As NPR weathered a storm of criticism Thursday for its decision to fire news analyst Juan Williams for his comments about Muslims, Fox News moved aggressively to turn the controversy to its advantage by signing Williams to an expanded role at the cable news network.
Fox News Chief Executive Roger Ailes handed Williams a new three-year contract Thursday morning, in a deal that amounts to nearly $2 million, a considerable bump up from his previous salary, the Tribune Washington Bureau has learned. The Fox News contributor will now appear exclusively and more frequently on the cable news network and have a regular column on FoxNews.com.
via LATimes.com – Juan Williams: Fox News gives Juan Williams an expanded role. NPR make a stand for factual and non-baised reporting, Fox News makes a stand for opinion and commentary. Explains perfectly why Fox News is not real news organization, real news and real reporting is based upon facts and not commentary.
Meanwhile, conservative leaders lambasted NPR for firing Williams and called for cutting public funding for the media organization. By midafternoon Thursday, more than 4,900 comments had been posted on NPR.org, including many from people who said the media organization was bowing to political correctness and unfairly punishing Williams for expressing his personal opinions.
Personal opinions is not the role of NPR or any news organization, all news organizations should eliminate people who are not established opinion commentators and openly provide opinion based reporting over factual reporting (talking to all cable networks, Fox News and MSNBC). One of my friends took some journalism classes and one of the highlights was that a journalist should always remain the in-partial observer. Fox News pushes an agenda and is openly partisan, that is not something NPR desires to turn into. Also as a side note, just how much does the government (State and Federal) pay of NPR’s budget: 5.8%.
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