NPR – Political Correctness Run Amok (10/28/10)
National Public Radio has fired long time news analyst Juan Williams after comments he made on the Fox News Channel about Muslims. Williams said, "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 a plane…if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think…they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
NPR's CEO Vivian Schiller, trying to be politically correct, justified her firing of Williams by saying, "NPR News analysts may not take personal public positions on controversial issues; doing so undermines their credibility as analysts."
Really, Ms. Schiller? That position applies to Mr. Williams but not to Cokey Roberts, Nina Totenberg or Mara Liasson? While their opinions may not be as offensive to Ms. Schiller as Juan Williams's, they do take personal public positions on controversial issues every day on other networks.
Williams simply stated a personal concern that he, and by the way, many people have. And he made it clear that although he has these feelings, he doesn't consider them to be an acceptable state of mind.
While political correctness was originally born out of a desire to be more civil to each other, it has grown into an oppressive censor of speech and thought. Few things could be more dangerous.
I'm Bill Lamb…and that's my Point of View.