Appearing on Bill O’Reilly’s “The Factor,” reliable Fox house liberal Juan Williams told the bloviating host:
“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.”
Whereupon he was summarily fired from his long-time position as senior correspondent with National Public Radio.
Was it because he gets nervous too easily? Is it because NPR requires its employees to show more courage and stamina under stress?
Was he fired because the fact that every attempted or successful effort to bring down an airplane in the past decade has been carried out by a Muslim has led him to be more afraid when Muslims are on his plane than when they aren’t? Is NPR saying such fears are per se evidence of bigotry, or merely per se evidence that Williams hasn’t accepted NPR’s mandatory, if dangerous and fanciful, world view?
Was Williams let go because he was candid, and because even though most Americans and, in all likelihood, a majority of the Chablis liberals who frequent NPR agree with his sentiments, he was not supposed to express them?
Did Juan Williams get the sack after more than a decade on the station because he expressed this opinion to the diabolical Bill O’Reilly, who is currently being excoriated as a bigot by the Left for saying “Muslims killed us on 9/11″ when, you know, Muslims did kill us on 9/11? [Note: The 1984-style truth-twisting that the Whoopie-Joy Left is spouting to condemn O'Reilly for this pure statement of fact is mind-boggling. Here is blogger Andy Ostrow on The Huffington Post: "Muslims killed us on 9/11? Was it Jews who killed innocent New Yorkers in the Son of Sam murders in the 70's? Was it Blacks who killed 29 Atlanta children in the early 80's? Was it Christians who blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City in 1995?" Is it now the official position of the self-anointed non-bigots in this country that Islamic theology had nothing to do with the attacks? That the bombers of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon just happened to be Muslims...that it was just an unhappy coincidence and they just as easily could have been Methodists? Are they really so committed to this denial of the obvious that they can comfortably mock anyone who concludes that the deaths of 3,000 people at the hands of terrorists screaming Islamic slogans suggest we have a wee of a problem with Islam? Really?]
Did Juan Williams get fired for being honest and speaking the truth?
Yes. But it wasn’t the official, NPR, government scripted, View-approved truth. Thus NPR chose to send a clear message, not only to Williams but to those remaining on its payroll, that variance from the virtuous and multi-cultural ideology of NPR was forbidden.
This is an abuse of power, irresponsible, and offensive to American ideals. It is also scary.
The “National” in National Public Radio means something. Among other things, it means that the radio network is partially funded by taxpayers, and as such, is obligated to feature and welcome diverse points of view, which is a bulwark of American traditions and values. There are too many segments on NPR that are little more than Democratic Party talking points without counter-views or perspective, but we are used to that; expecting balance and fairness is expecting too much. But demanding something short of the Thought Police is not. By firing Juan Williams, NPR is taking the position that expressing a fear of Muslims, in light of recent events, is (as the network put it in its statement announcing Williams’ ouster) “inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices” and “undermined [Williams'] credibility as a news analyst with NPR.” No, it didn’t. It enhanced his credibility. What is incredible is that NPR would insist, as a time when its reliably liberal allies at the Washington Post are so terrified of offending Muslims that it censors its comics section, that a correspondent expressing a far more reasonable fear warrants dismissal.
The intolerance of the self-righteous heralds of toleration has officially reached the point where it is…intolerable.
[You can read the follow-up to this post here.]