Every body has pretty much weighed in on the Juan Williams kerfuffle over at NPR. The stupidity of NPR is almost too easy a target to spend much time on. But don't feel too sorry for Juan. Getting fired for saying what almost every American thinks in the same situation landed him on easy street....
From LATimes -- In wake of NPR controversy, Fox News gives Juan Williams an expanded role
The cable news network signs the analyst to a new three-year contract for nearly $2 million. Meanwhile, conservative figures blast the public radio network for its response to Williams' comments about Muslims.
Good for Juan! I've always liked and respected him. As liberals go, I'm not sure which one I like more, Juan Williams or Pat Caddell. Both are reasonable, thoughtful debaters of their positions. Neither is an unhinged leftist ideologue and their reasonable debate points from the left regularly challenge my right-leaning positions. I have no problem with that.
That said, why would NPR fire a 10-year employee who is an opinion journalist for his candid self-examination? Some think it's because he doesn't parrot enough, the liberal talking points. Other see a more sinister influence by the detestable George Soros who within the last 3 days donated $1.8million to NPR. Maybe he demanded that in exchange for his donation, NPR purge themselves of any contributors who also appear on FOX News. The rumor is that Mara Liasson is next on the chopping block.
Though NPR's budget consists of only 6%-8% public money, they should be defunded after this. If they can't compete in the market place of news radio without being propped up by taxpayers, then they should change their operating practices like everybody else.