Surprise: Fox News signs Juan Williams to new $2 million deal

posted at 5:36 pm on October 21, 2010 by Allahpundit

When I joked about him being the richest man in town, little did I know.

The best part of this is the prospect of a feeding frenzy among Fox’s other lefty contributors to try to cash in by following Williams’s example. Coming soon: KP calls for militarizing the Mexican border in hopes of getting fired by the Daily Beast?

As National Public Radio 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.

“Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at Fox News in 1997,” Ailes said in a statement, adding a jab at NPR: “He’s an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by Fox News on a daily basis.”

To celebrate his new status as a full-time contributor, his new column is up at FoxNews.com. Title: “I Was Fired for Telling the Truth.” Read it all, but the most interesting bit is his recounting of longstanding animus among the NPR brass towards Fox News:

Years ago NPR tried to stop me from going on “The Factor.” When I refused they insisted that I not identify myself as an NPR journalist. I asked them if they thought people did not know where I appeared on the air as a daily talk show host, national correspondent and news analyst. They refused to budge…

Later on the 50th anniversary of the Little Rock crisis President Bush offered to do an NPR interview with me about race relations in America. NPR management refused to take the interview on the grounds that the White House offered it to me and not their other correspondents and hosts. One NPR executive implied I was in the administration’s pocket, which is a joke, and there was no other reason to offer me the interview. Gee, I guess NPR news executives never read my bestselling history of the civil rights movement “Eyes on the Prize – America’s Civil Rights Years,” or my highly acclaimed biography “Thurgood Marshall –American Revolutionary.” I guess they never noticed that “ENOUGH,” my last book on the state of black leadership in America, found a place on the New York Times bestseller list.

This all led to NPR demanding that I either agree to let them control my appearances on Fox News and my writings or sign a new contract that removed me from their staff but allowed me to continue working as a news analyst with an office at NPR. The idea was that they would be insulated against anything I said or wrote outside of NPR because they could say that I was not a staff member. What happened is that they immediately began to cut my salary and diminish my on-air role. This week when I pointed out that they had forced me to sign a contract that gave them distance from my commentary outside of NPR I was cut off, ignored and fired.

As I say, read it all or else you’ll miss the part at the end where he notes that, for such a forward-thinking progressive flagship, NPR’s on-air talent seem to come in rather few hues. As for the nascent defunding campaign, that’s picking up steam too: As you’ll see below, O’Reilly was pushing it hard earlier this afternoon — with more to come tonight on the Factor, no doubt — and Boehner’s already hinting that, in a time of budgetary overload, taxpayer money for public radio may not be there next year. That won’t be a grievous loss for NPR; federal funds account for less than two percent of their budget. In fact, the CEO was boasting just this morning about how little they rely on public money. So it’s settled then — no more taxpayer funding, no harm, no foul. Let the healing begin!


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federal funds account for less than two percent of their budget. In fact, the CEO was boasting just this morning about how little they rely on public money

 
Semantics.
 

http://cpb.org/stations/reports/revenue/2008PublicBroadcastingRevenue.pdf

 
Why, if you only get a couple of percent, does the “Total Non-Federal Revenue” line say 83.6% in ’08? Basic math, Mr. CEO, puts a (non-existent) “Federal Revenue” line at ~15-20%?
 

And I’d bet you don’t receive more than a few percent of federal funding directly. I’d love for someone to delve deeper. Are any taxpayer dollars funneled through grants received by the charitable foundations (Pew, Ford, etc.) that are dryly advertised every few minutes?
 

the CEO was boasting just this morning about how little they rely on public money

 
You’re boasting when nearly half (40%) of your revenue comes from taxpayer supported sources? Wow.

 
100% – “Non-Federal” = 16.4%
+ “State and Local Tax Based” @ 23.6%
= 40%

rogerb on October 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

CEO Schiller on Fox News right now rambling on about the why’s of Juan’s firing. She obviously is not a writer because she can’t make a coherent statement.
slickwillie2001 on October 21, 2010 at 6:07 PM

I saw her statement, and it had ‘sue me’ written all over it. Personnel matters are private. For her to say that his thoughts are between him and his psychiatrist shows that she never got the lecture from corporate attornies on the do’s and don’ts of hiring and firing. This CEO idiot even mentioned past discussions with Juan, discussions which an employer should have never disclosed. I think Megyn Kelly may have alluded to this earlier, although I did not see her show.

joejm65 on October 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Yeop! I predicted this on my blog this morning!!!

The Expert Knows
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HotAirExpert on October 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Looks like they’re gonna have to get nicer tote bags.

Ronnie on October 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

LaMont Hill & Mara Liasson want a raise.

portlandon on October 21, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Yeop! I predicted this on my blog this morning!!!
The Expert Knows
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HotAirExpert on October 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

This is spam, and it’s getting a little tiresome. Give it a rest, ok?

joejm65 on October 21, 2010 at 6:19 PM

100% – “Non-Federal” 83.6% = 16.4%
+ “State and Local Tax Based” @ 23.6%
= 40%
 

rogerb on October 21, 2010 at 6:16 PM

 
Left out the “83.6″ before.

rogerb on October 21, 2010 at 6:20 PM

This all led to NPR demanding that I either agree to let them control my appearances on Fox News and my writings or sign a new contract that removed me from their staff but allowed me to continue working as a news analyst with an office at NPR.

I hope Juan learns from this lesson. He used to be a powerful voice for his side. He had reason. Nov 4, 2008 changed him and since then he has carried the water for Barry and this adminstration. Liberalism is all about CONTROL and POWER. Fox News allows him freedom of speech. His own side fires him. He needs to wake up and realize that the type of democrat he aspires to be is yesterday…today, these liberals will crush all views that are not their own.

HornetSting on October 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Alan Colmes isn’t feeling the love tonight.

meci on October 21, 2010 at 6:12 PM

Juan is way better, more articulate than Alan… and smarter.

petunia on October 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Yeop! I predicted this on my blog this morning!!!

The Expert Knows
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HotAirExpert on October 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Too bad no one read it and we are all tired of your spam. So take it elsewhere Spanky.

darwin-t on October 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

First, I can’t wait for the new Williams’ book; “Behind the Iron Curtain, The Thought Police of the NPR.”

Secondly, NPR may say that they get 2-3% funding from the Gov, but they have millions of dollars of licensing fee waivers for their radio stations. Ka-Chunk

barnone on October 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Juan Williams annoys me just a little less today. I wonder if he’s seen Bill Kristol and his cute smirk yet

CCRWM on October 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

i’d like to know what all the university facilities that npr uses to broadcast cost the states.

that’s a pretty penny….2 percent is not true

r keller on October 21, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Too bad no one read it and we are all tired of your spam. So take it elsewhere Spanky.

darwin-t on October 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

+1, brother

kingsjester on October 21, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Coming soon: KP calls for militarizing the Mexican border in hopes of getting fired by the Daily Beast?

heh! that’s one way of getting things done.

ted c on October 21, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Would’ve been three if he hadn’t popped off about how racist the Tea Party is.

Speakup on October 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Separation of Media and State. That should have been the law long ago.

pedestrian on October 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM

When I joked about him being the richest man in town, little did I know.

dude. This is like twice in a week that you’re clairvoyant. What’s up?

ted c on October 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM

This all led to NPR demanding that I either agree to let them control my appearances on Fox News and my writings or sign a new contract that removed me from their staff but allowed me to continue working as a news analyst with an office at NPR.

it’s like Communist China over there at NPR.

way to go Juan. Looks like honesty is still the best policy.

who knew?

ted c on October 21, 2010 at 6:28 PM

NPR’s on-air talent seem to come in rather few hues

let me guess; BLANCO?!!

ted c on October 21, 2010 at 6:28 PM

I think he probably has an unfair firing lawsuit against NPR if he chooses to pursue it.

sandee on October 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Well he would have to show damages…which are all being heaped on NPR as of now and not on him….BWAHAHAHAHAHAH

Lily on October 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

ted c on October 21, 2010 at 6:28 PM

Si. Muy blanco.

kingsjester on October 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM

I wish some other network signed up Williams….

runner on October 21, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Colmes I can handle, but Beckel needs to hit the road. He’s just a sour old crank with nothing left to contribute.

slickwillie2001 on October 21, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Yeop! I predicted this on my blog this morning!!!
The Expert Knows
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HotAirExpert on October 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

This is spam, and it’s getting a little tiresome. Give it a rest, ok?

joejm65 on October 21, 2010

AMEN!

JonPrichard on October 21, 2010 at 6:44 PM

I wish some other network signed up Williams….

runner on October 21, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Why? They already know that he can’t be pushed around so why waste their dough trying to get him to toe their line?

darwin-t on October 21, 2010 at 6:45 PM

The last I’d heard (Hannity) no Dems have come forward in support of Juan. Just goes to show ya Juan…who your true friends are, eh?

Maybe it’s time to rethink your ideology too. You’re free from the slavery that is NPR.

capejasmine on October 21, 2010 at 6:49 PM

It’s time to pull the plug on this outfit. Since they’re little more than a liberal news outlet, spreading propaganda for the Democrats, let George Soros and the DNC support them.

If we’re going to continue to support them, they really need to overhaul this place, get some conservative voices on the air and in the boardroom. Without that, I’d say stop any government funding, period. Not for NPR, not for PBS, and none for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

bflat879 on October 21, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Juan has subbed for O’Reilly several times, and he does an excellent job. It’s like a whole different Juan Williams.

silvernana on October 21, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Juan is way better, more articulate than Alan… and smarter.

petunia on October 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Exactly, except that you called a black man “articulate” so NPR just called and you’re fired.

29Victor on October 21, 2010 at 7:21 PM

I wish some other network signed up Williams….

runner on October 21, 2010 at 6:36 PM

ALL the other networks are exactly the same as NPR. They at least have to compete in the market place unlike the tax funded propaganda of NPR. But there is no free speech anywhere but FOX.

Besides Juan has a following. But it isn’t a following that would follow to say NBC. I like to hear his views on Fox, but anywhere else he is just part of the echo chamber.

petunia on October 21, 2010 at 7:21 PM

This, on top of what Mr. Williams gets after suing NPR for wrongful termination, should add up to a tidy sum.

29Victor on October 21, 2010 at 7:22 PM

I can rarely tolerate liberals, and every now and again I roll my eyes at something Juan has said. But I think he and Mary Katherine are a great team. He’s one of the few libs that I try to pay attention to (even if it makes my ears bleed). GOOD ON YA JUAN!

Yellowdog12 on October 21, 2010 at 7:22 PM

PS..I’m sorry I had to break away the other night.

Dire Straits on October 21, 2010 at 6:08 PM

No worries, mate! We were just shoveling the youtubez at each other, as always.

John the Libertarian on October 21, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Defund CPB (Corp for Public Broadcasting) now!!

moochy on October 21, 2010 at 7:27 PM

I rarely agree with Juan Williams but have always found him to be honest and ernest in his convictions as well as respectful of those with whom he disagrees.

The petty tyrants at NPR would have loved Stalin’s purges.

Disturb the Universe on October 21, 2010 at 7:28 PM

federal funds account for less than two percent of their budget. In fact, the CEO was boasting just this morning about how little they rely on public money

They give me this crap when I call to harass them during fund drives (I offer to donate only if my donation can be tagged to a specific program). My answer is the, since my tax $ mean so little then you won’t miss them when they are gone completely.

Dingbat63 on October 21, 2010 at 7:32 PM

If Fox News knew what I thought about Islam, I’d be offered a trillion dollar a year contract.
:)

esnap on October 21, 2010 at 7:44 PM

federal funds account for less than two percent of their budget. In fact, the CEO was boasting just this morning about how little they rely on public money

There are a few problems here. One is whether we’re talking about NPR, public radio, or all public media. Another is direct versus indirect. Many public stations are on public college campuses, for example. And many television stations pool resources with radio stations having the same — or different — call letters.

So some will figure the numbers are high, like Rogerb’s estimate (which involves all public media, and non-federal funding) while others will low-ball them (citing only direct federal funding of the NPR organization). That’s also a problem if you say you want to “defund NPR.” Are you going to ask Congress to refuse to give monies to any state, university, organization, or foundation that also funds NPR? I doubt that would ever happen no matter what they do. And if you’re not doing that, any “defunding” would just be feel-good nibbling around the edges.

calbear on October 21, 2010 at 8:02 PM

That won’t be a grievous loss for NPR; federal funds account for less than two percent of their budget

If they lose their funding, they lose their tax exempt status and have to compete in the commercial marketplace sorta like Air America.

GrayDog on October 21, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Looking forward to Fox News Sunday – hoping Chris Wallace will tee it up for Juan, and can’t wait to hear the “No comment” from the other NPR chick on the panel.

peski on October 21, 2010 at 8:14 PM

You go Juan, way to make those liberal heads explode! I’ll say it…I can’t believe after 9/11 and all the hate and rhetoric and threats and thwarted attacks that have been directed towards the west that there is a US citizen out there who wouldn’t be a wee bit concerned sitting on an airplane with a Muslim dressed in garb.

scalleywag on October 21, 2010 at 8:14 PM

What “few hues” might you be referring to? Fire engine red, cherry red and crimson red?

Ryan Anthony on October 21, 2010 at 8:18 PM

calbear on October 21, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Huh? Simple answer: ZERO tax $ for CPB. How’s that? If the public wants it the commercial market will provide.

Dingbat63 on October 21, 2010 at 8:18 PM

they should have to stop calling themselves “National Public Radio”…

Kaptain Amerika on October 21, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Huh? Simple answer: ZERO tax $ for CPB. How’s that? If the public wants it the commercial market will provide.

NPR gets much of its public funding through other means. And only a portion of CPB money goes to public radio total, let alone NPR in particular. I would guess more of it went to public television. I recall the last time people talked about this fifteen years ago, when chain emails spread around the country warning us that Gingrich wanted to take Big Bird away. This isn’t a winning topic for a country raised on Sesame Street, especially not when the amount of money under discussion wouldn’t pay for an hour of Medicare.

calbear on October 21, 2010 at 8:30 PM

We once donated to Public Broadcasting annually. That ended a few years after 2001, when we began to see the light. I certainly balked at the notion of defunding Big Bird when Gingrich tried it in the 90s. But, Gingrich was the perceived bully then. Who’s the bully now? Not Juan.
Between the deficit, the mood of the country, and this huge mistake by Public Broadcasting, the time is right.
End public funding now.

humdinger on October 21, 2010 at 8:46 PM

NPR gets much of its public funding through other means. Calbear

Like George Soros?
If it is so minuscule then they won’t miss it when the new congress eliminates it?

Check the CPB talking points and get back to us please.

Dingbat63 on October 21, 2010 at 8:54 PM

But….I thought Fox news was all racist and hated black people and liberals and everything.

/
Juan Williams is black, AND he’s a liberal. What is going on here?

/

B Man on October 21, 2010 at 8:57 PM

No worries, mate! We were just shoveling the youtubez at each other, as always.

John the Libertarian on October 21, 2010 at 7:23 PM

:)..OT: The Ducks are playing the Bruins..Can I get a prediction?..:)

Dire Straits on October 21, 2010 at 9:14 PM

calbear on October 21, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Interesting logic; so the government should hand me 50 million dollars for doing nothing. Why complain, this would hardly pay for anything so nobody should worry that they don’t want their taxpayer money going to my booze & stripper entertainment fund; right?

Do your fair share Calbear and send me your $5 today… you won’t even miss it so I assume you’re writing the check now?

Or is it different when it’s your money and something you’re not willing to fund? Naah, I’m sure you’re looking right now to find out my address. I’ll wait by the mailbox for your check… it’ll go toward a promising bottle of whiskey I’ve had my eye on for some time some form of entertainment.

Thanks in advance for funding something you don’t think you should have to pay for… (Hey, you even got a thank you; NPR doesn’t give those to taxpayers; I’m sure to get my money now).

gekkobear on October 21, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Looking forward to Fox News Sunday – hoping Chris Wallace will tee it up for Juan, and can’t wait to hear the “No comment” from the other NPR chick on the panel.

peski on October 21, 2010 at 8:14 PM

I predict Mara will be in hiding for a couple of weeks. Clearly the folks on Fox News today would have had comments from her, live or not, if she was willing to stick her neck out.

slickwillie2001 on October 21, 2010 at 9:46 PM

They get more than 2-3%.

They get contracts for specific work. They get grants for various “awareness” pieces. They also get a number of earmarks every session.

Then there are the grant pass throughs, where grants from the federal govement go to organizing groups who in turn grant NPR to fund coverage of “projects”.

It’s more like 30-35% when you add it all up.

Jason Coleman on October 21, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Interesting logic; so the government should hand me 50 million dollars for doing nothing.

No. I’m saying that if we’re concerning ourselves with NPR funding in order to save money for the taxpayer, we’re wasting our time. If it’s because you feel sullen about your dollar going to something you don’t like, then that’s silly: No one likes everything government money goes to. If our concern is instead that NPR get off the public dole due to their politics and practices, then that’s another matter altogether. The first two reasons are fallacious. The last one isn’t. But I somehow doubt it will happen. In fact, I’d say that the few conservative NPR members no longer giving them private funds will have far more impact than nonmembers whining about public funding, since most of the latter will all but forget about their outrage in a matter of days, yielding no change in public funding. Meanwhile, members and underwriters, who fund almost all of their costs, might actually have an impact.

calbear on October 21, 2010 at 10:00 PM

I love it. NPR just made Juan a richer, better man.

Sultry Beauty on October 21, 2010 at 10:30 PM

That won’t be a grievous loss for NPR; federal funds account for less than two percent of their budget. In fact, the CEO was boasting just this morning about how little they rely on public money.

I really Really REALLY can’t wait for Nov 2nd! At that point we’ll have a veto-proof, Obama-proof Congress & Senate and we can permanently defund NPR and PBS. We can also require that the corporate skeletal remnants of NPR & PBS not be allowed to call themselves “Public” in any sense. They can keep the acronyms NPR & PBS but they will henceforth be known truthfully for what they really are – National PROGRESSIVE Radio and PROGRESSIVE Broadcasting System.

Meanwhile, Juan Williams was and is the ONLY liberal I have ever respected. I don’t agree with many of his views but his is the only sane voice in a sea of liberal lemmings drowning in their doctrinaire ignorance and politically-correct hatred & bigotry.

CatchAll on October 21, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Yeop! I predicted this on my blog this morning!!!

The Expert Knows
http://theexpertsblog.blogspot.com

HotAirExpert on October 21, 2010 at 6:17 PM

http://www.despair.com/blogging.html

Send_Me on October 21, 2010 at 11:22 PM

I feared this would happenen as soon as I heard of his firing.

Sorry Fox, if I wanted to listen to an NPR liberal I would listen to NPR, watch CNN or MSNBC or the main media.

This is NOT what I watch Fox News to see, and I turn the
channel whenever Juan or another liberal speaks.

I can hear warped liberal bias on almost any other station.

Fox has made a mistake, even if Juan is honest about his liberalism, it isnt what most of Fox’s audience tunes in to listen to.

mollymack on October 21, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Maybe the blond pretend CEO can so something every “smart” CEO does. Publicly bash, in an actionable way, a recently fired employee.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/10/21/130728202/npr-ceo-williams-views-of-muslims-should-stay-between-himself-and-his-psychiatrist

Maybe this dingbat, in her next job, can try her hand at Palin is stupid memes. Hmmmm.

MNHawk on October 22, 2010 at 7:54 AM

On Fox and Friends this morning, Williams spoke about NPR trying to put him in a box and being upset that he was on Fox News, having an honest, open discussion about current issues. He added:

If they want to compete in the Marketplace, they should compete in the Marketplace. They don’t need Public Funds.

Americans agree.

kingsjester on October 22, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Fox has made a mistake, even if Juan is honest about his liberalism, it isnt what most of Fox’s audience tunes in to listen to.

mollymack on October 21, 2010 at 11:43 PM

I don’t watch Williams because I also know what liberalism is about, but this doesn’t bother me. It helps to cement Fox’s identity as “fair and balanced”. I also see it as an opportunity to nudge a prodigal child toward the light. I would welcome him as a convert to conservatism, if it should happen, but I won’t hold my breath. It would take a mighty “come to Jesus” moment to get him off the porch of the liberal plantation.

Extrafishy on October 22, 2010 at 9:17 AM

I am very happy for Juan Williams. I would rather watch and listen to him than Geraldo Rivera.

kiakjones on October 22, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Win and Win.

Asher on October 22, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Juan is definitely enjoying his firing. Were we all so fortunate, eh?

AnninCA on October 22, 2010 at 9:41 AM

I don’t watch Williams because I also know what liberalism is about, but this doesn’t bother me. It helps to cement Fox’s identity as “fair and balanced”. I also see it as an opportunity to nudge a prodigal child toward the light. I would welcome him as a convert to conservatism, if it should happen, but I won’t hold my breath. It would take a mighty “come to Jesus” moment to get him off the porch of the liberal plantation.

Extrafishy on October 22, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Oh please, he’s a very moderate guy, really. And Fox can’t be remotely “fair and balanced” if they have nobody representing the liberal side.

AnninCA on October 22, 2010 at 9:42 AM

So wait.

NPR says that less than 4% of their funding comes from federal sources. So we can de-fund them and cut them loose. Now, if NPR is de-funded and released from federal control, does this mean they have to change their name too? I mean, no public funding, they can’t be the National PUBLIC Radio system anymore, can they?

I vote they keep the acronym, but change the meaning;

NPR – National Progressive Radio

It’s what they’ve been all along anyway. Might as well make it official!

wearyman on October 22, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Good for Juan!

BREAK:
- Time to cut all funding to NPR and parent organization; this is throwing good money after bad
- Time to stop granting those station license fee waivers; we need the revenue increase (since a waiver means “no money coming in”)
- Time to treat them like a BUSINESS, not the liberal money pit that it is…
- Time for their CEO/President to go… NOW!!

Sink or swim time; you just got trumped by a $13 TRILLION dollar debt…

Khun Joe on October 22, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Oh please, he’s a very moderate guy, really. And Fox can’t be remotely “fair and balanced” if they have nobody representing the liberal side.

AnninCA on October 22, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Eye of the beholder…even idiot beholders.

Extrafishy on October 22, 2010 at 10:12 AM

This may end up being a very good thing. The media all dumps on Fox for being biased. This is an excellent opportunity to show that they are in fact “fair and balanced” and that it is the rest of the MSM that is truly biased.

pgrossjr on October 22, 2010 at 10:13 AM

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…

Good for Williams. I hadn’t realized he’d been a regular contributer to FOX news for 13 years. Now that’s a pay raise. next up: Defund NPR of government funds or force the resignation of Vivian Schiller and those responsible for canning Williams.

RepubChica on October 22, 2010 at 10:42 AM

I don’t think it is surprising at all. What a classy, dare I say compassionate, move, and it is a win/win/win for Fox and conservatism. It’s a thumg in NPR’s eye, it shows Fox isn’t just a conservative propaganda channel, thus countering the lefty meme, and Fox is playing the incident up BIG TIME getting the message out to the clueless who cannot connect dots themselves about what the lefties are really like.

Touche! Way to go FNC. You did the right thing for all the right reasons and now Juan can spout his leftist nonsense in an environment that truly values freedom of speech.

JimP on October 22, 2010 at 10:45 AM

If it’s because you feel sullen about your dollar going to something you don’t like, then that’s silly: No one likes everything government money goes to.

calbear on October 21, 2010 at 10:00 PM

It’s NOT silly, Mr. Statist. I have the right to elect people who will remove funding for things I don’t agree with. What if your tax dollars went to jihadist or Commie organizations. Would it be silly to feel sullen about that?

Genius.

fossten on October 22, 2010 at 10:48 AM

AnninCA on October 22, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Moderate? Ok he isn’t a rabid moonbat, but he’s pretty liberal and a good debater. He represents the liberal perspective pretty well, along with Geraldo, Bob Beckel, Colmes, Shep, Greta and Mara.

Anyway Congrats, Mr. Williams! Good for you. Keep saying what you think.

dogsoldier on October 22, 2010 at 10:56 AM

“Juan has been a staunch defender of post classical liberal, liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at Fox News in 1997,” Ailes said in a statement, adding a jab at NPR: “He’s a(n) honest PC man whose freedom of [revisionist Middle East] speech is protected by Fox News on a daily basis.”

Fixed that!

elvis on October 22, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Juan Williams gives us a perspective of an ordinary liberal being attacked by the Left. When he writes and criticizes the Black Elite who are working hard to create a dysfunctional black culture in the inner cities, he was attacked viciously by that Elite and the Left, in general. He is undergoing the waking up experience of a person who is having their understanding of the world rocked by the very people he thought he knew. He was far more liberal before he wrote that book than after it, and less so after the attacks on him started.

If the definition of a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality, then Juan Williams is getting mugged a second time after becoming wary from the first mugging. What comes next will be very interesting as he will have to sort out those who do as they say and mean it, and those who mouth platitudes and attack viciously when you stray from their world view.

It is not a pretty sight, but Mr. Williams is reasonable and you can actually see he does think about what his opponents say: he is able to learn. Compare him with a guy like Marc Lamont Hill and you can see a world of difference between them… it is the difference between the confident mugger and the wary muggee.

ajacksonian on October 22, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Is Juan Williams worth his new $2 million dollar contract?

Juan’s value to Fox News should be judged in comparison to other liberals who appear Fox. Who would you prefer to listen to? Juan Williams, or Bob Beckel? Juan Williams, or Susan Estrich? Juan Williams, or Marc Lamont Hill? Juan Williams, or Alan Colmes? Juan Williams, or Ellis Henican? Juan Williams, or Kirsten Powers? (I said listen to … not look at!)

RedPepper on October 22, 2010 at 11:41 AM

does fox hiring williams count as a job created or a job saved? he had two jobs before he was fired, fox and npr. now just one with fox. lost one, but didn’t get a new one?hmm? is he working more hours now or the same? lord knows its more money.
what does he think of the earning over 250k tax hike now?
ask joe, nobody messes with joe!

mydogwonthunt on October 22, 2010 at 11:55 AM

fossten on October 22, 2010 at 10:48 AM

I wonder if calbear would squawk if Rush were getting $100M in grants from the Feds every year?

JimP on October 22, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Another reason for me to dislike NPR: In a fit of temporary insanity, my sister recently sent a small donation to NPR, because she enjoys shows such as “Car Talk.”

The next thing she knew, she was getting mailings from the baby-killers at Planned Parenthood.

KyMouse on October 22, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Meanwhile, Frank Gaffney and Fred Thompson discuss the federal laws broken by CAIR, specifically regarding NPR firing Juan Williams to appease CAIR two days too late to claim only their own outrage with Williams’ comment in question.

maverick muse on October 22, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Even though the 1st Amendment was abridged by NPR, Williams’ “worth” remains qualified according to free market principles that depend on what those involved in the contract determine as “worth” according to their own interests.

maverick muse on October 22, 2010 at 1:05 PM

I am going to organize a protest by calling NPR donors to join me in bonfire of tote bags!

StubbleSpark on October 22, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Schiller’s singing a different tune now:

Speaking at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington Sunday on the “Future of Journalism,” National Public Radio President and CEO Vivian Schiller said she takes calls for defunding NPR “very seriously,” while stressing how important government funding is for public broadcasting, especially for NPR’s member stations. She also recognized there’s a possibility that, with the new GOP majority in the House, those calls for defunding might be renewed.

“If defunding to public broadcasting were to occur, it would be devastating to public broadcasting. That’s a fact,” Schiller said.

Paul_in_NJ on November 8, 2010 at 7:58 PM

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