NPR Fires Juan Williams for his comment about, Muslims making him nervous. Juan Williams made a comment on Fox New’s Bill O’Reilly about people in Muslim attire making him nervous. Forgive me for saying this but since when is speaking your mind a bad thing?
Yes, it’s a bold statement made on air but it is his right to say what he or anyone is thinking. Talking on the Bill O’Reilly show Juan Williams stated. “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 a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”
Assistant journalism professor Dan Kennedy from Northwestern University in Boston stated, “In this particular case, because Juan Williams did say something that a lot of people think, as insensitive as it may have been. It sounds like it could have been a good opportunity for him to come to grips in a public way with what he thinks and a lot of other people think. Firing him was taking it a little too far.”
That’s exactly the thought many American people have, especially after 9/11 and the tragedy that occurred that day. The fact that Juan Williams shed light on the subject should not offend enough people to warrant him fired.
Everyone walking the streets has an opinion on something, good or bad. Journalism and news media outlets are no different.
Juan Williams’s personal opinion about Muslims making him nervous on an airplane is not offensive in anyway, he simply stated how it makes him feel. I bet there are plenty of American people if they are honest with themselves that feel the exact same way.
The Christian Science Monitor – Juan Williams fired: pitfalls of the insta-opinion age