Fox News host Juan Williams was forced to defend himself from a co-worker who used the word “token” in describing him on The Five Friday night.
Williams is an experienced journalist who has worked for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio.
But in a debate about the Kanye West’s meeting with Trump, Williams’ tenure on the show was mocked by his co-host Greg Gutfeld. Gutfeld is rightwing comedian and talkshow host whose credits include appearing on Louie once and on lesser-known television programs like Mark Latham’s Outsiders and Stossel.
Gutfeld pushed back at CNN host Don Lemon’s criticism of Kanye West by saying that anyone could claim that Lemon was “a prop” for CNN.
“You could use this here on The Five with Juan,” Gutfeld said. “I could call you a prop.”
Gutfeld then said that he “would never do that” but Williams seemed to feel he had just done it.
Williams was forced to wait for a minute before having a chance to respond.
“I don’t want it to go without comment that I’m a token,” Williams said.
“But you see my point about the argument?” interrupted Gutfeld.
“No, I don’t see your point, because I don’t think anyone would say that to you, Greg,” said Williams. “I don’t think that given my record as a journalist I don’t think there’s any way that you would say ‘Oh, gee, is Juan Williams the token does Juan Williams have a role as a commentator on an American news show.”
“But I’m talking about the superficial—looking at color, people looking at color,” Gutfeld said.
“No, I’m saying let’s look at the substance,” Williams said. “And when I looked at the substance I saw nothing but a public relations stunt put on by the president and maybe Kanye thinking it helped his reputation.”
First test of Virgin Orbit rocket fails to accomplish goal
The first test launch of a rocket that is released from a jumbo jet at 35,000 feet and then propels itself into orbit to deploy a satellite failed on Monday, the Virgin Orbit company said.
"The mission terminated shortly into the flight. Cosmic Girl and our flight crew are safe and returning to base," Virgin Orbit's Twitter account reported as the test was underway off the coast of California.
The plane released the rocket cleanly, but the latter developed trouble of unknown origin after igniting its first-stage engine, the company said.
Founded by British billionaire Richard Branson in 2012, Virgin Orbit wants to offer a quick and flexible launch service for operators of small satellites, weighing between 300 and 500 kilos (600 to 1,00 pounds), a market which is currently booming.
Trump adviser’s ‘repugnant’ lack of concern for human life slammed by ethics expert
On Monday, President Donald Trump's economic adviser Kevin Hassett appeared on CNN to urge the economy to reopen, saying, "Our human capital stock is ready to go back to work."
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 25, 2020
Trump uses Memorial Day to attack Biden and recycle old lies about his coronavirus response
NYT: "At Least 430,000 People Have Arrived in the United States on Direct Flights From China"
President Donald Trump used the occasion of the Memorial Day holiday to recycle old, debunked lies about his likely Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
In a tweet Trump made several accusations, none of them are true.
Sleepy Joe Biden (mostly his reps.) went crazy when I banned, in late January, people coming in from China. He called me “xenophobic” & then went equally “nuts” when we let in 44,000 people - until he was told they were American citizens coming home. He later apologized!