The imbroglio regarding the firing of FOX News contributor Juan Williams by National Public Radio over a statement he made on Fox’s “O’Reilly Factor” is a fantastic example of the left’s willingness to emulate Pickett’s Charge when it comes to defending what they perceive as any deviation from their catechism of political correctness.
Having seen the video of Mr. Williams comment, it is apparent that he simply described an emotional response to a situation that resonates with anyone in the country who lived through the trauma of 9/11. Muslim extremists caused a massive number of deaths using aircraft as their weapon of choice. Mr. Williams described his reaction to seeing individuals who were obviously Muslims when they boarded the same flight that he was on. Not a Muslim on the street. Not Muslims with whom he might work. Not Muslims who might be seated at the next table in a restaurant. The scenario that he was describing was very specific, and he simply described a completely human, emotional response. It was not bigoted. It was not based on an irrational hatred of Muslims. It was a response to a specific situation, and was based on his experiences and knowledge of the history of 9/11. Period.
NPR chose to make a federal case (hopefully in a quite literal sense) over an ordinary human reaction. And, like our esteemed President, having made themselves look foolish, now refuse to admit any wrongdoing on their part.
What makes the entire affair somewhat amusing is the reaction of NPR versus FOX. NPR, the vocal cords of the left, fired Mr. Williams. The left, who continuously accuse conservatives of having the basest motives, being the current embodiment of Ebenezer Scrooge, of not caring at all for those less fortunate, fired a man for having the audacity to be human. FOX, the bête noire of liberals and progressives, immediately offered Mr. Williams a job. Not exactly an unfeeling response for a group characterized as red necked Neanderthals.
Not only did NPR end up with egg on their faces, but their blatant hypocrisy is going to generate one more unintended consequence for the left. Many readers are familiar with the articles written by Robin of Berkeley* at American Thinker. Robin describes herself as a “recovering liberal”, and it would seem that NPR’s irrationality is going to swell the ranks of a new generation of Robin’s, and not just in Berkeley.