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Plenty has been written about NPR firing Juan Williams because he admitted that he gets nervous when he sees Muslims on airplanes. There is a lot that Juan Williams says that I disagree with. However, he is entitled to his opinion. If NPR was even handed and fired those who denigrated Christians, Republicans, and members of the Tea Party, this incident would not have caused a ripple. However, looking at the history of NPR and its continuous descent into a biased mouthpiece for the liberal Left, this incident is news. In an internal memo sent on behalf of NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller, NPR policy is stated to be:

“In appearing on TV or other media . . . NPR journalists should not express views they would not air in their role as an NPR journalist. They should not participate in shows . . . that encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis.”
More fundamentally, “In appearing on TV or other media including electronic
Web-based forums, NPR journalists should not express views they would not air in their role as an NPR journalist.”

Unfortunately, Juan’s comments on Fox violated our standards as well as our values and offended many in doing so.

Of course the many offended consist primarily of Council for American-Islamic Relations--and George Soros who just gave NPR $1.8 million dollars to pay for shills reporters. Can anyone think of a time when NPR fired someone because Bill Donohue of the Catholic League was offended?

NPR claims Juan Williams was fired because he portrayed Muslims in a negative light. This essay calls into question whether Juan Williams is really the problem:

Those defending NPR’s reactions say that Williams “smeared” Muslims and portrayed them in a bad light.

Does not a group of men hijacking planes and flying them into the World Trade Center killing over three thousand people in the name of Islam portray Islam in a bad light?

Does not men hijacking a plane to fly into the Pentagon in the name of Islam portray Islam in a bad light?

When individuals strap bombs onto their bodies and detonate in public thoroughfares, killing men, women, and precious innocent children, all in the name of Islam, does not that paint Islam in a bad light?

When men bomb the USS Cole in the name of Islam, does that not portray Islam in a bad light?

When a Chechen group terrorizes school children in Beslan in the name of Islam, does that not portray Islam in a bad light?

When men blow up discotheques in Malaysia in the name of Islam, does not that show Islam in a bad light?

When members of the CIA are murdered, in the greatest massacre in the organization’s history, by individuals in the name of Islam, does that not show Islam in a bad light?

When a man shoots up Ft. Hood in the name of Islam, does that not paint Islam in a bad light?

When men hijack a plane, the control of which is barely wrested away from them by brave American passengers before the plane crashes into a Pennsylvania field, leaving behind a scorch mark upon the earth for families to mourn – all in the name of Islam – does not that paint Islam in a negative light?

When the United Arab Emirates passes a law stating that it’s not domestic abuse to beat your wife just so long as she bears no bruises, that doesn’t paint Islam in a bad light?

When men are allowed to kill and abuse their wives, sisters, and young daughters for refusing marriage to much-older men chosen for them, that doesn’t paint Islam in a bad light?

The truth is that NPR did not fire Juan Williams because he compromised his credentials as an objective journalist. NPR fired Juan Williams because he compromised his credentials as a liberally biased journalist. Such bias is the right and privilege of both CNN and Fox News. It is not the right and privilege of a tax-payer funded entity like NPR.

Apparently the timing of this brouhaha is not good for public radio fund raising. The NPR internal memo closes with these words:

We’re profoundly sorry that this happened during fundraising week. Juan’s comments were made Monday night and we did not feel it would be responsible to delay this action.

This was a tough decision and we appreciate your support.

In reading articles and commentary about this issue I ran across this quote:

Give a bum a dollar and he will beg again tomorrow. Teach him to write a grant proposal and he will beg two weeks every year with the promise of free tote bags.

It is time to tighten our government fiscal belts. If NPR insists on being a mouthpiece for only one point of view, it does not deserve our taxpayer dollars.


Rosemary Bogdan said…
Totally agree. It does not deserve our tax dollars. Juan Williams seems to be a decent honest man. I am sorry he lost his job but hopefully it will all work for the good of his career. He deserves a better employer, I think. Love the "if you give a man a dollar" quote. LOL

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