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The media and now infrequently haunted blogosphere seems to be ablaze with news on Juan Williams firing from NPR for his remarks on Muslims. [NPR]


NPR has terminated its contract with Juan Williams, one of its senior news analysts, after he made comments about Muslims on the Fox News Channel.
NPR said in a statement that it gave Mr. Williams notice of his termination on Wednesday night.
The move came after Mr. Williams, who is also a Fox News political analyst, appeared on the “The O’Reilly Factor” on Monday.
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.”

**** time off for #facepalm moment ****

My question to the decision makers at NPR is how did they hire Juan Williams in the first place or why was he not terminated (for ignorance/stupidity) after confusing Indian-Americans with Native-Americans (which we tweeted about here). [WSJ Blog]

Nikki Haley ran far ahead of all other contenders for South Carolina’s Republican gubernatorial nomination, though the official returns give her 48.9%, just shy of a majority, which sets up a runoff against Rep. Gresham Barrett, who got 21.8%. Haley is a woman. She is 38. She is Indian-American, which by some lights makes her nonwhite (although South Asians are “Caucasian” in the traditional racial taxonomy.) We witnessed an amusing moment on Fox News Channel last night when Juan Williams observed that Haley would be “the first native American governor.” It was left to host Bret Baier to explain the difference between Indian-Americans and American Indians, and also to point out that Louisiana’s Gov. Bobby Jindal (also a 38-year-old Republican, albeit a man–hey nobody’s perfect) is in fact the first Indian-American governor.

Who hauuun Williams is now full time with Faux News. We wait with bated breath for Who hauuun Williams to confuse Nikki Haley’r origins, for Muslim instead of Sikh.

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  • Santosh

    Runa,
    This was not so much a post in support of his firing as it is of one questioning his hiring in the first place. I'm surprised Williams continues to be taken seriously after his defense of SC justice Clarence Thomas in his sexual-harassment suit.

  • Runa

    And NPR 's kinda sorta mea culpa

    http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010...

  • Runa

    Hey Santosh,
    In one of those rare instances: I am going to disagree with you. The left has basically Shirley Sherroded Juan WIlliams ( Remember her fromt he Dept of Agricultue and the video that right wingers edited and got her fired?).Now I am no Juan WIlliams superfan or anything but if NPR claims they fired him for that specific remark they are way , way off base.They handled this whole thing very badly. If you look at the entire transcript Williams went on to actually indicate that all muslims Must NOT be held acountable for the terrorosts' actions. He may be guilty of clumsy phrasing BUT all that he was dong was confessing to his feelings - irrational though they may be. At no point did he say that Muslims should not be allowed to fly or anything else that could be constituted as bigotry.Now none of us would identify oursleves as bigots but lets not pretend that what he feels is not what many of us would/have felt in similar circumstances. Its the same as walking down the inner city street at night and shrinking when you see someone dressed in baggy pants and a do -rag. Its not correct , its not rational but it happens all the time. The point is : firing him solves nothing. We cannot let the conversation get so PC that no one can express their feelings. How are we going to get to a post - racial world if we do not have the uncomfortable conversations?

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