Saturday, October 23, 2010

Rachel Maddow on Juan Williams & Fox News' Islamophobia.

Rachel Maddow takes apart the right wing claim that Juan Williams has had his First Amendment Rights violated because he was fired for comments he made about Muslims.

MADDOW: Let’s be clear here. This is not a First Amendment issue. … The First Amendment does not guarantee you a paid job as a commentator to say what you want. Your employment as a person paid to speak is at the pleasure of your employer. In this case, it displeased Juan Williams’ employer, at least one of them, for him to have reassured the Fox News audience he too is afraid of Muslims on airplanes and that’s not a bigoted thing. … And so, Juan Williams lost that job. This is not a First Amendment issue. This is an issue of what your employer is OK with.
While Williams was fired for what he said by NPR, his comments actually produced a raise from Fox News.

Islamophobia is simply what Fox News does, so it's no surprise that Williams would have his contract extended - and be given a raise - when he says that he finds the sight of Muslims at an airport scary.

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