Sunday, October 24, 2010

In Defense of Juan Williams

I presume you have heard of the firing of Juan Williams by NPR over comments he made on the Bill O'Reilly Show. ThinkProgress, a liberal news blog, was the first to post this video clip with an article. The clip then spread throughout the blogosphere before being picked up by the mainstream news. Note that the clip is 46 seconds long.

But, here are his full remarks.

So, he goes on to make an analogy by saying that blaming the Oklahoma city bombing on Christians would be wrong and that George Bush said that we were not at war with Islam. This selective editing that ThinkProgress did reminds me of the Shirley Sherrod incident. If a news site, liberal or conservative, is going to show video harmful to one's reputation, they ought to provide the whole damn tape. Failure to do so is dishonest.

Brooke Gladstone of WNYC's On the Media did a report on this incident with Slate's William Saletan. It's worth a listen. WNYC is a NPR affiliate.

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