Juan Williams, bought and paid for by Fox News, is now defending his comments he made portraying Michelle Obama, the wife of President Barack Obama, as the angry black woman (feeding an ignorant and stupid stereotype that perhaps appeals to the viewership of Bill O’Reilly and other Fox News hosts) and comparing her to Stokely Carmichael. Williams’exact words were (during a segment on the Fox News show “The O’Reilly Factor”):
On Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor” on Monday night, Williams said of the first lady, “She’s got this Stokely Carmichael-in-a-designer-dress thing going. If she starts talking . . . her instinct is to start with this blame America, you know, I’m the victim. If that stuff starts to coming out, people will go bananas and she’ll go from being the new Jackie O. to being something of an albatross.”
Again, as I wrote earlier, Williams earned his pay throughout the campaign season by negatively portraying Michelle Obama as a militant and as an angry black woman who hates her country and who hated her country until her husband made it so deep into the presidential election. Williams was brought on to talk about the Obamas, over and over again, because he was a person of color who was willing to badmouth Barack and Michelle … essentially on demand. But, it seems Williams was out to defend himself against what has been an appropriate level of backlash from most fair-minded people who abhor nasty and unfounded stereotypes of people. Here are some comments, as cited by online columnist Richard Prince (from a person who has known Williams for some time) I found particularly interesting:
“Now, I’ve known Juan for more than 30 years,” David Nicholson, a former Washington journalist who considers himself a fellow iconoclast, wrote on his blog. “We were students at Haverford College (he was several years behind me) and colleagues at The Washington Post. When Juan started as an intern at the paper in the mid-’70s (I was a copy-boy on the Metro Desk), he stayed at my apartment while he looked for a place to live. Over the years, we’ve wound up in the same neighborhoods — first Washington’s Bloomingdale-Le Droit Park and then Takoma, D.C, where we’d see each other walking our dogs or hanging out with our kids.
“So I’ve known Juan for a while. But apart from the need to be provocative so he can continue as Fox News’ HNIC (Google the term if you’ve never heard it), what the hell was he thinking?”
Williams was not thinking about anything other than appeasing the extremist right-wing element that holds pretty much everything said on Fox News as sacred. It just goes to show he has long since sold his soul and objectivity for “fame” on Fox News. Juan Williams has disgraced himself. But, it’s not the first time and I highly doubt it will be the last.