Juan Williams Is Just a Grumpy Old Republican Now

Hamilton Nolan · 08/27/13 09:04AM

Remember when Juan Williams was a respected NPR journalist? It seems so long ago. He said something dumb, got fired, got bitter, got picked up by Fox News, and now makes a living as a sort of reformed liberal talking clown, paid to confirm the right wing's prejudices. Today: Juan Williams doesn't like that rapping music, either!

Juan Williams Is Now a Clown

Hamilton Nolan · 01/07/11 10:09AM

Yesterday Ellen Weiss, the NPR executive who called Juan Williams to fire him after the once-respected newsman spoke about his fear of airplane passengers in "Muslim garb," resigned. NPR's CEO's also being punished. Who comes out looking worst? Juan Williams.

The Year's Best Media Scandals

Hamilton Nolan · 12/29/10 12:18PM

When the media becomes the news, everyone is entertained. Media scandals are the best scandals of all, for their enjoyable mix of forced professionalism and palpable discomfort. Come; let us look back at the year's ten best.

Someone Mailed a Bomb Threat to NPR!

Max Read · 10/26/10 10:16PM

NPR received a bomb threat in the mail today, prompting the news organization to take extra security precautions and "generally [be] more vigilant." Was it related to the termination of commentator Juan Williams? Or just a pledge drive gone wrong?

Jon Stewart Taunts NPR, Fox News Over Juan Williams Debacle

Matt Cherette · 10/25/10 10:18PM

Tonight, The Daily Show returned with the first of a week of shows from Washington, DC. Immediately, Jon Stewart took both NPR—for its boring spinelessness—and Fox News—for its revenge-hungry personalities—to task over the Juan Williams fiasco. Video inside.

You're Making a Bad Mistake, Juan Williams

Hamilton Nolan · 10/22/10 09:10AM

What a week Juan Williams has had! From mild-mannered NPR analyst and Fox News liberal stand-in to multimillionaire full-time Fox News guy, thanks to one dumb comment. Fair warning, Juan: you're about to throw away your entire career. Needlessly.

Juan Williams: I'm No Bigot

Hamilton Nolan · 10/21/10 12:39PM

In your politically advantageous Thursday media column: Juan Williams speaks, Matt Taibbi is outgrowing his wild days, Tina Brown is rapidly approaching "feud" status with Newsweek, and a funny video, about Newsweek, on the internet.

NPR Correspondent Fired for Talking About Muslims on Fox

Max Read · 10/21/10 02:31AM

Longtime NPR contributor Juan Williams has had his contract severed by the radio network! Because, guess what, he made some stupid comments about Muslims on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor. (Spoiler: He is scared of them.)