October 21st, 2010 15:31 EST
Political Correctness Insanity: NPR Fires Juan Williams For Telling The Truth
"National Public Radio terminated the contract of commentator Juan Williams after he said on Fox`s `The O`Reilly Factor` that people wearing Muslim garb on airplanes made him `worried` and `nervous.` Most people, if they are honest with themselves and others, feel exactly the same way as Juan Williams. If I`m waiting for my plane to take off, and I hear passengers in Muslim garb praying "Allah Akbar", I will pull a Steven Slater and exit the plane via the emergency exit.
The move was first reported Wednesday on Twitter by NPR`s media correspondent David Folkenflik, who said Williams` remarks `were inconsistent with our editorial standards.`
Williams was discussing political correctness Monday with host Bill O`Reilly and said that it could `lead to some kind of paralysis, where you don`t address reality.`" " target=_new>Read More
Juan Williams is paid by the Fox News Network and NPR to render his opinions about politics and current events. Juan`s opinion isn`t extremist; it`s shared by most Americans. Juan`s opinion isn`t based on fantasy, it`s grounded on reality. It`s isn`t Roman Catholics, Moonies, Scientologists, but Muslims who have a penchant for blowing up planes for the glory of God.
It was shortsighted and unfair for NPR to fire Juan Williams for basically doing his job. A commentator is paid to be entertaining and controversial, and even the most respected pundits will at times make statements that are exaggerated and controversial.
I don`t mean to imply that Williams goes out of his way to create controversy, and I`m not suggesting that his statement was untrue or bigoted. I`m making the point that commentators should be given a lot of latitude when expressing their opinions, especially those like Juan Williams who have earned the respect of their peers and the public for being fair-minded.
It`s ironic and tragic that Williams, who is black and deeply involved in the civil rights movement, is being accused by NPR of being a bigot.
Juan Williams is an oasis of intellectual honesty and fairness in the cesspool of sensationalism that is Fox News. It`s a rotten shame that NPR has stained the reputation of this respected journalist.
NPR is guilty of bowing down before the god of political-correctness; Williams is guilty of nothing but being faithful to his calling as a commentator and telling the truth.
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