Juan Williams, NPR Analyst and Fox News Contributor has been fired by NPR over this statement made on October 18, 2010 on The O’Reilly Factor in commentary related to Bill O’Reilly’s fracas on The View regarding the proposal to build a mosque near ground zero:
“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’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous,” Williams said.
NPR CEO Vivian Schiller and Senior Vice President for News Ellen Weiss issued this statement about the firing:
“Juan has been a valuable contributor to NPR and public radio for many years and we did not make this decision lightly or without regret. However, his remarks on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ this past Monday were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR,” they said. “We regret these circumstances and thank Juan Williams for his many years of service to NPR and public radio.”
Here’s a video response from Juan Williams regarding the firing:
Here’s the deal as I see it:
I don’t agree with William’s views most of the time. However, if Williams is being considered a bigot over his remarks, then so am I.
I live right next door to a Muslim family. I have helped them with computer issues they had and they have given me vegetables from their garden. They are just awesome, hard working folks.
But when I travel by air (or any public transportation) since 9/11, I am 100% guilty of racial profiling when it comes to people boarding that plane. If someone appears in Muslim garb, that information is noted, along what I would do should any problems arise.
I have yet to see any terrorist— Muslim or otherwise — profiled on TV wearing a name tag that says “I am a Terrorist”.
So, what did Williams do that was of such disdain that he got fired over his comments—comments reflective of the views of many Americans?
What he did was venture out of lockstep with liberal views, which skillfully use “racial profiling” as a means to distort reality and create conflict when it comes to issues such as this one.