#1 NPR commentator loses job over Muslim remark10-21-2010, 11:30 AMNPR commentator loses job over Muslim remark
Juan Williams, speaking on Fox's 'The O'Reilly Factor,' says people in Muslim garb on planes make him 'worried' and 'nervous.' NPR says the remarks 'were inconsistent with our editorial standards.'
By Steve Padilla
October 21, 2010
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."
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."
"I mean, look, Bill, I'm not a bigot," said Williams, who is African American and has written extensively on the civil rights movement and race in America. "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."
10-21-2010, 11:38 AM
There's more at Legal Insurrection...
...an excellent look at this situation...
...and more from Huckabee...
Last edited by marv; 10-21-2010 at 11:43 AM.
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10-21-2010, 12:28 PM
It was cumulative. Not a one off.
10-21-2010, 12:32 PM
Like it or not, right or wrong, free speech has consequences.
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10-21-2010, 12:33 PM
This is one of the reasons why NPR needs taxpayer funding to keep afloat. They usually fire or marginalize the handful of people who actually have anything interesting to say.
Imagine if Dancing With The Stars only showcased fat, ugly people. Sure, a few people would tune in for that but most people would rather watch paint dry. NPR is the news/opinion-equivalent of watching Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg dance.
10-21-2010, 01:05 PM
Fox News is going to totally embrace Williams, he already fills in for O'Reilly I can easily see him becoming a full time Fox News Contributor and possibly being O'Reilly's replacement when he retiresOriginally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
10-21-2010, 01:06 PM
Also woopty shit Juan is an idiot at times guess what so is everyone.Originally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
10-21-2010, 01:19 PM
I always do a scan of the people at the gate to see if there are an obvious Muslims. Now we all know I'm a very vocal advocate of treating the every day Muslim as an every day person, but this is just plain common sense. When there is a risk from a certain group of people, you keep an eye out for those people. Call it racial profiling if you want. I call it anti-terrorism, and it's what I'm trained to do.In most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.
In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
10-21-2010, 01:20 PM
hahaha if you get scared of someone because they are dressed in traditional muslim clothing you need to turn off the fucking televisionOriginally Posted by Adam Smith - Wealth of Nations
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