Eating your young is a favorite activity of senior officers in the military, failing industries and apparently the far left media. National Public Radio is ostensibly a federally funded voice of the arts, culture and society at large. They offer programming that might not be readily profitable for a commercial, free-enterprise radio outlet. Saturday afternoon at the Met might not garner an audience of the demographic slices necessary to support a local FM station.
But we've also long known that NPR reaches into the realm of editorializing and pontificating to shape the news and events of the day to the advantage of the far left. It is what it is. Yet, you might think that they would welcome a participation in the rest of the world that would offer their stars a greater voice, demonstrate the intellectual superiority of their participants and possibly attract new listeners to their message.
Juan Williams has long been that sort of media star. I like Juan. He's a hard-working and obviously intelligent guy. He is articulate and well-spoken. He's a regular on the Fox All-Stars panel for Bret Baire and Chris Wallace. I don't often agree with him. He can sound like a walking talking point for the DNC. But he provides a perspective from that side of the political spectrum. He can challenge the statements of the right and he can visibly frustrate the hell out of Brit Hume who is the very model of unshakability.
Honesty Earns a Pink Slip
Did you watch the video? Don't you feel the same way? Would it be disingenuous to deny the feelings? Juan said what he feels and he acknowledged freely that it might not be just, right, or proper. But the feelings were there and we all have them. We, in the general public, have come to know what the enemy looks like. No, a potential terrorist is not going to come to the target in a flowing djellabah. He's going to be in mainstream blue jeans and look like an itinerant college student or engineer. But we still feel just like Juan.
Juan spoke the truth. And, in doing so, he was deemed "off the reservation" and NPR released him. Maybe now, Juan can earn some real money working for the free market, saying what he really thinks, and being a rational voice even with a slightly leftist bias. That would be a good thing for us and for Juan as well.
Meanwhile, NPR will sink further into the morass of media oblivion.