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NPR Fires Juan Williams Over Muslim Comments

October 21, 2010

Liberal political commentator and National Public Radio senior news analyst Juan Williams has reportedly been fired from his position at NPR over comments he made about Muslims on Fox News‘ O’Reilly Factor.

Williams appeared on host Bill O‘Reilly’s primetime broadcast Monday evening and noted that “political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don’t address reality.”

I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. 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.

Mr. Williams also referenced the Pakistani who pleaded guilty earlier this month to attempting to detonate a car bomb in Times Square. “He said the war with Muslims, America’s war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don’t think there’s any way to get away from these facts,” Williams said.

A well-known national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization Wednesday called on National Public Radio (NPR) to address Williams’ comments.

In a statement released Wednesday night, NPR said that it gave Mr. Williams notice of his termination on Wednesday evening.  Williams’ remarks were “inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR,” the statement said.

Update: Good point worth noting, from conservative columnist Michelle Malkin

NPR affiliate employee Sarah Spitz at public radio station KCRW wishes death on Rush Limbaugh…not a firing offense.

Taxpayer dollars well spent.

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