WASHINGTON -- In a controversial move by taxpayer-funded National Public Radio, a respected NPR newsman was given the gate by the network brass over alleged derogatory comments he made regarding Muslims and terrorism.
NPR fired longtime “Talk of the Nation” host Juan Williams after the Council of Islamic Relations (CAIR) complained about remarks Williams made while appearing on The O’Reilly Factor Monday. Here's how this writer's friends and colleagues describe the story:
NPR has fired news analyst Juan Williams for comments he made on Fox News Channel earlier this week. Williams, who has been a Fox News contributor for 13 years, was on “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday night talking about the comments O’Reilly made last week on “The View” about Muslims and 9/11. On “The Factor”, Williams said, “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.”
According to a statement obtained by Accuracy in Media, NPR wrote: “Tonight we gave Juan Williams notice that we are terminating his contract as a Senior News Analyst for NPR News. Juan has been a valuable contributor to NPR and public radio for many years and we did not make this decision lightly or without regret. However, his remarks on The O’Reilly Factor this past Monday were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”
“We regret these circumstances and thank Juan Williams for his many years of service to NPR and public radio.”
"In other words NPR’s editorial standards require employees to be politically correct at all times and making any statement that might cast Muslims in a negative light is strictly taboo even if it may be true," said Don Irvine of Accuracy in Media.
"NPR might have ignored Williams’ remarks except for the fact that CAIR, which spends its time looking for what it perceives as anti-Muslim bias, called on the network to address the situation. Their mission isn’t really to prevent anti-Muslim bias as much as it is to prevent anyone from offering an opinion of Muslims that is less than favorable, regardless of the truth," said Irvine.
CAIR, America's largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. While CAIR continues to portray itself as a moderate organization, its history is filled with red flags that are ignored by the mainstream news media.