other stations "should not express their personal opinions on matters of public controversy because that impairs their ability to report credibly on those same matters for NPR." This means that the right can toss out ideas without fear of strong opposition.

  2. It also backs up the notion that there exists a "liberal media." Rightwingers can point to the panel, pretend it's "balanced" by the fact their guys are facing off against NPR staffers. This is the very nature of Fox News' version of balance: Frothing at the mouth conservatives take on impartial spokespeople or simply trot out conservatives with no balance at all. Remember, O'Reilly has all but called himself a coward.
That's why it was so refreshing to see that Juan Williams actually called Bill Kristol on his "get tough" bullshit on Fox News. ThinkProgress has the transcript and the video, which you should watch, but I want to highlight this one bit. After saying that Bill Kristol just wants "war, war, war," Juan Williams goes on to say this:
Well, the hard and unforgiving line has been, we don’t talk to anybody. We don’t talk to Hamas. We don’t talk to Hezbollah. We’re not going to talk to Iran. Where has it gotten us, Bill?
Bill Kristol's answer? His response to being called a warmonger who has supported and continues to support failed policies? The shrug you see below.

Apparently, Bill Kristol is a man beyond shame.

And, if Williams actually starts calling them like he sees them, he's not long for Fox News.


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