"We're profoundly sorry that this happened during fundraising week."
Vivian Schiller, President & CEO
National Public Radio
Internal NPR memo on the Juan Williams firing
Sorry, indeed, considering that this organization could never be successful in an open and fair market.
In a swirl of irony and injustice, NPR fired news analyst Juan Williams after comments on The O'Reilly Factor about being afraid of fellow airline passengers in Muslim garb. In addition, Williams commented on the recent statements from would-be mass murderer Faisal Shahzad warning Americans that war with Muslims is "just beginning."
"I don't think there's any way to get away from these facts," Williams said.
Apparently Williams also cannot escape the fact that he is part of a segment of the American scene in which there is complete and utter intolerance of opposing viewpoints, not only in the legitimate debate of ideas and opinions, from which liberals ran away decades ago, but in the business world of uber-left wing elites who are willing to sacrifice anyone, even an honest fellow socialist like Williams, to appease their own god of political correctness.
On the other hand, Williams had it coming. Playing with fire, he has recently begun to decry the very philosophy on which he cut his journalistic teeth, namely the high-tax, low-productivity, nanny-state redistributionist mentality of victimhood. In his heart of hearts, he must have known this wasn't to be allowed for long.
Like the term "Uncle Tom," hijacked long ago by liberals to describe a Black flunky, and recently applied to successful Black men such as Bill Cosby, Justice Clarence Thomas, Mr. Williams and even moderate Colin Powell, who dare to express a view different from the media and political left; a new wave of intolerance has emerged in which it's simply inexcusable to quote facts about Islam and the growing existential threat to the West. To do so invokes a visceral response that is an odd admixture of anti-Americanism, apathy, intellectual blindness and intentional cowardice.
Don't feel too sorry for Mr. Williams. He immediately signed a lucrative contract with Fox News. And who knows, perhaps he will soon have the distinction of a new epithet coined after him to describe the continuing journalist pogrom of the left...
A damned ol' Uncle Juan.