7/02/2011

Juan Williams on Media Matters' vicious personal attacks on him

One might not always agree with Juan Williams, but he is undeniably a decent guy. To see these types of personal attacks to silence him is indeed "despicable." Juan Williams comments should be read in full, but here is a partial discussion.

Since they began work in 2004, however, the watchdog spirit of the group's founding has turned into an outright assault on its political opponents. That means they delight in attacking anyone with a conservative point of view on radio or TV. In fact, they have now announced they are engaged in a “war” against Fox News Channel and anyone who appears on their airwaves. They have also admitted to engaging in a despicable campaign to dig up dirt on Fox News executives and producers in an attempt to do personal damage to people who are guilty of offering the public political perspectives they find disagreeable.

That means they have targeted me. Yes, I am paid by Fox News to do political analysis. It is also true that on most issues I am left of center – what most on the far right call a liberal. And I go to political battle over ideas and policies by offering my views, hearing other viewpoints and often challenging conservative arguments on Fox.

Yet, apparently as part of their assault on Fox and its employees, Media Matters has targeted me for years for making what they smugly and fatuously call “false claims.” They cheered as I was fired from National Public Radio last October and praised NPR’s management for their courage. Their only complaint was that NPR did not also fire my friend and Fox News colleague Mara Liasson, at the same time. . . .

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Blogger Proof said...

"They have also admitted to engaging in a despicable campaign to dig up dirt on Fox News executives and producers in an attempt to do personal damage to people who are guilty of offering the public political perspectives they find disagreeable."

Didn't they used to call that "McCarthyism"?

7/02/2011 4:49 PM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

I disagree with many of Mr. Williams opinions, yet without more than one viewpoint on a topic, how can one determine what is factual and what is not?

Fox News has more balance when it comes to opposing political viewpoints compared to other news outlets, yet these fools at Media Matters are so adamant in their attacks on Fox that they do not care who they attack, nor do they even attempt to correctly identify one's political spectrum position.

Mr. Williams is clearly left of center, yet he is smeared because he's employed by Fox. This strikes I as very immature behaviour by a group that exists for the sole purpose of gaining what they perceive as power. Is not this what despots and tyrants have done for millenia in order to further their own selfish agenda while destroying the rights and lives of those whom they wish to rule?

I for one simply cannot understand the need to subjugate others for one's own personal pleasure. To I, that is a despicable weakness.

With authority there comes responsibility, yet human nature rears it's ugly head and causes one to become selfish and self centered. True power is where one overrides one's greed, and does the right thing for the good of all concerned.

Good luck Mr. williams, and never, ever give up.

7/06/2011 10:56 AM  

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