Thursday, October 21, 2010

Juan Williams Gets the Boot from NPR Over Muslim Comments

Last week we had a guest post by William Sullivan Jr that sparked a good discussion about the seemingly common trend of censorship in the media with respect to journalists who comment on Jewish people.  Today, yet another journalist joins the ranks of those fired for expressing their views, only this time the subject at issue is Islam:  Juan Williams.  As the Washington Post reports:

Veteran journalist Juan Williams was fired from his job as senior news analyst for National Public Radio late Wednesday because of comments he made about Muslims and terrorism on "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News Channel.
NPR said in a statement that Williams's remarks--including that he gets "worried" and "nervous" when he sees people dressed in Muslim-style clothing on airplanes--"were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR."
Muslim advocacy groups and liberal commentators had reacted with outrage to what Williams said and called for his ouster. Conservative bloggers, in turn, blasted the dismissal as political-correctness spiraling out of control.
"NPR should address the fact that one of its news analysts seems to believe that all airline passengers who are perceived to be Muslim can legitimately be viewed as security threats," CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a statement issued before the firing was announced. "Such irresponsible and inflammatory comments would not be tolerated if they targeted any other racial, ethnic or religious minority, and they should not pass without action by NPR."
Blogger Michelle Malkin, posting about the incident, said NPR had "caved into left-wing attack dogs on the Internet." 

The Remarks by Juan William that got him fired:

This raises the following questions:
1. Were Juan William's remarks over the line?
2. Should he have been fired?
3. Did NPR cave in to liberal pressure from the Left?
4. To continue on our earlier conversation, are more and more journalists necessarily being terminated for expressing their views?
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