NPR has fired Juan Williams for the following exchange on Fox News:
"Look, Bill, I'm not a bigot," Williams said. "You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on a 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."
He continued, "Now, I remember also that, when the Times Square bomber was at court, I think this was just last week, he said the war with Muslims -- America's war -- is just beginning. The first drop of blood. I don't think there's any way to get away from these facts.
"But I think there are people who want to somehow remind us all -- as President Bush did after 9/11 -- it's not a war against Islam."
To begin, I am a liberal. I voted for Hillary, twice- in the primary and as a write in candidate in the general election. Obama was neither qualified nor liberal enough for me. I am for abortion rights, first amendment rights, against prayer in schools, pro evolution, pro womens rights, for government health care- you get the point. Hell, I admire the Scandinavian model. Tax me 40% for all the benefits of the socialist system. I'm liberal. So take it from me, a liberal, firing Juan Williams is BULLSHIT.
There is a liberal faction that really pisses me off. It is the faction that idealizes Venezuela's Chavez. It is the faction that demonizes Mark Twain's writing for the use of the word nigger. It is the faction that says blacks cannot by definition of being a minority be racist. It is the faction that still idealizes Castro's Cuban dream. It is the faction that says it's okay to say nigga' if you are black. It is the faction that says welfare should be for all, including those who flat out refuse to work and reproduce without restriction.
So when Juan Williams comes on air with what I consider common sense liberal views, it is a relief from those extreme liberals I often hear on NPR lauding bullshit artists rapping their inner angst against about the white man holding them down. Or the pablum they endorse everytime NPR gives air time to some dumb Bubba' praising Jesus and the Lawd for an event's outcome, instead of reporting the Facts, not superstitious mumbo jumbo. So when NPR says Williams was showing personal bias, I say BULLSHIT. What kind of reporter, except one biased towards religious superstition, would allow such crap as "God's hand", etc into a story. When NPR reports on "news" from the Vatican, how can that possibly not be biased?
When Juan Williams says the he is wary of those donning Muslim garb, how is that biased, especially when you take the statement IN CONTEXT. Look what happened to USDA's Shirley Sherrod whose comments were taken out of context and sounded WAY WORSE! His comments are mild. His comments are reflective of a majority of the American people. In the same way the "God saved me from INSERT DISASTER" comments aired as parts of "factual" stories, how is what he said any less credible? Juan did little to invoke this sort of wrath from the liberal political correctness pundits on high. Where's the justification?
Juan Williams' reporting is part of what made NPR have a more balanced approach than, say, Fox news. Williams has called playing the race card for what it is, bullshit. He has acknowledged the faults within the subgroup he identifies with, black men: He has pushed for embracing education, shaking off the "victim-hood mentality" and promoting self responsibility. He is the kind of reporter than when the tables are turned would and has acknowledged that this sentiment that he feels about Muslims is similar to what people think about young black men attired in a hip hop fashion, pants falling down, gold teeth ornaments, rap music blasting. Even Juan would admit to locking the car doors when approaching a street corner in "the wrong neighborhood".
Juan Williams has turned an eye to the inner feelings and fears of America, honestly. He has done it while talking down the fear mongers among his Fox peers. He has acknowledged the dual standards in racial groups and has called for self responsibility. He has stood by reminding us of the past and our errors. Without excuses or whitewash he has also criticized the victim-hood mentality self imposed upon blacks and asserted by white liberal pundits.
Juan Williams is a man that balanced the issues by presenting both sides, including self reflection, infusing a personal aspect. This is not new to NPR and its reporters. When we heard Jason Bovian choke back tears in his Haiti reports, we felt the pain of a child abandoned. When Scott Simon offers personal anecdotes of a Chicago game he saw or a time he felt fear in the Balkans, we like him all the more. When Simon criticizes the China one child policy that lead him to adopt his daughters, we don't damn him. Barbara Bradley Hagerty's reports on religion which reflect her personal beliefs in an unknowable, unseen, unprovable Deity are not only given airtime, they are made into lengthy radio series. How can NPR fire Williams for the personal feelings allowed by so many others?
So why then, when Juan Williams made this statement, did NPR fire him? I can only think it comes from an extreme liberal bias that roots out anything anyone says that differs from their brand of political correctness. These are the same types that don't read Mark Twain on air because the word nigger might be said, but interviews rappers whose music use the words, bitches, hoes, and nigga'. These are the same group who, when you point out that 1 in 4 black men age 18-24 are in prison, have been in prison or are awaiting trial in the US, call you a racist for stating facts. These are the ones who laud the First Amendment ideals, cover ACLU lawsuits, and with the other hand, weed out online criticisms and fire their reporters. They are hypocrites.
But then, as Williams also pointed out, where he said it, on Fox "news", may have factored in to their decision. It's okay for President Obama to have befriended the former members of The Weathermen, but it's not okay for Juan to show up on Fox? Watch out Mara Liasson, you're next!! Why can't NPR see the balancing voice of reason provided by Williams, Liasson and others on networks such as Fox? Still NPR lets their own people come on air and shill their latest works of fact or fiction and -Forbid!- express their personal opinions and reflections in the process!
This is a double standard. This is hypocrisy. This is BULLSHIT!