Another example of political correctness being front and center and how free speech is trying to be silenced and it has been like this now for a while, a person being fired for saying how they felt or an opinion.
In this case, 10+ year employee, good journalist and sometimes Fox News contributor Juan Williams was fired for his comments on he felt when he sees a person in Muslim garb when getting on a plane. It's the same way most people have felt to this day still after 9/11.
Sounds like George Soros, who gave $1.8 million to NPR last week (which is publicly funded like PBS) is pulling the strings and got Juan fired. Coincidence? Probably not for his take on how he felt and being honest, but probably because Soros and all the others on the left HATE Fox and Conservatives and the call came from Soros. Remember, Soros is the most evil man in the world (you can look him up and I even have pieces on him previously here on my blog backing this up) and even gave $1 million to Media Matters to help try and destroy Fox and silence Glenn Beck. It's no secret.
And the good thing out of all of this is, people from both sides, even people who are on the far left, have come to Juan's defense and a call has been made to pass a bill to cut public funding to NPR (which we should). Plus Juan got a raise and a new contract with Fox. You can read his opinion piece that he has now. This first one is called, "I was fired for telling the truth". So there!!
P.S. If someone fires you over the phone, they are chickenshit as in this case. Juan says he was fired over the phone. Video at this link
Here is what Juan said:
"...political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don't address reality. 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."
Here is what NPR said on their site:
"Late Wednesday night, NPR issued a statement praising Williams as a valuable contributor but saying it had given him notice that it is severing his contract. "His remarks on The O'Reilly Factor this past Monday were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR," the statement read.
What is ridiculous, is that Juan Williams was fired for his comment, but other have not in the past who were or are with NPR. NPR may had issued apologies for the comments afterwords, but never fired them. Like these for example (newsbusters has links to these examples to back up the statements and Fox News has a list as well you can read on their site here):
- Andrei Codrescu, who was on contract with NPR at the time, said in 1995 that "The evaporation of four million people who believe this crap [the Rapture] would leave the world an instantly better place." He later apologized, and NPR left it at that.
- In 1995, Nina Totenberg said "I think [Sen. Jesse Helms] ought to be worried about what's going on in the Good Lord's mind, because if there is retributive justice, he'll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it."
- In 1994 Sunni Khalid, an NPR reporter, said "I think there's a big difference when people told Father Aristide to sort of moderate his views, they were concerned about people being dragged through the streets, killed and necklaced. I don't think that is what Newt Gingrich has in mind. I think he's looking at a more scientific, a more civil way of lynching people."
- This year Sarah Spitz, who has contributed a number of pieces to NPR's biggest magazine programs "Morning Edition" and -- get this -- "All Things Considered," claimed to her fellow liberals on JournoList she would "Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out" if Rush Limbaugh were dying in front of her.
I saw this on Breitbart.tv's site, and the head of NPR is now pretty much saying he (Juan) should had kept his feelings between him and his psychiatrists basically calling him crazy. Nice job lady. Video below of her saying that:
Yesterday's O'Reilly Factor where it is discussed even more and Juan opens up more:
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