Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Other Side of the Story

So why did NPR fire Juan Williams?

According to NPR chief executive Vivian Schiller,
The reason that we terminated his contract is because of our news ethics guidelines.
The guidelines are based on the same news ethics guidelines of the Society of Professional Journalists, and are very similar to that of The New York Times and many other news organizations.
According to the SPJ Code of Ethics,
Journalists should . . . Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance or social status.
In addition, Schiller claims that Williams "had several times in the past violated our news code of ethics with things that he had said on other people’s air." And
We made the decision here because, at a certain point, if someone keeps not following your guidance, you have to make a break. And that’s what we did. And that is the sole reason.
Fox "News" and the conservative blogosphere is trying, once again, to blow this out of proportion, for political purposes, of course.

In reaction to the firing, Williams appears to be saying, "Fuck the code of ethics! I'll say whatever I please!"

And that's why you're at Fox, Juan—right where you belong.

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