Juan Williams Fired Over Comments

According to National Public Radio’s David Folkenflik,

NPR News has terminated the contract of longtime news analyst Juan Williams after remarks he made on the Fox News Channel about Muslims.

Williams appeared Monday on The O’Reilly Factor, and host Bill O’Reilly asked him to comment on the idea that the U.S. is facing a dilemma with Muslims.

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3 responses to “Juan Williams Fired Over Comments

  1. I think it was a stupid thing to say if you work for NPR, but he was being honest about how he and many others feel. Are his comments fair, NO, do I understand and even agree to a point with what he said, YES. Is it fair that he got fired for saying it NO, do I understand to a point YES.

    How’s that for playing both sides of the fence? 😉 But that is honestly what I think.

    -Not Guest Blogger Brian
    p.s. Keep up the great work guys, love the podcasts!!

  2. You know, in thinking about this a little bit more, I really don’t think what he said justified being fired. Perhaps they should have had a talk with him and told him what they aren’t happy about, but firing seems a bit extreme. Given that it’s NPR and (I think) they would prefer to be as neutral as possible on issues, the better question to me is, why do/did they let him go on Fox News? I know he has for some time, but if they are worried about the way he’s going to be perceived and how that will reflect on to NPR, why be on what most people consider the most biased “news” channel that there is?

    -Not Guest Blogger Brian

  3. I know this comment goes beyond the posting above, but it does address the fuller context.

    1) In regard to Bill O’Reilly’s appearance on “The View”, which precipitated all of this hoopla, \O’Reilly did not say “THE Muslims killed us.” He said, “Muslims killed us.” And so they did. They were all Muslims. Every one of them. That is not a blanket statement in and of itself. Adding the word “THE” in front of “Muslims” would imply the entire group and that would have been wrong. However, I think he was incorrect to use the word “us” because that seems to imply that Muslims are not part of “us” and there were Muslims killed on 9-11, too.

    2) Regarding the comparison between what Juan said about seeing a Muslim on a plane in full garb and seeing a black man walking down the street in a “classic thug get-up” (a comparison made by Andrew Sullivan), do liberals not remember what Jesse Jackson himself said in that regard? Is Jesse Jackson himself a racist bigot? Or is there some logical basis for his fear? http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/jul/28/the-role-of-responsibility/

    There are certainly two answers to these kinds of fears that are based in reality – one on the side of those with the fear, but the other on the side of the group that is feared.

    The simple fact is that we don’t see Jewish hijackers or suicide bombers running around killing people for Yahweh and Judaism. We don’t see Christian hijackers or suicide bombers running around killing people for God and Christianity. And we don’t see either of these groups largely silent or even showing support for people who commit such atrocities.

    But that’s not quite the case within the Muslim community, unfortunately. The first thing Muslims could do would be to come out more forcefully and often against such extremists. Weed them out. Ostracize them. Then it will be easier for the rest of the non-Muslims to help change the perception of Muslims to fit the reality. And on the side of non-Muslims, the answer would be to give moderate Muslims who are willing to publicly denounce extremist Muslims more time in front of the camera and microphone, just like Bill O’Reilly did recently.

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