This seemingly low profile story has become a very hot topic of discussion over the past several days and it seems that just about everyone has a strong opinion about it in one way or another. I've been listening to Juan Williams analysis on my local NPR station for years and I've always though he was one of the most insightful and knowledgeable journalist/commentators around. What I really appreciate about him is he seems to bring up profound and meaningful points that other commentators miss. Since there are now countless stories about his being fired by NPR I won't link to any of them but the main two. NPR and FoxNews. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130712737&ps=cprs http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/10/21/npr-fires-juan-williams-oreilly-appearance/ A little background on Mr. Williams from a site that arranges for public speakers including Williams: Williams' breadth of experience spans over 20 years, ranging from his tenure at The Washington Post , where he served as an award-winning editorial writer, op-ed columnist and White House correspondent, to his current role as Senior Correspondent for NPR and a political analyst for FoxNews, Williams understands the hot button topics that affect the way we live and do business. . . . Williams generates informed and intelligent discussion, whether engaging an audience or appearing on Nightline, Washington Week in Review, Crossfire, and Capitol Gang Sunday. Stimulating and compelling, he is a credible and experienced voice of the media. http://www.apbspeakers.com/speaker/juan-williams I have a lot of thoughts about his being fired but foremost among them is that NPR's stated reason for it is false. They claim he violated their news standards as being a journalist precludes one from giving personal opinions on other venues. They say this compromises the integrity of the journalism. I don't buy this argument since journalists - including others at NPR - do this routinely and it's never been considered as a standards issue. In addition, his job description is "commentator/analyst" not just a news reporter. I can only guess that the leadership at NPR felt that it was simply a slap at them that he would be over at FoxNews (which they detest) with a much larger audience and I think this is just petty payback. In any case, I believe Juan Williams is much better off career- wise (as he's now employed by FoxNews) but I don't think this makes NPR look good. What are your thoughts on this?