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Good for NPR. After one of its senior analysts, Juan Williams,  made an appearance on Bill O’Reilly’s show and made comments that illuminated his narrow views on Muslims, the respected news network terminated his contract.

According to the New York Times:

On the show, the host, Bill O’Reilly, asked him to respond to the notion that the United States was facing a “Muslim dilemma.” Mr. O’Reilly 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.”

Mr. Williams said he concurred with Mr. O’Reilly.

He continued: “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. 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.”

Mr. Williams also made reference to the Pakistani immigrant who pleaded guilty this month to trying to plant a car bomb in Times Square. “He said the war with Muslims, America’s war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don’t think there’s any way to get away from these facts,” Mr. Williams said.

NPR defended its move, stating that the remarks “were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst.”

We could not agree more. Williams’ comments may be expected from someone naive to the ways of the world and believes all the ignorant notions spewed by the likes of Bill O’Reilly, but those comments are certainly unexpected from someone who analyzes the news and has been exposed to the world in the way that he has.

Not to mention, Williams is a black man. Saying that he would be worried by a Muslim getting on a plane is like a white Manhattanite saying she gets uncomfortable when seeing the likes of Juan Williams getting on a subway train. But luckily for Williams, there’s room in the news industry for narrow minds. Let’s see how long it takes for FOX to offer him his own show.

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