NPR: Executive in Williams Firing Has Resigned

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The National Public Radio executive who fired analyst Juan Williams for comments he made on Fox News has resigned.

NPR Senior Vice-President for News Ellen Weiss stepped down following an internal review of how she handled Williams' dismissal.
         
Williams was let go last October after stating in appearance on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" that he gets nervous when he sees "people who are in Muslim garb" who are "identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims."
     
Weiss stated at the time that William's remarks violated NPR's standards of not having on-air personnel give opinions.

Williams indicated on Thursday that he was satisfied with Weiss' decision to step down.

"Well, I think it's good news for NPR if they can get someone who I think has been the keeper of the flame of liberal orthodoxy out of NPR," he told Fox News' "America Live."

"I think she represented an in-grown, incestuous culture at that institution that's not open to not only different ways of thinking, but angry at the fact that I would even talk or be on Fox," he said.

Meanwhile, NPR officials said they also plan to review and define the roles of their journalists in a changing news environment. 

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