The president offered NPR the chance to host his first interview on the topic of race to honor yesterdays 50th anniversary of school desegregation. One condition though; only if Juan Williams hosted the interview.
Williams said yesterday he was “stunned” by NPR’s decision. “It makes no sense to me. President Bush has never given an interview in which he focused on race… . I was stunned by the decision to turn their backs on him and to turn their backs on me.”So Juan Williams, in perpetual capitulation to Fox News, finds himself left with nothing more than Fox News. And he's "stunned." Turns out being a media hack and O'Reilly's BFF doesn't have the perks you thought it did.
Ellen Weiss, NPR’s vice president for news, said she “felt strongly” that “the White House shouldn’t be selecting the person.” She said NPR told Bush’s press secretary, Dana Perino, that “we’re grateful for the opportunity to talk to the president but we wanted to determine who did the interview.” When the White House said the offer could not be transferred to one of NPR’s program hosts, Weiss took a pass. [...]
Williams, who is sometimes criticized by liberal groups, dismissed the notion that he was picked as a sympathetic interviewer, saying he often challenges the administration on “Fox News Sunday.”