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Thursday, October 21, 2010

NPR Fires Juan Williams

Yesterday, Liberal radio station NPR (National Public Radio) fired commentator Juan Williams for comments that he made on The O'Reilly Factor about his fear of Muslims.  I have to say, that I totally disagree with the way NPR has handled this. I'll go even farther than that-- I think it was an idiotic move.

Look, what Williams said yesterday was stupid and irrational. He basically said that whenever he's on a plane, and he sees someone in what he called "Muslim garb", he gets frightened. There are many things wrong with those remark-- most notably is the fact that none of the terrorist extremists that have committed acts in the name of Islam were dressed in "Muslim garb". The 9/11 hijackers were basically wearing what you would find at The Gap. In fact, I don't know of ANY of these terrorists that were wearing anything but what you would see most people wearing walking down any street in America. So that in and of itself is a stupid prejudice.

As idiotic as Williams' remark was...he did not deserve to be fired from this, or ANY organization. I don't believe that any journalist, or reporter, or commentator, or radio personality should be fired for saying stupid things. If what they are saying is that bad, people will stop listening to them, their ratings will drop, they'll lose sponsors, and their shows will just disappear. If everyone on television and/or on the radio was fired for saying stupid things, there would be no one left to listen to or watch! I mean, gimme a break-- Glenn Beck has said some of the most outrageous and stupid shit out of ANYONE that's out there...and that asshole still has his shows!!! Now granted, Conservative radio and television make their bread and butter on racist/sexist/moronic thought-- but still! I know NPR has an image that they want to uphold, but firing this guy without even speaking to him about it first...that's just wrong.

I'm not going to defend Williams for what he said-- besides, anyone that begins a statement with the words "I'm not a bigot...but...", you know they are going to say something bigoted. Sure, he's written books about race and civil rights-- that's all well and good. So he should, more than most people, know that marginalizing an entire group of people for the actions of a few is wrong. At any rate,  he's still got his job over at Fox News. And he'll probably write another book, maybe about free speech. Maybe after he gives things some thought, he'll realize that in this brief moment he became the very thing that he has spent a lot of time and energy rallying against. Or...maybe not. Irony tends to be lost on most Americans.

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