Juan Williams

NY Times has an article on TWO TAKES the controversy about NPR and Williams .

Juan Cole  begins his remarks:

“A Europol report on terrorist attacks in Europe in 2009 [pdf] says that out of hundreds of terrorist attacks iin Europe in 2009, most were the work of ethnic separatists. About 40 were carried out by members of the extreme left. A handful by the European far right. See also this analysis.

“One terrorist attack was carried out in 2009 in all Europe by persons of Muslim heritage (I do not say ‘by a Muslim’ because terrorism is forbidden in Islamic law).

“That is right. Out of hundreds. Exactly one.”   [More Cole…..]

What comes to my mind is the firing of Helen Thomas from the White house Press corps for some remarks, which does not seem to be recalled a this time.  NPR CEO Vivian Schiller told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that Williams’ comments were the last straw for NPR.  “There have been several instances over the last couple of years where we have felt Juan has stepped over the line,” Schiller said. He famously said last year something about Michelle Obama and Stokely Carmichael. This isn’t a case of one strike and you’re out,” she told the paper.


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