In our pop-culture sea of Don Imus's, Bill O'Reilly's, and Rich Sanchez's, we thought NPR was the one safe haven for smart, thoughtful, politically correct (and sometimes pretty staid) commentary. Not so: NPR commentator Juan Williams made a regrettable appearance on The O'Reilly Factor, where Williams basically indulged O'Reilly's baiting.
Bill O'Reilly, asked him whether he thought the United States was facing a "Muslim dilemma." "The cold truth is that in the world today jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet," O'Reilly said.
Williams, who is African American and writes and speaks frequently on race, told O'Reilly that he agreed with his assessment.
"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," he said. "But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they're identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."
Williams, who is black and published multiple books on race, was fired from NPR Wednesday night because his remarks "were inconsistent with our editorial standards." Conservatives like Michelle Malkin and Erick Erickson are firing on all cylinders because Williams just said "exactly how he feels" (though, if you feel like Muslims are scary, NPR probably isn't the best place for you).