Byline: Brett Zongker Associated Press
WASHINGTON "Im not a bigot," longtime news analyst Juan Williams said. Then he talked about getting nervous on a plane when he sees people in Muslim dress. Fair game for one of his employers, Fox News Channel, but a firable offense for the other, NPR.
Muslim groups were outraged, saying Williams remarks Monday on Foxs "The OReilly Factor" endorsed the idea all Muslims should be viewed with suspicion. But conservatives and even some liberals said NPR went too far in firing him for being honest about his feelings in an interview where he also said it is important to distinguish moderate Muslims from extremists.