Juan Williams Should Thank NPR for his Dismissal

 

National Public Radio fired Juan Williams for making statements about Muslims on his other job as the token liberal at Fox News.  Officially he was fired for violating section 5, sub-section 10 of the NPR ethics code.  Since he was fired, he’s enjoyed the support of the usual cabal of right wing bloviatiors: Palin, Gingrich, Huckabee, O’Reilly, etc., etc., etc.

On the heels of this announcement he played the victim in front of every camera he could find while embracing his inner Fox personality.  Subsequently he was rewarded with an expanded role plus a three year $2 million contract from Fox.  He needs to give NPR CEO Vivian Schiller a big smooch and send her some flowers.

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21 responses to “Juan Williams Should Thank NPR for his Dismissal

  1. TempeBev

    Seems that several parties (individuals, newspapers, groups etc) are saying NPR overreacted and their Federal funding should be cut. I’m not so sure.

    IMO, unless people realize that there are good Muslims vs bad Muslims, just as good and bad Christians, Mormons, Catholics, Buddhas, atheists, agnostics and any other category, the population of the US continues to live in fear because of “news commentators” expressing their opinion.

    Yes, the 1st amendment gives us the right to free speech, but as with any other opinion expressed, individuals need to examine both sides of what is said.

    • dnd

      Yeah Bev. I can say whatever I want at work. If my bosses don’t like it they can fire me. You’d think Williams would know that by now.

      And now Jim DeMint (and others) are calling to remove federal funding from NPR. This is complete flame throwing bombastic BS because:
      1. NPR gets most of it’s funding from donations.
      2. The federal funding is from grants for which they must compete.

      Apparently some don’t understand that NPR features a number of right-wing commentators.

      I would have canned Williams because he caters his political “analysis” to the audience of his employers, i.e., he’s a phony and not an analyst.

  2. dog's eye view

    Murren is right.

    What polls don’t take into account: people/voters who might identify as Republicans among their social set but worry privately that their party has gone extreme and they are not going to vote for the lunatic fringe.

    I wonder if you will see Angle underperforming the generic Republican ballot in Nevada.

    Nevada’s in terrible economic shape, and Murren realizes it can absolutely get worse.

  3. dog's eye view

    dnd: you bring up another interesting point, and I’ve been musing on this for a while.

    Friends and I generally do 4-5 days in Las Vegas after Christmas.

    Dining with them tonight, and bringing up moving the vacation if Angle wins. Or maybe just moving it period. Now.

    I think mass (probably rural) stupidity should bear some poisoned fruit.

    California has beautiful deserts, mountains and coasts.

    I’m thinking our money should stay right here.

  4. So I guess that if I were to say, seeing someone who looked like Juan was walking towards me on the same side of the street that I worried he might rob me for his next fix, because we all know that dark skinned people are all drug addicts and robbers, old Juan wouldn’t be upset and call me a racist or bigot.

    Sure…….

  5. Dooty

    Texas Fning Rangers!

    • dnd

      Congrats to Doots and the Rangers. A long wait, but well worth it.

      It’s interesting to note that at the beginning of the season the payroll for A-Rod and Jeter was greater than the payroll for the entire Rangers team.

  6. dog's eye view

    Potentially moving the Vegas vacation got a blank stare. *sigh* We will have to see how events play out.

  7. TempeBev

    I’m on break from weekend activities from my 50th H. S. reunion. Will report on that next week.

    Anon-p – great point and very well said.

    Dog – I hope you and your buddies get to spend your days in Vegas. I would assume that the LV big wheels are sweating and contributing or whatever they do to get their way.

    The Native Americans may be in favor of S.A. because it would up their casino business.

  8. Anonymous

    The, not so curious, case of Juan Williams.  He was punished by an employer for not following their rules. The only problem is that those rules are often contradictory or not enumerated. Sorry Juan, you can’t always speak truthfully. 

    Join the crowd Juan. Today we work by whim of our employers. Institutions seen as Liberal or tolerant of dissenting views are no different. Speaking freely, openly or honestly can get you in big trouble. 

    Juan will do okay and NPR will recover from their ham-handedness and the Earth will continue it’s flight. 

  9. Dooty

    we had storms the day before like Saturday. The sirens went off about noon but for me is was just straight line wind. no damage here.

  10. dog's eye view

    Happy Birthday Hillary Clinton. The big 63.

    And happy birthday Bootsie Collins. (59)

  11. dog's eye view

    I will never think of either separately again.

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