Lets call this the case of two Williams.
It is a case study in the state of the journalism system in this country. Everyone has heard of the case of Juan Williams getting fired by NPR over some lukewarm comments he made about being nervous seeing traditional Muslims boarding the same airplane he was using. FOX News made sure the whole world knew about it. An interesting side to this is that there is a much more vivid story about another Williams that didn’t get near as much media play, but yet was more dramatic.
It is the undertold story of Byron Williams, the gunman who had a shootout with police in San Francisco in October. Williams was being pulled over for erratic driving when he started shooting at the police with high ballistic guns. The violent exchange went on for 45 minutes, ending only when Williams was wounded.
Upon questioning at the police station Williams admitted that he was on his way to the ACLU and the Tides Foundation offices to shoot as many people there as possible.
FOX reported up the story as it occurred, offering little more information than what I have stated here. What FOX never mentioned is that Williams claimed he was inspired by Glenn Beck’s rhetoric against these two agencies and decided to take matters into his own hands.
It is interesting how FOX can blow up the story about Juan Williams to absurd proportions while leaving out the much more important story of Byron Williams would-be massacre. FOX, apparently not wanting the public to know that the would-be mass murderer had gotten his ideas from one of their pundits, limited their news reporting on the story. Meanwhile they overly emphasized the Juan Williams story to destroy NPR, a public radio station that they say has a liberal bias.
NPR doesn’t dabble in the same vitriol that FOX does. FOX wishes to anger and amplify its listeners to follow doctrines which work for them, but will cover up those news items that don’t.
The Juan Williams affair would never have happened at FOX. FOX makes sure all their people toe the line from their first day of work and if anyone does not follow their prerogatives they are out the door before they ever have the chance to get famous. FOX made a big issue of NPR limiting freedom of speech while overlooking the fact that FOX chokes it off before it ever has the chance to get to the screen.
Using the Search engine on the FOX website to enter the name ‘Williams’ one finds page after page of articles about the Juan Williams affair but nothing about the Byron Williams shooting. There is a story listed of another murder involving a Col. Russell Williams who tortured and killed a woman subordinate in the Canadian military, but no sign of Byron’s story. Even after entering Byron Williams one comes across more Juan Williams articles before getting to a few very short ones mentioning his shooting spree in the merest of terms. The last article, written three weeks after the incident still mentions nothing of the fact that the shooter confessed that he was inspired by Glenn Beck to go on the rampage.
If the same had happened because of a liberal spokesman’s diatribes FOX would have had it plastered all over the headlines. Instead they said nothing.
Can anyone trust a major news media that only prints what it wants you to see?
There has now been a bomb threat made against NPR because of the Williams incident. There is no more innocuous station on the radio than NPR. What sort of mish-mash for a mind must someone have to do such a thing. Unfortunately it is one that needs to get its answers from a corporate entity that is more than willing to tell you what you should think.
FOX wants to destroy NPR. They are are out to snuff out anything that is different than they are. It wants to cut off the 2% government funding that NPR receives from grants. Of course FOX would never have to worry about getting its funding taken away. First off, the corporations that underwrite its inflammatory, very unfair and unbalanced opinions have deep pockets and deep tentacles and, second, the public will never know who most of them are. FOX does not have the open disclosure in how it operates like NPR does.