Juan Williams is a “liberal.” FoxNews says so. So does the N.Y. Times media correspondent. That’s why on a Fox show, Juan Williams ‘fessed up that when he sees Muslims in traditional garb it gives him the willies:
On the “O’Reilly Factor” broadcast…after Mr. O’Reilly conveyed to viewers that there was a “Muslim dilemma” in the United States, he asked Mr. Williams to explain, “Where am I going wrong?”
Mr. Williams answered, “I hate to say this to you because I don’t want to get your ego going. But I think you’re right.”
Subsequently, during the segment he said:
I’m not a bigot…but when I get on a plane and see people who are in Muslim garb and I think they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried, I get nervous.
Yup, apparently anyone who doesn’t dress in chinos or a Brooks Brother suit is as good as a terrorist in Juan’s World.
Thomas Jefferson respected Muslims enough to add a copy of the Koran to the Library of Congress collection, yet Juan Williams thinks anyone who dresses in a Muslim “uniform” is a bad seed. What IS “Muslim garb” anyway? Is it something prescribed by the Koran? This guy is off his nut. Does he even realize that the 1.5 billion Muslims in the world wear dress that is as varied as that worn by any other large religious group spread around the world. What he really meant is that the turbans and robes worn by some Muslims visiting or living in this country give him the willies since these are apparently the same outfits worn by Al Qaeda. That’s about the level of Juan Williams’ sophistication; at least as packaged for Bill O’Reilly’s air.
NPR rightfully canned his ass. In this day and age, how can you employ someone as a journalist who admits that seeing Muslims scares him? We do have a few Muslims who actually live in this country and are even citizens.
But the real howler is Williams’ totally self-serving response to his firing. As I read it I half expected him to accuse NPR of a “high tech lynching:”
Mr. Williams said in an essay published Thursday on FoxNews.com that he was fired “for telling the truth.”
He continued in the essay: “Now that I no longer work for NPR let me give you my opinion. This is an outrageous violation of journalistic standards and ethics by management that has no use for a diversity of opinion, ideas or a diversity of staff (I was the only black male on the air). This is evidence of one-party rule and one-sided thinking at NPR that leads to enforced ideology, speech and writing. It leads to people, especially journalists, being sent to the gulag for raising the wrong questions and displaying independence of thought.”
In the world of “liberal” Juan Williams, harboring racists notions about your fellow citizens and articulating them on the airwaves is what passes for “independent thought.” Ever head of Islamophobia, Juan? And might it be possible that Williams is being so handsomely remunerated because he reinforces the racism of his white bosses and does so in the guise of dark skin, thus making their own prejudices kosher. For his independent thought he’s been rewarded with a $2 million contract by Fox uber-boss, Roger Ailes.
A few other thoughts, which is worse–to have no Black male voice on NPR air or to have a racist Black male voice? And I’ve got news for Williams, there are lots of other suitable Black male radio journalists NPR can hire or promote from within who are not Islamophobes. Finally, and this again is to Juan: how many Muslims does NPR employ in as senior a role as him? Could it be at least part of the reason for this may be that there are other editors and executives both at NPR and in the general media community who share, at least to some extent, Juan’s phobias?
- Juan Williams Fired From NPR for Comments About Muslims on Fox (crooksandliars.com)