Conservatives Come to Juan Williams' Defense

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News analyst Juan Williams lost his job, but now National Public Radio may lose its funding for firing him.

Some conservatives have called for a cut in NPR funding after officials fired Williams for a politically incorrect comment about Muslims.

"Look Bill, I'm no bigot," Williams commented on FOX News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor" Monday. "You know the kinds of books I've written about civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I have to tell you if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think they're identifying first and foremost as Muslim I get worried. I get nervous."

Tim Graham, director of Media Analysis for the Media Research Center, talked more about NPR's firing of Juan Williams on the CBN News Channel Morning News, Oct. 22. Click here to watch the interview.

On Wednesday afternoon, Williams received a call from his boss at NPR.

"She said, 'What did you say? What did you mean to say?' and I said, 'I said what I meant to say,'" Williams said. "She went on to suggest somehow that I had made a bigoted statement."

NPR's Chief Executive Officer Vivian Schiller said that Williams' feelings about Muslims is between him and his "psychiatrist or his publicist." It was a statement for which she later apologized.

"NPR is more uncomfortable with conservatives than Juan Williams is uncomfortable with Muslims on an airplane," said Tim Graham of the Media Research Center.

Graham told CBN News that Williams only said something that many Americans feel when flying on a plane with people wearing Muslim garb.

"This shows you that NPR is a sandbox to the left wing. A taxpayer funded sandbox to the left wing and they're shameless about it," Graham added.

A diverse parade of people are coming to Williams' defense.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., has called for the tax dollars that go to help fund NPR to be cut.

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said he will introduce the legislation.

"You're shocked at public outrage over your censorship of Juan?" Palin tweeted to NPR. "This is what happens when our Constitution starts shaking her fist."

On Thursday night, Williams made an appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor."

"Juan was very sympathetic to Muslims during that interview," Bill O'Reilly said. "You didn't hammer them at all."

"No, this is the irony of the thing," Williams responded.

Despite losing his job at NPR, Williams isn't out of work. He just signed a new multi-year deal with Fox News said to be worth around $2 million.

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