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NPR commentator Juan Williams was fired by the media organization late Wednesday after he said on Fox News's "O'Reilly Factor" that he gets nervous when he sees people in Muslim dress on planes. Was NPR right to fire Williams?

By Andrea Caumont  |  October 22, 2010; 7:53 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Juan Williams had a wonderful insight into issues, and I appreciated his thoughts. But the moment he took a contract with Fox "news", I lost complete faith in him, and I will never again give him any credibility on talking about things.

Posted by: fmamstyle | October 22, 2010 8:21 AM

He has to make a living.

Posted by: scotttyang | October 22, 2010 8:32 AM

If we want news without opinion or character we should let machines read the news. Oh, I forgot they already do that on National Proletarian Radio. George Orwell would call it "Newspeak".

Posted by: werowe1 | October 22, 2010 8:32 AM

FMAMSTYLE - What an idiotic thing to say. Fox News welcomes diverse opinions. NPR does not.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | October 22, 2010 8:33 AM

NPR welcomes diverse opinions as long as they are all the same.

Posted by: werowe1 | October 22, 2010 8:55 AM

Williams was just overwhelmed by O'Reilly and lost his head. He has been showing a rightward lean probably he's being influenced by his extreme right colleagues at Fox. Williams is not actually a briiliant writer and journalist, he's so-so. Williams was promoted by NPR where he rose to get his own show until he gave it up for higher and bigger pay somewhere else. Much ado over nothing - people get fired all the time.

Posted by: mstratas | October 22, 2010 8:55 AM

good riddance

Posted by: mstratas | October 22, 2010 8:56 AM

NPR was absolutely wrong. Add Juan Williams to an ever-growing list of commentators fired by liberal media for having the "wrong" view.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | October 22, 2010 9:01 AM

The common denominator on comments about Juan Williams, whether it is Ed Rendell, Eugene Robinson or Bill O'Reilly, is "I don't always agree with him, but . . ." The reason for that is that his views are his own, well informed and thought out. When his views don't coincide with yours, you still listen to what he has to say and consider it. That is how a commentator's remarks ought to be viewed. This, however, wasn't even an opinion. It was an honest description of an emotional reaction, a nervous concern, one that the vast majority of American travelers have. Like many fears, it isn't particularly rational, and he didn't pretend that it was. it is a reaction that we try to rationally dismiss. For him to be fired over that brings PC to whole new, absurd level

Posted by: rallen1 | October 22, 2010 9:19 AM

24 hours after the NPR-Williams flap, the Prime Minister of Australia stated what feckless American politicians, including Obama, and leftist media - including NPR don't have the guts to do.

Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks..

Separately, Rudd angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques. Quote:

'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT.. Take It Or Leave It.

I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians. '

'This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom'

'We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society . Learn the language!'

'Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.'

'We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.'

'This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'.'

'If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.'

Posted by: dave19 | October 22, 2010 9:49 AM

I know that if I was advised by my superiors about my job related miss-steps I would not cry poor me or blame the firm that fires me for not adhering to the job requirements.Does NPR have a right to fire someone that has already been advised about his prior personal comments? Yes they do and Juan has the right to go to FOX and see if he abides by FOX's requirements... end of story. Is there any FOX "news" shows that have a liberal bias as the Bill O'Reilly show has a conservative bias?

Posted by: Buffalo23 | October 22, 2010 9:49 AM

NPR is hands down the best, most in depth, and most insightful news outlet in the nation. They are the only new organization with serious integrity. The listenership is comprised almost dead equally of conservatives and liberals because it offeres NEWS not hype. Anything that threatens that integrity should be, and was in this case, dealt with appropriately. If Williams wants to be an o-really clone then good for him. But you can't have integrity as a journalist AND be on Fox.

Posted by: John1263 | October 22, 2010 10:04 AM

Those criticizing NPR as "liberal" obviously do not listen.

Typical conservative bots think that anything broadcast that critiques conservative group think ideology is "biased" no matter how well documented or researched.

Posted by: John1263 | October 22, 2010 10:08 AM

The firing by NPR is justified. Williams has been used as a prostitute, with Fox News the pimp, for years. Williams cites he was the only African-American on the air at NPR, which is appalling. However his comment about Muslims, like remarks he typically makes on Fox, do not reflect the views of a majority of African Americans. Perhaps not in Williams' world, but in most African-American communities there is a significant Muslim presence stemming from Orthodox faithful, the Nation of Islam, the Five-Percenters and the Moorish Science Temple of America. Like Williams, major media typically ignore this African-American subculture...

Posted by: jason316 | October 22, 2010 10:32 AM

JOHN1263,

Your comments are curious and seem a bit misguided to me. As a conservative I have listened to NPR and on MANY occasions I have heard the Journalists inject personal opinion into the news. I expect this from analysts as that goes hand in hand with analyzing the news, but journalists should not inject their opinions in their reporting. You stated,

"Anything that threatens that integrity should be, and was in this case, dealt with appropriately."

Do you also call for the same standard to be applied to the "journalists" with who you happen to agree? I am sure by now you have been reminded of Nina Totenberg's outrageous comments toward Jesse Helms and his grandchildren; but that is not the only example. It took me a whopping 60 seconds to find another example of this REPORTER/JOURNALIST injecting her OPINIONS into divisive issues of the day.
Here is the quote...now please tell me that no double standard exists within NPR (in essence, as long as the personal opinion being voiced is generally agreed upon by the ruling establishment at NPR, one doesn't get fired!!!)

On October 18, NPR legal reporter Nina Totenberg pronounced from her regular panelist perch on the TV show "Inside Washington" that Gen. Jerry Boykin, who sermonized in Christian churches with the shocking, less-than-Unitarian message that Christianity is true and other creeds are false, should be fired.

Well, that's not the way it came out.

First, Totenberg said Boykin's remarks were "seriously bad stuff," and then she said, "I hope he's not long for this world." Host Gordon Peterson joked, "What is this, 'The Sopranos?'" Withdrawing to damage-control mode, Totenberg said she didn't mean she hoped he would die, just that he shouldn't last long "in his job."

Can you explain to me why these comments along with her disgusting comments wishing AIDS through a blood transfusion on Jesse Helms and his grandkids are not grounds for termination, but Juan Williams' comments are???

Posted by: jlarranaga | October 22, 2010 10:37 AM

Juan Williams was one of the most respected, courteous commentators on air. He was civil in his disagreements and was able to articulate his opposing views well. NPR did NOT react immediately when Williams made his comments on the O'Reilly show. Instead, it appears they reacted to pressure from Soros, who had conveniently just donated $1.8 million to NPR.

This is what it's all about folks. Not about Juan's comments. But about Soros buying the media to spin the news his way.

Posted by: grannysunni | October 22, 2010 10:40 AM

NPR and FOX need reporters to question and analyze how Americans feel rather than be blowhards of their personal fears. Juan likely could have found people who are unnerved by hippies in tie-dyed shirts or commentators in bow-ties or men in shampoo caps or guys known as Juan instead of John.

Dave19 (below) attributes a fictitious statement to Australian PM John Howard. This occassion of untested ignorance is the result of dummying-down Dave19's education. Dave was never taught to question or analyze and hence falls prey to misinformation and fear. For example, he may believe that black slaves fought for the South or that Bush left the country in good shape.

Dave, don't give up it's never too late to educate yourself. As to the PM, check out www.snopes.com/rumors/thisisamerica.asp

Posted by: affectless | October 22, 2010 10:53 AM

NPR and FOX need reporters to question and analyze how Americans feel rather than be blowhards of their personal fears. Juan likely could have found people who are unnerved by hippies in tie-dyed shirts or commentators in bow-ties or men in shampoo caps or guys known as Juan instead of John.

Dave19 (below) attributes a fictitious statement to Australian PM John Howard. This occassion of untested ignorance is the result of dummying-down Dave19's education. Dave was never taught to question or analyze and hence falls prey to misinformation and fear. For example, he may believe that black slaves fought for the South or that Bush left the country in good shape.

Dave, don't give up it's never too late to educate yourself. As to the PM, check out www.snopes.com/rumors/thisisamerica.asp

Posted by: affectless | October 22, 2010 10:55 AM

To: dave19 | October 22, 2010 9:49 AM

What you posted about Kevin Rudd is an old email hoax. Nor is Rudd the current Prime Minister.

Julia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia on 24 June 2010 and re-sworn in as Prime Minister on 14 September 2010 following the 2010 Federal Election.

Posted by: grannysunni | October 22, 2010 10:58 AM

Should Congress turn off the funding for NPR which I doubt George Soros will come to the rescue and donate a few $$Million.

Posted by: petethegreek35 | October 22, 2010 11:02 AM

Doubled my contribution to the NPR fund drive when they fired Williams... Will double it again when they fire Liasson. Working for FOX news, and not declaring yourself an employee of the Republican party is a clear volition of on many ethics and disclosure rules of NPR. They are members of the American “Reichspropagandaleitung” - and should be busting rocks in some Gulag, not getting a seven figure check to spout Rupert Murdoch's propaganda to their ignorant and ill informed audience.

Posted by: riddemkinghotmailcom | October 22, 2010 11:07 AM

a reporter doesn't have the luxury of having an opinion. Those that work at Fox don't understand that. For them, it should be called Fox Opinion not Fox News.

Posted by: bake2011 | October 22, 2010 11:08 AM

affectless | October 22, 2010 10:53 AM
affectless | October 22, 2010 10:55 AM

Your posts are rude and offensive.

Posted by: grannysunni | October 22, 2010 11:11 AM

Stop putting our tax money into NPR - defund it now.

Posted by: AG11 | October 22, 2010 11:11 AM

Any comment posted on the NPR website that the NPR pinheads judge to be the least bit politically incorrect and not of a liberal liking is deleted. That tells me that NPR is anti-free speech.

Juan Williams was punished for cooperating with FOX NEWS too many times. FOX probably pays a lot better.

NPR is just another boring, liberal, talk radio network. If it had to be self supporting it would go bankrupt.

Posted by: battleground51 | October 22, 2010 11:20 AM

To Dave19: even if the "quote" you posted from Kevin Rudd had been factual, which it was not, it still would have been crazy to post it with admiration. Those words would have rung very hollow, considering that the white, Christian immigrants referred to in the quote did not adopt or respect the native religion and culture of the people there long before them. They wiped out those people and their culture.

Regarding Mr. Williams, NPR has every right to fire a reporter for making bigoted remarks on the air- for it reflects badly on the organization and gives the appearance of bias toward the targeted group. This is not a case of "political correctness," it is a case of bigoted remarks that don't make any sense, apart from Mr. Williams' irrational fears of people and a religion he does not understand.

Posted by: mightysparrow | October 22, 2010 11:20 AM

I cannot believe how many people on WaPo do not understand this firing. Regardless whether the statement was true, regardless of whether it was offensive or not, and I do not feel it was, the man told all NPR listeners that he feared the way a man looked in an airport and was concerned they could be a security threat.

You are allowed to think this.

You are allowed to come on to a show as a guest and say this.

You cannot represent a show with actual journalistic integrity, of which Fox News is the LAST place anyone who listens to multiple news sources would consider such a place, and say words like this.

YOU represent the program and that type of bigotry and fear is not something that programs like NPR will ever put up with.

This is not a liberal or conservative issue. This is not a black man issue. This is an issue of simple integrity and horribly poor word choice. He wasn;t the first man fired for such a thing and he won;t be the last.

But you WaPos, who I generally agree with, have gone WAY the wrong way on this. This is not political. It is not racial. It is business.

Glenn Beck, the King of Offensive and now violence instigating verbage, would not last 1 second at NPR. Not because he is white, not because he thinks what he represents is conservativism in any fashion, but because he has no integrity and does not represent the journalistic values of NPR.

How many of you who commented listen to NPR on a regular basis? I am guessing very few of you. I listen twice daily and this PERFECTLY represents the values constantly reiterated by NPR.

Posted by: ravenshroud | October 22, 2010 11:34 AM

If everyone got fired for saying something their employers didn't like, there would be no existing businesses in the US.

Legislators say something nearly every day that I don't like. Legislators say 'they work for me', so shouldn't I have the right to fire them when they say something I don't like?

Posted by: momof20yo | October 22, 2010 11:44 AM

I have long ago switched to foriegn sources such as the BBC for news that I can count on although I do listen to NPR now and then and actually prefer NPR over all of the rest of the news media.
I am surprised by this firing and feel that there is more to the story. I do not take anyone seriously or credibly who would appear on Fox news, maybe that is NPR's reasoning.
In addition to this firing I have another problem with NPR and that is it's overwhelming Jewishness...I even call it NJR, National Jewish Radio...

Posted by: 123Njord | October 22, 2010 11:44 AM

it was a patently offensive, islamophobic remark. why is this even a discussion?

is islamophobia socially acceptable?

Posted by: brickerd | October 22, 2010 11:54 AM

For all of you that claim NPR is "liberal": you're only saying that because they refuse to take part in the lockstep race-baiting that Fox does so efficiently.

While NPR handled this rather clumsily, Juan Williams violated NPR's standards and deserved his firing. This is not a First Amendment issue, and Williams' bleating over this reeks of egotism.

NPR is one of the best things out there, and I'm grateful that they still have integrity.

Posted by: bellsauf | October 22, 2010 12:01 PM

I would like to ask everything who thinks that Juan Williams shouldn't have been fired because he was simply using his Constitutional Right to Free Speech to get up, march into their Boss' office and tell him/her that you think they look like a fat slob or that they are duber than two loads of bricks. Be inventive and come up with a insult with more zing, after all according to you it's your right to free speech. Then tell me how that all went down.

Better yet call a press conference, identify yourself as working for X and then air all the dirty laundry. Tell yourself its your right to free speech as the security detail ushers you out the door!

Posted by: dre7861 | October 22, 2010 12:40 PM

He has to make a living.
Posted by: scotttyang
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You are aware that Fox News renewed Williams contract for 2 million dollars? I don't know about the rest of you but I could live on that and then some.

Posted by: dre7861 | October 22, 2010 12:42 PM

Juan Williams is the winner, NPR is crap. He can look at that closed door and dance a jig to be out from under the thumb of those idiots.

Posted by: ReneesOpinion | October 22, 2010 12:48 PM

Finally National Pentagon Radio stops kissing right wing a55 for a second, a second and a fire storm breaks out.

Someone care to point me to the "liberal" commentators on Fox who get to have their say?

Yeah. Didn't think so.

Let Juan go shill for the Koch Bros on their dime, not mine.

And you mamby-pamby "principled" liberals out there supporting, Juan? YOU ARE GETTING PLAYED, MY FRIEND. P-L-A-Y-E-D.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | October 22, 2010 12:53 PM

I'd like to know what's "conservative" about sassing off to your boss/employer?

Answer me that.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | October 22, 2010 1:02 PM

Good riddance, NPR did the right thing. I'd vote to increase NPR's funding given that the journalistic standards of the commercial outets are farsical in this age of news as political entertainment and covert propaganda.

Posted by: CntrvilleCitoyen | October 22, 2010 1:20 PM

Juan Williams since the beginning has been the weakest pundit in the medium. He just never had the intellectual heft of the others, either on the left, right or center. His forced departure has been long overdue and can only improve the quality of NPR programming. The NPR Ombudsman states it correctly with its reasoned response, plain and simple. It's pathetic, the vitriol spewed towards NPR. The pols are exploiting it for their self-serving interests and the loud-mouths are doing what they do best, without function of the organ that controls thought. It's also quite sad to see Juan Williams stomp his feet and act like a childish brat for being disciplined. The 2 million from Fox should help soothe his bruised ego and he can now say anything he wants, stupid or otherwise. Man-up Juan, you should thank NPR for your new found bankroll and 15 minutes of fame. Let Fox exploit it for all its worth, bask in it now, because it won’t last. But remember, you were given the ground rules and you chose to ignore them, so your firing was your fault, no one is to blame, but you.

Posted by: RJF68152 | October 22, 2010 1:38 PM

I hope he is the first of many partisans who pretend to be journalists to go. I would love to turn on the news and actually have news--not opinion. People who want liberal opinions sprinkled in with their news can watch MSNBC, those who want conservative opinion can watch Fox. I would like to just have news. No opinion, no screaming--just facts!

Posted by: Prosperity2008 | October 22, 2010 1:56 PM

I actually thought that I would never see a greater LACK OF TOLERANCE, LACK OF OPEN-MINDEDNESS and LACK OF FREE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS by the lunatic left than the hysterical display by goldberg and behar on The (D-crat Socialist) View - but NPR has them beat by a mile.

The new CONgress MUST STOP ALL federal government subsidies to NPR and PBS. Why should we taxpayers have to foot the bill for these lamestream socialists to spew forth their lies, leftist propaganda and insulting double standards?

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | October 22, 2010 2:08 PM

If I was sitting in coach class and Juan sat down next to me I would be so scared I would get off the plane.

If I was in a parking lot and was the last one out of a basketball game and I heard someone behind me and it was Juan, I would set off my alarm of my car.

If I was on a golf course for whites only, I would be afraid that Juan was just buying some golf balls to take to another non-white golf course.

If I was buying some burritos at a Taco Bell and Juan walked in, I would ask the person behind the counter to call the police.

If I was Juan, I would be afraid to sit next to Brit Hume on FOX NOISE!

Posted by: jrubin998 | October 22, 2010 2:12 PM

Dr, Laura, anybody?
What would Juan have to say about the "N" word repeated endlessly to an African-American woman?
Oh, she was just saying that African-Americans use that word all the time, so where was the "insensitivity?" Right? Dr. Laura lost her show because African-Americans were OFFENDED by her bigotry.
Juan Williams is African-American. Does he think Dr. Laura should still have have a talk-show?
Bigotry is Bigotry - no matter which mouth it comes out of - black, white, brown, yellow...whatever.
Glad NPR stood by their principles. He deserves FOX, the 24/7 Bigotry Network!

Posted by: ZeZa1 | October 22, 2010 2:12 PM

Juan does not have "Islamophobia". The term is not meaningful, because it implies a fear of Islam that is irrational. There are plenty of rational reasons to fear Islam.

Posted by: jack29 | October 22, 2010 2:13 PM

So it's OK for Juan Williams to have expressed his views about Muslims but when Helen Thomas expressed her views about Jews, well that was so wrong as to justify firing her. It's OK to express fear and dislike toward all Muslims but not Jews, and heaven forbid Christians.

Um, . . . hypocrisy?

Posted by: nuffsaid3 | October 22, 2010 2:15 PM

Juan Williams was NPR's only African-American male national figure...

Who's not politically correct now that they have fired him?

Wonder what the fall-out from his bosses at Fox would have been had Juan stated liberal opinions on NPR... oh wait - he did....

Posted by: oldnova | October 22, 2010 2:24 PM

Loser Williams wanted out of his NPR contract and did what he had to do to get fired. He had plans to go over to Faux news for awhile now. They can have him. NPR is better off without a bigot.

Posted by: BigR1 | October 22, 2010 2:27 PM

OLDNOVA

Juan Williams was NPR's only African-American male national figure...

Are you endorsing Affirmative Action? That we keep people in their jobs because of their color of their skin?

How terribly liberal of you.

Posted by: nuffsaid3 | October 22, 2010 2:29 PM

The ignorance of the first poster to say that Juan Williams "had" insight and great opinions, but all that is lost once he appeard on FOX shows is kinda contrary to the word Liberal isn't it?
What would commentary be worth if you didn't have different opinions?
Do we really want a media that fires anyone who expresses his views? The 2nd poster was dead on when he quoted George Orwell's "newspeak".
People need to wake up and understand why Freedome of Speech and freedom of the Press were written into our constitution.
WAKE UP!!!!!!Anyone who wants to live in a society where you are fired for expressing an opinion, should move far away and take their philosophy with them. Maybe our schools are failing us, because history is full of examples of governments that did not allow free speech. Obviously many people missed that chapter.

Posted by: BrianChido | October 22, 2010 2:38 PM

Juan is an angry blackman who feels at home with the raging right Repubzi's. I wonder what the foundation is for all his rage. The Conservative Right is filled with rage.

Posted by: Maddogg | October 22, 2010 2:39 PM

East Germany and Stalin's USSR come to mind.

Posted by: BrianChido | October 22, 2010 2:40 PM

Hey BRAINCHIDO

So when Helen Thomas expressed her views about Jews, why was Fox News demanding that she be fired? (and didn't stop until she was fired) She was just expressing her views, wasn't she? And that's just part of freedom as you define it, isn't it?

So what's the difference?

Posted by: nuffsaid3 | October 22, 2010 2:42 PM

Juan encourages attacks on innocent American's and American soldiers in the field. He is unpatriotic and a disgrace to the nation.

Posted by: Maddogg | October 22, 2010 2:42 PM

For years, Juan Williams has railed...appropriately so...against racial profiling by law enforcement and the government. He spoke up against the LAPD in the Rodney King matter, he spoke up against the Cambridge Police in the Henry Gates matter, and he has often spoken eloquently about the terror of being stopped by the police for the heinous crime of "driving while black." By Mr. Williams choosing to publicly admit to racial profiling in his own private world, he also chose to lose all of his journalistic credibility. It's sad for all of us to lose such a qualified voice against the rampant and needless excesses of government. Sadder still that he did it to himself...all by himself.

Posted by: LouisianaVirginian | October 22, 2010 2:46 PM

This is a personnel matter--about which we have limited and incomplete information. That said, it seems like he was violating commonly held standards for reporting AND explicit standards for NPR, AND had been told so in the past (and demoted for same). Seems insubordinate to me and he bought his own walking papers.

Posted by: JamesDC | October 22, 2010 2:50 PM

Now DeMint the kook from South Carolina is calling for an end to funding for NPR. How child like. DeMint wants to squash free press in retaliation. How do these kooks get into office?

Posted by: Maddogg | October 22, 2010 2:51 PM

It is hard to see the simple statement that Juan Williams is made nervous my people in Muslim dress on airplanes as a legitimate reason for firing him. I rarely listen to NPR. So I don't know what Juan's role is. For those people who are supposed to be neutral presenters of factual news, I could see some potential problem in this statement and even just in Williams appearing on O'Reilley. It may be reasonable to say that neutral news presenters need to avoid any public situation that calls their neutrality into question. But, if that is the issue, NPR should have clear guidelines that apply to all employees in that role and those guidelines should include staying away from all of the many media shows that push left or right political agendas. On the other hand, if Williams is NPR's token presenter of right wing opinions, it is hard to see the logic of firing him just over this statement. More extreme statements appear regularly from both the left and the right in the Washington Post's opinion columns. Of course, the more significant question is Williams attitude towards the consequences of his feeling. It is one thing to be nervous about Muslim's on airplanes and to be honest about the feeling. It is another thing to say that the consequence of that feeling is that they should not be allowed to fly on them.

Posted by: dnjake | October 22, 2010 2:53 PM

Williams can say anything he wants to. And NPR has the right to fire him. His comment probably doesn't resonate as negative to the populace because Muslim's are not held in much esteem. But consider my concern about seeing Juan Williams walking down the street towards me in Southeast Washington,D.C. after dark. Should I fear for my safety? Does it make me nervous to see a black man walking towards me after dark when I am alone on the street? Williams' comment served to feed the fire of fear and hatred for those who already lean in that direction. If Williams is fearful when he sees a woman wearing a bur-qua, he needs to reevaluate his views and not influence ours.

Posted by: patryot | October 22, 2010 2:56 PM

I believe most have missed the point Juan Williams was making. He was expressing the fact that even though your immediate reaction to someone you encounter, as a member of a group of people which contain undesirable individuals, we must make every effort not to generalize, and perceive all members of that group in the same manner. With that honest reflection and expression, NPR was just once again reacting to someones comments out of context, and thereby wrong to dismiss Juan Williams.

Posted by: fenwick3 | October 22, 2010 3:03 PM

Williams is a bigot. Also the Post should come clean about the investigation that led to his leaving the WPO.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | October 22, 2010 3:26 PM

NPR should reinstate Juan Williams. I am a Liberal --a Progressive--a very left of center person who believes NPR's action was a mistake. Williams was not advocating fear of Muslims dressed in labeling garb, he was reporting his own reaction.I do not think that this is an immoral thing to do. We humans are herd animals. We are wired for fear and respond viscerally to the smell of it. I think this is a natural phenomena that bears examination so that perhaps we can slow down our thoughtless response. Perhaps those who choose to dress in ways that mark themselves as outsiders should expect a negative response as that is the natural human response. I believe studies show that a group must be over 30% to loose minority stranger status. As for the Fox thing, although I personally cannot tolerate it, I have been grateful that someone of Juan's caliber can get on that air and stand up for and express my points of view.

Posted by: kateberman | October 22, 2010 3:27 PM

Thought experiment - after watching FoxNews give Williams a hero's welcome and a cool contract for oodles of cash: Why didn't they do the same for Rick Sanchez after he was fired from CNN a few weeks ago?

Posted by: gwhite1 | October 22, 2010 3:31 PM

I'm a fan of Fox and a 25 y.o. Black Conservative. I've grown up with Juan and value his liberal opinion and heartfelt remarks on a myriad of topics as they add to they debate and provide balance. When pressed, he presses back and never pulls a "View Moment." He's a Gentleman & a Professional. He is as much apart of Fox as any other Host or Contributer. I have unwaivering support for him. "Like" Juan on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Juan-Williams/31884008672

Posted by: HaleighsDad | October 22, 2010 3:31 PM

The 2 million dollar chicken could never get a job a a foreign correspondent. I hope bin Laden doesn't guess that if he can get Fox News on an airplane and get some passenger to wear a robe, that he can render them all nervous!

Posted by: nancy14 | October 22, 2010 3:36 PM

I enjoyed Juan Williams during all my NPR listening and it was with disgust that I discovered him "commenting" at Fox. Juan’s integrity of work came from being outside the propaganda machine of the right wing politicos. His participation DESTROYED any impartiality developed over tenure at NPR.

For all the wringing of hands and shedding of tears, it seems that Juan has profited handsomely from the "Media Event", financially, professionally (as a Mouthpiece), and politically. Most of the negative NPR comments, tweets, and blog drivel is obviously from the right wing machine - Who would NEVER deign to admit to there being an NPR, much less "register" EXCEPT to voice distain at the fair and balanced treatment of their new "Brother". (They still don't get it; their actions are TRANSPARENT!!!).

Good bye Juan. We NPR listeners will miss your smoky voice and erudite commentary and wonder just what you were really saying the whole time.

Posted by: RichardEckel | October 22, 2010 3:39 PM

way to keep an open mind, fmam.

Posted by: mcsquared65 | October 22, 2010 4:05 PM

Juan Williams deserved to be fired. I guess he thinks his opinions and fears are of interest to everyone...and so important that he can ignore standards of good journalism. Frankly, I don't care what his opinions are. If he can discuss issues clearly, without bias, and contribute factual information, then he has some value as a journalist. He seems to have given up that for the fraternity of fellow ranters at Fox.

Good riddance!

Posted by: nwhiker | October 22, 2010 4:22 PM

The Post's "poll" question misstates the issue. Was NPR right to fire Wan Williams because he said he was nervous about Muslims on an airplane? No.

But that wasn't the issue. Was NPR right to fire him because he had consistently overstepped limits established by NPR for a "commentator?" Yes.

Williams's overall record (not just this one incident) damaged his reliability in that regard, and even suggests that he was really looking to bolt to Fox anyway.

Posted by: threeoaksgone | October 22, 2010 5:11 PM

What I find incredible is the fact that some actually feel Williams has a right to express his bigoted fears as if a) we are interested in them and b) they are appropriate. He's nothing but a shoe shuffling, Fox loving, Uncle Tom.

Williams is a prejudiced bigot and he's crawled into the hole he deserves to be in. I agree good riddance!

Posted by: spamizham | October 22, 2010 5:16 PM

What Juan Williams showed by his comments about Muslims is that he is just like 99.99% of human beings: unthinkingly--or stupidly--prejudiced. He should know better. We all should know better. Doesn't he realize that he has indulged in religious profiling, which stands next to racial profiling as an anti-American pursuit, albeit one of America's greatest pastimes. Even if 99.99% of human beings are bigots in some fashion (I don't have the stats to substantiate this 99.99%--it's a gut feel)Juan Williams DESERVED to be fired from NPR and SHOULD BE FIRED FROM FOX AS WELL.

Posted by: Patric2 | October 22, 2010 5:38 PM

Seems to me there are a lot of self-rightous people here. How did YOU feel on 9/11 when you found out who did the dastardly deed and killed all those innocent people? And New Yorkers-how did you feel when they found those bombs in that truck recently?? It wasn't the Chinese, Italians, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, etc who killed them, for no reason except that they were Americans and for some reason Americans deserved to be killed due to some perversion in their thinking. These killers happened to be Radical Muslims. Their main objective besides killing is putting fear in the hearts of all infidels. And it seems they did. When you go to the Airport, do you look around you and who do you look at most?? Oh my, and would you get fired from your job for thinking politically incorrect thoughts?? Get real people. Juan was expressing his own personal feelings. I personally think he was the sacrificial lamb for the left wing media. It smells so foul I can hardly stand to think about it...

Posted by: sallysays | October 22, 2010 6:30 PM

If they were looking to fire him, as he says, then he knew exactly what to do to parlay that into high $$ job at Fox Noise. He should send a thank you note to NPR for helping him feather his nest so lavishly.

Posted by: sjvwsnc | October 22, 2010 6:37 PM

I think the far left has completely lost their mind. When you can't express your thoughts and feelings for fear you may lose your job, or have others disagree with you, then America is in deep trouble. I like Juan Williams, and some of his views don't jive with me, but this is America and people have equal rights to express themselves. As long as people do it in a thoughtful and respectful way as Mr. Williams does, NPR should be ashamed of themselves. The firing was bad enough, but for the top brass to have an underling do it over the phone is cowardly. Mr. Williams will still be successful, as he is a talented, professional journalist. SPEAK ON,Juan!

Posted by: jeiken | October 22, 2010 6:52 PM

JEIKEN

So you must think it was terrible that Helen Thomas and Rick Sanchez were both fired for expressing their views of Jews. I mean when they can't air their feeling about an entire group of people, no matter what those feelings are, well then we're in pretty bad shape here in America. Right?

Posted by: nuffsaid3 | October 22, 2010 7:45 PM

Why is it, Islam, Muslim, etc we have to be so very careful not to offend and bend over backwards. What happen to our 1st amendment rights. Atheiests have the right to bad mouth all religions; but nobody does when it comes to Muslims. What makes them better than everyone else? NOTHING. Something very wrong here. They are taking over. Our rights are being violated. This is America. If they don't like what we say LEAVE. Simple. It's not like we asked them to immigrate.

Posted by: brees13 | October 22, 2010 8:07 PM

Clearly, in a comparison of politically correct thinking between Juan and Nina Totenberg, Nina is the outright winner in exhibiting the politically correct "NPR Think." While Juan is a wild-eyed liberal, he was never as a crazy a wild-eyed, woolly-haired outrageous liberal as Nina. Why, Nina pretty much invented “NPR Think,” and it is hardly imaginable that Juan could have been fired without her approval. Read Nina’s bio on Wikipedia.

Juan got in trouble for being the annoying liberal on FOX and for thinking thoughts that he failed to have properly vetted at NPR before he expressed them out loud. If he had really belonged on NPR team, he would have learned long ago the inter-discipline of refraining from thinking thoughts that might get him into trouble with liberals if they accidentally escaped his mouth. Exactly what the correct “NPR Think” might is always hard to know for sure, so it is better not to think at all, which explains Nina and the constant drone of liberal bias on NPR.

Hey, NPR makes liberals feel good, and gives them something to listen to all day, and so it keeps them off the streets and away from messing with the rest of us, so it serves a useful purpose and should be supported by everyone.

Posted by: droberts57 | October 22, 2010 8:14 PM

There is a big difference bet. a partisan hack and an "ANALYST". Hacks color their comments with their emotions against their perceived enemy regardless of prevailing facts such as O'Reilly, Beck and Limbaugh lambasting Obama day in day out whether the Pres. did something right for the general wealfare of the country (such as ending the war in Iraq, or making sure children are covered with health insurance, etc. Nothing whatsover will make the partisan hacks say anything nice or complimentary. An analyst is someone who should be dispassionate, look at facts and factors to support their observations. Example, Juan Williams was already wrong when he said that he was nervous to see Muslim-garbed people. Hos stupid can he be? A real terrorist will hide his/her identity and not wear a garb to identify them. The 911 terrorists tried to look like any immigrant (shaved their beards, wored western clothes etc.) Also, who cares about what he feels (that's being emotional). Williams sounded like he was appeasing O'Reilly, being so agreeable. WTF. Williams' role is to analyze to his best ability the fact that Americans have no need to be scared or afraid. There are 2 BILLION Muslims and if they are all terrorists then we will have no way of surviving since we are already outnumbered. Williams is a big disappointment to NPR. He got his start there and he worked there for years. He screwed up.

Posted by: mstratas | October 22, 2010 9:08 PM

Posted by: ewburnha | October 22, 2010 9:21 PM

He has been slipping into the FOX histeria mode for a while now. He earned it. NPR has standards - I hope Wapo keeps some too.

Posted by: Susan9 | October 22, 2010 10:20 PM

NPR was correct in firing Juan Williams.
Afterall, he was putting our troops who are deployed in many places around the world in danger ... Or so Fox News and the rest of the right wing GOP neo-cons claim whenever it suits them. Juan Williams does`nt shed any tears when ordinary workers like me loses our jobs,... theres no national news network coming to my defense and villifying my ex-employer who canned me and my co-workers and sent our jobs to China, or India. Me and my co-workers were not at fault.
Juan Williams should just S T F U and be happy that he still has an income from licking Bill O`Reilly`s boots.

Posted by: dblr7711 | October 23, 2010 12:13 AM

affectless | October 22, 2010 10:53 AM
affectless | October 22, 2010 10:55 AM
Your posts are rude and offensive.
Please either be polite, or get off of this board.
Your fired!

Posted by: susangate1 | October 23, 2010 1:16 AM

Boo hoo, the lberals have their panties in a wad because most don't (as usual) agree with their view of the world. Fox is bad, NPR liberal dogma dog poop, is good. Hey, Palin's coming to get you...whooo ooooh. haha.

Posted by: susangate1 | October 23, 2010 1:18 AM

Juan had my total support but like FMANSTYLE below - FOX? I am speachless right now. Fox, unblanced and unfair and a big 0. I am truly confused at this point. Help me out Rush and Glen. Ya right.

Posted by: eaglehawkaroundsince1937 | October 23, 2010 1:38 AM

I get nervous when I see a Muslim board the plane also just as I get nervous when my neighbor walks past me with her Pit Bull. This was not an opinion as NPR claims it was only a man expressing what is now a fact of life. NPR was wrong to fire Juan Williams but WAMU is still my mainstay while at work.

Posted by: Longview | October 23, 2010 2:48 AM

DAVE19 !
I love what you said and I wish our Government here in America had the guts to do what Australia did or said. We need to clean the interior of any threats to our security. Political correctness will be our downfall.........

Posted by: Longview | October 23, 2010 2:57 AM

Whether fictitious or not, what Dave19 stated sounds like a great idea.. If I went to China and complained about their policies,culture or was deemed a threat I would be thrown out of the country. We need to stand up for ourselves here....

Posted by: Longview | October 23, 2010 3:04 AM

waterfrontproperty, how low is your intelligence may I ask? You THINK Fox news offers unbiased opinions while NPR does not? That is absolute garbage and unless you have had your brain removed you know it. What a stupid thing to say. Fox News is not even news while NPR is the most respected news organization on the planet. It is completely idiotic comments like yours that make me worry about this country. Keep your ignorance to yourself.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | October 23, 2010 7:30 AM

Juan Williams knew exactly what he was doing and saying. He complained in the sixties about white people who would cross to the other side of the street when black people came down the street and for him to make a comment like this is so hypocritical. He belongs on Fox news because they are the biggest hypocrites and liars I have ever heard. Don't feel sorry for Juan - get over it people

Posted by: davpenjas | October 23, 2010 7:42 AM

Good! Williams got what he and many others deserved - FIRED! His anti-Muslim triad was dis-respectful and not what NPR nor America is about.

Posted by: chucky-el | October 23, 2010 8:38 AM

Juan has a right to free speech but not a right to a job where, as NPR has stated, he left his reporter status and became a commentator, which NPR did not hire him to be. They were right to let him go and I'm guessing he was already on probation of sorts.

That Fox immediately hired him I think shows he and Fox were expecting him to be fired, maybe to get out of a contract. I don't think this is as innocent as Juan and Fox are making it out to be. It will be interesting to see how he fares at Fox, where in my opinion free speech is not allowed. Can't wait for Fox to hand him a script and tell him to read it as his own opinion. What he gets for making a deal with the devil.

Posted by: Fate1 | October 23, 2010 9:57 AM

Such vitriolic comments. I voted against Juan Wliiams beign fired as I thought much worse has been said on radio and TV, although it almost seemed like it was a set up. He has been working for NRP and Fox at the same time, and suddenly he appears on Bill O'Reilly and makes a somewhat racist comment and gets fired by NPR only to end up with a two million dollar contract with FOX overnight! What I really dislike is all the rantings by people about cutting NPR's funding. It seems everytime anyone says anything that Fox or the right winged conservatives dislike they call for them to be fired, or for funding to be cut or worse. Where are the outcrys from the so called liberal lefties about all the lies coming from the right? We need a loud obnoxious mouth piece for this side too. Where is our Fox? How do we fight this ugly side of American life where "lies, damned lies and statistics" are fed to the american people. (this quote attributed to Disraeli but who knows!!!). Go ahead argue over this.

Posted by: lynnlovesplants | October 23, 2010 10:00 AM

Liberalism at its best with NPR. Juan said something that many people feel but may be afraid to say. So what. He is a commentator. Does NPR only keep commentators that say things NPR agrees with?

Posted by: ManassasReader | October 23, 2010 10:04 AM

NPR is really the only source for decent investigative reporting left in the US. that is exactly why republicons hate it so much. It exposes things like the secret Christian (kind of ) cabal that is behind some of the more onerous republicona initiaitves. It exposes flat out lies and distortions for what they are (and do so for Democrats too) but the fact is that the republicon teahadi movment is dependant on lies and their sheeple not knowing they are being lied to.

Posted by: John1263 | October 23, 2010 10:12 AM

Fox's fair and balanced is a joke. I occasionally watch it for laughs. Juan is nothing more than Fox's token black. How sad.

Posted by: anorris583 | October 23, 2010 10:12 AM

We need a loud obnoxious mouth piece for this side too. Where is our Fox? How do we fight this ugly side of American life where "lies, damned lies and statistics" are fed to the american people. (this quote attributed to Disraeli but who knows!!!). Go ahead argue over this.
Posted by: lynnlovesplants
=============================

Let's see, CNN, MSNBC, LATs, NYTs, WP, NPR..
the list of leftie big mouthed lying is endless. NPR is public radio, if it is paid for in anyway with tax money, it should be defunded for taking a liberal bias. Enough said. If it can stand on its own without taxpayer money, let it do so. Is it because it wouldn't be able to stand on its own that this cry for public money comes from the left? I am sure Soros would "donate" for the liberal lies to contine.

Posted by: susangate1 | October 23, 2010 10:22 AM

I'd like to know what's "conservative" about sassing off to your boss/employer?
Answer me that.
Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC
=====================

Good grief, tony, now you have taken this to the extreme, a typical liberal slant btw, and going off on a lie thinking Juan sassed off to his boss? Liberals are nuts!!!

Posted by: susangate1 | October 23, 2010 10:25 AM

So it's OK for Juan Williams to have expressed his views about Muslims but when Helen Thomas expressed her views about Jews, well that was so wrong as to justify firing her. It's OK to express fear and dislike toward all Muslims but not Jews, and heaven forbid Christians.
Um, . . . hypocrisy?
Posted by: nuffsaid3 | October 22, 2010 2:15 PM
========================
Thomas said that all Jews should go back to Poland.... where the death camps were.
Juan just stated he got nervous if he saw someone dressed like a muslim get on a plane.
And you equate the two as if the same?
Why are liberals so nuts? Liberals brains are so illogical it is astounding sometimes. They maybe come from another planet? Like, Uranus perhaps?

Posted by: susangate1 | October 23, 2010 10:30 AM

NPR, though it has been inundated with protests over this, refuses to reconsider.

The way to put it in its place is simple.

Cut off the local affiliates.

These local stations are financially vulnerable while NPR is not.

Let your local affiliate know why you are not supporting its fundraising to support it.

Cut off NPR from the locals.

We are starting with WAMU-FM.

Put pressure on the station, on American University.

The tide is turning.

NPR must become balanced or face extinction.

Posted by: Jewishdailyreport | October 23, 2010 10:39 AM

It depends on whether the firing was based on a culmination of events and the most recent incident was the final straw. I think it was wrong for Juan to publicly (on TV) make the statement. Like it or not, working or off duty, he represented NPR. Juan should have been more circumspect before making the statement. NPR is a public supported station. That public includes Muslims. Reporters, commentators, or other employees who hold high profile positions at a company should not make statements that will contribute to alienating a given segment of society. It is one thing to report a fact but, it is inappropriate to personalize an opinion that is contrary to the position of NPR. Now, assuming Juan has not received any prior warnings or discipline, NPR should have demanded that Juan make a public apology to the Muslim community. If he complied with the demand, he should not have been fired.

Posted by: GBED989 | October 23, 2010 10:47 AM

Let's us not believe that NPR is above distorting truths. I used to like NPR then in 1994 I was interviewed by them for a piece on Bethlehem Steel. They took a few words and wrote a story that pitted the union against management. It had nothing to do with the story and it was not factual. I have not listened to them since.

Posted by: kevint1 | October 23, 2010 10:54 AM

I want to know Juan's comment on some people who get scared whenever black people enter trains or buses or lock their cars on stop signs whenever they see black people around.

Posted by: firdash | October 23, 2010 10:59 AM

who cares. he was a mediocre commentator, never had anything particularly interesting to say. does an organization have the right to fire at-will employees even for lame reasons? yes. so who cares.

Posted by: fakedude2 | October 23, 2010 11:12 AM

Let's call this what it is: A manufactured media firestorm created by the usual suspects: Republicans who hate the very idea of public broadcasting and consequently want to politicize the funding process; so-called conservatives who cynically exploit fears and divisions within America. If NPR had cut loose, say, Scott Simon or Mara Liasson, there would be a deafening silence from the right.

Instead members of the right wing flock to the microphones and scream loudly for NPR's head.

Let's stop this nonsense. Mr. Williams is not somehow entitled to a job with NPR, and he is certainly not being silenced or ostracized (In fact we should all be so unfortunate as to win a multimillion-dollar contract with a media corporation.) And Jim DeMint and his ilk are to be shamed for trying to politicize the funding process for one of America's great treasures, public broadcasting.

Posted by: AnotherHagman | October 23, 2010 11:24 AM

susangate1 | October 23, 2010 10:30 AM

Wow, snarky and intelligent. Let me say precisely what the parallels are since you missed it entirely. What Helen Thomas did was demagogue an entire religious group based on a stereotype. What Juan Williams did was demagogue an entire group of people based on some stereotype. Heck, Rick Sanchez did the same thing. They were all WRONG to have done so. And all deserve to be fired. They were free to express their views, but that freedom doesn't guarantee them a job.

Posted by: nuffsaid3 | October 23, 2010 12:32 PM

Political correctness has infested this nation for long enough. Like the spending, it is out of control. We are looking like Russia now. Williams said, if you read the whole thing, we should be working to overcome our fears. However the facts are, all of the terrorists attacking us and others all over the world have been Muslims.Until the moderate Muslim community stands up loud and strong against the radicals, I also might feel nervous at times. What have we come to when some one cannot express their feelings?
This is suppression of the worst kind. NPR better look in the mirror. They have had a liberal bias in their commentary for a long time so I will only listen to music there.Now that far left liberal, Soros has given nearly two million to them they do not need my tax dollars. NPR shot themselves in the foot. Williams is a gentleman and a fine journalists, he is too good for that sanctimonious and biased bunch at NPR.

Posted by: katie6 | October 23, 2010 1:12 PM

COMING SOON:

November 15, 2010 - In a move certain to increase calls for withdrawal of NPR's federal funding, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller today announced the firing of Tom and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of the popular weekend program "Car Talk" and cancellation of the program. The Magliozzis, also known as "Click and Clack" and "The Tap It Brothers", in addition to hosting the weekly radio call-in program on cars, frequently make appearances at auto shows in cities across the US. In recent appearances, the Magliozzi's noted that they had been asked about the future of hybrid cars and electric cars, and had raised questions about the continued viability of some of the technologies being employed, as well as the training required for mechanics to service them. Additionally, they listed the Toyota Prius as one of the "Top Ten Cars We Despise" on their website, cartalk.com.

In her statment concerning the firing of the Magliozzi's, Schiller noted that NPR had received complaints from listeners for many years about the brothers' opinions concerning alternate and hybrid technology automobiles. "NPR listeners believe it is imperative that internal combustion automobiles be replaced as soon as possible with alternate technologies, in order to support efforts to reduce global warming. We cannot continue to tolerate any commentary which calls into question this critical national mission". She also added that "any issues they have with the Prius really need to be a discussion between them and their psychiatrist."

The cancellation of "Car Talk" is expected to have a significant impact on local economy of Cambridge Massachusetts, where the program originated. It is well known that "Car Talk" employs dozens of support staff, including statistician Marge Inovera, staff archivist Bernadette File, and Russian chaffeur Pikop Andropov among others. The Magliozzi brothers were not available for comment.

Posted by: Illini | October 23, 2010 1:12 PM

Thank you NPR for getting rid off the Fox Stooge.

Posted by: veloboldie | October 23, 2010 1:54 PM

I don't care who you are or who you work for, if you're making comments such as those made by Juan Williams as a representative of the company you work for, it's morally offensive and does nothing for the good of society. Unfortunately, some media companies pay their talking heads to support such divisive issues and Juan Williams was quick to accept such an offer.

Posted by: PatMcCrotch | October 23, 2010 3:06 PM

If Juan was white and said black people scare me as I walk down the street, would that be okay?

Posted by: dcresident2 | October 23, 2010 3:18 PM

About two years ago, six imams in an airport insisted on space to pray in a public area, made remarks about how bad America was, and upset other airport passengers. The Captain eventually ejected them; they sued because of their "civil rights";they won.
Whereever they go, trouble follows.

Posted by: drzimmern1 | October 23, 2010 3:24 PM

Support YOUR Local Thought Police

******Pledge Generously to NPR******

Posted by: ProCounsel | October 23, 2010 5:00 PM

People have feelings of fear brought about all the time by different memories, past events, and very specific details. Someone could be fearful of someone that has a specific tattoo that reminds them of something in the past, or maybe a specific smell from something someone is eating.

Like it or not, a bunch of very bad things happened from people with common characteristics that will, in everyone, bring about emotion. Much like youths in stereotypical "gang attire" tend to create.

There are many people who prefer to live in their fantasy PC world as if statistics, stereotypes, and history do not bear meaning. Good for them if they can live their pretend existence, but they should not fault others for having natural feelings that most people share, whether it goes along with their worldview or not.

Posted by: kanebrandon | October 23, 2010 5:03 PM

hey chuckie el
Thomas was right and I applaud him. I don't have any respect for muslims as they treat women like slaves. Go back home

Posted by: kathymac1 | October 23, 2010 5:18 PM

WRT to all this, I think the best advice, for Juan, or anyone else, is this: "Sometimes, tis best to keep from the tip of the tongue, the things that are found in the deep of the heart."

Freedom is also about responsibility. Something most of us on this blog seem to forget...

Posted by: PaulEVirgo | October 23, 2010 7:04 PM

NPR would be wise to rehire Juan Williams quickly! And I would strongly recommend they leave him alone. Firing a liberal, black man because you fear he is too conservative is a prescription for disaster for the President of NPR and the longterm financial health of their company. They better retract this decision quickly and fire the CEO that made the decision before it is to late. With everyday that passes their credibility is sinking.

Posted by: Howellstephen75 | October 23, 2010 8:09 PM

I hope he is the first of many partisans who pretend to be journalists to go. I would love to turn on the news and actually have news--not opinion. People who want liberal opinions sprinkled in with their news can watch MSNBC, those who want conservative opinion can watch Fox. I would like to just have news. No opinion, no screaming--just facts!
Posted by: Prosperity2008 | October 22, 2010 1:56 PM
==========================================
Then certainly don't listen to NPR. But what a joke...Juan was on
O'reily expressing the liberal viewpoint. If you listened closely enough he expressed that O'reilly was wrong to say it waas all Muslims. NPR heard what they wanted to hear.

Posted by: bobilly2 | October 23, 2010 8:57 PM

Dave19,

Is this a fact? Where is the link

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT.. Take It Or Leave It.

I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians. '

'This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom'

'We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society . Learn the language!'

'Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.'

'We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.'

'This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'.'

'If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.'
POSTED BY: DAVE19 | OCTOBER 22, 2010 9:49 AM
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Posted by: USDude123 | October 23, 2010 9:34 PM

I have always thought the Juan Williams was hired by NPR because of affirmative action. He is not smart at all. Should he be fired - hmm, perhaps but not immediately.

Actually, when I think about it, it is hard to identify Muslim men unless they are wearing the long robe or they are with their wives or female family members that observed the hijab (head scarf). I observe hijab and I think it is cool that I am able to make an African American man nervous and not the other way around. He definitely boost my confidence to be not fearful of African American men (they got lots of bad reps) because now I know they are fearful of me - lol

Actually I am glad he is frank. I have been wondering why no African American men say hi to me anymore at the grocery store or as I walk in the mall. They must all be like him fearful of a petite 5 ft woman - lol.

Posted by: cahayasinar | October 23, 2010 9:48 PM

Some good comments at beginning. NPR believes in diverse opinions as long as they are all the same. Why is an ultra liberal radio network tax supported? No conservative radio network is tax supported. NPR is Jewish run so you must follow their menu when speaking as does ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN,PBS which is why Juan Williams and Rick Sanchez and Helen Thomas were fired. Reveal Jewish control over mass media gets you fired. Why are Jews protecting Islam? Insane!

Posted by: mascmen7 | October 23, 2010 10:16 PM

NPR and Liberals do not believe in free speech. Democrats are the party of the intolerant.

Posted by: thorhero | October 23, 2010 11:42 PM

I don't think NPR should receive one cent of public money. Let NPR secure private funds
or go to advertising and stand on there own -
if they can.

Posted by: jerry76960 | October 24, 2010 12:54 AM

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