Juan Williams Fired by NPR
As if to show that political correctness can be evenhanded, Juan Williams was fired by NPR for comments about Muslims after Rick Sanchez was fired by CNN for comments about Jews. To me, everybody is to blame. First there’s too much “talk” on cable TV and talk radio. People say outrageous things to fill up time, or they say things that they haven’t thought through because they have to keep talking off the top of their heads. On the other hand, people should be able to say things that are reasonable, whether or not they are absolutely true, like “Jews control the media,” or “Muslims in full headgear on a plane make me nervous.” On the other hand, these pundits get paid to talk on TV, and the good ones say interesting things without crossing some invisible political correctness border.
I happen to agree with both Juan Williams and Rick Sanchez; so, I’m sad to see them punished for speaking their minds. I’m sure that NPR has been looking for an excuse to fire Juan Williams for being a Fox News commentator, and I frankly think that is somewhat justified, because Fox has a definite political point of view that Juan Williams helps sell on the air, even if he sometimes differs with the more doctrinaire Fox commentators. He has been trading on his NPR affiliation to give credance to Fox’s right wing commentary.