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Jumping the Shark: Juan Williams and FoxNews Sunday

Posted by Mark on April 23, 2006

There have been many times I wanted to throw my Sunday morning coffee at Juan Williams. But I’ve always respected his knowledge, even when I disagreed with his opinion. But today, on FoxNews Sunday,Mr. Williams has finally, and irrevocably, jumped the shark. And as all of us know, once that happens, it’s downhill from there.

For Mr. Williams to defend Mary McCarthy, the fired CIA agent who leaked classified information to Dana Priest, calls in to question his judgement, and his own ability to keep his word. When one gets a security clearance, one signs a statement that you will not reveal it. Doesn’t matter if you agree with the classification, you signed your name. Binding contract. Period. Moral indignation or not, there it is.

I would strongly suggest FoxNews re-examine Mr. Williams’ contract, as obviously his written signature does not guarantee he will maintain its terms if his own “moral indignation” is strong enough.

8 Responses to “Jumping the Shark: Juan Williams and FoxNews Sunday”

  1. Great perspective.

  2. Fred said

    I still don’t understand how some can defend Bush’s leaking of disinformation, yet hound this lady for doing what is so obviously right to anyone with any kind of value system. Maybe Mr. Greenwald’s right.

  3. Mark..Mark..Mark…jumped the shark? evidently, you gave this guy wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too much credit. I threw my Sunday morning coffee at him -a couple of years ago. He’s a Lib Dhimmocrat, whadya expect?

    Remember Katrina?…he played the victim card AND race card.

  4. Mark said

    Craig, I ALWAYS try to give credit to people. Probably why I never went in to banking. 🙂

    Fred, Bush didn’t leak information. He CAN’T. He’s the final arbiter on what is classified and what isn’t. And, a value system that says you can break your written and verbal word is not one I want to teach my kids. If that’s your value system, remind me not to go in to any kind of business relationship with you.

    Richard, thanks. Nice to see you are keeping up with the site.

  5. Gayle said

    I’m with Fred on this one. Glenn Greenwald has hit the nail on the head. Everyone who criticizes the Bush administration seems to be denounced as being harmful to the U.S., while those within his administration are hailed as patriots serving the cause.

    The true meaning of the word patriot has been lost, along with the feeling that we can truly express our opinions without fear of repercussion.

  6. Craig said

    Are you guys on some kind of crack cocaine? Those of us who have Top Secret clearances, are duty bound to protect the information- no matter whether we AGREE with that premise or not!

    I protect copious amounts of classified information and I don’t breathe a word about it- and if I did- I should be shot. Everything that crosses my desk, I don’t necessarily agree with it.

    God, grant me the serenity…

  7. Matthew said

    Notto necessarily defend the president here, but the fact is one of these people had declass authorty and one did not.

    Leaking classified info under any circumstance is wrong and should be punished. It IS treason.

    Additionally it has not even been proved, only attested to, that the president did declassify anything. There is plenty he could have declassified in the past that wqould have helped him allot more, but he has not. That in itself tells me allot.

    Please, Gayle and Fred, stop shifting the subject. It is counter productive.

  8. Mark said

    Sooo, for Gayle and Fred, breaking an oath is okay if you’re motivations are “good.” Breaking your written word not to leak classified information is okay if you agree with the “reasons” for the leak. Matt is right. You seek to shift the subject. Ms. McCarthy’s “opinions” are not being judged here. Her intentional revealing of classified material she swore to protect is being judged, and she was found wanting. Hence, her termination, and hopefully, conviction of violating the law.

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