Saturday, October 23, 2010

Palin and Hypocrisy.

Sarah Palin tweets:

“NPR defends First Amendment Right, but will fire u if u exercise it.

Juan Williams: u got taste of Left’s hypocrisy, they screwed up firing you.”
First of all, it's not a First Amendment issue, it's an employer issue. And, talking of hypocrisy, isn't what Palin is complaining about above, the very thing she is asking of the people wanting to open the Park 51 mosque?
"You have the right to have a mosque there but it would be "insensitive" if you availed yourself of that right?"
And she has the gall to think that she can detect hypocrisy on the left. She really is clueless.


There was a day when Williams himself would have condemned what he did.
In 1986, Juan Williams participated in a forum in The New Republic regarding a column by The Washington Post's Richard Cohen, who had justified the practice of D.C. jewelry store owners who would "admit customers only through a buzzer system, and [] some store owners use this system to exclude young black males on the grounds that these people are most likely to commit a robbery" (h/t). Defending this race-based exclusion, Cohen argued that "young black males commit an inordinate amount of urban crime," and that "black potential victims as well as white ones often act on this awareness, and that under certain circumstances, the mere recognition of race as a factor . . . is not in itself racism."

Responding to Cohen's argument, Williams said: "In this situation and all others, common sense in my constant guard.
Common sense becomes racism when skin color becomes a formula for figuring out who is a danger to me."

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Anonymous said...

Too Bad for NPR they lost a good person!!!! Newsfox got a great person!! They need to look at the person that fired him. They need to fired her or she!

Kel said...

No, they lost a person who, by his own definition, was being racist.

His words:

"Common sense becomes racism when skin color becomes a formula for figuring out who is a danger to me."

And yet he said that Muslims who wear traditional Muslim dress scare him.

boinky said...

it's a first amendment problem because NPR is subsidized by the US taxpayer.

And the government can't make any laws about free speech.

And Williams entire comment was taken out of context: it was actually nuanced.

Kel said...

NPR might be sponsored by the American government, but they are not the American government, any more than the BBC is the British government. So it is an employer issue, not a first amendment issue.

The BBC can fire anyone they want and it's none of the government's business. Same goes for NPR.