As a regular Fox News watcher, Juan Williams is a face I am exceptionally familiar with. Juan was an NPR correspondent and analyst who regularly appears on Fox’s opinion program, O’Reilly Factor as well as Bret Baier’s 6PM news show Special Report. On Special Report he is a regular part of a 3 person round table of the night’s major news events.
NPR fired Juan Williams for his utterance that “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.”
NPR claims they have given Williams’ notice his contract “was being severed.” This is an odd yet demonstrative situation that I believe proves one of the fundamental objections to institutional liberalism – while it pays lip service to inclusiveness, the reality is institutional liberalism is exceptionally dogmatic, strict and unyielding.
Juan Williams’ stated a personal feeling that Muslim’s, who in these hyper-sensitive times still will get on an aircraft first proudly identifying their Muslim religion as a primary identification and influence in their lives, and he claimed it “makes him nervous.” So now to admit something makes one nervous is sufficient to fire them from their job? Especially when their job is to be a purveyor of opinion? This makes no logical sense, but it does nicely dovetail as another piece of undeniable proof that liberalism is about towing the party line more than actually being inclusive.
As one who is very familiar with Williams’ and his positions, I find this a slap in the face to my own sensibilities. Williams is a lefty, no doubt. He is one who often justifies liberal positions in the face of clear evidence that liberalism is not what it claims to be. So for a guy who went to the wall to support lefty politics non-stop, this is quite a comeuppance. Williams’ was tireless in towing the liberal line, yet now NPR, a bastion of institutional liberalism, throws their main face under the bus.
One would think NPR would be glad for the public recognition of Williams and NPR on the most watched news network in the US, but instead NPR reports on their website that Williams’ appearances on Fox “have long been a sore point with NPR News executives.” Does that sound inclusive in any way at all? Does it sound tolerant of differing opinions? Does it sound, most of all NEUTRAL?
NPR is a government entity largely. It’s National Public Radio, yet it takes extreme one sided political positions. Does that seem fair and balanced? Is the entrenching of such leftward politics actually serving the nation as public radio is charged to do? Clearly in my mind this is political chicanery in it’s highest form.
If Williams’ had said “I hate Muslims” or some such then okay, he’s a bigot and a poor representative of NPR, but that is not what he said. He merely admitted to being nervous. So now having a case of nerves and admitting such is an offense worthy of voiding one’s contract?
If one were to ask me, I would hoist the NPR execs on their own petards. How, one might ask? Simple. Take the top twenty five NPR decision makers and put ’em on a plane with all the rest of the passengers being Muslims, dressed in their traditional clothing and conducting themselves in disconcerting manners for all the NPR passenger execs to see.
Bet when the plane lands the 25 or so NPR bigwigs would be a tad bit nervous themselves. Hell, I’ll bet most of ’em will have soiled themselves.
Juan Williams will I am sure be offered a job by Fox. It’s the kind of person Roger Ailes, Fox New’s CEO, just is. Watch and see. He is a good representative of liberalism and Fox is truly the only fair and balanced news network out there, so wait and see if I am right or not.
In my mind this is as clear an example of liberal intransigence as could be. It truly puts truth to the lie of inclusiveness, fairness, respect for all points of view, etc. This is yet another stark example, and from a major player too boot, that institutional liberalism is a sham. It plays to the public and positions itself as such a wonderfully welcoming and trustworthy public news source, yet when push comes to shove, the first punch below the belt is as often as not, delivered by the liberal entity.
So much for their talking points.