22nd October, 2010
Juan Williams was fired by National Public Radio (NPR) because he said Muslims in traditional dress boarding planes made him nervous. He made the remarks on the Fox News Channel, where he is a regular contributor.
This crazy situation is certain to bring the whole issue of ‘political correctness’ from the closet and into passionate debate. And so it should.
The NPR CEO Vivian Schiller said his feeling about Muslims should be “between him and his psychiatrist or publicist.” Her remarks, in my opinion, were more offensive than his.
NPR is partially funded by the U.S Government and it seems any comment about Muslims is measured by something other than free speech. (Is this a policy endorsed by the Obama administration? It is financially).
Former US Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich said, ‘The U.S. Congress should investigate NPR and consider cutting off their money.” The mid-term elections in America are just days away and if the Republicans regain control of the House, I am sure the Gingrich advice will be implemented.
They Screwed Up!
Prominent people have rushed to support Williams. In her usual blunt manner Sarah Palin twittered, ‘they screwed up firing you.’ Palin has received star status specifically because she refuses to play the politically correct game.
Mike Huckabee a likely Republican presidential candidate and a Fox News personality said he would no longer allow NPR to interview him.
Whoopi Goldberg criticized the network decision saying Williams should not have been dismissed. Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh and political strategist Karl Rove also blasted NPR.
The Fox network have made a lucrative offer to Williams, a deal said to be worth $2 million (US) over three years.
If journalists and analysts can be freed from the political correctness shackles, this may be a major milestone event. If not, millions will do what they do now, look for truth on the internet.