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NPR fires news analyst after remarks about Muslims

There are 181 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Oct 21, 2010, titled NPR fires news analyst after remarks about Muslims. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Longtime news analyst Juan Williams, who has written extensively on race and civil rights, has been fired by National Public Radio after comments he made about Muslims on the Fox News Channel.

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Red Dog

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Oct 21, 2010
Wow - this world is a mess! He got fired for saying that? Have you all listened to that NPR garbage? There is nonstop criticism of the Christian denominations, but Juan says this comment, which every non-Muslim person getting on a plane, feels and thinks, and he gets fired. I'm not Republican, but I'm voting that way so the Repubs do what they usually do and cut the funding to public radio and tv. It's the most biased propaganda out there. People criticize Fox News, which certainly leans right, but NPR is the worst. It's so far left and PC, you cannot get any reliable news from them.

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Pete Wendell

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Oct 21, 2010
PC police run amok. Williams get fired for that, but another NPR employee keeps her job:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/07/2...
DoveGirl

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Oct 21, 2010
Apparently, one is only allowed to make their feelings known if they against evil hate-filled Christians. Juan is better off without NPR, anyway. Political correctness at its finest...
Wizconie

Amery, WI

#5 Oct 21, 2010
I guess NPR views political correctness as being far more important than any facts someone might present or open honesty about Muslims in this world. No wonder FOX is toasting these fools in the ratings. Williams has always been a liberal but I respect him because he states his view and backs it up with sound argument-something NPR and the msm refuses to do. The rest of them turn a blind eye to anything they don't agree with and hide behind political correctness.

OMG

Chicago, IL

#6 Oct 21, 2010
"But when I get on a 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."

Everyone feels that way.

What a shame he got fired for speaking the truth.
Mornin Mama

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Oct 21, 2010
The tolerance of the left continues???

Diversity of thought is not tolerated by these radical leftists as they now eat their own as in Juan Williams.

You must be compliant as Dems fear freedom of speech
Pete Wendell

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Oct 21, 2010
Pete Wendell wrote:
PC police run amok. Williams get fired for that, but another NPR employee keeps her job:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/07/2...
They updated the story, the other woman doesn't work for NPR, just a station that carries their programming.
Hawkshaw

Wilmot, SD

#9 Oct 21, 2010
Juan is a lefty who toed the line and supported Obama and his (Obama's) programs. When I heard he was fired it becane apparent the NPR is beholding to George Soros and the philosophy of bringing about a new society! National Public Radio is the recipient of a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Foundations which was founded by Investor and philanthropist George Soros whose goal is to shape public policy, to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform.

In other words fundamentally change America.
Buck Nasty

Maple Grove, MN

#10 Oct 21, 2010
As a Black man I have 2 things to say: One: If you preface your sentence by saying "I'm not a bigot..." then you are probably about to say something bigoted, or something that can be misconstrued as bigoted. Two: I take Mr. Williams at his word about not being a bigot. But, would he have been offended if someone had said, "When I walk into a room and Black people are there, I get nervous." It is not bad to have racist or bigoted thoughts; we all have them. In fact, I contend that society conditions us to believe some groups are bad or are superior to others. However, if we challenge the bigoted thoughts we have or prejudiced statements we hear, it is then that we realize that the thoughts are based on faulty premises. In other words, I believe the majority of Americans feel nervous when they board a plane and see a Muslim. But, it is not enough to say this without challenging the statement. Had Juan WIlliams said, "I get nervous when I board a plane and see a Muslim. But at that point, I force myself to think rationally and challenge my feeling. I reflect on the following: Are all Muslims, terrorists, out to destroy Americans, No. Are the majority of Muslims terrorists, out to destroy Americans, No. It is then that I am comforted." Had Juan added the caveat, he would still be employed by NPR. I respect Juan Williams, although I disagree with his politics. He is a great author and journalist who really wants to improve the plight of our people. Juan is very educated and extremely smart, however. In addition, he is a Black man. He knows firsthand the evil discrimination and racism and the impact when people and Americans are not willing to challenge their own biases.
Bob

Hastings, MN

#11 Oct 21, 2010
Too bad he got fired for speaking the truth and what most people feel as well. PC is ruining this once great country.

Vote the left out in November.
Hawkshaw

Wilmot, SD

#12 Oct 21, 2010
Juan is a lefty who toed the line and supported Obama and his (Obama's) programs. When I heard he was fired it became apparent the NPR is beholding to George Soros and the philosophy of bringing about a new society! National Public Radio is the recipient of a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Foundations which was founded by Investor and philanthropist George Soros whose goal is to shape public policy, to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. uan is a lefty who toed the line and supported Obama and his (Obama's) programs. When I heard he was fired it became apparent the NPR is beholding to George Soros and the philosophy of bringing about a new society! National Public Radio is the recipient of a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Foundations which was founded by Investor and philanthropist George Soros whose goal is to shape public policy, to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform.

In other words fundamentally change America.
Hawkshaw

Wilmot, SD

#13 Oct 21, 2010
Juan is a lefty who toed the line and supported Obama and his (Obama's) programs. When I heard he was fired it became apparent the NPR is beholding to George Soros and the philosophy of bringing about a new society! National Public Radio is the recipient of a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Foundations which was founded by Investor and philanthropist George Soros whose goal is to shape public policy, to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform.

In other words fundamentally change America.
Buck Nasty

Maple Grove, MN

#14 Oct 21, 2010
Hawkshaw wrote:
Juan is a lefty who toed the line and supported Obama and his (Obama's) programs. When I heard he was fired it becane apparent the NPR is beholding to George Soros and the philosophy of bringing about a new society! National Public Radio is the recipient of a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Foundations which was founded by Investor and philanthropist George Soros whose goal is to shape public policy, to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform.
In other words fundamentally change America.
In all due respect, the way to fundamentally change America is to fundamentally change ourselves and the way we think. No political movement, Right or Left, will change America or Americans. Politics exists for the benefit of politicians and the empowered, not the average person. The way to do this is to challenge the things we think, believe, and behave. Juan may have said something that we all think, but to think this and not to challenge the thought perpetuates racism and discrimination.
free in mn

United States

#15 Oct 21, 2010
OMG wrote:
"But when I get on a 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."
Everyone feels that way.
What a shame he got fired for speaking the truth.
I agree.
free in mn

United States

#16 Oct 21, 2010
Buck Nasty wrote:
As a Black man I have 2 things to say: One: If you preface your sentence by saying "I'm not a bigot..." then you are probably about to say something bigoted, or something that can be misconstrued as bigoted. Two: I take Mr. Williams at his word about not being a bigot. But, would he have been offended if someone had said, "When I walk into a room and Black people are there, I get nervous." It is not bad to have racist or bigoted thoughts; we all have them. In fact, I contend that society conditions us to believe some groups are bad or are superior to others. However, if we challenge the bigoted thoughts we have or prejudiced statements we hear, it is then that we realize that the thoughts are based on faulty premises. In other words, I believe the majority of Americans feel nervous when they board a plane and see a Muslim. But, it is not enough to say this without challenging the statement. Had Juan WIlliams said, "I get nervous when I board a plane and see a Muslim. But at that point, I force myself to think rationally and challenge my feeling. I reflect on the following: Are all Muslims, terrorists, out to destroy Americans, No. Are the majority of Muslims terrorists, out to destroy Americans, No. It is then that I am comforted." Had Juan added the caveat, he would still be employed by NPR. I respect Juan Williams, although I disagree with his politics. He is a great author and journalist who really wants to improve the plight of our people. Juan is very educated and extremely smart, however. In addition, he is a Black man. He knows firsthand the evil discrimination and racism and the impact when people and Americans are not willing to challenge their own biases.
1) You're too wordy.
2) Sure you know not all are terrorists, but out of 5+ billion, how do you know WHICH ones are not?
merks1

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Oct 21, 2010
Can we demand now that the federal government no longer give taxpayers money to this ultra-left wing organization. We have enough networks and radio stations and newspapers pushing the progressive agenda!
Livin Woodbury

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Oct 21, 2010
Dems are the party of tolerance......well then I have a used car to sell ya
bob

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Oct 21, 2010
A good man fired for expressing sincere thoughts. These thoughts contained no ill intent. This is political correctness run amok. This is certainly the silencing of the expression of diverse thoughts. I am discontinuing my support for NPR.
Williams Jerk

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Oct 21, 2010
Juan Williams, told us that invading Iraq was a good thing, still fluffing for the war.
Backed the Afghan war, still telling us it is good and fluffy.
Gave us the whole lie over and over and over and over in his phony "analysis".

Hubris cloaked in the flag and religion. He is a baby Goebbels repeatedly spouting the big lies.
And the kicker is that he doesn't even think of the lies, he just repeats them.
Porkulus

Monroe, LA

#21 Oct 21, 2010
While I rarely agree with Juan, he is sincere and wiling to at least listen to other points...very rare in a liberal. For NPR to throw him under the bus for those remarks is despicable.

Eventually he will be forced to decide between autonomous freedom or submission to the hive.

I have long thought he has a rendezvous with enlightenment. This may move him along the road quite a ways.

NPR has no need for such journalists, especially black folk who may stray from the plantation.

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