Oct. 20, 2010 -
NPR fires news analyst Juan Williams over his remarks during an appearance on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. He acknowledged feeling worried about being on an airplane with people wearing “Muslim garb,” a statement that NPR said violated its ethics standards. The firing sparks a partisan attack on public broadcasting fueled by O’Reilly and prominent Republicans. Ellen Weiss, the senior news VP who fired Williams, resigns in January after a law firm that investigated the dismissal reports to NPR’s board.