Last week, National Public Radio, NPR, fired Juan Williams for over remarks on Muslims he made during a segment of the O’Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel. Juan Williams fires back saying ‘I was fired for telling the truth’. He told Bill O’Reilly that he does feel nervous, as many in Europe do, seeing Muslim people in a burqua or other traditional garb when on an airplane. The firing, and comments made by Vivian Schiller, the NPR CEO, questioning William’s sanity or motives, caused a firestorm of outrage. Calls for the Federal government to cut funding to NPR are being made. Meanwhile, the good news for Juan Williams is Fox gave him a new contract for $2 million dollars for the next 3 years. So what exactly did Juan Williams really do that was so wrong?
The simple answers are he did nothing wrong, other than appearing on Fox News Channel. The right-leaning cable network is the ire of the rest of the Media, which leans left politically. Williams says that NPR has been critical of his appearances on Fox and has had several warnings over the years.
The overall backlash against NPR is amusing to me. Democrats and Progressive Liberals are in a general panic mode over the coming Republican avalanche in next week’s November 2010 mid term elections. Nobody with an ounce of sanity thinks the Democrats will hold a majority in the House of Representatives. The question now is how many seats will the GOP pick up? 50? 60? 70? Many ‘experts’, like Charlie Cook, say that between 90-112 House seats are ‘in play’, with the historic average of a 70% for incumbents losing ‘in play’ seats.
NPR and Liberal-Progressives in general are going absolutely crazy, as they watch their dreams of turning America into a Socialist nation go down the drain. NPR is notorious for the Far-Left leanings of their on-air personalities. I would even say ’shameless’. They do not apologize nor make any effort to even try to be ‘fair and balanced’. Much like their sympathizers at MSNBC, who are now trying to soften their position with the slogan, ‘Leaning Forward’.
Juan Williams is a decent guy. You may disagree with his analysis and commentary, but he at least is willing and prepared to discuss issues. Having an actual dialog as opposed to what Conservatives usually get when they are interviewed by Progressives. Take for example a recent edition of ‘Book Notes’ on C-SPAN where Newsweek Senior Editor, Jonathan Alter, treated author Dinesh D’Souza with contempt and general rudeness. Alter did the standard Liberal tactic of bombarding D’Souza with endless questions, not allowing Dinesh to answer any with proper explanations.
Frankly, while Juan Williams may feel upset over how NPR fired him, I think this was a good career move for him. Now he will be allowed to speak his mind without the chains of ‘political correctness’ enslaving him. Juan will probably have more opportunities at Fox News, perhaps even his own show, especially once Huckabee leaves to run for president in 2012.
Juan Williams fires back after NPR fired Williams over remarks made about Muslims on Fox News’ ‘The O’Reilly Factor’. He told Bill O’Reilly that he does feel nervous at times when on board an airplane with passengers dressed in Muslim clothes. Even in Europe, Muslim practice of burqua wearing by women is being challenged. While calls to cut NPR funding are made, Juan Williams got from Fox a new contract of $2 million dollars for the next 3 years.