The firing of Juan Williams from National Public Radio over his admission that he himself has experienced unease around Muslims in certain situations, has unknowingly unleashed a backlash against liberalism and political correctness that is going to help boost the fortunes of Republicans in theses closing days of the midterm elections.
National Public Radio is famous for coloring their coverage of politics and political issues with undeniable liberal biases. As a 10 year correspondent of NPR, Juan Williams has been an admitted liberal and he has consistently defended his liberal point of view. But unlike many polarizing liberal media figures, Williams avoided exaggeration, distortions and lies. He always defended his opinion without belittling the opposing opinion or individuals behind those opposing views. Instead he passionately used facts to advance his thinking and positions. And he did so with complete respect of those who disagreed with him.
Juan Williams is one of the few sincere talking heads in the business. Not just on National Public Radio, but in the industry. As such, in his recent interview with Bill O’Reilly, after admitting that he himself has been, at times, uncomfortable when he finds himself boarding a plane with people who openly identify themselves as being Muslims, he went on to add that it would be wrong of us to allow that initial fear to lead to the condemnation of all Muslims.
Williams remarks were honest and respectful. They were the words of an adult having an adult conversation about the reality that confronts us. For this, NPR fired him.
The dismissal of Williams was an incredible example of liberal intolerance. It was an example of the liberal need for all people to tow the liberal line or face being demonized. It is the type of thinking which leads the left to write off any criticism of President Obama by claiming it rooted in racism.
Firing Juan Williams for not defending liberal, political correctness to his death, is evidence of the hypocrisy of the left which preaches acceptance and tolerance and but obviously can not tolerate a difference of opinion and the episode could not have come out for Democrats at worse time.
Juan Williams is a popular journalist who has earned respect from both the left and the right. As such his abrupt and unreasonable firing from NPR is creating a firestorm which is adding fuel to fire that is currently burning the chances of democrats in the 2010 midterm elections. Americans have become fed up with many of the characteristics that Democrats have become known for. Endless spending, big government, federal control, all of these things have been so exaggerated by the left that voters have reached a breaking a point and are unwilling to stand by and allow it to continue.
But now, the unseemly termination of the popular Juan Williams for what the liberal giant NPR considers politically incorrect statements, will simply reinforce the prevailing thinking that the left in America has gone too far. The incident is going to further fuel the momentum behind rejecting Democrats come November 2nd.
Many have been expecting, and in the case of Democrats, hoping for an ‘October surprise’ which would turn the trend around and help Democrats pull ahead in the polls. Well thanks to National Public Radio, we have our October surprise but the real surprise here is that it is one which will hurt Democrats and help Republicans. This issue has legs and it is about to run the ball to the end zone for Republicans at a pace faster than it was already going in.
- Behind the Juan Williams Firing (thedailybeast.com)
- Juan Williams Fired from NPR over Muslim Remarks (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- Bill O’Reilly And Whoopi Goldberg Agree! Juan Williams Firing Is “Ridiculous” (mediaite.com)