See, Vivian Schiller stepped in it again. Does the woman understand her job? I did not think so last night and today she seems determined to prove that she does not understand it.
Fired NPR news analyst Juan Williams should have kept his feeling about Muslims between himself and "his psychiatrist or his publicist," the network's CEO told an audience at the Atlanta Press Club earlier today.Who the hell does this woman think she is?
Her outlet has just fired him. Forget why, forget everything except the firing. What kind of a C.E.O. steps in front of an audience -- one filled with press -- and makes fun of someone they just fired?
This woman needs to go. She cannot be taught, she cannot learn her job.
You have someone who has been promoted several times too often. Someone in a job who does not know her job.
She has not conducted herself in a professional manner. She has engaged in poor taste and character assassination.
There is no excuse for that.
I do not call for people to be fired for what they say. That is my biggest beef with the firing of Mr. Williams.
But the difference is the level of position. She has intentionally shown scorn and hostility towards people (including listeners, refer to my post from last night). Mr. Williams said things I do not happen to agree with but, in the transcript of the segment, he is saying more than just the pull quotes.
Though I did not agree with his statements and rarely agreed with his analysis, I am sorry Mr. Williams was fired. I do not believe we fire people for what they say. I did not support the witch hunt of the Dixie Chicks and I do not support what was done to Mr. Williams.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: