NPR’s Juan Williams vs. Nina Totenberg

Posted on Oct 21 2010 - 8:15pm by Harrison

Juan Williams in 2010:

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.

Nina Totenberg in 1995:

I think [Jesse Helms] ought to be worried about what’s going on in the Good Lord’s mind, because if there is retributive justice, he’ll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will.

The difference?  Mr. Williams was fired by NPR while Ms. Totenberg was not.

Additionally, NPR has it in for reporter Mara Liasson:

Executives at National Public Radio recently asked the network’s top political correspondent, Mara Liasson, to reconsider her regular appearances on Fox News because of what they perceived as the network’s political bias, two sources familiar with the effort said.

Lastly, Left Winger George Soros donated $1.8 million to NPR so they could hire 100 reporters.  He also donated $1 million to Left Wing Media Matters.

Media Matters, the ideologically bankrupt organization which accused Andrew Breitbart of editing a tape of former USDA employee Shirely Sherrod when she said she turned down a farmer because he was white, was caught editing a tape of two fill-ins for Glenn Beck on his radio show so it sounded like they said MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann was responsible for the death of nine people in Manchester, Connecticut at the hands of a disgrunted ex-employee.

The pair joked that the murderer, who was black, listened to Keith Olbermann spouting off about racism so much he was driven to murder.  Then they said they were just kidding.

Turned out, Media Matters left that part out.

Journolism at its finest!

18 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. marie October 22, 2010 at 5:48 AM -

    I get nervous seeing suit-wearing Muslims that are infiltrating into our govt., educational system, etc..
    But this is only because I am a racist, and it has nothing to do with the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’s 20-year plan’ or anything like that.

    Also, I get nervous when I go shopping at my local Walmart and notice more and more women walking around in black garbage bags (berkhas). I need help, I’m so ashamed of myself for feeling this way. Does anyone know of a good psychiatrist?

    • KP October 22, 2010 at 8:10 PM -

      sometimes humor gets lost via e-mail and posts. i’ve been misunderstood many times on the internet.

  2. Dean October 22, 2010 at 12:35 PM -

    The highest irony here is that Williams made that statement as a jumping off point to illustrate how we shouldn’t brand all Muslims as bad.

    I don’t agree much with his politics but he seems a decent and honorable man. He got jobbed by a hypocritical organization.

    NPR disgraces itself and Williams gets $2 million from Fox. Everybody wins.

    • Harrison October 22, 2010 at 5:04 PM -

      That’s an excellent point and one I had not considered. I wouldn’t be surprised if Juan Williams ends up registering as a Republican after the tar and feathering his old employer gave him. Plus he got told over a phone call and was refused a meeting to discuss in person.

      • KP October 22, 2010 at 8:14 PM -

        This guy is legit. So legit he will not waver in his beliefs. He has been profoundly hurt by Schiller but am willing to bet he remains as understanding of progressive movements as he has been and as honest as ever. He is genuine and sees the big pic (ugly).

  3. Matt October 22, 2010 at 4:55 PM -

    Hypocrisy, the last bastion of the left.

    I wonder if this will wake Juan up? He’s spent his entire adult life carrying water for the left, and they threw him under the bus. Then, the folks that come to the liberal’s defense? Conservatives.

    That says quite a bit about the differences between the right and left.

    • Harrison October 22, 2010 at 5:01 PM -

      Juan has already said he used to think the Right was intolerant.

  4. marie October 22, 2010 at 9:03 PM -

    Yeah, not all Muslims are bad, because not all Muslims follow the Quran religiously, and thank God.

    Video: Three Things About Islam, a must watch-

  5. LD Jackson October 23, 2010 at 4:14 AM -

    I said this on my own blog and I’ll say it here. I could possibly understand NPR’s reaction, if Juan Williams had said something so radical that it could not be ignored. However, I can’t find radical in his statement at all. I have to wonder if they were not looking for an excuse because of his relationship with FOX News.
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    • Harrison October 23, 2010 at 7:35 AM -

      They were looking for an excuse. Apparently they asked Juan not to mention he worked for NPR when he went on Fox.

  6. marie October 23, 2010 at 8:19 AM -

    Doesn’t matter if he said something radical because these days all one needs to do is tell the simple truth to be labeled a crazy radical.

    • KP October 23, 2010 at 6:41 PM -

      This is true for both conservatives and progressives. Recall, ultimately, in the long run, the middle directs change. So unless motivated people just want to complain, we should be speaking to the middle.

      In my view, the way to navigate these most difficult of times lies in not speaking in an inflammatory way when outrageous behavior ocurrs. Somebody has to be the grown up. All of us — on both sides — have to _show_ we are not idealogues. Let the fringe on both sides claim the unbending vote. They don’t make change. Conviction to change (anyone’s kind of change) means changing minds. That’s speaking to the middle.

      • Harrison October 23, 2010 at 6:45 PM -

        I don’t know if it’s the journolists, the 24/7 news cycle, or that there’s no clear majorities but everything seems to be extreme on either side.

        • marie October 23, 2010 at 8:29 PM -

          We are living in intense & passionate times, I mean something is definitely in the air. Seems people are, more and more, finding themselves in the position of having to pick sides. Also, I think we are in some form of a cosmic shift and where days of mediocracy are coming to an end.

        • KP October 24, 2010 at 3:18 PM -

          Harrison, is it possible that we hear the extreme from both sides more often than not because centrists and moderates (those who hold power in elections) are not speaking as much or as loudly? Perhaps their votes are their screams? I wonder if the most vocal of the left and right sometimes feel the obligation to defend their positions because it is their position.

          It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that neither extreme has the answer. The answer lies in the middle. It almost always does.

          • Harrison October 24, 2010 at 3:58 PM -

            The Tip O’Neils and Bob Doles of the world are in short supply. They could work with the other side of the aisle to get things done. The “moderates” are done and people like Olympia Snowe are cast as traitors.

            • KP October 28, 2010 at 10:56 PM -

              The moderates are done? Who is going to be voting Dems out of office on Nov 2nd? The centrists and moderates. Who voted Obama into office? The centrists and moderates.

              Moderates are in control of elections. I grant you that elected officals are failing those who put them in office. Hence the huge pendulum swings. I do believe that elites (that word cracks me up but doesn’t make me laugh) in both parties are going to get the message in the next few years. That is my Hope and Change.

  7. Thomas Ferdousi October 24, 2010 at 10:18 AM -

    Totenberg looks like a real idiot in all of this
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