Juan Williams is a journalist who is now employed by Fox News, but prior to that he was a news correspondent for NPR. Mr. Williams was fired, wrongly in our opinion, for remarks he made concerning his reactions to finding an Arab on his airplane. At most he should have been asked to be more polite, instead he lost his job.
Mr. Williams then made the mistake of running to Fox News, where for some reason he thought his independent attitudes would be welcome. He has now learned that is not the case. The lesson came when Mr. Williams was heavily criticized after he made these thoughtful comments on the speech Mrs. Romney gave at the convention.
“Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, on the other hand looked to me like a corporate wife,” Williams said on Fox News. “And you know the stories she told about struggle, eh, it’s hard for me to believe. She’s a very rich woman and I know that and
knows that.” America
Williams said Ann Romney didn’t convince him she understood the struggles of average American women, and looked like “a woman whose husband takes care of her and she’s been very lucky and blessed in this life.”
One of Williams’ co-panelists, Brit Hume, labelled Romney’s address as “the single most effective political speech I’ve ever heard given by a political wife.”
in remarks that were crafted long before he heard or read the speech. This is, of course, required for Fox News analysts, something Mr. Williams was apparently not aware of.
It is easy to see why Fox News was upset. Their job is to promote Mr. Romney, to humanize him, to portray the myth that Mr. Romney is just another working guy who wants to help everybody. For someone to toss the truth into that dream must be very disturbing. Don’t count on your Christmas card from Roger Ailes or Rupert Murdoch this year Mr. Williams..