In this case, CNN, for some reason, asked Williams to come on and give his take on Park51, so he said this to CNN's Jeff Simon (who's also at fault for having this person on):
In an interview with CNN's Jeff Simon, [former Tea Party Express spokesman Mark] Williams said he's on a new mission when it comes to the Cordoba House -- he told Simon he will "personally commit myself to coming up with funding" for what he called a "mirror image" of Cordoba built in Mecca "that would be dedicated to showcasing American values."
"How about we reinforce the peaceful, moderate nature that Islam claims to be and how about we have an Uncle Sam center to introduce people to the understanding of human rights?" Williams told CNN.
The right to build such a building would be all it takes for Williams to "drop his opposition to Park51," he told the network.
Now, I echo Barbara Morrill of Daily Kos here. Who gives a big rats butt what Williams thinks?
CNN's giving air time to people others view as racists, like Mark Williams and Erick Erickson, and is why I've been driven to turn the TV channel to MSNBC or FOX Business.
Yeah, it's to the point where FOX News is more tolerable than some of CNN's shows. And what's more disturbing is I like the people at CNN a lot. But I can't watch this train wreck unfold in slow motion.
CNN President John Klein needs to knock this crap off before he wrecks Ted Turner's baby. This is costing CNN ratings points and money. No one wants to see this, and given CNN's performance, one has to ask what the hell Klein's up to?
The answer for CNN is to expand the CNN iReport - a lot. This has been said again and again in this space. John Klein needs to wake up. Fast. Before he finds himself out of a job.
I'm just saying.