NPR analyst fired over Muslim comment
October 21st, 2010
11:56 AM ET

NPR analyst fired over Muslim comment

National Public Radio said it terminated the contract of a news analyst after he said on a Fox News show that he gets nervous when he sees people with Muslim garb on planes.

Juan Williams had worked at NPR for a long time, but his other job as an analyst on the "largely conservative and often contentious prime time talk shows of Fox News has long been a sore point with NPR News executives," an article on NPR's website said.

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  1. Kids Science Experiments

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  2. Iqbal khan


    October 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm |
  3. Iqbal khan

    And they say muslim worship moon?


    October 28, 2010 at 8:41 pm |
  4. HotAirAce

    So, what is muslim garb? I think I understand middle-eastern garb, or arab garb, but not muslim garb? Is there catholic garb, protestant garb or atheist garb? Can you really identify a person's religion or intent by their clothing? I'm not justifying NPR's decision, but perhaps it was this stereotyping that got Juan into trouble?

    October 22, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
  5. T. Smith

    What happy to FREE Speech ? Oh Ya that's NPR we're talking about — let's all slide toooooooo the Left.

    October 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  6. Oh Tham Eng


    Nazim Mangera is an Imam for the Islam Society of the Niagara Frontier. Referring to former NPR commentator Juan Williams, after Williams made a comment about being afraid of people dressed in Muslim garb on a plane, the imam said: "I don't think firing the person is the most appropriate thing. I wouldn't go as far as NPR did by firing him, I would ask him to apologize."

    I agree with him, provided the Islamic garbs Willaims had commented on are the innocuous type, not the sinister-looking niqab or burqa where terrorists and assassins love to hide under it to perpetrate their evil.

    My Muslim friends had told me that for a woman to cover up totally was not a Quranic requirement, but cultural. In the sandy environment of Saudi Arabia, wearing a burqa or niqab makes sense- to protect the women's faces and eyes from the hurtful sand particles.

    goto: http://www.wben.com/pages/8405693.php

    October 22, 2010 at 6:20 am |
  7. Oh Tham Eng


    Last year he said something similar, and there was no ruckus generated. He was then on a visit to Malaysia with some of our younger ministers. He stopped by in the State of Kelantan, Malaysia's most conservative Islamic state, to pay a courtesy call on the Mentri Besar (equivalent to being the state's prime minister).

    That evening, he narrated that he went down with our Minister for Education Dr Ng Eng Hen for a swim in the hotel's pool. Then some Muslim women hidden in their sinister-looking burkini (the burqa/niqab equivalent swimming garb for Muslim women) swam towards him. When he saw them coming, our freaked out MM Lee Kuan Yew quickly swam away and got out of the pool, as it is common knowledge that Muslims are skilful to hide underneath their Islamic garb for women to assassinate their opponents.

    In fact, the very word for "assassin" is a lexicographic contribution to the English language from Muslims as they were grandmasters in the dark art of assassination by hiding and moving about inside the Islamic garb for women.

    Our MM Lee added that he wasn't as brave as our MOE Dr Ng Eng Hen to continue swiming with such sinister-looking Muslims lurking around him.

    I suppose if our MM Lee was an employee of NPR, he would have been fired too for daring to narrate to the media such politically-incorrect story about Muslims. So many had expected a ruckus. Thankfully, nothing happened.

    October 22, 2010 at 5:45 am |
  8. lzl

    some of the comments here just goes to show how much Fox News has mind-f-#ckd America!

    October 22, 2010 at 2:23 am |
  9. Iqbal khan


    October 21, 2010 at 9:35 pm |
  10. InfidelHere

    Meanwhile...muslim jihadists are probably laughing their butts off at our ridiculously PC culture run a muck.

    Face it...even a progressive like Juan Williams knows deep down inside that islam means "peace" IF...big "IF" here...when one "submits and surrenders" to their (sharia) way of life and their moon-god-allah.

    If you don't submit to their crap...well then...THERE IS NO PEACE!!

    Never has, is, nor will be with this idealogy that is responsible for 99.99% of all terrorist attacks made in the name of their screwed up religion!

    October 21, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
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      October 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  11. Ricky

    let's see (1) proving NPR is promoting the liberal agenda (2) allowing the noise of the few to influence the vote of the many (3) can you say "captain may I?"

    October 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  12. Frank

    I think what he said was childish but firing him was going too far. Same as when CNN fired Rick Sanchez and Octavia Nasr (I think that was her name).

    October 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
    • Frank

      Oh, and let's not forget Helen Thomas. Free speech is just going down the drain.

      October 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  13. G

    Juan Williams is a patriot!

    October 21, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  14. Reality

    Professor P noted: "As I have said repeatedly, the United States desperately needs a public conversation about Islam that is informed and civil. In order to have that conversation, however, people of good will (and I include Williams in that category) need to feel free to express not only their beliefs and opinions but also their worries and fears."

    Let the conversation begin with this: (for the eyes of new members)

    Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

    This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”. (and one wonders why we get nervous when a Muslim is on a plane?)

    And who funds this muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

    Current crises:
    The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

    And what instigated the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon? The koran, Mohammed's book of death for all infidels and Muslim domination of the world by any means. Muslims must clean up this book removing said passages admitting that they are based on the Gabriel myth and therefore obviously the hallucinations and/or lies of Mohammed. Then we can talk about the location and safety of mosques and what is taught therein. Until then, no Muslim can be trusted anytime or anywhere.

    October 21, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  15. Patrick

    Juan wasn't the first to concerned about flying. I guess RodMan and all the people in the audience laughing are bigots, too. He did this bit years ago.


    October 21, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  16. aa

    Mr. Williams is just saying what he believes to be true, but Mr. Williams the next time a cab driver refuses to stop to pick you up or the shop keeper closes his doors when he sees you because he's nervous of your African Americanness, please do not complain. Especially if you call yourself African American, rather than black, because that means you put you believe yourself to be an African before you consider yourself American.

    October 21, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  17. YolkyPalky

    Seriously? A credible reporter who was written plenty on the Civil Rights movement, etc. gets fired for saying something so entirely benign as getting nervous when seeing overtly Muslim dressed passengers on an airplane? My God, "Political Correctness" has reached levels of insanity.

    God forbid we offend those who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11, bombed the USS Cole, Marine barracks in Beruit, tried to bomb the World Trade Center the first time, routinely stones women to death for alleged adultery (or lesser crimes), and scores of other unprovoked acts of terror.

    Juan was telling the truth and he gets fired for that? I also do a double-take if I see overtly dressed Muslims on my airplane, and why wouldn't I? Correct my if I am wrong, but isn't it 100% Muslims that took over airplanes with box cutters and purposely crashed them? Isn't it 100% Muslims that tried to light their shoes on fire that had been turned into bombs? Yes, this is why everyone must take off their shoes at airports now, thank you Muslims. The list goes on and on. How can it be a bigoted attack when 100% of the terrorist threats on civil airplanes have come from Muslims?

    Ellen Weiss of NPR, who the heck are you protecting here?

    October 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  18. Muneef

    Such as these comments that tear any multicultural nations apart weakening their unity and specially on the Media generating, feeding hatred and fears among unity therefore it is wise to dismiss such people with hidden agendas from the Media Posts otherwise it would be the end of the multicultural experiment and unity would be divided as you can not just ship generations out to their original race country? Expect those half mix to suffer if no one of both sides would accept to take them??

    October 21, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  19. Dml

    I agree with Juan Williams. I think the best thing that could happen for him is to be canned by NPR! Juan was one of the few liberals that had the IQ to be able to converse, present his view and listen to the opposing one ( unlike the view losers). I'm sure that fox news will give him more work and while I am a staunch conservative I welcome Juan's view and support his right to voice it.

    October 21, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
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