NPR Exec Who Fired Juan Williams Resigns Under Pressure

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Weiss took down Williams and was then taken down. Photo: Fox News

Oh, how the tables have turned: Former NPR reporter Juan Williams could barely contain his glee this afternoon while being interviewed by Fox News about the sudden resignation of Ellen Weiss, the NPR senior vice-president of news who fired him last year following Williams's controversial on-air comments about Muslims. The resignation came after an independent review of the circumstances around Williams's firing found problems with "the speed and handling of the termination process."

The embattled Williams was fired after appearing on The O’Reilly Factor last October and telling host Bill O'Reilly, "I'm not a bigot. ... But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."

Williams told Fox News that Weiss's resignation is "good news for NPR. ... She was someone who had the executioner's knife for anybody who didn't abide by one single way of thinking, which was her way of thinking. ... I think she represented a very ingrown and incestuous way of thinking." [HR]