Posts Tagged ‘juan williams’

How will NPR react to the firestorm, why they will double down:

That said, Williams provided a valuable voice on NPR. His long experience as a journalist and background as an authority on the Civil Rights movement enabled him to offer insights that often enriched the network’s reporting.

Ultimately, however, it seems management felt he had become more of a liability than an asset. Unfortunately, I agree.

Yup, perhaps about $1,800,000 worth of assets.

And of course it isn’t about firing a black man who appears on a conservative show: (emphasis mine)

It can’t be overlooked that this episode is occurring in a toxic political environment where people are quick to take sides and look for hidden motives. I fear some will look for racial motivations in NPR’s decision to fire Williams, who is African-American and one of the few black male NPR voices.

It’s not about race. It’s also not about free speech, as some have charged. Nor is it about an alleged attempt by NPR to stifle conservative views. NPR offers a broad range of viewpoints on its radio shows and web site.

I’m sure NPR has plenty of empathy for organization with few blacks who fire them and I’m sure they haven’t tolerated outrageous statement before, oh wait:

— Also in 2005, NPR apologized to Mark Levin, author of “Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America,” after a broadcast of its program “Day to Day” falsely accused him of advocating violence against judges. Levin accepted the apology, but said the broadcast was “illustrative of a smear campaign launched by the Left to try and silence” his criticisms of judicial activism.

— In 2002, the head of NPR issued an apology six months after a report linking anthrax-laced letters to a Christian conservative organization.

— Also in 2002, during an interview with the Philadelphia City Paper, NPR host Tavis Smiley said he strived to do a show that is “authentically black,” but not “too black.”

— In 1995, Nina Totenberg, NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent, was allowed to keep her job after telling the host of PBS’ “Inside Washington” that if there was “retributive justice” in the world, former North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms would “get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it.”

In my opinion this is a perfect example of a cultural elite that only survives due to sugar daddies and don’t dare to upset them. Period!

Bad form NPR, Bad form

During the question and answer session Willie and Mike were asked about the firing of Juan Williams by NPR

It’s important to note that this was an MSNBC crowd, not a lot of conservatives in the house (the only one I was positive about was me) and the crowd seemed to go along with Willie and Mike who considered it unfair.

I think NPR couldn’t have done a more foolish thing, if NPR has lost the audience of MSNBC they are in big trouble here.

…to add to what I’ve already said.

1. NPR has the right to hire and fire anyone they want, I just wish they wouldn’t do it on my taxpayer dime

2. NPR’s main listener base is very liberal and hate Fox News, I suspect they were glad to have an excuse to dump him and make the liberal givers happy.

3. Gateway pundit reports that NPR says the amount of their budget they get from the Government is trivial. If that is the case then they won’t miss it will they, particularly in a time of budget problems.

This is going to be a defining moment in this election, it crystallizes exactly what political correctness and liberalism is.

Update: just got a tweet about this from Dan Riehl

Is it because the pledge drive lasts all week and they want Leftists coming back and ponying up even more as they engage in what amounts to an informational lynching of a now dismissed colleague of ten years? Just how far, or perhaps, how low, is Soros’s new flack, NPR, willing to go to try and damage Williams, while lining its pockets with progressive cash in the process?

Have you no shame, NPR? At long last, have you no shame? Or, has George offered up another million if you humiliate, if not destroy, an accomplished and credible black journalist like Juan Williams, simply for having the audacity to appear on Fox News?

I think we have the answer.

Apparently since they can’t get people to stop watching Fox they can retaliate against those who dare cross the Fox line:

Specifically, in a conversation about Islamic terrorism, Williams said on the O’Reilly Factor that he sometimes had fear on airplanes seeing muslim passengers in Islamic garb.

NPR said Juan Williams’ comments “undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR” and “his remarks on the O’Reilly Factor … were inconsistent with our editorial standards.”

For reference, NPR recently ran a segment on how to speak “tea bagger”.

Michelle Malkin reminds us of the new Soros money, Jimmie Bise talks about Fox phobia and big journalism gives us a useful NPR list.

Me? I’m reminded of this post just a few five days ago:

“NPR has the right approach because they are in the business of serving the public,” She said. “I think it is perfectly consistent to require a higher standard of impartiality.”

That these two stories took place in the same week is serious Irony overload.