The View From 1776
Friday, October 22, 2010
Pot Calls The Kettle Black
NPR, the liberal-progressive-socialist propaganda forum, has a double standard for its news analysts. Liberal-progressive-socialists may voice any opinions without concern for their future employment at NPR, so long as those opinions condemn or disparage traditionalists who adhere to the ethos of our nation’s founding generations.
In his Best of the Web Today column in the October 22, 2010, edition of the Wall Street Journal, James Taranto highlights the stark contrast between NPR management’s treatment of Juan Williams and Nina Totenberg.
Totenberg, it will be recalled, led the media propaganda assault on judge Clarence Thomas during the Senate committee hearings regarding his appointment to the Supreme Court.
Standards and Practices
Why does NPR still employ Nina Totenberg?
By JAMES TARANTO
In its furious effort to explain its firing of Juan Williams, National Public Radio has opened itself to scrutiny and raised further questions about its “standards and practices.” The network’s own website reports that NPR CEO Vivian Schiller “on Thursday said that Williams should have kept his feelings about Muslims between himself, ‘his psychiatrist or his publicist’—a comment she later said she regretted. ‘I spoke hastily and I apologize to Juan and others for my thoughtless remark,’ Schiller said in a statement released by NPR.”
No word on whether others accept her apology. As far as we know, however, she still is employed, notwithstanding this ugly comment.
Fox News, Williams’s remaining employer, has posted on its website the internal memo from Schiller to NPR Staff. Schiller says that as a “news analyst,” Williams was expected to fill “a very different role than that of a commentator or columnist”:
News analysts may not take personal public positions on controversial issues; doing so undermines their credibility as analysts, and that’s what’s happened in this situation.
Yet NPR.org reported yesterday that Williams’s “status was earlier shifted from staff correspondent to analyst after he took clear-cut positions about public policy on television and in newspaper opinion pieces.” There is, to say the least, considerable ambiguity as to what NPR expects of a “news analyst.”
Schiller goes on to say that the network has long viewed Williams as a problem:
This isn’t the first time we have had serious concerns about some of Juan’s public comments. Despite many conversations and warnings over the years, Juan has continued to violate this principal [sic].