Juan Williams’ firing did not happen in a vacuum. It happened in the context of him having been the official Fox News lawn jockey stooge for years.
-Tolerant Liberal Doug J., Balloon Juice.com (HT: Legal Insurrection.com)
Oh my God, save our Democracy. Black Man, Juan Williams, just lost his mind! At least that’s what NPR CEO, Vivian Schiller, had to say when asked why she fired Juan Williams. The Lovely, Talented and Mentally Stable Mrs. Schiller enlightens us all below.
Schiller said whatever feelings Williams has about Muslims should be between him and ‘his psychiatrist or his publicist – take your pick’.
For the record, here is what Juan Williams actually said to get fired.
“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.”
Here is what others have said on the air on behalf of NPR and not gotten fired for having said.
In 1995, Nina Totenberg, NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent, was allowed to keep her job after telling the host of PBS’ “Inside Washington” that if there was “retributive justice” in the world, former North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms would “get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it.”
Also in 2002, during an interview with the Philadelphia City Paper, NPR host Tavis Smiley said he strived to do a show that is “authentically black,” but not “too black.”
NPR issued an apology in 2005 for a commentator’s remark on the return of Christ following a complaint by the Christian Coalition that the comment was anti-Christian. On “All Things Considered,” the network’s afternoon drive-time program, humorist Andrei Codrescu said that the “evaporation of 4 million [people] who believe” in the doctrine of Rapture “would leave the world a better place.”
This is also the network that publishes an online dictionary to help its listeners speak “tea-bag.” As if the Robert Mapplethorpe fans out there in the audience needed a handy primer….Oops, was that insensitive? I mean I didn’t actually cheer-lead for anybody’s family members to get AIDS or anything.
Maybe if I did that, my blog could be taxpayer funded like NPR. Maybe then, I could accuse left-wing African American politicians with whom I disagreed of being lawn jockeys on the Marx-Engels ideological plantation. Or perhaps, the next time there’s serious concern about whether Guam is going to tip over, I could question whether the African-American Congressman who utters such vastly ineluctable kfuctitude; from the lesser tail of The Bell Curve, is quite as think as we stoned he is.
But no, alas and alack. It’s all about whom you wish HIV for Christmas upon. It’s all about which religious denomination you’d like to see experience 4 million instantaneous life termination events. It’s which racial and ideological groups whose speech you ridicule.
My dictionary of profoundly stupid terms from Ebonics just won’t cut it. Rap lyrics such as “Pay your respect/ to the Black Fist. Or I’ll burn your store down to a crisp.” are acceptable ways of grappling with the frustrations of urban youth. And the taxpayer-funded NPR dictionary of tea-bagging, that’s just kidding. Lighten the kfuc up, would you?
John Boehner, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, and virtually every other Conservative in America demanded that NPR be defunded yesterday. Tomorrow is not a day too soon. Mrs. Schiller is terribly sorry this had to happen during fund-raising week. The rest of America would be terribly sorry if they had any donors other than George Soros.
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