It’s been a week since NPR hastily fired senior news analyst Juan Williams for comments made on “The O’Reilly Factor,” but in just that time the ombudsman’s office at the public radio network has received 22,769 emails, Alicia C. Shepard wrote today in her column.
Shepard noted that most of the emails were a bit on the negative side. “Many said the same thing,” Shepard wrote. “‘NPR, you’re fired.’ Or, ‘I’m never donating to NPR again.'”
The email count refers only to the messages sent specifically to the ombudsman’s office. NPR won’t reveal the total tally of Williams-related messages, Shepard said, as a “matter of policy.”