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Open Thread: Juan Williams Review Complete; NPR Exec Resigns

Thursday, January 06, 2011

NPR announced Thursday that Senior Vice-President for News Ellen Weiss has resigned, simultaneously announcing the completion of an internal review of the October firing of Juan Williams. Williams was fired after saying on Fox:

When I get on the 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.

NPR said his comments violated their standards for reporters, and let the long-time correspondent go. Weiss was thought of as the person responsible for the decision to fire Williams. Now, with the internal review -- which reads as a rebuke of the way in which NPR handled the situation -- Weiss will no longer be with the organization either.

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The Takeaway

Should NPR Have Fired Juan Williams?

Monday, October 25, 2010

On Friday, we talked about NPR's decision to dismiss commentator Juan Williams over what critics said were Islamophobic remarks he made on Fox News. Was it a case of an employee violating his contract or something more nefarious? Takeaway listeners weighed in.

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