NPR has fired Juan Williams for his comments during a discussion with Bill O’Reilly (read it here). Williams and O’Reilly were talking about O’Reilly’s now famous appearance on ‘The View’. O’Reilly said, “Muslims killed us on 9/11”, which prompted Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to walk off the set in outrage.
Check out that debacle here (Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg Walk Off ‘The View’ After Fiery Exchange with Bill O’Reilly).
Juan Williams thought O’Reilly had been correct in what he said, and went on to say:
“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 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.” (Source)
The key words here, and the culprit behind the loss of Williams’ job at NPR, was that he gets nervous to be on a plane with Muslims. I find it silly to fire Williams over such a comment. If Juan Williams gets nervous to be on a plane with Muslims, that’s his deal, and he might get over it someday.
It was an honest comment. He gets nervous. Put him through some therapy classes. Take Juan to a brothel, hook him up with a sweet Muslim girl (or one dressed as a Muslim girl), but don’t fire him for being honest. Lead him through his fear, NPR. You’re supposed to represent the ‘open-minded’ side of the political and news spectrum.
O’Reilly isn’t going to get fired for being honest. He is actually, for some unknown reason, commended. And he’s not simply saying that he gets nervous around Muslims. O’Reilly is far more inflammatory.