Monday, October 25, 2010

National Public Radio--A State Of Denial, Hypocrisy and Prejudice

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National Public Radio--A State Of Denial, Hypocrisy And Prejudice

National Public Radio fired Juan Williams last week for the following comments made to Bill O'Reilly on FOX News:

"Look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country. 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 are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried, I get nervous."

also said that political correctness could, "lead to some kind of paralysis, where you don't address reality."

While federally funded National Public Radio has had a problem with Williams for a while, it was these words that they chose to use for cause to fire him.

Williams has a long and distinguished career with both the Washington Post, NPR and as an author. While I don't agree with many of Williams' positions, I have always appreciated his integrity, passion and class.

Apparently, those characteristics mean little at NPR, as they reflect the party line of the so-called "progressive" media. Except they are a little different in that they are publicly funded and there is now a move to de-fund them. Not so much in defense of Williams, as outrage over their absolute denial of reality.

This personifies the hypocrisy and prejudice in the far left media, and NPR has been taking this position for a long time. If similar comments would have been made of a Christian or Jew, you would not have seen this kind of action.

Hypocrisy and Prejudice.

Michael Marion, formerly with ABC and now with NPR,
has implied on the air that Catholicism and Christianity in general had some connection to Timothy McVeigh blowing up the federal building in Oklahoma.

Scott Simon, with NPR, in an
on-air interview with Christopher Hitchens following Mother Teresa's death in 1997, was far more prejudiced and malicious than expressing fear of Muslims in full garb on a plane.

Simon began with, "It wasn't her support of the church so much as her tolerance of tyrants and criminals." Hitchens criticized her concern for the dignity of poverty as "Middle Ages theology, a destructive comfort to keep people poor."

When white powder was found in the offices of a few Democratic Senators, it was NPR that
attempted to implicate the Traditional Values Coalition, a Christian values organization, without any evidence.

And NPR's
Terry Gross was horrified at the "very extreme" Franklin Graham statements, expressing concerns that Graham would tarnish our image to the rest of the world.

You have likely heard that the catalyst for NPR's action was CAIR, an Hamas linked Muslim advocacy organization operating here in our country. They demanded NPR take action over Williams' words.

FOX's Megyn Kelly covered the story very well with a sampling of what the national media was saying about this matter at the end of last week.
This link also includes an interview with Ibe Hooper, a spokesman for Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Political correctness is strangling both reason and reality. We need deliverance.

God help us.

Be Vigilant. Be Informed. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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  1. Talk about situational ethics. People being fired due to political correctness didn't bother Gary when it was Helen Thomas, or Bill Maher, in fact he supported and endorsed the practice. Or are we going to pretend that it's only the dreaded political correctness when it involves getting fired to expressing bigotry Gary supports?


  2. So Anonymous at 9:26 a.m. today, which of the 9/11 hi-jackers was not a Muslim?

    BTW, Timothy McVeigh, whom people love to throw out as the SOLE example of non-Muslim terrorism in this country, was NOT a Christian. Yes he was a white American guy, but he was an avowed atheist/agnostic who said so right up until he was executed.

    I just can't figure out how speaking the truth these days is called bigotry. But NOT calling the facts as they are, such as "Muslims attacked us on 9/11" is just stupid.

    And stop calling Gary a hypocrite unless you are prepared with facts to substantiate your name-calling.

    Camas, WA

  3. Vanessa,

    I am prepared with facts, but I'm sure that since they aren't pleasing to you, you'll ignore them.

    McVeigh is entirely irrelevant to this discussion, a red herring if you will.

    I never said that any of the terrorists, who attacked us on 9/11 weren't Muslim, of course "all 9/11 terrorists were Muslim" doesn't mean that all Muslims are terrorists or should be suspected of such. This is where Williams exposed his bigotry and got himself fired. Not that it has hurt him in the end, Fox News, knowing that there it's audience has a nearly insatiable appetite for anti-Muslim bigotry, snapped him up to the tune of $2 Million a year!

    Your statement "Muslims attacked us on 9/11", while technically true is also misleading. What differentiated the people who attacked us on 9/11 from the rest of humanity wasn't their faith but their fundamentalist extremist expression of that faith. I could say that "Christians are responsible for bombing health care clinics in the US", but I bet you'd object. Why? because just as there are billions of Muslims in the world, who did not attack us on 9/11 and do not support such attacks, there are millions of Christians, who did not bomb health care clinics and don't support such attacks. Is that simple enough for you to grasp?

    I provided my evidence to support my position that Gary Randall is a hypocrite when it comes to firing media figures in my original post. The fact that you chose to ignore it and throw out a bunch of red herrings doesn't change that fact.

    I vividly recall Gary calling for the firing of Helen Thomas for her comments, and of Bill Maher for his. As far as I know, he was silent when Octavia Nasr and Rick Sanchez were fired over their pro-Muslim and anti-Jewish comments. All of which supports my conclusion that Gary is exercising conditional ethics and is only outraged at firings for violating Political Correctness, when he endorses the offending comments.

    So, stop pretending my supporting evidence for correctly labeling a behavior exhibited by a public figure isn't there just because you choose to ignore it, m-kay?

    Renton, WA

  4. The firing was overkill. William's nervousness
    had nothing to do with common sense and logic.
    His nervousness came from his gut. I flew from Dallas to Seattle on September 18 2001. There were some people with turbans on the plane. I had to fight the feelings of being nervous. I reasoned with myself that these people had passed through security and that it was alright.

  5. Dear John
    With all due respect, you must have missed the part where Juan Williams qualified his statement about his nervousness with a re-statement that all Muslims are not terrorists. It's OK though, don't worry about your gaffe; it happens to a lot of people who are just waiting for a reason to condemn Fox News, or Gary, or Christians, or Israel, or, well, you fill in the blank. O'Reilly never said all Muslims are terrorists, Williams never said all Muslims are terrorists, Gary never said all Muslims are terrorists, and I never said it either.

    But I'd be willing to bet that there is a much larger percentage of Muslims who approve of the terrorist radicals' actions, than the percentage of Christians who approve bombing abortion mills. Just because "all Muslims are not terrorists" does not mean there's not a problem with a pretty significant number of people who name the name of islam, and want to kill us just because we are Americans (or Israelis). Again, I stand by the assertion that we ignore that fact at our own peril. (I think I said it was "stupid" in my previous post.) You may not remember the videos of Palestinians dancing in the streets on 9/11 (since they don't show those politically incorrect videos any more), but I sure remember. Forgive me if I don't appreciate people celebrating the death of thousands of my fellow countrymen. Maybe you didn't think it meant something, but it meant something to me.

    If Helen Thomas had made a qualifying statement saying something like "all Jews shouldn't go back to Germany, just the bad ones", it may have made a difference. Did Williams say "All Muslims should go back to the Middle East (or fill in the blank)"? That would have been a hateful and yes, bigoted statement. She made a hateful and bigoted statement, and he did not. That's the nuance you probably missed in your fervor to attack Fox News, and Gary.

    Just so you know, I scoured Gary's blogs from June 2010 which is when the Helen Thomas story surfaced, and he never mentioned it at all. I'll let Gary say why not, but maybe, like me, he thinks that people should be able to speak their opinions in what's left of the United States without the fear of being fired.

    and the tone of your last line was really condescending. Do you feel better?

    Camas, WA

  6. Vanessa,

    I do remember the celebration video after 9-11. I also remember that a great percentage of the muslim world was horrified by the attacks. I don't claim to know the percentages on each side. Do a search for muslim reaction to 9-11 and you'll see there was a lot of support for us. Although we squandered most of the good will by invading Iraq.

    Also, they don't want to kill us just because we are Americans. It's because we are occupying their land and killing them. If we'd just get out of the middle east, the tension would calm way down. Relax, I'm not defending terrorism, just being pragmatic about what drives the behavior. It's stupid to think we're such an exceptional nation that we do whatever we want where ever we want without consequence.

    Mark in Tigard

  7. So, Mark, let me get this straight...9/11 was our fault because we invaded Iraq two years later?

    Got it. Wow.

    Remind me what country in the Middle East the United States was occupying on 9/10/2001?

    Camas, WA

  8. Vanessa,

    First, I never said it was our fault. I simply observed that most terrorism is a reaction to our activities. As much as you may not like it, there are causal relationships. Refusing to acknowledge them is pure hubris. Ignoring them is tactically stupid.

    I'm happy to remind you that we had a military base in Saudi Arabia on 9/10/2001. It was a remnant of our '91 invasion. Bin Laden and others saw this as an occupation of sacred religious ground. Getting it closed was one of his main objectives in the attack. It worked. We closed it 2 years later.

    But the more widespread growth in terrorism occurred after the invasion of Iraq. They don't hate our freedom. They want us out of there and they want us to stop killing civilians.

    Mark in Tigard

  9. Mark I really appreciate that you sincerely believe you are correct. But blaming America first and pretending that we did anything at all to deserve the hatred they point toward us is just wrong.

    I'm not trying to say that America is perfect, but we have done more to help other people in poor nations (mostly by our private sector and charities) than any other country in the history of the world.

    Trying to prove to them that we don't deserve to be murdered is like Chamberlain with his agreement with Hitler. It didn't work out that well for anyone then, and neither will an attitude of appeasement toward evil idealogy work now.

    I still stand by my premise that not saying the truth simply lulls us into a very dangerous sleep. This will be my last post on this subject.

    Thanks to Gary for allowing this dialog.

    Respectfully to all,
    Camas, WA

  10. Vanessa,

    Please stop twisting my words to fit your filter. I didn't say we deserved the hatred and I'm not saying America is bad. Nor do I want to appease or prove anything to the enemy, or even to negotiate with them.

    I'm simply trying to view this from an analytical and neutral standpoint to understand what motivates the terrorists. I've heard no solutions from you side, only that I should be afraid of muslims.

    Here's a simple solution, you don't need to negotiate with the hornets, just stop poking the nest. I don't believe we have anything to gain with war over there so all we are doing poking the nest.

    Imagine if a great nation that has done more to help others than any other nation invaded our land, right or wrong - it doesn't matter. Imagine their drones silently killing your civilian relatives from high in the sky and all you have to fight back with is a rifle or whatever else you can improvise.

    We are creating more enemies than friends. And for what? The cynical me says that it's so you folks can get to your end of times. You need a war with the muslims.

    I don't!

    Mark in Tigard


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