NPR & terrorists — 1; Americans — 0

This week, in a rare moment of candor, Juan Williams set down his journalist hat and spoke the truth about his feelings when on a plane with passengers wearing traditional Muslim garb. Yes, he was on national television. Yes, he was on conservative Bill O’Reilly’s show — a usual hotbed of fiery rhetoric. But his words were neither bombastic nor laced with hatred.
 
Williams was simply relaying a plausible, completely natural reaction when the human equation mixes American aircraft and a religious movement where its fanatics view mass death as a justified expression of practicing faith. And he lost his job over it.
 
Score one for the terrorists. In its zeal not to offend anyone at all costs — even if it means the suspension of human behavior in the face of reality — NPR mocked the often-personal fears of every American and relegated them to a form of twisted bigotry.
 
Has one of the most listened-to radio networks forgotten what happened to this country nine years ago? Does it really expect Americans to return to a state of normalcy to where the NPR “thought police” can now impart its own form of justice?
 
What’s bigoted or even unnatural about a reaction based on actual incidents of terrorism we hear on NPR news all the time?
 
Quick to its own defense, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller responded that "our reporters, our hosts and our news analysts should not be injecting their own views about a controversial issue as part of their story. They should be reporting the story." C’mon, was Williams really reporting anything on O’Reilly? He was acting as an analyst. That role involves editorial parsing of events. Period. NPR understands that concept, otherwise they wouldn’t have their own stable of journalists-turned-analysts.

Liberals and conservatives alike were quick to elevate this kerfuffle into a larger battle of good-versus-evil over issues such as public financing of NPR or First Amendment guarantees, but it doesn’t need to go there.
 
Juan Williams was terminated from his job for thinking like … speaking like … and simply being an American. There’s something inherently un-American about how NPR responded.


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