NPR’s termination of Juan Williams struck me as a little odd. That is not to say that I was shocked that they fired Williams but that I was surprised by the quickness of it and the vileness of the public remarks by NPR’s CEO, Vivian Schiller. That behavior just doesn’t match what one would expect in the media where all, or most, is public and employment is regulated through a variety of involute contracts and union rules.
Much was explained when I found out that the front-group for the Muslim Brotherhood and its subsidiaries, Al-Qaeda and Hamas, CAIR had pressured NPR to make an example of Williams.
From PR Newswire:
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today called on National Public Radio (NPR) to address analyst Juan Williams’ statement that airline passengers in “Muslim garb” make him “nervous.” (Williams is a news analyst for both NPR and Fox News.)
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said that during an appearance Monday on Fox’s “O’Reilly Factor,” Williams backed Bill O’Reilly’s recent claim that “Muslims killed us on 9/11” and then said: “[W]hen 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.”
“NPR should address the fact that one of its news analysts seems to believe that all airline passengers who are perceived to be Muslim can legitimately be viewed as security threats,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “Such irresponsible and inflammatory comments would not be tolerated if they targeted any other racial, ethnic or religious minority, and they should not pass without action by NPR.”
He noted that media commentators who launch rhetorical attacks on Islam and Muslims normally do not suffer the professional consequences of those who similarly target other racial, ethnic or religious groups.
And NPR, ever the hand-wringing, dhimmi Liberals – and probably afraid of either CAIR’s attorneys or their jihadis – responded in an “appropriately” subservient fashion by firing Juan Williams. It’s a typically cowardly but not illogical response to threats from Islamists such as CAIR.
So it looks like NPR’s greatest sins were weakness and cowardice as opposed to actively siding against Americans in our war against Muslim terrorism and that Juan Williams was just another victim of CAIR’s paper terrorism and implied threats of direct violent action against Islam’s foes.
Schiller and NPR should still be castigated and punished for their failure, but a certain level of mercy should shown shown them by Americans. Not everyone can be strong when faced by the sort of threats that Islamist terrorist groups can bring to bear, especially those like CAIR who have access to the means to wage “White Collar Jihad” and can arrange for the rape, murder, and mutilation of their enemies and/or their enemies’ spouses and children.