NPR CEO: Juan Williams’s views of Muslims should be between him and his shrink; CEO: “I spoke hastily”

posted at 4:27 pm on October 21, 2010 by Allahpundit

Like Andy Levy said last night on Twitter: Polygraph ‘em. Take the whole NPR braintrust, wire them up, and ask them if they’ve ever felt momentarily skittish about flying with Muslim passengers since the “unpleasantness” at the World Trade Center. If anyone fails, Williams comes back at double the pay.

NPR chief executive Vivian Schiller is defending the firing of news analyst Juan Williams after his comments on the Fox News Channel, saying his feelings about Muslims are between him and “his psychiatrist or his publicist.”

Schiller spoke Thursday at the Atlanta Press Club. She said Williams’ firing is not a reflection of his comments that he gets nervous when he sees people in Muslim garb on an airplane.

She says she has no problem with people taking controversial positions, but that such opinions should not come from NPR reporters or news analysts. Schiller says Williams is a news analyst, not a commentator or columnist.

In other words, she wants you to believe that he’s not being fired for his thoughts on air travel in the post-9/11 age so much as for the mere fact that he’d opine publicly — presumably on any political matter, in any format — while working for NPR. (Haven’t they been letting him do that on the Factor for years?) That’s version one; version two is what she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this morning before her speech, that “there have been several instances over the last couple of years where we have felt Juan has stepped over the line” and this was the last straw. So … it is about his reaction to Muslims. (In fact, both reasons are cited in NPR’s official memo to its affiliates about the firing.) Or is it about Fox? As Howard Kurtz says, “I suspect that if he’d said the same thing to Charlie Rose, rather than on the O’Reilly Factor, he’d still have his radio job.” Here’s a telling aside dropped into NPR’s story about Williams and flagged by Yid With Lid:

Williams’ presence on the largely conservative and often contentious prime-time talk shows of Fox News has long been a sore point with NPR News executives.

In the memo to affiliates, Schilling writes, “We’re profoundly sorry that this happened during fundraising week.” Are they, though? It’s no secret which way NPR and its audience tilt; if anything, sacrificing the resident Fox-loving liberal at the behest of Think Progress will probably goose pledges. And the calls from Republican pols today to defund NPR will give them a whole new fundraising angle: “Donate now or else Fox News and the GOP win.”

And yet, and yet, I wonder how this will play even with the average Ira Glass fanboy. In a sense, it’s the Ground Zero mosque redux: There’ll be a hardcore 25-30 percent of liberals who spend the next few days congratulating themselves for not being able to fathom how Juan Williams could think such things. And meanwhile the other 70 percent of the population — many Democrats included — will be on his side. In fact, here’s an incomplete list of people who’ve weighed in today to say that, whatever one thinks of his position, he shouldn’t have been fired: Alan Colmes, Bill O’Reilly, Joe Scarborough, Matt Welch, William Saletan, Whoopi Goldberg, and of course GOP pols like Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Newt Gingrich. It’s the political equivalent of the end of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” To my big brother Juan — the richest man in town.

Here’s the man himself talking about how he got sandbagged over the phone, without so much as a face-to-face meeting or chance to explain himself. And below that, via Reason’s Michael Moynihan, a second clip to remind you how seriously NPR takes its standards about political opinion and statements that might embarrass the company.


Update: Surely she should be fired for her controversial and not-at-all helpful opinion.

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller just released this statement:

“I spoke hastily and I apologize to Juan and others for my thoughtless remark.”

That follows, as you’ll see below, her comment earlier today that now-former NPR news analyst Juan Williams should have kept his feelings about Muslims between himself and “his psychiatrist or his publicist.”


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Keep digging…………………your NPR grave!!

canopfor on October 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Just read Ailes gave Juan a new 3 year FNC deal worth $2 mil…

LurkerDood on October 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Defund this program and send it to the Open market…Will see how long they stay on the airwaves…..

hawkman on October 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM

It’s nice how NPR has no commercials, but the calls to prayer five times a day is kinda getting old.

NoDonkey on October 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Wow.

And we’re all paying for this trash.

tetriskid on October 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Admit it though, wouldn’t you rather than Nina Totenberg wear a veil?

NoDonkey on October 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM

If anyone fails, Williams comes back at double the pay.

They need to lose their funding regardless of whether or not they take him back for any amount of pay.

FloatingRock on October 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM

OMG. Disgusting.

Oink on October 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM

NPR = Air America on welfare

barrythrowslikeagirl on October 21, 2010 at 4:31 PM

It’s the political equivalent of the end of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” To my big brother Juan — the richest man in town.

One of the reasons I like reading you Allah. You pull great observations like this out of the bag with regularity.

linlithgow on October 21, 2010 at 4:31 PM

hawkman on October 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM

It would end up in the graveyard right next to air america.

gator70 on October 21, 2010 at 4:32 PM

The extreme elitism on full display here is nauseating. I can not figure out how they raise one cent after this one. I also am not quite sure how Vivian Schiller doesn’t end up looking for a job. Her flippant zings are the height of unprofessional.

ORconservative on October 21, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Defund, Defund, Defund

Oil Can on October 21, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Just read Ailes gave Juan a new 3 year FNC deal worth $2 mil…

LurkerDood on October 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Are you serious? Where did you read that?

Oink on October 21, 2010 at 4:33 PM

“Spoke hastily”?

Time for a halal summit.

And a stoning.

Not the Bob Dylan kind either.

NoDonkey on October 21, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Liberalism is a mental disorder…

To quote a great philosopher!

txdoc on October 21, 2010 at 4:34 PM

You know – these NPR fools think they’re smart.

I mean – it’s easier to dialogue with the Dinner Jacket in Iran (who a raging mad man) than it is to dialogue with a complete idiot who thinks she’s smart.

This woman isn’t smart in any capacity of the word.

I mean – it’s like you lift a high school freshman journalist out of the 9th grade – and put them in charge of a whole radio conglomeration.

Idiots.

HondaV65 on October 21, 2010 at 4:34 PM

NPR = Air America funded with my damn tax dollars….

SDarchitect on October 21, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Just remember, WE ALL PAY FOR THIS NPR BULLCRAP

portlandon on October 21, 2010 at 4:34 PM

There’ll be a hardcore 25-30 percent of liberals who spend the next few days congratulating themselves for not being able to fathom how Juan Williams could think such things. And meanwhile the other 70 percent of the population — many Democrats included — will be on his side.

It’s not that simple. Liberals may forgive his comments about Muslim garb at airports (unless they’re lying to themselves, they probably felt the same way at least once over the past nine years). But the Fox News thing? Probably not so forgivable.

YYZ on October 21, 2010 at 4:34 PM

The libs are really starting to come apart, all over the place.

Their Hope’n'Change Utopia is being torn down brick by brick, and they can’t handle it.

Funny.

Brian1972 on October 21, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Just read Ailes gave Juan a new 3 year FNC deal worth $2 mil…

LurkerDood on October 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Are you serious? Hell, who needs the NPR gig when you’re pulling down that much coin? Do most FoxNews contributers get paid like that?

Doughboy on October 21, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Let’s start with defunding ObamaCare, then NPR, then move quickly to defund the EPA. And keep going.

sleepy-beans on October 21, 2010 at 4:35 PM

gator70 on October 21, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Not likely, NPR is quite popular and it has a billion dollar plus endowment. The Kroc family gave NPR over $200 million alone.

NoDonkey on October 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Via NR, John Boehner is now talking about defunding NPR.

amerpundit on October 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the following all occurred soon after the end of NPR’s fall pledge drives: NPR’s Fresh Air conducted a series of interviews that were thinly veiled anti-Republican get-out-the-vote campaigns, e.g., one regarding the Chamber of Commerce and foreign monies. The controversial George Soros gave NPR $1,000,000. NPR fired Juan Williams without a moment’s hesitation over his honest remarks regarding our need not to stereotype all Muslims based on our (and his) reflexive prejudices. Many of us Ira Glass fanboys do not come from the extreme left wing, so perhaps NPR recognizes that it can get away with more when the nearest pledge drive is months away. (Ira Glass, it must be said, works for PRI, not NPR.)

NPR’s ombudsman feel in line with what the executives said: That it was an issue of Williams as a pundit on Fox versus an analyst on NPR, not as just this particular statement. That seems to support the idea that they were just waiting for the right time, and this week was that time. However, she also says that they received a flood of “Fire him!” emails on Monday (but more “How could you fire him?” messages today, enough to crash their system).

calbear on October 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM

I hope Juan realizes how much the public likes him regardless of his views.

Can we defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting now? This budget cutting is getting easier and easier…

Fallon on October 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM

There’ll be a hardcore 25-30 percent of liberals who spend the next few days congratulating themselves for not being able to fathom how Juan Williams could think such things.

Sorry, Allahpundit, but those people can’t accurately be described as “liberal”.

FloatingRock on October 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Not likely, NPR is quite popular and it has a billion dollar plus endowment. The Kroc family gave NPR over $200 million alone.

NoDonkey on October 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Then why in the hell are they getting any government money?

tetriskid on October 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Just read Ailes gave Juan a new 3 year FNC deal worth $2 mil…

LurkerDood on October 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I would have expected something like that. This is a great opportunity for FOX to show themselves up as the tolerant ones, and take another slice of the few followers that NPR still has.

sharrukin on October 21, 2010 at 4:38 PM

To whatevrer extent my tax money is being used to provide this liberal home on the air, may I just say, “The rent is too damned high!”

MikeA on October 21, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Every one of those smug NPR cosmopolitans thinks the same thoughts when they have to board a plane with a muslim. Only cowardice and the demands of leftard groupthink prevent most of them from admitting it.

Cicero43 on October 21, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Are you serious? Where did you read that?

Oink on October 21, 2010 at 4:33 PM

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-juan-williams-20101022,0,4294425.story

LurkerDood on October 21, 2010 at 4:38 PM

NPR is certainly showing the world just how shallow they are. Juan Williams was hired based on his liberal points of view but they fired him for having just a tiny bit of common sense contrary to their collective political correctness.

fourdeucer on October 21, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Are you serious? Hell, who needs the NPR gig when you’re pulling down that much coin? Do most FoxNews contributers get paid like that?

I thought it was baloney too, but apparently, it’s true. It literally happened today.

Juan Williams should thank NPR every time he’ll use his new indoor pool.

YYZ on October 21, 2010 at 4:38 PM

So they KNEW he was crazy, and they kept him on the air ?
who is actually the crazy in that relationship.

ColdWarrior57 on October 21, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Schiller the DNC shill.

GarandFan on October 21, 2010 at 4:38 PM

If anyone fails, Williams comes back at double the pay.

Here’s to hoping NPR will soon have so little funds that they would not be able to hire back anyone at double or original pay.

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canopfor on October 21, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Is Vivian Schiller a racist???

Blake on October 21, 2010 at 4:39 PM

It’s the political equivalent of the end of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” To my big brother Juan — the richest man in town.

AP, you’re so money!

ladyingray on October 21, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Are you serious? Hell, who needs the NPR gig when you’re pulling down that much coin? Do most FoxNews contributers get paid like that?

Doughboy on October 21, 2010 at 4:35 PM

It’s a new salary for exclusive appearance rights, an expanded role, and regular columns.

amerpundit on October 21, 2010 at 4:40 PM

FIRE VIVIAN SCHILLER!

Blake on October 21, 2010 at 4:40 PM

tetriskid on October 21, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Because Uncle Sugar has all the money in the world.

We have to support public radio, otherwise . . . um, well it would still be around, but . . . it might . . . have . . . to . . . uh, sheesh.

# of Democrat Congressmen who will be asked that in the next week = 0.

NoDonkey on October 21, 2010 at 4:40 PM

But the Fox News thing? Probably not so forgivable.

YYZ on October 21, 2010 at 4:34 PM

That’s probably exactly what this is about.

Esthier on October 21, 2010 at 4:40 PM

To read the Ombudsman’s weekly column, please visit: http://www.npr.org/blogs/ombudsman/

Ombudsman Contact Information:

For E-mail, please use the “Contact Us” form at http://help.npr.org/npr/includes/customer/npr/custforms/contactus.aspx
Phone: (202) 513-3245 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (202) 513-3245

reshas1 on October 21, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Like I said yesterday, it’s all about liberal hatred of Fox News.

John the Libertarian on October 21, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Just throwing fuel on the fire here, but you know the one word that hasn’t been spoken through this whole debacle…..racist.

I respect Juan. I don’t agree with him most of the time, but the one thing he does is make his points without hysterics or trying to shout down the other guy and you get the impression that he listens to whoever he is conversing with. I wish more analysts, commentators etc would choose to mimic him rather then the Uberdunces and Graysons of the world.

Just A Grunt on October 21, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Mara’s next… oh yeah.

MeatHeadinCA on October 21, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Ok for me… but not for thee…..

CynicalOptimist on October 21, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Juan is a fine analyst, he doesn’t need NPR.

scalleywag on October 21, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Wow. It seems Vivian Schiller said something VERY insensitive about people who suffer from mental health issues.

I am calling for Frau Schiller to resign.

portlandon on October 21, 2010 at 4:43 PM

NPR is done. It needs to be gone anyway.

saiga on October 21, 2010 at 4:43 PM

“I spoke hastily and I apologize to Juan and others for my thoughtless remark.”

Oh sure, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller gets to make a public apology for her remarks about Juan, but NPR refused to allow Juan to offer an explanation; they fired him on the phone. The Double-standard is appalling.

TN Mom on October 21, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Interesting,the BLEED`N HEART,THINK OF THE CHILDREN,
EVER COMPASSIONATE LIBERALS,

Retributive(Just Desserts)Justice!!!!!!!!!!!!

How nice!!

canopfor on October 21, 2010 at 4:44 PM

“his psychiatrist or…”

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller just released this statement:

“I spoke hastily and I apologize to Juan and others for my thoughtless remark.”

Freudian slip.

It’s nice how NPR has no commercials, but the calls to prayer five times a day is kinda getting old.

NoDonkey on October 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Love it!

Admit it though, wouldn’t you rather than Nina Totenberg wear a veil?

NoDonkey on October 21, 2010 at 4:30 PM

A burqa!

NPR = Air America on welfare

barrythrowslikeagirl on October 21, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Well put.

cartooner on October 21, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Like I said yesterday, it’s all about liberal hatred of Fox News.

John the Libertarian on October 21, 2010 at 4:41 PM

There is also a possibility that Vivian Schiller hates Panamanian-Americans. We just don’t know and until she submits to some psycho-therapy, we may never know the bigotry that Schiller holds in her soul.

MeatHeadinCA on October 21, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Just A Grunt on October 21, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Firing Williams is not racist. Liberals use that tactic.

It’s gutless, stupid and arrogant.

Which sums up liberalism.

NoDonkey on October 21, 2010 at 4:44 PM

“We’re profoundly sorry that this happened during fundraising week.” Are they, though?

The several stations I’ve listened to generally did their fundraising earlier, as I’ve indicated. So that’s for the few that are doing it now. Also:

It’s no secret which way NPR and its audience tilt; if anything, sacrificing the resident Fox-loving liberal at the behest of Think Progress will probably goose pledges.

I find that suspect. The NPR crowd has enough folks who would sympathize with Williams, and those who don’t wouldn’t change their donation pattern just because of NPR’s actions. Schmuckabee’s call to defund NPR, on the other hand….

calbear on October 21, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Okay, I’ll be a bit of a troll.

NPR is pretty liberal, but I do enjoy public radio (which is not the same thing as NPR) some. It’s news and information programs lean left, but there’s no equivalent on the right, so if you want to hear a newsmaker interview on the radio, you kind of don’t have much choice.

Also, more importantly, I don’t hear eclectic, classical or jazz music anywhere else on the dial, do you?

Oh, and for the record, the Juan Williams firing was ridiculous.

YYZ on October 21, 2010 at 4:44 PM

NPR is done. It needs to be gone anyway.

saiga on October 21, 2010 at 4:43 PM

NPR is basically a shovel-ready job… time to bury it.

MeatHeadinCA on October 21, 2010 at 4:45 PM

That follows, as you’ll see below, her comment earlier today that now-former NPR news analyst Juan Williams should have kept his feelings about Muslims between himself and “his psychiatrist or his publicist.”</blockquote>

W.T.F?

ted c on October 21, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Obama will never de-fund his favorite station!

The Expert Knows
http://theexpertsblog.blogspot.com

HotAirExpert on October 21, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Mara’s next… oh yeah.

MeatHeadinCA on October 21, 2010 at 4:42 PM

MeatHeadinCA:AMEN:)

canopfor on October 21, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Let’s see the paper work on Juan’s previous “violations of policy” in this same manner. Let’s see what his grades were from his then mandatory ‘politically correct sensitivity training classes’. Let’s see NPR’s evidence that he is a chronic violater. I don’t believe any of it exists.

I agree that NPR should be defunded. Now.

JimP on October 21, 2010 at 4:46 PM

“there have been several instances over the last couple of years where we have felt Juan has stepped over the line” and this was the last straw.

IS it the last straw? As if Juan Williams, now fired, is ok with NPR’s Obama One Voice?

Nah. And who is NPR to call out Juan’s polite honesty as stepping over the line, given that NPR allows conservatives to be called TeaBaggers on their airtime, and that the NPR calls conservatives all racists and bigots.

NPR, Nazi Propaganda Recycling

maverick muse on October 21, 2010 at 4:46 PM

W.T.F?
ted c on October 21, 2010 at 4:45 PM

ted c: The Libs around Juan,are ‘CERTIFIABLE’!!!!:)

canopfor on October 21, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Also, more importantly, I don’t hear eclectic, classical or jazz music anywhere else on the dial, do you?

YYZ on October 21, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Sounds like perhaps you could put your entrepreneurial spirit to work and cater to the large demand for classical music on the radio.

MeatHeadinCA on October 21, 2010 at 4:46 PM

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller just released this statement:

“I am a clueless liberal hack, and couldn’t carry Juan Williams’ jockstrap in a bucket. I should be dropped out of an airplane onto a deserted island in the Philippines with ten ounces of salt in my mouth and my lips sown shut.”

Akzed on October 21, 2010 at 4:47 PM

And meanwhile the other 70 percent of the population — many Democrats included — will be on his side.

Indeed, indeed.

Juan Williams will be better off in a while.

This will be a very significant event in the annals of the free media.

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2010 at 4:48 PM

MeatHeadinCA:AMEN:)

canopfor on October 21, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Then will NPR officially be waging war against Fox?

BTW, given that Stewart thinks it was ridiculous to fire Sanchez over the Jooish remarks, AND Stewart admires Fox; what does he have to say about this INSANE firing?

MeatHeadinCA on October 21, 2010 at 4:48 PM

It’s the political equivalent of the end of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” To my big brother Juan — the richest man in town.

Sure, as long as we are all good with people being unaccountable for communicating their unfiltered thoughts about ethnic groups. Bring back Rick Sanchez.

dedalus on October 21, 2010 at 4:48 PM

National Psocialist Radio.

Akzed on October 21, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Sounds like perhaps you could put your entrepreneurial spirit to work and cater to the large demand for classical music on the radio.

There’s more money to be made in Nickelback, Lady Gaga and Lady Antebellum.

YYZ on October 21, 2010 at 4:48 PM

On the whole, it’s probably better for him that he didn’t get a chance to explain his remarks. That usually results in a self-criticsm, show-trial style apology which would have cost him a lot of credibility and sympathy. Then, if they fired him a month or two down the road, there wouldn’thave been a peep from most of these people. As it is, he gets to leave with his integrity intact. And, after all, why would anyone with integrity want a job at NPR? As Jack Nicholson says in Batman “Decent people shouldn’t live here; they’d be happier somewhere else.”

JackOfClubs on October 21, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Juan’s psychiatrist? Shades of 1964. Some hundred psychiatrists signed a statement that Barry Goldwater was unstable. This led to the “Goldwater rule” in psychiatry — don’t go spouting off that someone is nuts unless you’ve personally examined him.

How is her suggestion Juan see a psychiatrist any different from the old USSR sending dissidents to mental institutions? Really it’s a similar mindset. You say something that upsets me, you must be nuts. Want to get rid of the Dept of Education, you must be nuts. Crazy man.

Paul-Cincy on October 21, 2010 at 4:49 PM

YYZ on October 21, 2010 at 4:44 PM

I’m not sure how you’re being a troll. I get that there is some good to it and have never been 100% against it. But I still don’t see why we should be funding it.

Esthier on October 21, 2010 at 4:49 PM

YYZ get XM radio… It has every type of music and talk most with no commercials. No one should have to endure NPR

sandee on October 21, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Bleach and sunlight…the libtard antidote. Oh, and Juan, thank you..you’re gonna be a useful tool.

HornetSting on October 21, 2010 at 4:50 PM

There’s more money to be made in Nickelback, Lady Gaga and Lady Antebellum.

YYZ on October 21, 2010 at 4:48 PM

1) Since when was it only about money?

2) Again, if there is a demand not being met, then you can make money.

MeatHeadinCA on October 21, 2010 at 4:50 PM

The Left have finally done it,

THE KOOL-AID HAS GONE AIRBORNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on October 21, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Finally, keep in mind that only a small portion of public radio’s money comes from the federal government. However, it is easy to exaggerate how small this number is — as they do on their website — since some of their funds come from organizations which receive federal funds (universities, the CPB).

calbear on October 21, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Just read Ailes gave Juan a new 3 year FNC deal worth $2 mil…

LurkerDood on October 21, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I swear that I said this morning to colleague that Mr. Aisles is so smart and will do the absolute right thing by Mr. Williams.

This will always be a big day in the history of media, also a very sad one, and a clarifying one. It will open a lot of minds/eyes, hopefully also from the left.

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Wow…Totenberg wished that some little kids would get AIDS to get back at a political figure she doesn’t like!?!? What a nasty hearted POS.

EasyEight on October 21, 2010 at 4:50 PM

YYZ get XM radio… It has every type of music and talk most with no commercials. No one should have to endure NPR

sandee on October 21, 2010 at 4:49 PM

That’s what I was thinking. In the age of the iPod, Pandora, XM radio, &c I just don’t see the use of NPR.

MeatHeadinCA on October 21, 2010 at 4:50 PM

F**king nauseating, yet still not unbelievable.

MadisonConservative on October 21, 2010 at 4:51 PM

So this one time, I was waiting for the bus. There were several people waiting for the bus as well, perhaps a dozen people.

One of the men waiting for at the bus stop was Arab looking. I didn’t think much of it and went on as normal.

The bus finally came and everyone boarded the bus. I found my seat by the window, sat down, and looked outside the window.

The Arab man was still outside. He was looking at the bus, but he did not get on board. There were plenty of open seats available. The bus was only half full. So, I asked myself, why didn’t he get on the bus?

I told myself I was being paranoid, and stayed on the bus. But for a good 5 or 10 seconds, I was asking myself what this guy knew that I didn’t, and why he didn’t get on when everyone else did.

Needless to say, the bus didn’t blow up and I didn’t die, but the thought did cross my mind.

El_Terrible on October 21, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Bleach and sunlight…the libtard antidote. Oh, and Juan, thank you..you’re gonna be a useful tool.

HornetSting on October 21, 2010 at 4:50 PM

HornetSting: Rubbing alcohol for these LibRats!:)

canopfor on October 21, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Look at all the free publicity NPR is getting on the biggest news network now.

I just don’t think it’s the kind they want.

Kudos to the CEO for coming up with great marketing scheme.

Just A Grunt on October 21, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Was Williams comment a fireable offense? On it’s own, it seems rather innocuous — especially in the context of FoxNews, but I think this is truly the case of the last straw being the weight of a feather.

NPR has long been uncomfortable with NPR’s role as a pundit on Fox, which is the antithesis of NPR in so many ways. I think the firing was much more about NPR not wanting to employing a guy who frequently is seen having back-and-forths with the Bill O’Reilly’s of the world than it is about this latest comment.

And I know this will fall on death ears, but for all the NPR bashing I’m sure is going on here… and even though, yes, I think it’s fair to say they lean liberal, they are probably the most fair and balanced source for high quality radio news reporting out there. I can’t believe an honest broker who actually listened to NPR could disagree with that statement.

Tom_Shipley on October 21, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Defund NPR. With the huge national debt we need to start getting rid of the frills. If the Left loves NPR that much, they’ll find a way to fund it if the government largesse is cut off.

I’m awfully tired of being forced to pay for government propaganda.

hachiban on October 21, 2010 at 4:52 PM

YYZ get XM radio…

I have it. Most people don’t.

2) Again, if there is a demand not being met, then you can make money.

Because in most places, it wouldn’t be commercially viable. That’s why it’s public radio.

YYZ on October 21, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Hey, why don’t he sue the bastards for breach of contract and firing him without good cause?

Lefties loooove to drag stuff like that through the courts, so they wouldn’t mind, I’m sure. And Juan might be able to find a moneybags to bankroll his suit…

mojo on October 21, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Throw their excuses back at ‘em, Juan. Say you “spoke hastily.”

Pasalubong on October 21, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Nothing you can say will change our position. Your contract with us is terminated.

Juan should sue if there is no stipulation in his contract with NPR forbidding PC to come under a reality check by Williams.

maverick muse on October 21, 2010 at 4:52 PM

El_Terrible on October 21, 2010 at 4:51 PM

He was probably just waiting for a bus that runs a different route.

Tom_Shipley on October 21, 2010 at 4:52 PM

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller just released this statement:
“I spoke hastily and I apologize to Juan and others for my thoughtless remark.”
That follows, as you’ll see below, her comment earlier today that now-former NPR news analyst Juan Williams should have kept his feelings about Muslims between himself and “his psychiatrist or his publicist.”

On the merits, just how is this any different than what Juan said? I mean seriously, Juan makes a statement about his feelings relating to flying with muslims in garb and gets canned for stating his beliefs. Meanwhile the CEO makes an idiodic statement about her feelings regarding Juan and his need to share his feelings with his “pshchiatrist” and then immeduately apologizes saying that she spoke hastily. Seems she should fire herself for her insensitive remarks.

I loath these liberal, politically correct hypocrates!!

glennbo on October 21, 2010 at 4:53 PM

“Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at Fox News in 1997,” Ailes said in a statement, adding a jab at NPR: “He’s an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by Fox News on a daily basis.”

Roger Aisles is a genius, and a real man.

Schadenfreude on October 21, 2010 at 4:53 PM

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