New York Times: NPR Ends Analyst’s Contract After Comments on Muslims
NPR has terminated its contract with Juan Williams, one of its senior news analysts, after he made comments about Muslims on the Fox News Channel.
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.”
This story exploded over Twitter as I watched the end of the Phillies-Giants game (a series which has been seriously cutting into my nighttime productivity, by the way). Here are a few of my favorite tweets:
@ExJon If Juan Williams had said he was nervous around “tea baggers,” NPR would have given him a raise.
@iowahawkblog I don’t want PBS to apologize and/or hire Juan Williams back. I want them defunded completely. Govt has no business in this business.
@glenasbury: Juan Williams had been an NPR analyst since 1999. Axed over ONE candid statement. But *conservatives* are intolerant.
When it comes to the subject matter, we’ve gone down this road here at America’s Right before. As you know, I refuse to impute the murderous actions of radical Islamic terrorists to billions of mainstream Muslims across the globe, but there is no doubt whatsoever that while not every Muslim is a terrorist, the vast majority of terrorists sure seem to be Muslim. I also have no doubt in my mind that Juan Williams is able to discern between Muslims and radical Muslims, and that any trepidations he has with regard to air travel has more to do with a realistic look at history than a bigoted look at a particular faith.
The bottom line, however, is that Juan Williams should not have been fired by NPR. NPR, after all, did not fire Michel Martin after he linked Timothy McVeigh to Catholicism during the debate over the Ground Zero Mosque. Why is it acceptable for agents and employees of National Public Radio to malign Christianity, but not Islam?
Furthermore, NPR should not have caved to radical leftist groups, as was pointed out by Michelle Malkin about a half-hour ago on her Web site. As IowaHawk noted on Twitter, NPR is the recipient of taxpayer funds, and so long as public funds are involved that organization should not bend for any special interest group of any ideological bent. It’s high time that NPR be defunded.
As for Mr. Williams, I join Michelle Malkin in hoping that this little escapade hastens his ideological journey. I enjoy seeing an ideological light bulb of sorts illuminate above Mr. Williams’ head occasionally on Fox News Channel, and I hope I continue to see it happen again and again. It’s obvious, though, that NPR just cannot stand the light.