An NPR Voice on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ Is a Credential Played Down

When NPR senior correspondent Juan Williams appeared on The O’Reilly Factor and compared Michelle Obama to a member of the 1960s black power movement, NPR ombudswoman Alicia C. Shepard asked Williams to stop identifying himself that way when he appears on O’Reilly’s show.

The ever-gracious O’Reilly apparently penned the Fox network’s response:

“We were doing NPR a favor by even plugging them, but we have no problem dropping the mention along with their exposure to millions of viewers.”

Ombudswoman Shepherd must not have realized that NPR wouldn’t even exist if it wasn’t for the publicity that they get on Fox. She commented, “[Williams] tends to speak one way on NPR and another on Fox,” and that NPR “must decide whether giving its listeners the benefit of Williams’ voice is worth the cost” of appearing to lack integrity by employing people who’ll say whatever the money tells them to say.

It doesn’t sound to me like it should be a very tough decision.

[New York Times]



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