The chief executive of the major cable network “The Newsroom” is calling for a “saturation” of hate speech and a “resurgence” of white nationalism, saying he would never accept hate speech.
In a lengthy Facebook post on Thursday, executive producer Brian Williams said hate speech is “not the new normal” and “has no place in America” and called on the network to “take a long hard look at what our values are” and stop “focusing on the headlines.”
Williams is the only news producer on the Newsroom, which has won three Emmy Awards.
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but moved to Los Angeles in 1990.
He later moved to New York City, where he has hosted the “Real Time” talk show on Fox News since 2012.
He also is a co-founder of the “Values Voter Summit” and has made a number of appearances on conservative talk radio programs.
“When you’re on the news and you see the headlines and the people being vilified and the hate speech, that’s not the new norm,” he said.
“You can’t be a whitewashed white supremacist and you don’t belong in America.”
Williams said he is “extremely concerned” about the recent spate of violence against Jewish community centers in the U.S., particularly in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
He called on “The Real Time” to take a hard look “at what our beliefs are and what our moral compass is.”
“I want to make sure that we don’t let this spiral any further,” he added.
The “Real Times” program was canceled last week after the network declined to air “Achilles’ heel” and other controversial programs.
The decision was made after the program, which included commentary from Williams, was pulled from the air last month because of protests over the show’s use of a photo of a Jewish Holocaust survivor.
Williams, who has hosted a number in the past, said the decision was a mistake and that he had “never advocated violence against anyone” and was “deeply sorry” for his “missteps.”
He said he “can no longer and will not accept hate and hatred” and added that “it is time for America to start taking a hard hard look in the mirror.”
Williams also called for a rethinking of the role of media, particularly in covering stories about “the darker sides of American life.”
He said the media should not be the “first line of defense” against racism and anti-Semitism.
Williams has been vocal in his criticism of the Trump administration and has said that the White House has become a “totalitarian police state.”