I knew it. I knew it. I knew it.
It was a normal Fox News Night. O’Reilly was reveling in his triumphant appearance on The View. The rabid liberals ummm, I mean hostesses Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked out on Bill-O and left Barbabra Walters sitting there on the couch- stunned.
It was a good talking points night for O’Reilly Factor…I wonder if Bill new that the evening would lead to liberals walking out on another Fox kid.
From the Atlantic
Juan Williams Fired by NPR For No Particular Reason (UPDATED)
By Jeffrey Goldberg
October 21, 2010
National Public Radio has fired the political analyst Juan Williams for comments he made about Muslims on Bill O’Reilly’s Fox show. These are two of the controversial comments in question, according to The New York Times:
‘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.”
And this, in reference to Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani immigrant who attempted to blow up Times Square with a car bomb:
“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.”
The first quotation reflects the views, I’m guessing, of the vast majority of people who fly in this country (and in Europe and Asia and other parts of the world, as well). With some regularity, Muslim men associated with radical Islamist organizations have been trying to kill American civilians, here and abroad. A group of 19 Muslim men succeeded beyond their wildest dreams in their mission nine years ago. The majority of Muslims abhor terrorism, and Muslims are the disproportionate victims of Muslim terror, but the essential truth remains that most of the world’s spectacular terrorism today — thwarted and achieved — is committed by Muslims. Juan Williams misunderstands one crucial fact: Muslim terrorists who are attempting to commit acts of terror seldom if ever dress in “Muslim garb”; they dress, for obvious tactical reasons, in a manner meant to help them blend in with surroundings. So Williams is wrong, I think, to be particularly suspicious of traditionally-dressed Muslims. But is he wrong to worry about Islamist terrorism? Of course not.
Here is the actual clip:
I was there watching while eating dinner and I almost choked on my pasta and had to do a double take.
“Did he just say what I think he said?” I asked. “Not Juan…Juan????”
I laughed and looked for a reaction from Bill-O. There was not much of one but I sensed a tinge of WTF?
Was Juan’s statement racist?
Yes-somewhat. Prejudging is racist. Juan’s statement is equivalent to saying that you lock your car doors whenever you drive through a black neighborhood. Was I surprised that it was coming from Fox News’ small reserve stash of liberals? Yes, but I am not surprised. Few liberals will admit that they feel the same way as Juan Williams does when he sees someone in “Muslim garb” board a 767- but they do. Few liberals will admit that they voted for Obama because he was black- but they did. And even fewer liberals will admit that they are racist- but they are.
But “racists are only Tea Partiers ” you say?
Nope. And thank you Juan Williams for proving that.
Autographed Letter Signed,