Veteran journalist and political analyst Juan Williams was fired by National Public Radio yesterday for making what they called "anti-Muslim" remarks.
In reality, Williams was merely expressing the sentiments of many Americans in this post-9/11 era when he said that he gets "worried" and "nervous" when he sees people dressed in Muslim-style clothing on airplanes.
Bill O'Reilly, who made news himself when he told the ladies of 'The View' that Muslims caused 9/11, said, "The cold truth is that in the world today, jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet."
Williams, who is a frequent contributor to Fox News, agreed, and added:
"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," he said. "But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they're identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
In a statement released by NPR, the company said Williams' comments "were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR."
NPR needs to get in touch with reality. All of a sudden it's considered politically incorrect to express realistic fears now that we have a Muslim president in office?