There has never been a question in my mind that Juan Williams was, fundamentally, a liberal in his bones. Juan made me crazy more often than not. Every once in a while he would cross the divide to a common sense viewpoint that satisfied my interpretation of what common sense was. Juan demonstrated a willingness to accede to the idea that if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck; it’s a duck, damn it!
Juan stood up to the “oh poor me, I’m just not responsible” mantra of black “leadership”; he castigated the culture of dependency fomented by this leadership and called for a new age of responsibility in the Black community. He engaged the race issue with courage and intellectual integrity. He was willing to, frequently enough, follow clear logic. Did he repeat common talking points, sure he did; but not all the time. He was enough of a chameleon to be interesting, he was moderate enough on occasion to hold my attention; Juan was courageous enough to win my admiration. Pretty good record by my standards!
How do you dislike Juan Williams? How do you fire him for expressing a common if politically incorrect perception? Personally, I’ve seen Muslims taken off planes as I sat in seat 10C. I pay attention in airports. I pay attention in public places. Many of us do. We’re not afraid, but we are aware; we’re not intimidated but we are not blind to possibilities. Neither was Juan.
There is nothing here that exposes Juan for anything other than what he, unabashedly, is and what we all knew him to be. PBS is exposed! PBS is exposed as intolerant, politically correct, shallow in their justification for the firing and unworthy of public funding. PBS is exposed, in this case as simply another serial exposure that, so far has led nowhere. No accountability, a lack of balance and sensitivities well outside mainstream America.
PBS should have a plethora of problems, especially in light of their massive funding request. Problems with the Black Caucus, problems with free speech Conservatives, problems with the media in general, problems with moderate Democrats, problems with Republicans who believe in the exchange of ideas, problems with people who appreciate intellectual courage and problems with people that just like “nice guys”; Juan always struck me as a “nice guy”, I’d love to have a drink with Juan, no doubt it would be fun. Juan, call me!
PBS, shame on you! Shame on your double standards! Shame on your commitment to political correctness and in all likelihood shame on you for firing Juan for reasons other than you’ve stated publically.