October 22nd, 2010
11:17 AM ET

Juan Williams' remark aside, firing draws ire of left, right

The hullabaloo over the firing of ex-NPR news analyst Juan Williams is far bigger than right v. left.

Fox News has assailed NPR for its handling of the situation, calling it an assault on free speech and stoking GOP pundits and potential presidential candidates to demand that NPR's government funding be cut.

But it’s not only the right wing frowning on NPR’s decision. Though a handful have applauded the public radio station, journalists of every shade have come to his defense without condoning his comments. Williams said seeing people in Muslim dress on airplanes makes him nervous, and while plenty view his remark as silly or dangerous, few think he should have been axed.

“First of all, if I got on a plane and someone was in full Muslim attire, I would feel very safe because if you’re about to blow up that plane that’s not the way you’re going to be dressed,” Barbara Walters said Thursday on “The View,” where the controversy ostensibly started. “So if this is what you’re wearing, just as you might wear a cross or a Jewish star, fine. I think it’s a silly statement for Juan to be making.”

Walters, no stranger herself to the line between journalism and commentary, went on to say that “if you are someone who is giving your opinion then you’re allowed to give your opinion. You may or may not agree, like on this show.”

It was on “The View” last week that hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walked off the set during an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly after he blamed Muslims for 9/11.

O’Reilly was discussing those remarks on his own show Monday when Williams made his controversial statement.

Many analysts, both liberal and conservative, have noted Williams also tempered O’Reilly’s remarks by saying that likening Muslims to extremists would be like saying all Christians were akin to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

No matter, though. NPR’s CEO Vivian Schiller told the Atlanta Press Club that Williams’ comments undermined his credibility as an analyst and that political activists cannot be reporters or news analysts for NPR.

“This is not a reflection on his comments. This is not a debate. Juan feels the way he feels. That is not for me to pass judgment on,” she said - before passing judgment.

“His feelings that he expressed on Fox News are really between his psychiatrist or his publicist – or take your pick – but it is not compatible with the role of a news analyst on NPR’s air,” she said.

She later apologized for her “thoughtless remark,” but there was no word whether NPR would discipline her for her deviation from the facts.

NPR’s ethics code, repeatedly used to defend Williams’ firing, states, “In appearing on TV or other media including electronic Web-based forums, NPR journalists should not express views they would not air in their role as an NPR journalist. They should not participate in shows’ electronic forums or blogs that encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis.”

Williams isn't buying it, though. Speaking to O’Reilly after the Los Angeles Times reported Fox had signed him to a $2 million contract, Williams said he was targeted because of his affiliation with the conservative news channel, where he had been a contributor before his ouster from NPR.

“I don't fit in their box,” he said. “I'm not predictable, black, liberal. And let me tell you something else, you were exactly right when you said you know what this comes down to. They were looking for a reason to get rid of me because I'm appearing on Fox News. They don't want me talking to you.”

Williams also said he was provided no opportunity to present his case “eyeball to eyeball, person to person,” despite having given NPR more than a decade of service.

He said he received a call Wednesday, two days after the remark, from Ellen Weiss, NPR’s senior vice president for news. She asked him what he meant to say, Williams told O’Reilly.

“I said what I meant to say," he recalled telling her, "which is that it’s an honest experience that when I’m in an airport and I see people who are in Muslim garb who identify themselves first and foremost as Muslims I do a double take. I have a moment of anxiety or fear given what happened on 9/11. That’s just a reality."

He said he was told the comment “crosses the line” and Weiss implied it was a “bigoted statement.” He said he wanted to discuss it in person.

“There’s nothing you can say that will change my mind,” he quoted Weiss as telling him. “This has been decided above me, and we’re terminating your contract.”

Many journalists have stated in the last 24 hours that while they disagree with Williams’ categorization of Muslims, they also frown on his firing.

Goldberg even drew a line between Williams' opinion and O’Reilly’s remarks that prompted her and Behar to walk off "The View" set last week.

“What Bill O’Reilly said he was saying as fact and he was painting it as fact, and the reason that I was annoyed is because it’s not a fact. When you say Muslims did this, are you talking about Muhammad Ali? Because he’s a Muslim.”

As for Williams, she said, “The point he was trying to make is, I get nervous and that’s OK to say. Firing him for saying that, I think, is kind of ridiculous."

She concluded by summing up the thoughts of her co-hosts, who run the political gamut: “In all of our opinions, it seems the firing of Juan was a total mistake and sends the wrong message. And NPR, get yourself together because we’ve all got to work on this together.”

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  1. Lori in St Pete

    I wonder how many of the rightwingers feigning outrage about Mr. Williams' firing were this charged up when CNN fired Rick Sanchez a few weeks ago for stating that the Jews own the media.

    Wait, I remember now – they were applauding CNN decision, and calling Sanchez all kinds of not so nice names.

    Can you say hypocrisy?

    I tried to post this message on another board, but since it points out the blatant hypocricy of the wingnuts, and since CNN is in the tank for the wingnuts, it didn't get posted.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DScott

    NPR should be defunded. Why should all Americans be forced to pay for this? Enough is enough.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ficheye

      Scott, NPR currently gets only 2% of its funding from the government. You are just angry. NPR is the new punching bag. I will donate to them today.

      October 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JB

    His comments were taken OUT OF CONTEXT. And you nutjobs are running with it. Here's a statement "I hate everyone who commits crimes.' Now the nutjobs will edit my comment to 'I Hate Everyone' & post it on the internet. You nutjobs are the bane of our country. Stop ruining it.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PatP

    9/11 is forever in the American psyche whether we like it or not. That does not mean all people of a certain faith are or should be painted with the same brush, but wondering if someone means us harm for a split second does not mean we are prejudice, just cautious. That is common sense. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. What ever happened to being able to express one's personal feelings? Mr. Williams should not have been fired. Shame on you NPR.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • capcity

      you are correct had Juan gone on the show as joe schmo off the street, but he was on there as a REPORTER who also is paid by NPR, and new NPR's policy before he opened his mouth. So too bad for him, you break the rules you suffer the consequences, like it or not.

      October 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jenny

    Williams only said what 99.99% of all people feel. When I see a Muslim person getting on the same plane as me the thought crosses my mind. IS he/she a terrorist. I am willing to bet even other Muslims have had the thoughts. You can't tell the difference between the pacifist Muslim and the radical Muslim until the bomb goes off-so to speak. Anyone one who says the thoughts have never occured to them at the airport is lying.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lori in St Pete

      You don't speak for for the entire planet Jenny – or all Americans for that matter, only yourself. It's ignorant and childish to insist that you know "what 99.99% of al people feel".

      October 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • LKJ

      When I get on a plane, or even enter an airport, I become nervous, worried that I might be stereotyped. When one of my sons flies I'm concerned that he might be stopped and searched and even detained somewhere along the way, only because of his name and his beard.

      October 22, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • capcity

      just because you are able to conjure up a thought does not make it correct, and just because you have it does not mean it's right to say it, he should have used a filter between his brain and oral orrifice.

      to further help you understand, try this anology: you can't tell the difference between a pacifist confederate flag wearing bubba and the radical bubba until the noose goes round your neck....duh see how ignorant your logic is?

      Everyone is guilty of profiling or sterotyping at some point, but jeez, but stop a moment to think about it to see if it's right and worth saying to the world.

      October 22, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff E

      When you judge anyone based on any factor other than their behavior, essentially you're a racist, and Bin Laden accomplished more than he could have ever dreamed of, by turning you into a stereotyping bigot.

      Not only that, the hiyjackers (sp) were dressed in regular every day American clothing you idiot.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. walterD

    The NPR honchos probably got a call from the White House

    October 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Disco

      No...They got a call from the person that CONTROLS the White House

      Georget Soros

      October 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotaGenius

      Everyone on here is so politically conscious, it's scary. This is very simple. NPS analysts are trained to provide their news as pure news, with no voice inflection. Yeah, it sounds as boring as heck because of that. The opinion folks on there are more animated, and typically are off to the left somewhere, but that is irrelevant to this discussion, just as Fox opionion folks are irrelevant to this discussion.

      The point is, this employee was in a position where he was not to provide his opinion on the public airwaves, and he did. Wheteher that be a left or a right leaning point of view, the point is, he was not to express it on the public airwaves.

      People in other industries are told they cannot discuss their company by name on public airwaves, or they will be fired. I know of someone who was fired for doing just that, and they did not make negative comments. the point is, they broke a corporate rule.

      Lesson is, don't break simple rules, and if you do, don't whine when you're fired. You sound like the JetBlue flight attendant.

      October 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • SG

      What would happen if a white reporter announced they were walking down the street and a couple African -Americans were walking towards them so they crossed the road because they feared them?
      Free speech or racism

      October 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikedog1969

      Seems you clowns on the right don't care for the "Free Market" when it doesn't work in your favor. Executives at the top made a decision. That's the "Free Market" at work. Deal with it and stop complaining.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sum Guy

      natagenius...if you knew about NPR's past you would know that others have done far worse in reference to those rules and are still on the job.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      If any news organization does a good job of unbiased reporting it's NPR, However I do think(in hind site) the firing was a rush to judgment. I don't think NPR many decades of unbiased news reporting should be vilified over this one incident. I still trust NPR more than I would FOX, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC or Al Jazera for news.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sum Guy

      Come on Karl, I like NPR but you can't call them unbiased. They don't have comentators spouting off about liberals or conservatives like the other listed networks, but if you just look at the content of what they choose to report on it's a clearly liberal leaning agenda.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Havildar

      No it was failed governor palin

      October 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • CodeMonkee

      SG
      What would happen if a white reporter announced they were walking down the street and a couple African -Americans were walking towards them so they crossed the road because they feared them?
      Free speech or racism
      **************************************************************************
      Apparently Juan Williams recognizes that it's not a reasonable response and hops on board his flight. It's EXACTLY that kind of acknowledgement of what we are feeling about a certain person, or group of people, at a moment in time and examining that feeling that fights racism. Apparently NPR is in full support of continued bigotry, in that they encourage people to keep quiet and not share how they overcome such things. Nice going NPR!

      October 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      SUM GUY, why is it news to have a bunch of morons spouting off their nonsensical opinions about events of the day. I like NPR because they simply state the What, where, when and how. I will form my own opinions

      October 22, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • RobertDennis

      @CodeMonkee – Totally agree. NPR missues using this as a honest discussion point.

      October 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sum Guy

      Karl, I don't think "morons spouting off" is news...it's commentary. Most can tell the difference.
      For better or worse NPR reports almost 100% liberal oriented stories. Most won't argue that. If you think you can listen to NPR alone and get a clue about the world as a whole, you my friend are misinformed. You'll hear what you want to hear and forget that roughly 50% of the country you live in may have another take on things.

      October 22, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sum Guy

      Codemonkey.... I would hope it would be looked at as honest discussion, not bigotry.

      October 22, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Klarg

    If a senior officer or public agent of any major corporation made these sorts of statements they would be subject to discipline or dismissal, and there would be public outcry. People who work for companies in prominent and/or public positions have the understood responsibility of representing the company through their conduct and statements.

    Though I find this case to be borderline, NPR is quite within their rights to fire Juan.

    But at FOX, "journalists" can make these sort of statements as part of their job.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • captainniemo

      and which journalists are you talking about at Fox? got any examples of self-purported journalists at Fox giving their opinion? i thought not. My guess is that you are so indoctrinated with main stream "news" nowadays that you wouldn't know a journalist if it hit you up side your head. I'll be waiting for that list.

      October 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • JREwingSr

      "If a senior officer or public agent of any major corporation made these sorts of statements they would be subject to discipline or dismissal, and there would be public outcry. "

      ...so now you're justifying his dismissal based on a hypothetical response to hypothetical statement made by a hypothetical CEO?

      Anything else about this you wish were different?

      October 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      If any of those people had done that anyway, there would be an apolgy only. The CEO of NPR made an ignorant statement about his mental healthl, does she get canned also? No, it went from an opportunity to discuss, to a firestorm of negativity.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texrubarts

      If NPR has a policy in place – fine – but apply the policy to ALL their employees and it seems as other employees have voiced opinions in the past and have not been FIRED over it since it did not involve Fox News! Not quite fair!!

      October 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • NY-David

      Attention Capt Neimo –
      As for Fox Journalist that spout their opinion, let's start with Sean Hannity, Glen Beck, Sarah Palin...
      Need I go on?
      Am about to go onto a subway where there will be muslims in dress, jews in dress and some guy in drag. Which should I be more concerned about?
      NY-David

      October 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • NY-David

      Klarg,
      I'll also remark that he'd done this before and had spoken to about it before. Perhaps the honorarium Fox was giving him was too entiricng.
      NY-David

      October 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Karwolo

    NPR made the right decision in firing him. If similar stereotypical statements were made disparaging any other minority there would have been outrage, and rightly so. Helen Thomas was fired for stating a fact (albeit a hard one to swallow) and yet she had no defenders. If Juan was white and made a similar statement expressing his fear of black men (I am a black man) in dark alleys he would have been fired as well. Now, about FOX giving him a better contract, does any neutral person really expects anything better from them?

    October 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      The distinction is that he recognized it as an irrational fear, not that everyone should feel the same.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil Kessack

      Its hypocritical. NPA "reporters" can tow the extreme liberal line, but if an "analyst" varies from the golden text, NPR slanders (psychiarist or publicist) and then fire them without even the courtesy of a face-to-face meeting with a right to appeal. Bigotry in its truest form. Just don't do it with my tax dollars.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      While it's true that not all Muslims are terrorists, it is also true that almost all terrorists are Muslims.

      Violence perpertrated by Muslims is epidemic around the world from Chechnya to India to Packistan to Iran to Somalia. France and other European countries are on high alert right now due to the threat of Muslim terrorism. A significent number of Muslims feel sincerely that it is their divine duty to eliminate Infidels who they believe are the enemies of Islam. Considering that, is it unreasonable to feel apprehension on an airplane around devout Muslims?

      October 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaime

      Phil said:
      "While it's true that not all Muslims are terrorists, it is also true that almost all terrorists are Muslims."

      If that is true:
      Tim McVeigh was muslim. The man who shot Dr. Tiller in church was muslim. The IRA is a muslim organization. The KKK are all muslim.

      If you plan to make blanket false assertions, do it on forums for illiterates like Fox News forums, not in places where people can and occasionally do think.

      October 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ME

    I'm not the least bit surprised that NPR would make such a foolish move. The "open minded" liberals are the most closed minded people around. They hate when other people share dissenting opinions, and they hate any truth that is not politically correct. Williams said something that many Americans feel and he has an extremely valid reason for saying it, but liberals are closed minded and cannot accept facts that pop their little idealistic dream bubbles.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Ridiculous generality. I'm liberal and I don't think he should have been fired, however misguided and silly his fear is.

      So, no, "Liberals" are not all any one thing. Get over it. Learn nuance.

      October 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Good point. Liberals define any statement they disagree with as bigoted, phobic, or "hate speech". And anyone who disagrees needs to "discuss it with their psychiatriast" (i.e., they are crazy).

      The simple truth is that virtually every terrorist attach for the the last 12 years has been from Muslims. France and other European countries are at this very momemt at high alert from Muslim attacks. So it is natural to feel anxiety when you encounter a devout Muslim on an airplane.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Maybe if you try to engage him in conversation you might learn something.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMaster

      You're an idiot. Conservatives are close minded and hypocritical short bus. Why don't you wake up and smell what you are shoveling? That said they should not have fired him for saying what he said and they are suffering the backlash for doing so!

      October 22, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • beaky

      That's cute and all... but "liberals" do actually think. Nice try sweetie pie.

      His contract is clear. He was contracted as an analyst which operates under the same ethics code as a journalist (which is distinctly different from being a commentator or columnist). “In appearing on TV or other media . . . NPR journalists should not express views they would not air in their role as an NPR journalist. They should not participate in shows . . . that encourage punditry and speculation rather than fact-based analysis.”
      He broke with that so NPR broke with him. End of story. Move on. Jeez Louise!

      October 22, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kimo

      That's just silly. Liberals are liberals because they are open to new ideas and to different cultures. That's why they defend the rights of immigrants and minorities. Conservatives are conservatives because they fear anything that challenges their cherished beliefs about their own religion or country. I'm not going to defend NPR but Juan is about to make more mondy in the next three years than most of you will make in 30 years, so don't feel too sorry for him. By the way, people who wear crucifixes make me nervous because I assume they are right wing biggots. That's not true and it's a stupid statement, but what was your initiial reaction? Now put yourself in the shoes of a Muslim American (if you are capable of empathy).

      October 22, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Lupus

      You are right on the money

      October 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pat Magroyn

    I blame George W. Bush. If HE hadn't CAUSED 9/11, we wouldn't have this fear of muslims.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • William Ayers

      Pat,

      You need to wake up. That is quite possibly the most ingnorant statement you could make. Did Barack Obama cause the underwear bombers attempt at a terrorist attack? The answer is no for both. They attack us due to our alliance with Israel and their pure hatred for our way of life. Grow up.

      October 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve-o

      Mr. Ayers, I have to agree with Pat! Its GW Bush's fault, IT is ALL the Bush's fault! Everything, even after he will be out of office fifty years from now, it will always be Goerge W Bush's fault! When is everyone gonna get it!

      October 22, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane

      wow....you really can't be that dumb???!!!!!???? Can you?

      October 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clifford in New York

      You'll be o.k. as soon as the fog clears!

      October 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpb985

      William,
      You obviously cannot comprehend a statement made in jest. Beyond that fact, do acknowledge that the current administration continues blaming GWB for its failure to accomplish any improvement in the economy or the outlook for jobs. Placing blame is a nonproductive endeavor. As a nation, we must focus on where we need to go and how to achieve the goals.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      word

      October 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Lupus

      Wow you are just too stupid for words.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenny

      Just for the record the terroists planned the bombings on 9 11 long before Bush was in office. 

      October 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      YOU are an IDIOT... George Bush caused 9/11 huh?? Well, they ATTEMPTED the same scheme while BILL CLINTON was in office; they just happened to fail. Maybe, if Bill Clinton hadn't been such a chicken****, they wouldn't have been able to attempt it yet AGAIN and succeed.

      October 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CenterOfLeft

    Count me among those who disagree with NPR's decision. Williams injected much-needed non-leftist perspectives into NPR's political coverage and punditry.

    I got nervous the other week around a woman dressed head-to-toe in conservative Muslim garb. It was hardly conscious or deliberate; I realized at the time that it was a pretty irrational response, but I did feel like I had to put some distance between us before I felt at ease. Call me a bigot, I could care less; it was an honest and unintentional reaction. It's about post-9/11 fear-conditioning.

    It was also colossally bad timing for NPR to fire Williams right during the middle of their affiliates' fund-raising campaigns, especially during a time when Americans are already cutting back on giving.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • capcity

      glad you realized your response was irrational, unfortunately Juan did not come to that realization before he opened his mouth, nor has he after the fact, he's just whining about losing his job. Yes what he said may have been HIS honest thought, and YOURS is too, does not make it right nor right to say it. Maybe next time you are next to a Musilm you will react with less irrational fear.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalgarySandy

      Yes, conditioning. As you admit to being afraid of the way people from the Middle East dress, because of conditioning, you should be able to see that that is not the only thing that has been programmed into you. I personally prefer my own ideas based on my research and my analysis, preferably through raw data rather than the selective mind of some "pundit". I actively look for gullibility in myself. I am only here once and I want to live it as myself not as a programmed zombie.I am neither left nor right. I decide every issue on its own merits rather than slavishly following a party line. I have some prejudices, as everyone does. I actively work to examine them and then dig them out if necessary. I do not make excuses for my behaviour based on how I have been programmed. Only the very stupid and the very ignorant think you can slap a single stance on everything.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sanjay Gupta

    Hmmm... I don't believe NPR would have acted differently if a white person would have said blacks remined him of gorrillas he saw while in a safariin Africa.

    October 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geez

      What a silly comment... Comparing a human being to an animal is far different than stating you have an irrational fear. The person who makes the animal comment should be fired regardless of race.

      October 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou

      Hmmm, I think we live in an overly sensitive society when we can't honestly express our feelings. Juan Williams is obviously a conservative soul, and I'm much more liberal, but so what. I think a person should be able to express his/her honest feelings without worrying about getting fired just because it is not 'politically correct'. I defend Mr. Williams in this case. I think alot more of us felt like Mr. Williams nine years ago. Feelings are not always rational and 'politically correct'.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      A better comparison would be having someone you know get beaten to death by someone in a clown suit. And now it makes you nervous when you see someone in a clown suit. Does it make you a clown bigot? Its not rational, but it doesn't mean you hate all clowns either.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalgarySandy

      Honestly, it amazes me that the US keeps staggering along with people who don't get humour, can't understand figures of speech, buy anything their party tells them and think the past is irrelevent to dealing with the present and future. Do they think it is some sort of cr@p shoot? Have they never heard that those who forget the past are doomed to reliving it?

      It might interest the people who do not think you can learn from theoretical statements that the only good argument for the existance of god, the Ontological theory by Thomas Aquinas, is pure theory. It is called philosophy and you can find it in the men who theoretically posited Democracy.

      The fact is, people in the not so distance past did say that black people looked like gorrillas and monkeys. I suspect many still do in the privacy of their social groups. They would still do it in public too if they could get away with it.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalgarySandy

      I meant, of course, people who do NOT think you can argue theoretically. Once should never edit their own work.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ken

    Its time to declare a worldwide war against islam and muslims

    October 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • KJ

      Why? are you going to the front line or are you talking about sending someone else child to go fight!!!! Stop talking Crazy!!!

      October 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • RightAllTheWay

      Why not? Go and join the army and fight the bad guys. Why incite hate? Are you retarded or something?

      October 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. KJ

    Juan should have kept his personal thoughts to himself like every other person does!!!!! He singled out a group of people and thats wrong plain and simple this is a open and shut case... He cant flip the script now!!! He singled out muslims as if they blow up plans!!! He should not have said that!!! Now the Tea party and every other republican want to say NPR was wrong...I think they did go to the extreme but they said he been warned for remarks in the past so he should have known better!!!! 400 years ago some white people was not so nice to black people you dont hear black folks saying eveytime I see a white person I get nervous!!!!

    October 22, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Jesse Jackson admitted to being nervous when he hear footsteps following him and found out how relieved he was when he turned around to find it was white kids. Does that make him a bigot?

      October 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane

      whites don't make blacks nervous (unless they are cops), blacks on the other hand make everyone nervous. As Chris Rock once said, "I was at an ATM and heard someone behind be, I looked and thank god it was a white person". 50% of murders are from 12% of the population.....blacks. Jesse Jackson and Chris Rock and right in fearing their own kind....lol.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • XWngLady

      To Shane: Yes. It does. Jesse Jackson is not the quintessential black representative and certainly doesnt' represent me. Any man who would say that he wants to cut off the testicles of another man has completely lost my respect.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      So you think he hates black men? I don't think so. The testicles comment was a crude euphamism and not an actual desire to do bodily harm. It'd be like guys on a football team talking about kicking butt. They're not going to fight anyone , its smack talk.

      October 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • XWngLady

      To Shane: My point is this...if you tell one lie, does that make you a liar. Yes. It doesn't necessarily make you a pathalogical liar that does it incessantly, but at the moment you told the lie, you were a liar. Similarly, I feel that if you make a comment that is a bigoted or racist comment, that doesn't mean that you behave in bigoted or racists ways all the time, but at the moment you said that "muslims on planes scare you" or "black men in dark alleys scare you" or "white bankers/brokers handling my finances scare me" or whatever, you are a racist...or at the VERY least, you are expressing a racist/bigoted thought or idea that was already in your heart and mind (which in my opinion is just as bad).

      October 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    Would he have been fired if he had said, People wearing KKK robes and hood make him nervous?? In this age of terrorism not covering your face is scarey! You want the truth or lies!

    October 22, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      I mean covering your face in public can make someone nervous.. What are they hiding??

      October 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Um, nobody's face was covered on 9/11.

      Your hysteria is showing.

      October 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • capcity

      so how much face has to be covered? did the Lone Ranger and Batman make you nervous, does Spiderman, did I Dream of Jeannie? I know, not perfect analogies but Duh....

      October 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
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