NPR has fired Juan Williams for having feelings.
I will not be sending any money to NPR, nor to any Public Radio Station that carries them.
Because for the last decade or so I have had the pleasure of listening to Juan Williams. He is a genuinely decent man. I’ve often not agreed with him. He does tend to be a bit left leaning. We have vastly different cultural backgrounds and sometimes seeing things through the lens of his point of view has seemed to me to ‘have issues’. But he was always an honest and decent man presenting his view of the world directly and with honor.
His Political Crime
Juan had done two unacceptable things. Both involved being honest.
First, he had appeared from time to time on the Fox network. Fox understands that controversy sells. So they have folks from both sides of an issue, and let them argue their points of view. To do that, they need some liberals to face off against their more conservative hosts. When I’d see Juan on Fox, I’d know I was getting a fair presentation from ‘the left’. I new this as I’d heard him on Public Radio (and seen him on Public Television) presenting his views.
But NPR despises Fox. It stuck in their craw that Juan would “support” Fox by presenting his views (and, oddly, their left leaning point of view too) on Fox. But that was not enough to be actionable.
A few days back, Juan was on Fox up against Bill O’Reilly. He was making the point that we need to be tolerant of folks who make us uncomfortable; that Americans in general have a cultural issue with Muslims that we need to get past. All in keeping with the Looney Left Politically Correct Speech rules of engagement… But, Juan had the audacity to be honest. He said, roughly, that if he got on an airplane with a few guys who were dressed like Muslims he would be nervous. This was said as a preamble to the notion that even though folks feel that way, we need to get past it. Well, that’s just not acceptable speech for NPR… The PC Party Line is that we’re all wonderfully good friends and only evil Right Wing Bigots could be made uncomfortable if they found they were sitting next to the newest Shoe Bomber…
While the web page itself is gone, and the cache has been flushed at Google, the sample which Google displays in response to a search is still there:
Juan Williams : NPR
Juan Williams, one of America’s leading journalists, is a news analyst with NPR News. He also works on documentaries and participates in NPR’s efforts to …
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Note that: “America’s Leading Journalists”
Doesn’t matter if you are a great “Leading Journalist”, have been a valued employee for a decade, are widely held to be a highly competent and decent man with impeccable performance and honesty. Have a Politically Unapproved FEELING and your career is ended.
I’m sorry, but I’m not interested in supporting the Politbureau nor in having Thought Crimes.
FOX: Hire Him Now. Prime Time.
Dear Fox News: Please hire Juan now. Put him on prime time, front and center. Let him host his show and tell what he feels and show what his opinions are. And bring on guests to take the other side. I’ll watch. Every time he’s on. I don’t care if he’s a bit left. I don’t care if he presents the “black view”. I’ll watch. He presents it honestly and makes it interesting.
Not like the ranting screamers who berate anyone white, nor like Jessie Jackson who’s out there for the White Guilt Shakedown nor Al Sharpton and his Black Rage game. I had a black buddy who’s moved away and I miss him. Juan is the same kind of guy, like him, where you could ride together (we both had motorcycles…) to a local bar, share a beer, and simply say “Hey, black guy, so is Jessie Jackson full of crap or what?” And get an honest straight answer. (And perhaps a reposte of “Yeah Whitey, he is, but I still can’t get a cab to stop after 10 pm. And you’re drinking sissy beer. Let me buy you a real mans beer”… (delivered with a grin).
My Horrible Bigotry
I must confess. When I get on a bus, a train, or even an airplane, I’m checking out the crowd. I’m looking for a pattern of multiple Muslim men, typically seated in pairs, all between about 20 and 35, typically clean shaven, or with the 1/2 a beard goatee style they do when trying to be in keeping with having the required beard while trying to ‘blend in’. Nervous demeanor, OR too calm with a touch of elated, will both get bonus points. Heightened awareness of folks around them, ‘scoping out the place’, or generally setting off my ‘people reader’ that these folks are just not acting normal will also get closer inspection. Presence of a backpack on a bus will also be a ‘flag’.
Why? Am I a horrid bigot? Nope. I’ve worked at a majority Muslim firm where I was one of the few non-Muslims. They are good folks, by and large. (Though some aspects of the Koran are a bit nutty from my point of view – like the frequent ‘off with their head’ guidance). I ‘work well’ with Muslims and my only real complaint about them is that they side with my wife on the topic of beer as evil and a sin. Someday I’d like to visit a Mosque and get an introduction to the whole routine. (I’ve been to a Synagogue, Catholic mass, and a few dozen varieties of Protestant churches, and a few Buddhist temples… it would be nice to round out the set of life experiences). Though I think that’s probably not allowed unless you are on the track to conversion.
My reason for inspection is simple:
There has been a decades long pattern of multiple Muslim men blowing up busses, trains, and planes. They self identify (usually after the fact via a video) as Muslims, acting on religious motivations. The organizations that promote this behaviour are open about it and proudly claimed responsibility. There is no secret here about who is doing the blowing up and why.
If we’d been having trains in England and Spain, busses in England and Israel, and planes around the world (oh, and that Cruise Ship where the ran the Jew in a wheel chair overboard after taking over the ship); if those things were being done by Hare Krishna saffron robed advocates, or by Jesuits (sometimes called “God’s Marines”…); well, then I’d be giving the Eagle Eye to all the Saffron Robbed Hare Krishna’s or all the guys wearing their collar backwards.
To ignore that simple fact is insanity. And it is NOT bigotry. It is a rational response to a clearly identified threat.
(I’d started a google search to count the number of planes, trains, and busses blown up in the last few decades by Radical Muslim Nutcases, but the count is just too high to do it in any reasonable length of time…)
A Side Bar on The View
For those who don’t know, Bill O’Reilly was on The View. A couple of the women got into a hissy fit because he said “Muslims attacked us on 911” and the women stormed off the set.
It would seem that the Thought Police will accept ‘that truth’ only if wrapped in dozens of qualifier words to make it Absolutely Clear that there were NOT 2 BILLION Muslims on those airplanes at the time of the attack.
They need to learn that when a cop gets a radio call that “A Black Man is selling dope on 4th and B street corner”, that’s not ALL black men and you don’t need to say “One, and only one, probably poor and oppressed by Evil White Men, African American is plying an inappropriate trade, undoubtedly to support his family, on 4th and B street corner”. Nor, if a Mexican Gang is beating up white guys, do you need to say “A Few, but not ALL 15% of the population that is Hispanic, downtrodden and oppressed Mexicans are beating the crap out of a guy”. Nor, for that matter, when faced with a lynching, say “A half dozen White Trash, but not the rest of the 200,000,000 white oppressors, have lynched …”
In English, the use of a descriptor does NOT imply a union of ALL members of a group or class. It implies a membership of the specific subject of the sentence in that group, and nothing more. I refuse to pollute simple and clean logical thought for the purpose of political BS. Get over it. (Or better yet, don’t. It makes you look really looney and open loop / in need of meds).
So, just to make my position perfectly clear: The USA was attacked by Muslims on 911. Britain has been attacked several times by Muslims including bus and train bombings. Spain has been attacked by Muslims and had a train blown up by Muslims. Greece has been attacked by Muslims (and historically was occupied by a Muslim Empire with great oppression). Russia has been attacked by Muslims (including the slaughter of a bunch of kids in a school). France has had riots by Muslims. Danes have been attacked by Muslims including murder in the street of folks who dared to suggest that maybe Muslims were not behaving nicely. And dozens and dozens more that are similar.
And I’d be happy to work for a Muslim dominated and owned firm again. I’d be willing to leave my wallet laying on my desk, with money dripping from it at that job. I’d be honored to attend a Muslim service (to the extent an infidel can participate). And if a Muslim friend needed help with anything, I would offer it. After 911 I talked with my Muslim work mates and offered any protection I could afford, should they need it. (And I own guns. That’s plural…) I was also pleasantly surprised (as were they) when in the weeks that followed they had absolutely no “issues” at all; and needed no help. (These were largely folks from out of the USA so kind of stood out with their accents). The notion that Americans are biased bigots is simply broken.
That the Loony Left, the hyper sensitive portion of the Muslim community, and the Temper Tantrum folks on The View can’t handle the truth is just not my problem.
Just like we were at war with Germans in WWII, we are under attack by Muslims now. And just as it was not all Germans then, it’s not all Muslims now. This is obvious. And thousands of Americans of German ancestry went off to fight Germans then. (About 1/2 the US population has some German ancestry). Just like when we were attacked by British shortly after the revolution, yet most Americans then were in fact British, and went off to fight their brothers… To recognize who is doing the attacking is NOT a slam on all members of that group. Our Muslim population was also attacked on 911. By Muslims. That is just a simple truth.
Denying it, and having temper tantrums about saying that truth, simply indicates a person of poor mental structure and with honesty issues.
I hope to see Juan Williams on Fox much more often. If he blossoms like Stossel has, it will be a joy to watch.
I would also hope that the radical Nutcase Muslims would be identified by the rest of the Muslim community and weeded out. They don’t need the kind of grief those folks are bringing to their community. We can all “just get along”; but only if Islam cleans up it’s own house. The “off with their heads” response to criticism and slights also needs a bit of work.
Finally, it’s pretty clear that NPR has become a PC riddled political advocacy group and needs to be defunded. PACS ought not to be feeding at the public trough, and NPR is now just a PAC with a big publicly funded megaphone. Their bleating that they don’t get public funding is smoke. They get it, just indirectly via the Public Broadcasting station network. Money laundering is not the same as getting no money.
I have fond memories of the days when Public Broadcasting had folks like William F. Buckley as counterpoint to their liberals. (“Point Counterpoint” was also a favorite). But those days are long gone. It’s now just a Politbureau propaganda machine. One, it would seem, that is starting to eat their own kind…