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So much for frank discussions (update)

While it is certainly not a First Amendment violation (as it is being alleged by some), the firing of NPR contributor Juan Williams by the tax supported radio network is disturbing. It puts in focus how horribly served we are by political correctness.

I’ve always said that PC was a way for the left to stifle debate. Try to criticize anything about a minority community and you’re a "racist". That label used to have some sting to it but it has become so over used it no longer does. But what it would do in its day is pretty much stop the conversation as the accused tried to deal with the distraction of being labeled wrongly.

Juan Williams runs into exactly the same type of thing with his firing from NPR for supposedly making remarks that “were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”

What did he say that was so awful on Bill O’Reilly’s Fox show?

On the show, the host, Bill O’Reilly, asked him to respond to the notion that the United States was facing a “Muslim dilemma.” Mr. O’Reilly said, “The cold truth is that in the world today jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet.”

Mr. Williams said he concurred with Mr. O’Reilly.

He continued: “I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

I’ve got to tell you, that’s not an argument that causes me to jump out of my chair and yell, "fire the bigot!" It’s an intelligent guy expressing his honest opinion which may or may not please me. But I respect it. And it in no way undermines his credibility as an analyst to say something like that.

Unless that "credibility" is predicated on no real analysis but instead regurgitating the approved editorial perspective of NPR.

Apparently honestly expressing your thoughts and feelings are not condoned if they conflict with the “editorial standards and practices” of NPR.  Frank discussions have no place in their world.

Tow the line, or get fired.  And that’s fine – it’s their network (although I think we shouldn’t be paying for it).  But hopefully they’ll never again attempt to convince us they’re interested in all sides and perspectives of a story.  Obviously they’re not.

UPDATE: Watch this entire video clip and see if perhaps NPR didn’t bother to do its due diligence and pulled a “Shirley Sherrod” on Juan Williams.



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13 Responses to So much for frank discussions (update)

  • Hey man, saying something less than complimentary about our new super-protected class (Muslims) is a very very serious business and cannot be tolerated.  I mean, just look at what those old irrelevant hags did on “The View” when confronted by such offensive talk!

    Williams should’ve stuck to noncontroversial topics such as bashing Christians, smearing the Tea Party as racist, or wishing death on Rush Limbaugh.   Those are certainly not firing offenses as they’ve proven in the past!

    PS- NPR has the right to fire and hire whomever they wish.  But how and why they exercise that right sure does reflect poorly on them.

    • And taxpayers should have a right to stop supportign their sorry asses.

      • “CENSORSHIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”  will be the cry of course.

        You know what? In this economy, we can no longer afford to even token fund public broadcasting.


        As someone else noted, let Soros pick up the tab for them.

  • “PS- NPR has the right to fire and hire whomever they wish. ”
    Well, I think firing Juan Williams demonstrates they are RACISTS!!!!!!!
    And I think Williams should play that card on them just for laughs.

  • Williams apparently learned his lesson in a hurry and is working diligently to, if not get his job back, then at least land a gig with some other news (i.e. liberal) outlet: he bashed the Tea Party as “racist” this morning on Fox and Friends.

    Rush also had a good point about this kerfluffle this afternoon: it’s pledge week at NPR, and what better way to get deep-pocketted liberal donors to dig a bit deeper than to fire an “analyst” for a moment of heterodoxy?

    I wonder, though, if this won’t backfire against NPR and the libs generally.  Sh*tcanning Williams – a reliably liberal black man – over a statement that MOST Americans would find completely reasonable exposes them as the narrow-minded bigots that they are.  Not a good thing when the next Congress is likely to look at places to cut the budget.

    • The head of NPR doesn’t think it’s a reasonable statement.  It’s obviously a symptom of psychosis according to them.

      Free speech…… long as they agree with it

  • This is the second time I’ve seen the liberal yo-yos take off on Juan Williams when he has “overstepped” his bounds and spoken a truth that was against the “party line”.

    I have said more than once in the past that a government run co-opted media is but one step towards the Soviet style dictatorship that we witnessed with the old USSR. This is beyond Big Brother. This is not only the squashing of Free Speech, but is in fact taking away one of our most sacred rights. And he wasn’t even on an NPR show!

    This Political Correctness, which is nothing more than a Gestapo style propaganda issue has to stop!
    I for one do not agree with some of Mr. Williams stands. however, he has never been afraid to call it as he sees it and in this case he was correct! Whether I agree with him or not, I find him to be candid and honest in his views. To be fired for relating the truth is beyond everything we hold sacred in this country.

    Kudos to Mr. Williams for daring to stand up to the kind of censorship that is so warmly welcome by leftist Soviet and NAZI style governments!

    • joetoteKudos to Mr. Williams for daring to stand up to the kind of censorship that is so warmly welcome by leftist Soviet and NAZI style governments!

      At risk of being unfair to Williams (who, frankly, I’ve often thought of as rather a dullard), I don’t think he “stood up to censorship”.  Rather, he innocently (foolishly?) said what was on his mind, never dreaming that such an innocuous statement would bring down the wrath of his liberal masters on his head.

  • npr: not particularly relevant

    Don’t much agree with Mr. Williams. Not much offended by Mr. Williams’ take on reality.

    Not much inclined to vote him off my island just to protect myself from having to suffer my own childish inadequacies in full daylight.

  • Williams also criticized assimilation’s status as a dirty word.  He was talking about it on context to how Germany and Europe handled recent immigration as a failure.  And that we should re-examine our own attitude on the subject.  This has implication for mass illegal immigration and not just Muslim Immigration.
    I would bet that angered NPR officials more, but was less defensible reason in the press release.

  • I’m thinking that Breitbart can’t wipe the smug grin off of his face since this happened.

  • Since Juan now has a contract with Fox, anybody want to take bets on how long it will be before he becomes the recipient of the hateful racial slurs like Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice, and (back in the day) Colin Powell?