Michael Barone identifies the moral of the firing of Juan Williams by NPR and applauds the happy result for this particular victim of liberal intolerance.
Reading between the lines of Juanâ€™s statement and those of NPR officials, itâ€™s apparent that NPR was moved to fire Juan because he irritates so many people in its audience. An interesting contrast: while many NPR listeners apparently could not stomach that Williams also appeared on Fox News. But it doesnâ€™t seem that any perceptible number of Fox News viewers had any complaints that Williams also worked for NPR. The Fox audience seems to be more tolerant of diversity than the NPR audience.
The good news: Fox News president Roger Ailes has given Williams a three-year contract at an increase in salary. Hurray!
New York Times:
NPR has terminated its contract with Juan Williams, one of its senior news analysts, after he made comments about Muslims on the Fox News Channel.
NPR said in a statement that it gave Mr. Williams notice of his termination on Wednesday night.
The move came after Mr. Williams, who is also a Fox News political analyst, appeared on the â€œThe Oâ€™Reilly Factorâ€ on Monday. On the show, the host, Bill Oâ€™Reilly, asked him to respond to the notion that the United States was facing a â€œMuslim dilemma.â€ Mr. Oâ€™Reilly said, â€œThe cold truth is that in the world today jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet.â€
Mr. Williams said he concurred with Mr. Oâ€™Reilly. …
NPR said in its statement that the remarks â€œwere inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.â€
Here are the comments that got Williams fired.
Your tax dollars fund National Public Radio and pay the salaries of the representatives of the arrogant and intolerant left who enforce political correctness at the expense of freedom of thought and expression. Let’s hope the next Congress does something about this.