and they did it under the pretense that he was horribly out of line. what a farce. as they allowed and thus aproved of some trully evil comparisons over the years. like most liberals there outlook on the world is a mental illness
By Edward Olshaker
NPR’s mindset has not changed since they blacklisted terrorism expert Steven Emerson in response to a complaint from a Hamas supporter…whom they invited to be a commentator.
“[Juan Williams’] remarks were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”
– Statement issued by NPR
Remember what National Public Radio did to its foreign editor Loren Jenkins last year after he said, “Israel has used Gaza as a bombing target practice”?
They did nothing to him, for he was simply espousing the reckless anti-Israel hyperbole that is business-as-usual for NPR. Addressing an audience at an Aspen public radio event, Jenkins also said that Israel “created the biggest ghetto we’ve ever known” and is therefore responsible for the likelihood that Gazans “are all going to be turned into Palestinian terrorists because they have nothing else to do.”
Andrea Levin of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), who reported on Jenkins’ inflammatory falsehoods, also recounted his history of equating Jews with Nazis and softening the image of Palestinian terrorists:
How extreme are the NPR official’s views? In the past, Jenkins has depicted Israelis as imperialists and interlopers in the Middle East and even linked Jews to Nazis in his writing. In a 1983 Rolling Stone article entitled “Palestine, Exiled” he wrote, for example, that an Israeli-administered south Lebanon prison was, in the words of a nameless Red Cross official, “a concentration camp. There is nothing else to call it.” PLO leaders, in contrast, were characterized admiringly as freedom-fighters, as “modest” people, speaking in “soft and warm” voices. Of Yasir Arafat he said: “it is his liquid brown eyes that impress one the most…”
That Jenkins, who clearly harbors prejudicial views about Israel, remains ensconced at NPR with influence over what is broadcast about the Middle East should be a worry to those who care about decent and factual coverage of the region.
An earlier CAMERA study of NPR bias found its editors and reporters working on behalf of organizations that vilify the Jewish state:
… Significantly, Jenkins has regularly appeared at events sponsored by the stridently anti-Israel American-Arab Anti- Discrimination Committee (ADC), and [reporter] Kate Seelye was for a number of years beginning in the late 1980’s the ADC’s Manager of Media Relations.
In recent years Seelye has written for the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, in one article accusing Israel of engaging in state-sponsored terrorism. The Washington Report is an extremist magazine which has referred to Jewish supporters of Israel as a “cancer” and as “Israel-firsters,” and has carried ads for Roger Garaudy’s notorious book, The Founding Myths of Israeli Policy, which denies the Holocaust. That NPR would hire a contributor to such a magazine, that it would welcome such extreme partisans, is testament to the network’s own highly partisan agenda.
Not surprisingly, the report found, “[e]ntirely one-sided programs were commonplace, whether devoted to assailing Ariel Sharon as a ‘war criminal,’ to characterizing Israel as a ‘Jim Crow’ nation which should be done away with in its ‘apartheid’ form, or to blaming Israel for excessive violence, anti-American riots in Arab capitals and erosion of a supposed Arab commitment to peace.”
NPR’s blame-Israel mentality extends as far as blaming victims of terrorist atrocities for their own deaths. On May 2, 2004, Tali Hatuel was driving with her daughters — Hila, 11, Hadar, 9, Roni, 7, and Merav, 2 — when Palestinian terrorists opened fire and forced the car off the road. The gunmen then approached the vehicle, shot the eight-months-pregnant mother in the stomach, and shot the screaming girls repeatedly in the head. NPR’s Julie McCarthy portrayed the mass murder as “ample evidence … to show that [Jews’] continued presence in Gaza is provoking bloodshed.” (It’s astonishing what NPR’s white reporters can get away with without worrying about losing their job.)
the Hatuel family
As Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe wrote, “In NPR’s warped moral calculus, Tali Hatuel and her children are in early graves not because Palestinian culture celebrates the mass-murder of Jews, but because Jews have no business living among Arabs. If McCarthy had been reporting from Birmingham in September 1963, would she have blamed the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on the provocative ‘presence’ of the four black girls who died in the explosion?”
and thus the true aparthied is not the Israelis who only wish to keep from being blown up and randomly murdered by arab muslim palistinians, but the muslims in outside of israel who cannot live with even a single jew as a neighbor.
the botom line? Juan Williams expresses well founded fears not an opinion and he is purged from the ranks, becuase leftism is not a tolerant open minded philosophy, it is orwellian instead.