You may know Juan Williams as a commentator for National Public Radio. But, it's much more likely that you know him as that supposedly liberal guy who's always on Fox News protecting Bill O'Reilly's massive ego from the slings and arrows of outrageous liberals.
Well, now it's looking like Williams might have taken an arrow right to the head…
The move came after Mr. Williams, who is also a Fox News political analyst, appeared on the "The O'Reilly Factor" on Monday. On the show, the host, Bill O'Reilly, asked him to respond to the notion that the United States was facing a "Muslim dilemma." Mr. O'Reilly said, "The cold truth is that in the world today jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet." Mr. Williams said he concurred with Mr. O'Reilly.
Oh, really? A bigger threat than roving packs of feral vegetable-canine hybrids like Carottweilers, Brussel Hounds and Pit Bull Tubers? Huh?! Don't you understand, people?! We've been eating them for years, but now they're coming back to eat us!! It's Judgment Day!!! (Ed Note: In retrospect, it's somewhat possible that I have slightly overstated the threat of wild half-vegetable/half-dog creatures. I wonder if O'Reilly and Williams are similarly guilty.)
He continued: "I mean, look, Bill, I'm not a bigot."
I have never in my life heard anybody say anything vaguely similar to this that was not immediately followed by something bigoted.
"You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country."
Looks like it's gonna be really good!
"But 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."
Translation: I'm not bigoted. I just have all these bigoted views about a group of people who aren't like me.
NPR said in its statement that the remarks "were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR." The public radio organization said it thanked him for many years of service. Mr. Williams did not immediately respond on Wednesday night to an e-mail seeking comment.
Look, I know there's a lot of opinions being shot back and forth all across the Internet today over this, so there's no real dearth of pontificating out there. But, I'd like to state my feelings about this briefly. I don't think that NPR should have fired Juan Williams now, over this.
I think they should have fired him years ago for being the worst.
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