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    Juan Williams Fired For Acknowledging Negative Stereotypes

    Juan Williams Fired For Acknowledging Negative Stereotypes

    Why does Juan Williams negatively stereotype oppressed minorities?  Here’s what he said about crime in the inner city:

    There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved…. After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating.

    Oh, I’m sorry, that was Jesse Jackson.

    NPR just fired Juan Williams for making a similar statement about Muslims on airplanes.  Williams, a frequent commentator on FoxNews who is ruthlessly fair [added: in criticizing left and right], has been a target of groups such as Media Matters, which is receiving a $1 million donation from George Soros to go to war against FoxNews.

    Williams had the temerity — just like Jackson on the issue of inner city crime — to acknowledge that stereotypes affect how he views the issue of terrorism and people dressed in “Muslim garb,” but he also acknowledged that such stereotypes were not fair:

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAfGKVK8PyE?fs=1]

    Not suprisingly, the mainstream media is coming to NPR’s defense.  The Washington Post, in a supposed news story, calls Williams’ remarks “anti-Muslim,” linking to an edited video posted by Think Progress (which also is at war with FoxNews) which cut off Williams’ comments, to delete where Williams pointed out “it’s not a war against Muslims.”

    The hypocrisy of NPR is enormous, but more important, counterproductive.  Unlike Helen Thomas’ comments about Jews in Israel, Williams did not tell Muslims to get out of the U.S.  Williams did the exact opposite of Thomas; Williams acknowledged the reality of negative stereotypes — which we all have to varying degrees — as a means of informing his own view.

    A more mature NPR would use this as a discussion point, not a firing offense.  But then again, NPR is not mature, it is a highly politicized organization with an agenda, masquerading as a neutral voice for the public. 

    Many of those defending NPR’s decision note that Williams was not sufficiently progressive for NPR, and had it coming to him:

    In my view, Williams has lacked credibility for years. He’s a conservative who pretends to be progressive on some issues. NPR has known this and struggled with it for a long time, yet they kept him on, demoting him from journalist to “analyst” (i.e. pundit.) Good for NPR for finally getting rid of him. Better late than never.

    This firing was about politics, and taking down a prominent black FoxNews commentator who did not fit the progressive model:

    What Juan Williams did is very similar to why the Left hates Sarah Palin, other conservative women and conservative homosexuals. He played against the progressive stereotype of himself, revealing a balanced and too candid humanity within. For a moment, in essence, he became too real…

    Well, if Juan Williams is impacted by the behavior of Muslims, then progressives – and NPR is that, can’t lecture white America that their concerns are based on hate, religious intolerance, bigotry or xenophobia. Juan Williams didn’t drop his mask and reveal any Islamophobia last night on Fox. What he did was rip the mask off the tactics NPR and other progressives, including the liberal media, use to lecture America and prevent an honest discussion of the threat from Islam.

    Just more proof that NPR will not be the dominant force in news by 2020.

    Update:  Here is how Glenn Greenwald — who uses the slur “Israel Firsters” to attack American Jews who strongly support Israel — frames the issue:

    On Tuesday night, Williams went on O’Reilly’s program to perform his standard, long-time function on Fox — offering himself up as the supposed “liberal” defending Fox News commentators (and other right-wing extremists) from charges of bigotry and otherwise giving cover to incendiary right-wing attacks…

    That’s right.  Media Matters, Think Progress, and Glenn Greenwald were just waiting for the excuse to take down Williams, and they found it by using out-of-context statements to label Williams a bigot.

    I think Bernie Goldberg has it right:

    “So Juan Williams is fired for saying something the liberals at NPR find controversial?” Goldberg said. “One more piece of evidence that liberals have forgotten how to be liberal.”

    Goldberg continued: “These are the kind of people who brag about how open-minded they are — as long as you agree with them. And here’s the dirty little secret: lots and lots of liberals feel the same way Juan does when they get on an airplane. And a lot of those liberals work at NPR. Juan’s ‘crime’ was saying it out loud.”

    Also, via Doug Mataconis, Morning Joe points out the full context of Williams’ comments, which as described by Mataconis, were far from bigoted:

    To call Williams’ remarks an example of bigotry, as some lefty blogs have done, strikes me as simply absurd once you watch the whole segment. In fact, it seems to me that Williams was making, in a different context, pretty much the same point that Shirley Sherrod was about how we all need to get beyond our irrational prejudices.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

    Via HotAir, The Right Scoop has the full six minute segment, with this analysis by Ed Morrissey:

    With the exception of the very beginning, when Williams made the statement that so offended NPR, Williams and Mary Katharine [Ham] took a position mainly opposite of Bill O’Reilly, with both stating that the distinction between extremist Muslims and the rest was an important one to make, Mary Katharine more for strategic purposes, and Williams on journalistic grounds.

    But then again, Williams was arguing for tolerance, and that apparently violates NPR’s “editorial standards and practices.” Clearly, NPR only wants opinion journalists that agree with the opinions of NPR, and I mean totally agree. An NPR opinion journalist had better not admit to having a normal human reaction about potential for terrorism nine years after 3,000 Americans got killed by radical Muslims on commercial air flights, or else. The rest of NPR’s cast just got an object lesson about the range of opinion tolerated by management.

    But, hey, that’s NPR’s prerogative. After all  it’s not as if they’re government sponsored in any way.  Oh, wait …

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    Comments


    Kristol described a neoconservative as a "liberal mugged by reality." I suspect Mr. Williams is experiencing some post-mugging cognitive dissonance.

    Williams' liberal views get a fair hearing by the Right every night on Fox. But when Williams takes one step off the PC path, the Left fires him. Mr.

    Williams' real crime is appearing on Fox News. His presence on Fox disproves the liberal canard that conservatives are intolerant of diverse views. Among other diagnoses, modern "Liberals" suffer from a serious irony deficiency.

    "I think Bernie Goldberg has it right"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! Oh, that's good. Thanks!

    Bernie hit the nail on the head with this comment:

    "These are the kind of people who brag about how open-minded they are — as long as you agree with them."

    Exactly. If you don't agree with folks like that, you either become a target of an angry personal denunciation, or (if they fear you) you are shunned.

    There is rarely any curiosity expressed about why you look at things differently, or any form of engagement. Just quick rejection.

    Over time, it has been revealed as the all-to-frequent hypocrisy of the left — the new intolerance practiced by the heirs of those who in the 1960s claimed to champion tolerance and open-mindedness.

    Ofer time, the left began to recognize that the idea that EVERYTHING must be tolerated, was mindless nonsense. So, that "pure tolerance" gradually became a doctrine of enforced open-mindedness and tolerance . . . or else!"

    When it is a public or semi-public figure who today's progressives disagree with, they just whip out the Big Book of Name-Calling!, flip angrily to page one, and begin mindlessly chanting . . . sometimes (as you noted above) in a sort of blood-lust unison. MediaMatters to ThinkProgress to Greenwald . . . they thought they executed a triple play!

    They are not just disagreeing; they are out to destroy some person's reputation. As in the old joke, today it became Juan Williams "turn in the barrel."

    So it seems to me that the more flawed modern day liberalism has been revealed to be over the years, the more intolerant it's adherents have morphed into that which they previously claimed to eschew.

    Particularly since the 1960s, as considerable evidence has accumulated that many big government programs to eliminate this-or-that social ill, have rather consistently come up short, the more angrily insistent their proponents defend them and retrench, rather than engage and reform.

    When a doggedly resistent palace guard protecting the housing havens of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac contributed mightily to the 2008 market crash, enough people noticed the disturbing connections over time that it helped to help spawn a gradual reaction that, with ObamaCare, has become a movement. People want their country back.

    To the intolerant left, those became the enemy.

    And out came "Big Book" and the poisonous slurs.

    As for Juan Williams, well his "sin" was the worst of all . . . consorting with the enemy! How dare he go on The Factor and converse with that man!

    Uhhh . . . Norwegian Shooter . . . the Professor was talking about Bernie Goldberg, not Johah Goldberg, who you apparently believe you have firmly in your sights.

    Bernie . . . Jonah . . . two different people.

    Okay?

    Here's a little suggestion for you.

    Thank you, professor. Truly, I'm laughing out loud. 😀


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