Update: Juan Williams gets the boot for being worried about "strangers on my flight…"

Here’s the song: Strangers on my flight

Toe the line or else:

No more “I get worried. I get nervous” when you find yourself outnumbered by Mohammedan headbangers on your flight.  What’s the world coming to? Freedom of speech in the age of the Muslim POTUS Obama? Are you out of your mind?

(NYT) Hat tip Weasel Zippers

NPR has terminated its contract with Juan Williams, one of its senior news analysts, after he made comments about Muslims on the Fox News Channel.

NPR said in a statement that it gave Mr. Williams notice of his termination on Wednesday night.

The move came after Mr. Williams, who is also a Fox News political analyst, appeared on the “The O’Reilly Factor” on Monday. On the show, the host, Bill O’Reilly, asked him to respond to the notion that the United States was facing a “Muslim dilemma.” Mr. O’Reilly said, “The cold truth is that in the world today jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet.”

Mr. Williams said he concurred with Mr. O’Reilly.

He continued: “I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the 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.”

Mr. Williams also made reference to the Pakistani immigrant who pleaded guilty this month to trying to plant a car bomb in Times Square. “He said the war with Muslims, America’s war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don’t think there’s any way to get away from these facts,” Mr. Williams said.

NPR said in its statement that the remarks “were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”

The public radio organization said it thanked him for many years of service. Mr. Williams did not immediately respond on Wednesday night to an e-mail seeking comment.

Mr. Williams’s contributions on Fox raised eyebrows at NPR in the past. In February 2009, NPR said it had asked that he stop being identified on “The O’Reilly Factor” as a “senior correspondent for NPR,” even though that title was accurate.

Alicia C. Shepard, the NPR ombudswoman, said at the time that Mr. Williams was a “lightning rod” for the public radio organization in part because he “tends to speak one way on NPR and another on Fox.”

Ms. Shepard said she had received 378 listener e-mails in 2008 listing complaints and frustrations about Mr. Williams.

2 thoughts on “Update: Juan Williams gets the boot for being worried about "strangers on my flight…"”

  1. Write to NPR to voice your support for Mr- Williams and that he be reinstated. Also request that the employment of that politically correct cow, Ms. Shepard, be terminated immediately. This B____ is one of the enemy, aiding and abetting terror by prevent people in public positions from speaking the truth. She deserves to be sent to Huntsville, Texas – but only the public through the law can achieve this. People must protest vigorously against the treatment of Mr. Williams. Actually: pull the plug on NPR by not using its services!

  2. “Ms. Shepard said she had received 378 listener e-mails in 2008 listing complaints and frustrations about Mr. Williams”

    I am sure there are more than 378 readers of this blog able and willing to send in letters, emails etc. complaining of the use of economic pressure (being fired) to enforce silence. Did she expect him to lie and say that lots of people on a 21st. century plane dressed in the 7th. century costume of desert marauders does NOT make him at all nervous?

    Is this coercion not against the first amendment?

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