Williams Says NPR Was Looking to Fire Him

By Andrew Gauthier 

Associated Press

Ousted NPR analyst Juan Williams said Friday that he believes his former employer had been looking for a reason to fire him and used comments he made this week about Muslim airline passengers as an excuse to do so. Meanwhile, a U.S. senator said he would start the ball rolling to cut federal funding to the network.

Muslim groups were outraged by Williams’ comments Monday on Fox News that he gets nervous when he sees people in Muslim dress on planes. But Williams’ firing two days later prompted complaints by conservatives and even some liberals that NPR went too far.


Williams said Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he believes NPR had wanted to fire him for some time More…