WSJ has an excellent catch. For brevity I’m snipping the quote to pieces but on August 22 2010 Juan Williams calls “about a third of Americans” who are “overwhelmingly Republicans” racist because “they don’t like Barack Obama”. The reaction to that? Nothing. However when he makes the following statement:
“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.”
The following happens:
1) fired from NPR
2) NPR CEO says he should have kept his feelings about Muslims between himself and “his psychiatrist or his publicist.”
Now I wonder if:
1) NPR fire Nina Totenberg for saying a just God would give Senator Jesse Helms or his grandchildren AIDS? (Youtube video)
2) if Mike Fiorre will get fired for the “Learn to Speak Teabag” cartoon.
Probably not, those comments help the favored narrative.
CEO internal Memo
Glenn Reynolds Feedback:
MICHAEL BARONE: NPR’s Intolerant Firing of Juan Williams. “Reading between the lines of Juan’s statement and those of NPR officials, it’s apparent that NPR was moved to fire Juan because he irritates so many people in its audience. An interesting contrast: many NPR listeners apparently could not stomach that Williams also appeared on Fox News. But it doesn’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.” Well, Fox viewers are the open-minded, tolerant type.
MICKEY KAUS: Should NPR’s CEO Fire Herself in the Juan Williams Debacle? “Schiller’s in trouble. Whatever her intent, she fired a black man for not abiding by his second-class speech status! Then she snarked at him. Might not play well, no matter how PC she was trying to be. When you’ve lost Howie Kurtz, you’ve lost respectable.”
FoxNews.com Juan Williams October 21, 2010 I Was Fired for Telling the Truth
Wall Street Journal, OCTOBER 21, 2010, Public Radio vs. the Public The comment that got Juan Williams fired–and the one that didn’t.
NPR CEO Apologizes For ‘Psychiatrist’ Remark
The Examiner, Will NPR fire Nina Totenberg for wishing Jesse Helms would get AIDS? J.P. Freire Associate Commentary Editor 10/21/10 11:55 AM EDT
RAW DATA: NPR Internal Memo on Juan Williams October 21, 2010 FoxNews.com