Update: Listening to John Gibson this morning and he mentioned that this is “PLEDGE” week at NPR. Firing Juan Williams appears to be a calculated decision at NPR in an attempt to raise more funds from the left and its leader, George Soros.
Well Juan, how does it feel to be the one thrown under the bus? How does it feel to no longer be simpatico with your leftist amigos?
NPR is taxpayer funded and yet they have the power to silence – to censor – voices that don’t go along with their leftist ideology. He’s a news analyst, someone who gets paid to broadcast his opinions.
Now let’s be clear, until I read this quote from Juan:
“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’ve 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.”
I can’t remember a time when I did agree with him. The one time he actually puts words to the feelings that most people have, he gets canned. He’s been fired for saying, finally, what most Americans think and feel by a news organization that is paid for by those same Americans.
We all know how left leaning NPR is. This is not a news flash. But to censor speech because it is contrary to what some higher-ups in that organization believe, that crosses a line. We pay the salaries of those same higher-ups and pay them to make decisions, not to cram their leftist ideology down our throats. How much more arrogance are we going to tolerate from people who are essentially on OUR payroll? The heavy handedness of this firing due to a statement that is not politically correct enough for the bleeding hearts at NPR is not just cowardly, it’s the height of arrogance.
Which one of us taxpayers gave them a promotion to speech policemen?
Along with getting rid of the Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts and privatizing the post office, we need to call for pulling the plug on NPR and PBS. And firing someone for having an opinion that disagrees with the so-called bosses, is one more good reason for doing so.
August 7th, 2011 at 12:18 AM
What has been missing from the Juan Williams conversation is the fact that the 911 attackers were dressed in western garb their pictures showed them in western clothes not robes and turbans so his fear was derived from racist thinking not visual observation.
August 7th, 2011 at 7:35 AM
Muslims don’t wear turbans and they are not a RACE. Muslims practice a religion and one that is relatively young in comparison to Jews and Christians,
If you are going to take these kinds of positions, at least do so from some educated perspective, okay? You’re comment simply makes you look ignorant.
October 22nd, 2010 at 12:12 AM
THANK YOU for posting this! We have the video up as well on Common Cents…
October 22nd, 2010 at 2:52 PM
And I hope everyone goes over and sees it again. It’s worth watching, times over because it clearly shows the hypocrisy of the left.
October 21st, 2010 at 12:46 PM
Will Alan Combs be next I wonder? He’s on FNC and the O’Reilly Factor on a regular basis giving his leftwing opinions freely.
October 21st, 2010 at 11:28 AM
According to Rush today, Mara Liason ( sorry for the spelling ), is also on NPR’s radar because of her appearances on FOX.
Good TV for awhile.
October 21st, 2010 at 11:39 AM
Did you watch Beck yesterday? I was only half watching (while doing other stuff) but he alluded to attacks on Fox and on himself by Soros. In fact, in the story on the Soros run blog says something like “the way to take down Beck and Fox . . .”
I think you’re right and they are going after those commentators who appear on Fox. Nina Totenburg is another who had better be watching her p’s and q’s.
Make no mistake about this – Soros and his crony groups are behind all of this. He just donated over $1m to NPR less than a week ago. He is going to purge NPR and all the airwaves if he has his way, of all conservative voices and liberal voices that want to have an intelligent dialog with conservatives. .
Lady on Gibson today called it NPR – National Purge Radio. She is right.
October 21st, 2010 at 10:48 AM
I never agreed with Juan’s opinions either, but it was fun watching the conservatives on the panels defeat him with common sense.
It will be interesting to see where Juan pops his head up again.
I do listen to NPR for the classical music broadcasts in this area.
I figure, if my tax dollars are going there, I may as well take advantage of it.
As far as donating to the local station, forget it.
It never hurts to visit the enemy’s camp, and listen to the skewed news they broadcast.
Great Post Roxy !