There is really not much more I can say about the Juan Williams kerfuffle that has not been said on some blog, editorial page or newscast. The management of NPR look like narrow-minded fools, exposed now in the public square for what conservatives have long held them to be: partisans of the Democratic Party and its liberal agenda, elitists who reserve a special (intense) animus for FoxNews.
“No conservatives,” law professor William A. Jacobson writes, “are trying to prevent people from appearing on NPR, but liberal interest groups and their media outlets are trying to prevent people from appearing on Fox News.” It wasn’t Williams’ recent statement that offended them so much as the fact that he made it on FoxNews.
Well, Greg Gutfield has a slightly different view, “Let’s face it: they didn’t fire Juan Williams for expressing an independent opinion, they fired Juan Williams for expressing an independent opinion that didn’t jibe with theirs.” If it were “controversial” statements that so offended them, they would long since have fired the former Mrs. Floyd Haskell, widow to the late liberal Democratic Senator from Colorado. The one-time Mrs. Haskell (no relation to Eddie) has expressed some rather controversial opinions. Fortunately, for her, she just didn’t express them on FoxNews.
But, then again, Mrs. Haskell’s opinions tend to be in line with approved discourse for the smart set in our nation’s capital while Mr. Williams’ comments were, well, as Sonicfrog suggests, politically incorrect:
I’m just amazed that these supposedly smart people didn’t have the foresight to take the topic that Juan Williams presented, the natural human condition of having irrational fears, and discussing the topic and ways of dealing with and conquering them. But Noooooo, they were just so stupidly politically correct that they let a wonderful journalistic opportunity go to waste, and fired Williams instead.
The good news is now that the narrow-mindedness of NPR is now on people’s radar screens, the network will likely soon lose its public funding, especially if Republicans prevail in this fall’s elections. And just like their hated rival FoxNews, NPR will have to compete for survival in the private marketplace.