Thursday, October 21, 2010

NPR Dumps Juan Williams

I was wondering when they would finally get around to doing this.

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.

NPR said in a statement that it gave Mr. Williams notice of his termination on Wednesday night.

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.”

Mr. Williams also made reference to the Pakistani immigrant who pleaded guilty this month to trying to plant a car bomb in Times Square. “He said the war with Muslims, America’s war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don’t think there’s any way to get away from these facts,” Mr. Williams said.

NPR said in its statement that the remarks “were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”

I’m sure NPR will get some flack from the wingers about the First Amendment and government suppression of dissent since the “P” in NPR stands for “public” (or used to; they just go by NPR now) and they get some tax dollars. Nice try; that’s not how public broadcasting works. The point, however, is that Mr. Williams has been doing this kind of “I’m not a bigot, but…” bit for years now, and he’s gotten away with it because he can hide behind his books on civil rights. Actually, all this proves is that being a racist and prejudiced twit is an equal-opportunity quality.