Conservative Watchdog Group: Congress Should Investigate Juan Williams Firing

After NPR fired political analyst Juan Williams over comments about Muslims, the conservative media watchdogs at the Media Research Center are calling on Congress to investigate.

"We are preparing letter to the appropriate House and Senate oversight committees to request an investigation," MRC President Brent Bozell announced in a press release.

"Juan Williams has done nothing wrong. What he said echoes what the vast majority of Americans believe. It's their tax dollars that fund NPR. But NPR is ignoring them. Instead, they are kowtowing to the agenda of radical anti-Americans like CAIR, and doing the bidding of George Soros, who hates Fox News with a passion," Bozell said in the written statement.

Bozell went on to point out several instances of NPR analysts saying things that could be interpreted as either definitely offensive to Christians, or at least comparable in offensiveness to what Williams said.

Williams was fired after saying, on Bill O'Reilly's Fox News show:

'I mean, look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."

And:

"He said the war with Muslims, America's war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don't think there's any way to get away from these facts."

UPDATE: Here's the letter from MRC, sent to the chairman and ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee:

101021 Juan Williams Letter
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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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