Juan Williams Made Offensive Sexual Comments to Women, Lands $2 Million Fox News Deal
Ousted NPR news analyst Juan Williams is having quite a week. On Wednesday evening, he was fired from NPR for saying on The O'Reilly Factor that people in "Muslim garb" make him "nervous" and "worried." Today, Williams has a new $2 million contract with Fox News, and his past of making sexually inappropriate comments to female colleagues has come back to haunt him.
Raw Story dredged up a 1991 investigation from the Washington Post that found Williams had made "hostile" and "sexually explicit" comments to female Post staffers on multiple occasions, over a period of several years. The comments themselves were not disclosed, but one staffer went so far as to say, "[Williams] was obsessed with my sex life and that's all he wanted to talk to me about .... I raised my voice at him and said, 'Just don't talk to me again.' "
Williams apologized for the "wrong" and "inappropriate" comments back in '91, and it's fair to say he never thought he'd face this story again.
Meanwhile, Williams is channeling his energies toward maligning his former employer:
"If they want to compete in the marketplace, they should compete in the marketplace. They don't need public funds .... [NPR tries] to make it out like, 'you know what? We are a public jewel and we need the protection of the federal government,' .... [That's] nonsense. They are on the federal dole is what it is. And they better admit it and step up. If they want to compete."