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Axelrod Praises Juan Williams's Book

Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 06:32 AM

By Hiram Reisner

National Public Radio's heavily publicized firing of Juan Williams last October reached a climax this month with the release of Williams’ book, “Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate.”

In the book, the Fox News commentator rehashes the day NPR canned him for saying "I get worried, I get nervous" when encountering people in Muslim garb on an airplane. Reviews also describe him elaborating on left-right tactics for silencing free speech, the Atlantic Wire first reported.

The book has gotten some interesting advance readings from political heavyweights, including President Barack Obama’s adviser David Axelrod and president Bush's former adviser Karl Rove, who both approve of Williams' book.

Lavishing praise on the book, Axelrod, in the book's blurb, says "For any American who fears the coarsening of our political debate has become an impediment to our progress as a people--and, more importantly, is wondering how to fix it--Juan Williams has written a book well worth reading."

Rove piles on the praise, calling Williams "both dangerous and highly constructive."

"He is both of these because, although he is a liberal, he is also a well-informed independent thinker," writes Rove, a fellow Fox News talking head. "Driven by conviction and evidence, he is not afraid to dissent from liberal orthodoxy. He’s a liberal with whom conservatives can have an honest debate and sometimes find common ground. And while I don’t necessarily agree with every observation or opinion in this book, it is Juan’s candid appraisal of the condition of political debate in America. It ain’t a pretty sight.”

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