It is time to wade into the Juan Williams buzz. Here is what Juan said:
“Political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don’t address reality, Look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. 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.”
“The Times Square bomber said, ‘the war —America’s war— with Muslims is just beginning; the first drop of blood.’ I don’t think there is any way to get way from these facts.”
Juan was giving a fact that, although we know most Muslims we encounter in our daily lives are not going to commit terror, our guard is up, especially in, say, an airplane.
Scott Johnson, Friday, on the highly read and influential Power Line Blog, brought us the personal experience two notable journalists had with NPR .
My friend Katherine Kersten is a regular op-ed columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She writes in connection with the Juan Williams affair:
Interestingly, I received the same treatment from NPR —indeed, the very Ellen Weiss who gave Juan Williams his walking papers over the phone. Back in 1995-97 or so, I was a commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered.” (All things?) I did a piece for them every couple months, as I recall.
At one point, I wrote a commentary about affirmative action; it focused in part on America in Black and White — Stephan and Abby Thernstrom’s then-new book on the subject. Abby told me that the piece would be the kiss of death for me, and I dismissed her warning. But it was accurate.
After I submitted the piece, I never heard again from Ellen Weiss, who had been my editor. I called her several times about when the piece would run, but got no response. Finally, a secretary (as I recall) informed me that NPR would send me a check but wouldn’t be using the piece. That was the end of my career with NPR. I was dropped like a stone, and never given an explanation why.
Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby writes with a word on the Juan Williams affair:
Before NPR’s disgraceful treatment of Juan Williams, there was NPR’s disgraceful treatment of Steven Emerson, one of the world’s foremost experts on the threat from Islamist terrorism. In 1998 I learned that NPR —in response to pressure from Islamist extremists— had blackballed Emerson from appearing on its airwaves.
When I broke the story in the Boston Globe, NPR denied that it ever blackballed anyone. Yet Emerson was still being kept off the air three years later —i.e., after 9/11, when everyone could see just how prescient his warnings had been.
In the current uproar over Juan Williams’ firing, I thought it might be good to recall that when it comes to ultra-PC genuflecting to Islamist sensibilities, NPR is a repeat offender.
There are so many important issues here:
- Political correctness must be addressed in America. It keeps us from the truth.
- Islam paralyzes, in fear, almost all regular media. They never give us the truth about Islam. NPR is the current and a prime example.
- Public funding? Through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, you and every productive American is paying for the willful failure of NPR to face and report the truth.
- The $1,800,000 grant NPR just received from one of the world’s truly evil men, George Soros. (Soros also just gave a one million dollar grant to Media Matters, the hard left smear operation created nearly ten years ago by Soros himself and Mrs. Clinton. The stated purpose, destroy Fox News.)
- The principle power that has created or enabled or allowed the above bullets is the Democrat party. We must turn them out of office.
Every one of those bullets will be the focus of our (We the People) work in the coming years. The important thing now is to influence every clear thinking patriot to vote November 2nd. We must turn the Democrats out.
Juan? Don’t worry about him. He landed on his feet and will be a more dynamic force in America. You see Juan has found a freedom he really hadn’t believed was available to him. Juan will never go back to the plantation again.