Nov 01 2010
Oct 21 2010
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
For years (literally) I’ve noted what a cretinous NPR’s Juan Williams is. If the asscranks over at Orange Admin haven’t erased/deleted all my archived Diaries, you’ll be able to find plenty of writings that back up this assertion. Williams has always been unimpressive, at the least: a shallow and superficial interviewer whose “insights” and “analysis” were mere dabblings in either the obvious or recapitulations of Right Wing spinning points. Over at Orange I noted many times over the degree to which Juan Williams just about peed himself with simpering and worshipful excitement when he “interviewed” (read: fawned over) Dick Cheney about 5 or 6 years ago.
Well, finally, finally, this poseur, this underwhelmer, this poster child for much of what’s wrong with so-called “journalism” in today’s America, got his comeuppance: NPR’s fired Juan Williams for over-the-top and, well, just dumbass proclamations (confessions of TeaKKism) about Muslims. TeaKKism. Yeh, I know that Williams is a person of color. That’s part of the irony.
“On Monday, O’Reilly asked Williams if there is a “Muslim dilemma” in the United States. The NPR analyst and longtime Fox News contributor agreed with O’Reilly that such a thing exists, and added that “political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don’t address reality.”
“‘I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot,’ Williams continued. ‘You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.’ . . .”
You know that there’s a racist or like-kind remark coming whenever someone starts off a sentence with, “Well, you know I’m not a bigot/prejudiced, but . . .”
Of course, he’s got his buddies and his sinecure at Fox to comfort him. This jerk will never worry about having to pay a bill. These foul people take care of their own.
My only beef with NPR is that they kept this narrow-minded panderer to the Right Wing on its payroll for as long as it did.
Sep 29 2007
Time magazine gives space to Juan Williams to attempt to shut down criticism of Bill O'Reilly. Jaun Williams, like O'Reilly, is an employee of Fox News. Williams writes two things that struck me as pathetic and ridiculous. The first:
That twisted assumption led me to say publicly that the attacks on O'Reilly amounted to an effort to take what he said totally out of context in an attempt to brand him a racist by a liberal group that disagrees with much of his politics.
Um, so Juan, you feel comfortable smearing poeple while at the same time taking umbrage that you were smeared by ONE commentator on CNN?
But the out-of-context attacks on O'Reilly picked up speed and ended up on CNN, where one commentator branded me a “Happy Negro” for allowing O'Reilly to get by with making racist comments without objection.
Well, shame on that commenter Juan, but shame on you for smearing people yourself. For smearing people like Eugene Robinson:
ROBINSON: Well, you know I'm not going to go inside of Bill O'Reilly's head — you know, is he racist, what does he know? You know, all I know is that it was, at best, a casually racist remark. But you know, what really ticks me off is that when you say that, when you point that out, you know, immediately you get charged by O'Reilly and cohorts with, you know, you're the thought police, you're the thought Gestapo, you're the word Nazis, you're interfering with free speech, and somehow cutting off an honest debate about race. . . .
And for the record Juan, Eugene Robinson is a black man too. I wonder if Time will give him a chance to respond to your smears.