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Fox News Gives Juan Williams $2 Million Contract

NPR is facing sharp criticism (mostly from Fox News) for terminating the contract of News analyst Juan Williams.

The network fired him Wednesday for violating its ethics policy over comments he made on Fox News about Muslims.

But those comments — and NPR’s response — have prompted questions about where the boundaries are drawn for journalists these days.

Williams appeared Thursday night on The O’Reilly Factor, the same Fox program where he made the initial comments that seeing fellow airline passengers dressed in Muslim garb makes him nervous.

This time, Williams told host Bill O’Reilly his remarks were misconstrued but that his ouster by NPR was about something else altogether.

“I don’t fit in their box,” Williams told O’Reilly. “I’m not predictable, black, liberal. And let me tell you something else, you were exactly right when you said you know what this comes down to, they were looking for a reason to get rid of me because I’m appearing on Fox News. They don’t want me talking to you.”

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