Juan Williams, who is black and liberal, was fired as a news analyst at National Public Radio for saying on Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor that “…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.”
Williams then was smeared by NPR CEO Vivian Schiller who said that his feelings about Muslims on airplanes should be kept between himself “and his psychiatrist or his publicist…”, a comment for which Schiller has apologized.
Williams is a big-time liberal who finally is seeing the light of day in more ways than one. He now has been stung by the kind of rampant political correctness that has reigned at government-funded NPR for decades, and about which we conservatives have warned year in and year out. It is the kind of thuggish correctness that has reigned in leftist political circles (media, universities, Manhattan dinner parties etc.) for many, many years.
This incident proves once again that it is time to de-fund NPR: No more government money for this biased, left-wing organization which, among other things, has called law-abiding Tea Partiers “extremist”.
Would NPR call law-abiding Muslims “extremist”?
And who could forget NPR’s wundergirl Nina Totenberg saying that it would be “retributive justice” if Republican US senator Jesse Helms or his grandchildren would get AIDS from a blood transfusion?
Nice liberals, aren’t they? So tolerant and compassionate!
And it also is time for Williams to look into his own self to see the source of the problem. Because Williams’ friends on the political left have been using these types of smear and intimidation tactics for years, the tactics that now have trapped Williams himself.
Williams has been hired by Fox News as a commentator. He has appeared on Fox for several years now as a liberal-side analyst. And therein lies the problem: NPR sees Fox as the enemy and apparently has been looking to fire Williams for failing repeatedly to toe the PC NPR line. Williams was fired over the phone, and was not allowed to defend himself in person.
Like all the Democrat left, NPR is drifting further to the extreme, with even George Soros funding them with $1.8 million recently. And with such backing and ‘friends’, NPR is going off the deep end and becoming increasingly intolerant.
Schiller wrote in an e-mail about the Williams incident:
‘…News analysts may not take personal public positions on controversial issues; doing so undermines their credibility as analysts, and that’s what’s happened in this situation. As you all well know, we offer views of all kinds on your air every day, but those views are expressed by those we interview — not our reporters and analysts… Third, these specific comments (and others made in the past), are inconsistent with NPR’s ethics code, which applies to all journalists (including contracted analysts): ‘In appearing on TV or other media. … NPR journalists should not express views they would not air in their role as an NPR journalist. They should not participate in shows … that encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis… Unfortunately, Juan’s comments on Fox violated our standards as well as our values and offended many in doing so…’
So when was the last time you ever even heard of conservatives listening to NPR? There are precious few. At the same time, there are many, many liberals listening to Rush Limbaugh and watching Fox, and they are not being forced to fund Limbaugh or Fox with their tax dollars.
This nonsense that “we offer views of all kinds on your air every day…” is bunk. This is classic liberal obfuscation. One could say the same about Fox, which is true. But that would not acknowledge that the background ideology of Fox is relatively conservative.
Schiller’s statement is like saying that public schools offer students all sorts of opinions about the environment, while ignoring the fact that the background ideology of public education is environmentalist, just as the background ideology of NPR is on the political left.
Now since Juan Williams is black, let’s consider black America. For decades, black activists have said that any white person who expresses concern or worry about blacks is a bigot. Yet those concerns are more than genuine. Just look at the crime statistics.
So Williams & Co. have used their liberal bludgeon against whites, yet somehow Williams is surprised and shocked that the liberal bludgeon has been used against him by NPR.
Where was Juan & Co. to decry the rise of radical activist Al Sharpton who came to the fore in 1986 falsely accusing a group of white men of raping black teenager Tawana Brawley? Yet Shapton has been elevated by the leftist media to hero status, even running for president in 2004. At the same time, the late US senator Democrat Robert Byrd of West Virginia once was a grand kleagle in the Ku Klux Klan. But that did not stop leftists from advancing him since he became a liberal Democrat. In other words, liberalism excuses everything.
Juan Williams seems like a fairly nice guy, but he still is a liberal. Fox News has embraced him, and now may be able to “flip” him. That would be a good thing. Millions of blacks can be “flipped” if they will listen to common sense about, say, the abysmal public education system in our cities which is controlled by Democrat teacher unions. And perhaps many Muslims can be convinced to speak out against what Americans are seeing as the increasing radicalization and arrogance of Islam. But don’t hold your breath on either issue.
Extremist Muslims are relying on institutions like NPR and the Democrat party to cover for them, claiming this right and that as American citizens – for those that are. But there is an underlying chill to Islam in America that we need to be vigilant about. And Juan Williams expressed it very, very well.
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