QUOTES of the DAY
Ruminating on the life and down times of ex-NPR’s Juan Williams
“Not to me.” — Juan Williams on FNC’s O’Reilly Factor Thursday night after Bill O’Reilly informed that NPR CEO Vivian Schiller apologized for saying Williams’s beliefs were “between him and his publicist or his psychiatrist.” Williams on Journalism: “I have always thought of journalism as a priesthood, that you honor it, that you protect. These people have no sense of righteousness, [they have] self-righteousness.”
“NPR, get yourself together.“ — ABC The View’s Whoopi Goldberg on Thursday’s show.
“I mean really, why do I need to know Juan Williams‘ feelings about flying with Muslims?” — WSJ’s White House Correspondent Jonathan Weisman on Thursday on Twitter.
“Irony of this situation: Muslims are going to feel much more uneasy when they see Juan Williams on planes.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Thursday tweet.
‘”Internal NPR memo’ says Juan Williams violated a ‘principal.’ Doesn’t name the school, but that’s pretty serious.” — Agence France-Presse’s Olivier Knox on Thursday on Twitter.
“Do we really want to live in a country where Juan Williams could be treated thusly?” — TPM Editor and Publisher Josh Marshall in a Thursday tweet.
“I think Juan Williams was in a pretty unhappy marriage with npr for the last couple of years and this was the last straw for them.” — WaPo‘s Nia Malika Henderson in a cable TV news appearance Thursday.
“NPR should be stripped of all funding for politically correct crap as pathetic as firing Juan Williams for his benign remarks.” — Author Buzz Bissinger in a Thursday tweet.
“To Juan Williams: What if I said, ‘Hey, I’m no bigot, but if I’m on the street and I see a black guy in black-guy clothes, I’m nervous.’..?” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten on Thursday on Twitter.