Fox News contributor and former NPR host Juan Williams opened up to the Daily Caller recently about his experience working at both left and right-leaning media outlets.
“I always thought it was the Archie Bunkers of the world, the right-wingers of world, who were more resistant and more closed-minded about hearing the other side…” he said. “But in fact, what I have learned is, in a very painful way — and I can open this shirt and show you the scars and the knife wounds — is that it is big media institutions who are identifiably more liberal to left-leaning who will shut you down, stab you and kill you, fire you, if they perceive that you are not telling the story in the way they want it told.”
Williams was dismissed from NPR in 2010 over comments he made on the O’Reilly factor about getting nervous when seeing people in “Muslim garb” on a plane.
After noting that many in the media have “preconceptions of the truth” and an idea of what Williams as a black man should believe regardless of the facts, Williams continued: “I deal with conservatives all the time…I must tell you, they’re far more tolerant of me as a dissident voice than anything I ever encountered on the left.”
And, he says, this is the exact opposite of what he would have expected when he first joined the work force.
“The guy that showed up just out of college would never have guessed that this would be true, thirty years later,” he added.
Here’s a clip of Williams’ remarks, courtesy of The Daily Caller: