Irrelevant NPR Fires Juan Williams for anti-Muslim Remark
By Gary Starr for The Neville Awards
Posted Oct. 22, 2010
You know it's reaching critical mass for the politically correct Left when they start eating their own.
Recently Bill O'Reilly went on the yenta hen-house known as The View and said that [SHOCK] Muslims attacked us on 9/11. That was just too much for the egg-shell sensitive Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar. They walked off the set in a huff to display their liberal bona fides and their equally useful idiot solidarity with the Jihadists, CAIR and the larger Muslim "community".
The following week NPR's and Fox News' Juan Williams was on O'Reilly talking about the incident. Williams had the temerity to say he gets nervous when he sees Muslims on airplanes.
Williams: "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."
Well, that was just too much for egg-shell sensitive NPR CEO Vivian Schiller. Williams was fired for expressing what most Americans think when they get on an airplane and see Muslims.
Schiller also characterized Williams' remark as "between him and his psychiatrist" recalling the Soviet tactic of consigning dissenters to the Siberian looney bins. She later apologized for that remark so everything is ok now….. or is it.
From the Wall St. Journal
...as Ms. Schiller made clear in her memo to Mr. Williams's former colleagues at NPR, "this isn't the first time we have had serious concerns about some of Juan's public comments."
Mr. Williams has been sacked from NPR for engaging in a patter of . . . opinion. This, Ms. Schiller, noted is a "critical distinction" because of NPR's "ethics code" that its "analysts" not participate in shows "that encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis."
Translation from the Orwellian: They finally found a way to get rid of Juan Williams.
Schiller's remark is typical of the arrogant, elitist reaction to anything said that conflicts with their socialist world view. The fact that it happened to upright liberal Juan Williams is very interesting.
Williams has played the liberal game for years. He has walked that fine line of sensible liberal moderate which has made him acceptable for right-of-center fare like Bill O'Reilly.
Juan is probably in a state of shock...how could this happen to him? We at Neville have always thought there was a conservative in Juan screaming to get out...although he still has a tendency to make excuses for our Fraudinator-in-Chief.
Because Williams is a Fox News analyst NPR has been looking for an excuse to fire him.
From the Weekly Standard:
Schiller revised her position on Williams's termination. According to the Associated Press, Schiller told the Atlanta Press Club that it wasn't the O'Reilly interview that led to his dismissal but the fact that he expressed his "controversial" opinions at all. Doing so, she said, is prohibited by longstanding NPR standards. The AP reports:
Schiller said Williams' firing is not a reflection of his comments (on Fox News Channel) that he gets nervous when he sees people in Muslim garb on an airplane. She said she has no problem with people taking controversial positions, but that such opinions should not come from NPR reporters or news analysts.
If that's true, NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg might want to start looking for a new job. Over the past month, in her regular appearances on "Inside Washington," she has: criticized a ruling of the Roberts Court as scandalous; claimed that Michelle Obama gives people "warm and fuzzy" feelings; called Bill Clinton "the most gifted politician I've ever seen;" and lamented that the Democratic Party is diverse enough to include moderates that want to extend all Bush tax cuts.
And Mara Liasson might be on the chopping block as well.
From (God help us) Media Matters' Eric Boehlert:
News that Juan Williams' contract with NPR was terminated over comments he made about Muslims while appearing on Fox News shines a spotlight on the radio network's evergreen controversy: Its continued affiliation with Fox News. Specifically, NPR's Mara Liasson and her long-running association with Fox News has often raised questions. This might be the proper time for NPR to finally address that thorny issue.
I'm not suggesting Liasson has said anything as offensive as Williams, or that she has that kind of track record while appearing on Fox. I'm just saying that if you look at NPR's code of ethics, there's simply no way Liasson should be making appearances on Fox.
Talk about thought control and speech codes. It is now obvious that the George Soros-funded progressive news Nazis do not want their news analysts to be able to earn a living in a free market. They would prefer that they work in the NPR wilderness imparting their opinions to the twenty or so views and listeners who still tune in. Tolerance indeed!
Perhaps Williams will begin to rethink his liberal sensibilities.
One final thought...isn't about time that NPR federal funding was ended. Leftist billionaire George Soros recently gave NPR $1.8 million.
On Oct 20th, the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sent out a press release calling for action to be taken against National Public Radio (NPR) news analyst Juan Williams for comments he made on Fox News' O'Reilly Factor. CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said: "Such irresponsible and inflammatory comments would not be tolerated if they targeted any other racial, ethnic or religious minority, and they should not pass without action by NPR.
On Oct 21st morning, NPR fired Williams over his comments. So it's pretty clear who is pulling the strings at NPR.
Sen. Jim DeMint is introducing legislation that would cut off that funding. With so many sources of news and programming available now NPR has outlived its usefulness. It is now a propaganda arm of the radical Left, George Soros and the Jihadists.