Friday, October 22, 2010

NPR!!!!! Shame on you!

Okay, get ready for a rant! I am just as angry about this one as I was when I posted A Fox In The White House! Some of you may already know this story; if you do and you're not upset, well I'm going to ask if you have a pulse.

As a Centrist, (I do not consider myself a Conservative,) I make it a point to get my information from a wide variety of sources. NPR was one of those. I like the stories they cover, I like the in-depth time they give to their pieces. I'm sort of in love with the hypnotic quality of the voices they use there. Sometimes it's not a good idea to listen to NPR while driving; it can cause you to become so relaxed that it could be dangerous.

However, as of yesterday when I hit 'send' on the scathing email I sent them, I am done with them. End of story. Shame on you NPR! SHAME!!!

This man is Juan Williams. He has been a commentator on NPR for quite awhile. He had a ten year contract with them. He is a Liberal. He is very intelligent and well considered when he delivers an opinion.

Do you know where I first saw him? On Fox News. Yep. Imagine...Fox news has liberal commentators on their programs. That's one of the things I like about Fox...they don't mind covering topics from opposing viewpoints.

So Juan is on there most every day and representing quite well, liberal points of view for us to consider. But, you won't hear him on NPR anymore because, while he was driving in his car...
Let me say it again...

While he was driving in his car, he gets a call on his cell phone from his boss telling him he was being terminated because of an opinion he voiced on Fox news. Are you kidding me?! You fired a man while he's driving in his car? You fired him for expressing an opinion on Fox News? SHAME on YOU!

What Mr. Williams said, in a conversation about radical Muslims is that we must be very careful, in the current situation, to not fearfully view all Muslims as extremists. We must not think of every Muslim that we see as those radicalize Muslims who have sworn to KILL us simply for being Americans.

He went on to say, that he admits that even believing this, it is hard to do. He's no different than the rest of us; it is hard not to be a little nervous when he sees someone specifically dressed in ultra Muslim garb ,which to him, suggests that they are announcing their desire to be noted first as a Muslim before they wish to be thought of in any other regard.

And, NPR said that was unacceptable. So he was fired. Did I mention he was driving in his car when he was fired??????

Let's be clear about something. News people, those who profess to be news journalists, are not allowed to give their personal opinions on the stories they cover. ARE NOT! But commentators and pundits, are paid to give their opinions. Juan Williams is a commentator!

The CEO of NPR is on video saying some very crappy remarks about the situation just the other day at a speaking engagement. She was made to apologize for them. But, that's not enough. Shame on her, too.

Here's the thing; and I'm going to remind you of this one more time: This political correctness that we are plagued with, is the most INSIDIOUS form of censorship this country has ever faced. It even trumps McCarthyism.

When we cannot say how we feel about things, when we cannot express professional opinions or opposing view points, when we can't keep our jobs because we say something that goes against an agenda? We are screwed. This country will be ruined!

We must have freedom of expression and speech in this country. Must have it. And, this Political Correctness is SHIT! NPR, your public funding should be stopped immediately. I don't want my tax dollars spent on your agenda after how you've just conducted yourself. If you don't wish to act as a news source any longer, then you're on your own.

SHAME on NPR. Mr. Williams, I'm sorry this happened to you, but believe me, you'll come out on the right side of this.

Political correctness be damned! Now, come and get me!

Namaste' Till Next Time,
Holly aka A Professional Communicator


I'm Grace said...

I have been saying this for years now, "Political Correctness" will be the downfall of our great country.
I am a conservative and watch Fox news. I have always had a great respect for Juan Williams. He is a very classy gentleman. I felt so bad for him being treated this way by NPR.

Thank you so much Holly for putting into words exactly how I feel.

God Bless you!

Anonymous said...

Holly... I am totally, Totally, TOTALLY with you on this one!!! And the beauty of this whole mess, if you will, is Mr. Williams comes out of this even better. I watch him whenever he is on Fox. I too was dumbfounded when I heard he had been termed. Could not believe it. Then with this woman as an exec for NPR made her flippant remarks about his mental state, well, I found her to be the one in need and totally ignorant about Mr. Williams intelligence.

This backfired big time on NPR and while I'm sorry this happened to Mr Williams, I'm delighted to know that Fox hired him immediately. Good things do happen to good people.

~ Kathleen Krucoff

Weezie Heath said...

I am a dyed in the wool conservative and a FOX fan. Juan has always been a part of the fair and balanced scene and admittedly I am often amused/outraged by what he says but defend his right to opinion. I have to step up and give props to Roger Ailes (sp) for stepping up to the plate and signing him on in a big way. Word is that Geo. S. is a big backer of NPR and dropped the hammer on him. There is a sick double standard out there but Juan may come out the big winner in this one. Says a lot to me about which side shows their true stuff! Just sayin'.

Eva Gallant said...

I so agree!

Cinner said...

Holly good for you, I don't think it is right, and sad to fire the man over the phone no less. jeese. I like your posts when you get riled up because you say it like it is, freedom of speech, hopefully Mr. Williams will come out of this better. Have a great weekend.

Cinner said...

Holly good for you, I don't think it is right, and sad to fire the man over the phone no less. jeese. I like your posts when you get riled up because you say it like it is, freedom of speech, hopefully Mr. Williams will come out of this better. Have a great weekend.

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