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Juan, But It's Not the Same: Debate Over NPR's Firing Williams Continues

Juan Williams appeared on Good Morning America this morning to hit NPR for finally firing him over his latest ethical breach, kicking off another round of controversy that sure will not die soon, what with Michelle Malkin denouncing the "lynch mob" that strung up Williams.  Yesterday our selection of opinions—my wrapup here—proved popular, so we're back for round two. More to be come.

First, one must note Williams' statement late yesterday  that he had been "sent to a gulag." Good word for Fox—but "gulag" will now pay him $2 milion a year .

 Williams on Good Morning America today: "I used to think the rightwing was inflexible, but if NPR represents left orthodoxy, then…" Then called for de-funding—if NPR is so good, let 'em raise bucks themselves.

As calls for defunding NPR grow, here's a chart showing what a small portion of NPR's funding comes from the government.

Good roundup up of NPR people defending decision, and their ombud says it was right but wrong.

Will Bunch with lengthy take that highlights NPR's "insane" focus on journalistic "purity."  James Poniewozik at Time with much the same take—better to have analyst's be honest than hide their "baggage."  

Free Press: "Tell Congress, Sarah Palin doesn't speak for me. Stand up for NPR."  

How Kurtz says NPR "blunder" will only hurt them and also complains about George Soros giving them $1.8 million to hire more reporters.

Absolute and shocking proof that NPR is totally in the tank for liberals.

FAIR hits Williams  for saying his case worse than what Nixon did vs. press—e.g., threatening to actually kill reporters, not merely fire them.

Glenn Greenwald mentions Helen Thomas and "others fired for their views while the Right cheered: Eason Jordan, Peter Arnett, Ashleigh Banfield, Phil Donahue, Ward Churchill." 

Numerous wags have pointed out that now Williams has escaped NPR ban and can happily attend the Jon Stewart rally next week.

John Nichols: Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)  says firing wrong.

MIchael Tomasky on Williams and the First Amendment claims… James Rainey of LA Times finds firing "hard to justify." 

Fox News with highly ironic hit on NPR's lack of balance.

A new edition of Greg Mitchell's book The Campaign of the Century: Upton SInclair's Race for Governor of California and the Birth of Media Politics, winner of the Goldsmith Book Prize, has just been published.

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