Recall a few months ago when a producer for NPR, Sarah Spitz, wished death upon Rush Limbaugh:
In a post to the list-serv Journolist, an online meeting place for liberal journalists, Spitz wrote that she would “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out” as Limbaugh writhed in torment.
In boasting that she would gleefully watch a man die in front of her eyes, Spitz seemed to shock even herself. “I never knew I had this much hate in me,” she wrote. “But he deserves it.”
NPR also featured the how to guide on speaking “teabagger”
That’s all fine and you won’t be fired by the brass at NPR for such conduct.
But if you dare to spill the beans to Bill O’Reilly about the fact that you get understandably nervous when there are Muslims on a plane with you then bam!
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.”
Memo from NPR here.
If you watch the whole segment you will hear Williams arguing that there has to be a distinction between moderate Muslims and extremists….but eh, doesn’t matter to NPR.
I’ve never agreed with Juan much and sometime his political correctness would annoy the hell outta me, but falling victim to that same political correctness must suck.