sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

October 22, 2010

What *Was* He Doing on NPR?

Filed under: Uncategorized — edge of the sandbox @ 8:53 pm

So Juan Williams got fired from NPR, and he says that NPR was looking for a reason to fire him.
After graduating from college I used to listen to NPR religiously: It was just like school! Seriously, that’s what I was saying at the time. And I used to think that Juan Williams and Mara Liasson were their token Republicans.  Not nasty Republicans like Kenneth Starr or Rush Limbaugh, but decent Moderate Republicans, as appropriate for nice, thoughtful, decent public broadcasting.

Then 9/11 happened, and the Intifada, and yada-yada-yada, and before you know I was tuning in to Fox.  And there they were: Mara Liasson and Juan Williams, Fox News contributors.  And self-described Democrats.  Ooops!  You mean, there is more diversity on Fox then NPR?

What’s strange is that NPR threw Williams out now when Democrats went far to the left of the general public and are about to be punished at the polls.  It seems like NPR should be angling for the middle ground, but instead they are creating headlines that are guaranteed to further infuriate the electorate.

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