Juan Williams fired at NPR
National Public Radio is no longer so good it oughtta sell commercials.
Liberal Commentator Juan Williams was fired over comments he made last night on “The O’Reilly Factor.” Williams was addressing the controversy surrounding O’Reilly’s remarks concerning Muslims and 9/11 when he said, “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.”
Jonah Goldberg at National Review’s The Corner has the transcript of the remarks in context.
National Public Radio said in a statement Williams’ comments, “were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”
This from a unit that employed Daniel Schorr.
There is speculation whether the real reason for Williams’ firing was his continued presence on Fox News as a commentator, a continued source of agita for the radio network. We’ll see if Mara Liasson continues to get a pass from NPR. Other speculation centers on pressure by CAIR.
If NPR really wants to be treated seriously and wants it listeners to treat them seriously, then it should have more courage to listen to someone speaking of their real world experience than Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar. Instead, NPR put on a terribly display of the close-mindedness of the liberal worldview. Earlier this year the debate was on the “epistemic closure” of conservatives, but here is a clear case of institutional liberalism indulging in a bath of “epistemic closure” themselves.