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October 21, 2010

Juan Williams fired by NPR over comments about Muslims flying (Updated)

Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

Update:

Are the jihadists now in charge? Was Juan Williams fired because unindicted co-conspirator, Hamas-linked, Muslim Brotherhood front CAIR sent out a press release demanding that Williams be fired - or simply ? And by the way, let me be perfectly clear: Airline passengers in "Muslim garb" make me "nervous" also - they are clearly identifying themselves as Muslim rather than an American citizen, clearly rejecting assimilation for ideological reasons, and one cannot know for sure whether their ideology is extremist or so-called "moderate." In other words, it's a rational, natural, reaction in an era in which - as Sister Toldjah aptly notes - Muslims bent on jihad blow themselves up on crowded buses and in pizza parlors, when Muslims bent on jihad hijack planes and kill nearly 3,000 Americans in one day, when a Muslim bent on jihad takes to heart the Islamic doctrine of Wala wa Bara ("loyalty and enmity") and guns down his fellow soldiers, when even the general manager of al-Arabiya television saysIt is certainly true that not all Muslims are terrorists, however, sadly we say that the majority of terrorists in the world are Muslims.
... and on and on around the world: London, Edinburgh, Madrid, Beslan, Mumbai, Bali, Thailand, Nigeria, and on an on in a trail of blood blazed by Muslims bent on jihad ...

... Juan Williams admitted to a very human failing: he gets nervous around Muslims (and he's not alone in his concern about Muslims - most Americans are certain to agree with him - judging by the comments at NPR, Fox News, etc.). H's not saying every Muslim is a terrorist; he is not saying he hates all Muslims or that all Muslims are jihadists. He is admitting to an instinctive reaction based on years of witnessing horrifying things done by Muslims waging jihad (all over the world).

In other words, one could reasonably say that NPR's action goes against rational thought and a normal reaction to the actions of Muslims themselves - and speaks volumes as to it's liberal-progressive ideology and willingness to use political correctness as a tool for prohibiting free speech.Original post begins here ...
Just yesterday we posted on the story of NPR (perhaps more accurately referred to as National Progressive Ramblings) having received a $1.8 million grant from George Soros' Open Society Foundations to add at least 100 journalists at NPR member radio stations in all 50 states over the next three years. We noted that as Steve Gilbert points out, the funding takes George Soros' brand of liberal-progressivism "down" to a whole new level.

Now NPR has done something that takes their liberal-progressive political correctness - down to a whole new level.

In an disturbing act of liberal-progressive political correctness run amuck, NPR has fired Juan Williams for warning that political correctness leads to a paralysis that keeps people from addressing reality - in fact making Williams a victim of exactly that kind of political correctness. NPR terminated his contract, even though just moments later Williams and Mary Katharine Ham spoke about how important it is for commentators to distinguish between moderate and extremist Muslims. That doesn't count with NPR, because Williams made the unpardonable sin of admitting that people boarding flights in "Muslim garb" makes him nervous (hat tip - Ed Morrissey):

The move came after Mr. Williams, who is also a Fox News political analyst, appeared on the "The O'Reilly Factor" on Monday. 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."

Mr. Williams also made reference to the Pakistani immigrant who pleaded guilty this month to trying to plant a car bomb in Times Square. "He said the war with Muslims, America's war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don't think there's any way to get away from these facts," Mr. Williams said.

NPR said in its statement that the remarks "were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR."

As Morrissey suggests, apparently watching an entire segment and hearing remarks in context also conflict with NPR's editorial standards and practices. By doing what NPR failed to do - watching the entire six-minute-plus segment, one easily sees that William's comments are themselves relatively politically correct:


What seems obvious is that Williams was fired for committing the unpardonable sin (in the narrow minds of liberal-progressives) of simply recognizing that some Muslims are a threat and that Muslims have sworn to kill as many Americans as possible - and that makes him nervous. Whatever else he said just doesn't matter. Williams dared to challenge NPR's taxpayer funded determination to maintain its George Soros brand of far-left, liberal-progressive, editorial and ideological purity.

As Ed Morrissey points out:

With the exception of the very beginning, when Williams made the statement that so offended NPR, Williams and Mary Katharine took a position mainly opposite of Bill O'Reilly, with both stating that the distinction between extremist Muslims and the rest was an important one to make, Mary Katharine more for strategic purposes, and Williams on journalistic grounds.

But then again, Williams was arguing for tolerance, and that apparently violates NPR's "editorial standards and practices." Clearly, NPR only wants opinion journalists that agree with the opinions of NPR, and I mean totally agree. An NPR opinion journalist had better not admit to having a normal human reaction about potential for terrorism nine years after 3,000 Americans got killed by radical Muslims on commercial air flights, or else. The rest of NPR's cast just got an object lesson about the range of opinion tolerated by management.

Michelle Malkin provides some perspective:

As I've said many times before: Political correctness is the handmaiden of terror.

Condolences to Juan Williams, whom I've debated - vigorously, but always with respect and cordiality -- many times over the years.

Hope this accelerates his journey on the ideological learning curve. And I hope he doesn't back down.

Worth noting: NPR affiliate employee Sarah Spitz at public radio station KCRW wishes death on Rush Limbaugh -- not a firing offense.

There's a take home message here, somewhere, as in - isn't it about time for taxpayers to stop funding NPR and let George Soros fund the whole damned liberal-progressive enchilada?

By the way, checking out the comments over at NPR one sees that the great majority of them are greatly critical of NPR (I particularly like the one about NPR having just pulled a PR pulled a Whoopi Behar.)

Related:
Goldberg: NPR drove a stake through the heart of liberalism
Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee blast NPR over Juan Williams firing

Posted by Richard at October 21, 2010 9:10 AM



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