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And joining us now Fox News contributor Juan Williams -- if element.
-- come along Charlie's been a rough couple days all right you make these comments.
You're talking from the heart you being honest about it and then you walk off and you're you hit by Mack truck.
I think Phil about this you know I mean I know there's a lot of films but you know -- -- so many angles we wanna take but did just initially when you found out.
You were being fired.
Well it wasn't I walked -- it wasn't as if I said something that was you know intentionally provocative -- to stir the pot I was just telling people how I felt -- a certain situation.
Engage with Bill O'Reilly.
In what I took to be an honest discussion now.
In the immediate aftermath math there was -- response in fact I went out to Chicago the next day to give a speech.
And ran into people who were Muslim in the airport who came over to say hello and thank you.
For having been on O'Reilly last night and spoken about the need to protect the constitutional rights of everyone and make sure that people don't exercise any kind of bigoted attitudes you know this thing with the cab driver new Yorker burning Koran to bat with the -- now.
The next -- -- I noticed in my.
My box my email box and all the messages.
Clearly orchestrated by the Muslim rights groups saying hey why employees made a bigoted comment and they took out of total context.
This one line where I think you know when I'm at the airport getting on an airplane I -- people were dressed in Muslim garb it makes me feel anxious nervous I have some fear.
And given what happened on 9/11 in this country I think you understand the context of what I'm saying you -- fox contributor at the same time he would NPR did anybody from -- ever come to yesterday.
Kind of tone it down a little bit when -- plots that we ever warned beforehand that -- -- like me being on -- that was the point but they never had a problem with what you were saying while your own thoughts no I mean I remember one occasion.
When we were discussing Michelle Obama when she was coming into office -- the First Lady.
There was some question about -- the statement I had made I think you know Michelle Obama can't with going back towards being someone who is viewed as.
A black militant you can't be someone who's saying you know this the first time she's proud of an American.
That would create static her husband become a political liability so -- has to avoid being what I said was Stokely Carmichael in a designer dress.
That got picked up by media matters and others they get taken out of tactics and -- Juan Williams accused is Michelle Obama of being.
Stokely Carmichael in a designer dress which is not what I was saying at all and then speak later -- -- we're hearing a lot of flap about this what did you say you know explain yourself that was the only time Charles.
I want to play last night and a lot of people are asking me about it Tracy was just talking about being in a game of -- -- last night.
And almost everyone who approached me was supportive of the -- they could I mean people don't agree with your politics at all read all day you know they've thrown the -- sentimental value value -- the -- but the way this -- handled the way you've been treated as a human being are you surprised that the outpouring in your favor.
Yes I was worried that you know in terms of the way American politics works today that what would happen is that people on the right would say.
You know this is what happens he'd say something that's provocative controversial immediately they wanted to or racist your big excess I expected that would get support in that quarter.
But then I thought you know what a lot on the left are gonna say -- -- NPR.
Juan Williams is not a predictable black guy you know he's can be saying usual things.
How worried that especially my colleagues fellow journalists.
Would turn their -- -- but you know Charleston.
One of the really gratifying things in this moment is it hasn't happened when people say you know what does that matter right wrong and we don't think it's right with the way NPR.
Not only acted in terms the editorial decision but how they treated as a human being.
Yeah -- CEO Vivian Schiller mentioned you -- publicist your psychiatrist.
She failed to mention your campaign your campaign manager.
Hi is this going to be one person in the same league as what do you do now I mean now you've that you got all of a sudden these last couple days I'm -- it's -- -- and -- But you've been everywhere your exposure is is unbelievable.
What are you gonna do.
I haven't thought and I haven't started strategize for Jamaica flight -- I don't know what what I do and what I I'm grateful to fox.
For having the democratic in college.
You know -- I'm sold under with a very human things like.
I just got five it hurts it had been hired a couple of times I don't -- -- -- it might not really what my father but the suggestion was given my life you know things I've written about.
He's a big.
So that would mean -- my person my character my credibility was -- the question and would anybody else wanna touch me right so -- controversial and hot.
Fox didn't take that attitude and I'm I'm grateful amendment.
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