NPR Ends Juan Williams' Contract After Muslim Remarks

NPR executives have joined "The View" liberal goofballs, and the gaggle of tight-britches, politically correct liberals in seeking punishment for those who insist in pointing out that certain crazy Muslims committed the murders of Sept. 11, 2001. 

The apparent lesson for our times, liberal politically speaking: you can bash Bush, despise conservatives, reject the Tea Party movement as moronic and racist and disingenuous, ignore the abuse of non-Muslims by Muslim regimes all over the world, but don't even hint at referring to the Muslim-based ideology of the extremist, fundamentalist Muslim terrorists who committed 9-11 and a host of other killings and attempted killings for many decades. Williams even specified that all Muslims were not to blame for extremism. But that was not enough for NPR's weak-kneed, government, foundation and nonprofit-sponsored executives. 

Why was this appearance one too far? Well, in their own story about it, NPR gave no actual reason, so one can only assume it was a PC reaction. An excuse to rid of him, as it does seem NPR executives resented Williams' appearances in Fox News shows (see NPR article, quoted below). Was it because he is an impressive speaker and not always taking cover behind a closed-minded ideology of the far left? Was it a, God forbid, "black thing"?! 

So, which NPR employee is next? Or will it be NBC next? CNN?

NPR Ends Juan Williams' Contract After Muslim Remarks
by David Folkenflik

- October 21, 2010

NPR News has terminated the contract of longtime news analyst Juan Williams after remarks he made on the Fox News Channel about Muslims.

Williams appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor," Monday and host Bill O'Reilly asked him to comment on the idea that the nation was facing a dilemma with Muslims.

O'Reilly has been looking for support for his own remarks on a recent episode of ABC's "The View," in which he directly blamed Muslims for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the set in the middle of his appearance.

Williams responded: "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."

Williams also warned O'Reilly against blaming all Muslims for "extremists," saying Christians shouldn't be blamed for Tim McVeigh

But strong criticism followed Williams' comments.

Late Wednesday night, NPR issued a statement praising Williams as a valuable contributor but saying it had given him notice that it was severing his contract. "His remarks on "The O'Reilly Factor" this past Monday were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR," the statement read.

Williams' presence on the largely conservative and often contentious prime time talk shows of Fox News has long been a sore point with NPR News executives.

His status was earlier shifted from staff correspondent to an analyst after he took clear-cut positions about public policy on television and in newspaper opinion pieces.

[Copyright 2010 National Public Radio]

- jR 
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