Fox News political analyst Juan Williams was fired by NPR over remarks he made to Bill O’Reilly on The Factor. Williams made the mistake of mentioning that he gets nervous on airplanes when he sees a Muslim. In a roundabout way, Williams was trying to convey to O’Reilly that he agreed with his stance on ABC’s The View the other day.

Bill O’Reilly had an encounter with Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar when the subject of the ground zero Mosque came up. Goldberg and Behar walked off the set when O’Reilly said, “Muslims killed us on 9/11.” He later clarified his remarks by adding the word “radical.” A tag that can be attributed to Goldberg and Behar themselves.

These are the comments that NPR fired Juan Williams over:

Well, actually, I hate to say this to you because I don’t want to get your ego going. But I think you’re right. I think, look, political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don’t address reality.

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.

These remarks were rather tame and honest if you ask me. But in this day of politically correct knee jerk reactions, Williams didn’t have a chance. NPR has always been fairly left leaning. The fact that Williams would speak in such a frank way, especially on Fox News, forced their hand.

An NPR representative released a statement via Twitter saying that Juan Williams has been a valuable contributor but his comments on O’Reilly didn’t mesh with NPR’s editorial standards. For those of you scoring at home, that standard would be linguini spined political correctness.