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article imageOp-Ed: Juan Williams a Liberal who got mugged

By David Zublick     Oct 24, 2010 in Politics
Frank Rizzo, the two term mayor of Philadelphia, once said that "a conservative is a liberal who got mugged the night before". Juan Williams got mugged by his own kind this past week.
Williams, a longtime correspondent and news analyst for National Public Radio, was unceremoniously fired by NPR subsequent to an appearance on The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, in which he revealed that he sometimes gets nervous when he sees Muslims getting on an airplane dressed in full Muslim garb in the wake of the attacks of 9/11.
The network terminated him, they say, because he violated their journalistic standards with his comments. It should also be noted that Williams' dismissal followed complaints by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Williams' firing was an act of cowardice and hypocrisy. NPR has a history of intolerance and imbalance when it comes to journalistic ethics. NPR personalities have for years leveled some very non-politically correct opinions, and some of these personalities are correspondents, not analysts. One shining example that comes to mind was the remark by Nina Totenberg, NPR's legal affairs correspondent, who in 1995 on an appearance on PBS's "Inside Washington" said that if there was "retributive justice" in the world, former North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms would "get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it."
Totenberg didn't lose her job over those remarks.
NPR has been trying to get rid of Williams for years. It stuck in their craw that he is also a Fox News contributor. They want no affiliation with the Fox News organization, and have even put pressure on Mara Liasson, an NPR political correspondent, over her appearances on "Special Report" and "Fox News Sunday".
It will certainly be interesting to see how the Williams matter will play out with relation to Liasson's continued affiliation with Fox.
As for Williams, he has landed on his feet. He has been given a lucrative contract extension with Fox, as well as an expanded role with that network.
And he has learned the hard way that the left can be vicious when they eat their own. He said he used to think that the right was the intolerant side. Now he knows better. And while it is unlikely that this ugly mugging of an honest, decent man who doesn't have a bigoted bone in his body will turn him into a conservative, it will probably give him a clearer look into how the left operates with regard to their agenda and an open dialogue on the issues.
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