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Questioning The Timing

Let's look at a few simple facts, shall we?

George Soros hates Fox News.

(To be fair, the feeling is mutual. Both see the other as an existential threat to freedom.)

George Soros this week gave 1.8 million dollars to National Public Radio.

He also gave one million dollars to Media Matters for America, who also hates Fox News.

After the donations were announced, NPR fired Juan Williams, who is also a frequent contributor to Fox News.

Media Matters applauded the firing.

No, I don't think that Soros gave the money to get Williams fired. I don't buy into some grand conspiracy here.

But there doesn't have to be a secret plot. Sometimes one doesn't use money to get people to do things, but to encourage them to continue what they're already doing.

NPR hasn't liked having Williams on Fox for some time. Media Matters is waging a jihad against Fox News, and trying to alienate them from any and all connections. Having NPR employees on air gives Fox a whiff of credibility from NPR listeners. And Soros' antipathy towards Fox is common knowledge.

So, would it be so surprising if NPR should feel emboldened by Soros' generosity and finally can Williams? And naturally, anything that helps seemingly isolate Fox News -- such as losing the bragging rights to having an NPR liberal on air -- would send Media Matters into nigh-orgasmic delight. That it would also curry favor with their benefactor would be icing on the cake.

So, Juan Williams gets punished for speaking honestly about his feelings. Note that he did not admit to practicing any kind of discrimination, nor did he endorse any actions based on his feelings. Indeed, he actually stated that he was ashamed of his feelings.

No, that was just the excuse. His real sin -- which NPR and their enablers won't admit -- was appearing on Fox News in the first place. That is what triggered the fatwa against him; his refusal to stop associating with the infidels at Fox was the real blasphemy. That just meant that sooner or later, they'd find some excuse to carry out the penalty for apostasy to the liberal theology.

Sorry, Juan. Hope that contract from Fox News helps make up for the loss. But thanks for demonstrating which side actually tolerates dissenting opinions, and which side is a lot closer to being the "American Taliban."


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Comments (18)

Juan should have just signe... (Below threshold)

Juan should have just signed up for the liberal salve for the masses, 99 weeks of funemployment compensation!

I've watched Juan Williams ... (Below threshold)
Maggie Mama:

I've watched Juan Williams for years and I've noticed a softening in some of his positions. You can't sit next to the likes of Charles Krauthammer and Bill Kristol and not absorb some common sense about issues.

I suspect I'm not the only one who noticed this subtle shift and as Juan admits himself, NPR was just looking for a reason to dump him and keep their core listeners aka their base happy.

When Soros gives money, it always comes with strings.

NPR and Media Matters has t... (Below threshold)
Stan:

NPR and Media Matters has the other so-called turncoat in their sites now. That person is none other than Mara Liasson. She is the other one that contributes to Fox News in their roundtable discussions. Maybe she will smell the coffee and quit NPR of her own accord.

At their sites or in their ... (Below threshold)
epador:

At their sites or in their sights, I hope Mara gets flushed soon.

Juan Williams got exactly w... (Below threshold)
sanssoucy:

Juan Williams got exactly what he deserved; "hoist on his own petard" is, I believe, the precise phrase describing the phenomenon of a little leftist bitch who's been bringing about the PC shithole for 20 years and - ooops - then utters a sentence that's pure crimethink.

Fox should have fired this drone as well; if I wanted to watch some gomer bleating the progressive line, I'd tune in MSNBC.

NPR just shows how 'liberal... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

NPR just shows how 'liberally tolerant' they are of divergent points of view.

Talk about 'group think'.

sanssoucy: I gotta disagre... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

sanssoucy: I gotta disagree with you there. Personally, it's my strongest belief that when wrong is wrong, it's just plain wrong - for either side.

NPR's stupid stunt is so completely transparent it's done nothing but expose a certain segment of the left for what they are; intolerant assholes.

And I personally LIKE the idea that Fox News regularly presents both sides of an issue not by pretending to understand and explain themselves, but by allowing someone from the other side of the aisle explain. That is the big difference between NPR and so many other news outlets and Fox News. The others think that a leftist "presenting" the other side of an issue constitutes "balance".

There is always a greater g... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

There is always a greater good that comes out of acts. Not only is Juan getting a better, more lucrative contract, but NPR is going to lose the government money which means they are going to have to beg for their money more agressively.

By the way, I have never been a Juan Williams fan as I did not agree with most of his views but I admired his tenacity to stay in the fray when surrounded by conservatives. He is a rare liberal with core beliefs. ww

"No, I don't think that Sor... (Below threshold)
SmartyMarty:

"No, I don't think that Soros gave the money to get Williams fired. I don't buy into some grand conspiracy here." sayeth JT.

Mr. JT, why doth thou dismiss this so readily?

Because JT is practicing th... (Below threshold)
ron:

Because JT is practicing the innocent until proven guilty motto. Which is very admirable or should be, But men like Soros(collaberators) never give money without an strings. It is their profile.
I don't think that Soros realizes that he is in the spotlight and now everything he does is going to be questioned for it's level of edification. In my true launguage; he is full of ****.

The outing of George Soros ... (Below threshold)
Stan:

The outing of George Soros is the best thing that has come out of this whole kerfuffle. Now maybe people will pay attention to what he has in mind for this country and put a stop to him soon. The sooner that he is in jail or something natural happens to him -- like dying -- the whole world will be better off.

Thanks for stating the trut... (Below threshold)
914:

Thanks for stating the truth Juan and enjoy a fair and balanced setting. Sorows can go to hell!

Ron, "innocent until proven... (Below threshold)
SmartyMarty:

Ron, "innocent until proven guilty" is for the court. Opinion and judgment based on observation, logic and common sense should be enough to go by. I know you realize this but too often the obvious conclusion goes unnoted.
BTW, IMHO, nobody "does" Soros like Glenn Beck.

I too was often irritated b... (Below threshold)
Grace:

I too was often irritated by Juan Williams. But what happened to him comes as no surprise. The only surprise is the timing. What were they thinking?!?

Like so many liberal (progressive) organizations, NPR must live in this unique bubble of their own opinion. They must never actually listen to opposing sides or they would have been aware of the uproar this firing would cause.

Soros = strings = enough rope to hang themselves.

This statement makes no sen... (Below threshold)
Marco Polo:

This statement makes no sense.

"No, that was just the excuse. His real sin -- which NPR and their enablers won't admit -- was appearing on Fox News in the first place. That is what triggered the fatwa against him;"

Ohh, call it a "Fatwa" how cool.

But it still doesn't make any sense. Williams has been on Fox for years.

Where do you get your opinions, off a cereal box? That's just plain dumb.

Hey Marco, let me explain i... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Hey Marco, let me explain it in simple terms you can wrap your small mind around:

THEY DIDN'T WANT HIM APPEARING ON FOX.

Get it now?

Watch out Jay, Soros is hid... (Below threshold)
galoob:

Watch out Jay, Soros is hiding under your bed.

Juan was hired by Foxnews i... (Below threshold)
TG:

Juan was hired by Foxnews in 1998 i think about 2 years before NPR hired him.




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