C. Edmund Wright details the comparison between the Juan Williams firing and the Don Imus firing in the American Thinker today, in an article entitled Juan Williams, Welcome to Imusville. The difference, of course is that Imus commented about the Rutgers womens' basketball team in terms that can only be described as insulting. Not that Imus should have been fired, but it was impolite. Williams on the other hand was speaking about his own feelings when a Muslim gets on an airplane. I have listened to the video, and I did not see anything even resembling a bigoted statement by Williams. Under the circumstances Williams gave, I get nervous too. In any case, a quote:
And he gets canned very publicly for saying something we all believe -- that we are a bit nervous when we see men in obviously Muslim dress on our airplane flights. I know I sure as hell do. On my last flight, there was a dead ringer for Zaccharius Massoui. I mean twin material! And he was scowling and acting nervous -- and flying alone. And we were depending on Jamaican security! I was literally in a cold sweat. (There goes my NPR career).I suspect NPR was already looking for an excuse to get rid of Williams, and found one in these trumped up charges. You see, Williams also did commentary for FOX News, appearing on Britt Hume's, now Brett Bair's show. He provided a valuable balance to the conservative opinions offered on that show; opinions often based on wrong facts to be sure, but valuable nonetheless.
Thus the world view on the left comes into focus again. It's not the truth of what you say, but how "sensitive" it is for YOU to be saying it. A Muslim could make this comment, but not a black person, just as in Imus case a black person could make his comment, but not a white person. Do you think Williams sees it yet?