HALF-MUSLINS ON A PLANE!  10:07 am October 21, 2010

Juan Williams Fired For Admitting He Is Afraid of Flying Muslims

by Riley Waggaman

Greetings, Rick Sanchez!NPR contributor and only-black-person-on-Fox-News Juan Williams was fired for saying racist things about Muslims during a friendly “teevee bull session” with Bill O’Reilly. Geezus, what did Juan say? He said that when he is on an airplane and sees a Muslim he gets nervous. (There’s nothing wrong with being a bit startled when you look up at the clouds and see Muslims flying around.) Anyway, Rick Sanchez proved to America that the liberal media is controlled by scheming Jews, but NPR is the exception: National Public Radio is run by flying Muslims. You’re fired Juan Williams, goodbye!

Let’s examine the full blockquote, and then maybe take it out of context:

“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.”

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot, but.” Oh dear. Does Juan Williams realize that white people get nervous when they see him and other non-white people, and not just when they are on an airplane? (White people sometimes encounter black people when they are driving their Segways to Whole Foods, or when they are shopping for condos. This makes them very nervous.)

So anyway, Juan Williams was fired for being afraid of Muslims, which is funny because half of America is afraid of Muslims and Juan Williams. This is ironic, in an Alanis Morissette kind of way. The End. [WaPo]

 

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BornInATrailer October 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

Ding! You are now free to move about the job market.

DashboardBuddha October 21, 2010 at 10:46 am

I think this is the win this morning.

Not_So_Much October 21, 2010 at 11:03 am

Where is Fox gonna find another black "liberal" to fill that demographic. Also, can he and Rick just start a new channel for even stupider people? One would think the target market is vast…

DemmeFatale October 21, 2010 at 11:42 am

Yeah, Juan Williams is a liberal? Riiiiiiiight.

horsedreamer_1 October 21, 2010 at 1:54 pm

He's actually Joe Klein in black-face.

the_onceler October 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

I thought there was a rule in the media against firing people who make stupid comments about Muslims?

BaldarTFlagass October 21, 2010 at 10:16 am

If they fired every one on Fox that ever said something stupid about Muslims, they'd be off the air.

chicken_thief October 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I thought the rule was to PROMOTE people who made stupid comments about the moozlinz. Or the illegals. Or the joowz. Or the… well, you get the picture…

KathrynSane October 21, 2010 at 10:11 am

Oy. When will people learn that if you have to preface a statement by saying "I'm not a bigot, but…" it is probably something that makes you a complete and total bigot?

MarionNYNY October 21, 2010 at 10:20 am

When will people learn that if they say it on the TV — that's like announcing it on television.

BarryOPotter October 21, 2010 at 11:11 am

Exactly. When I read "I'm not a bigot, but…" I immediately readied myself to read some bigotry. And read it I did. And what kind of name is 'Juan?' I dunno, but 'taint 'Murikan, I ken-tel-ya-dat-much-rite-now.

V572625694 October 21, 2010 at 11:13 am

Is he part Illegal?

CablinasianDem October 21, 2010 at 10:12 am

Even when Juan Williams is fired for making inflammatory comments, they're dull, cliche, and uninspired.

problemwithcaring October 21, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Yes. Thank you.

ph7 October 21, 2010 at 10:12 am

Not all muslims wear hijack garb on airplanes, but all hijack garb wearers on airplanes are muslim.

Zvi_Bleindmeis October 21, 2010 at 10:13 am

I want those motherfucking Muslims off this motherfucking plane!

CapnFatback October 21, 2010 at 10:16 am

This is precisely why his tolerance for those air travelers who first and foremost identify themselves as snake handlers is so puzzling.

Zvi_Bleindmeis October 21, 2010 at 10:21 am

Well, he has close professional connections with many cold-blooded reptiles.

Kevin Stowell October 21, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I believe that's "drei" bleind meis.

Zvi_Bleindmeis October 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Dude, that is SO anti-Semitic!

deelzebub October 21, 2010 at 10:14 am

I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot.

That's like me saying I'm not racist because I love the people and cultures of Africa, Europe, and The Americas. Those shifty fucking Asians, on the other hand, I don't trust those bastards as far as I can throw them.

BaldarTFlagass October 21, 2010 at 10:14 am

"So anyway, Juan Williams was fired for being afraid of Muslims, which is funny because half of America is afraid of Muslims and Juan Williams."

And like Juan Williams, half of America is now only partially employed.

Spanky2a October 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm

"half of America is now only partially employed."

Ur miss taken, things has never bin bettah!

forgracie October 21, 2010 at 10:14 am

Anytime you start your opinion with "Look, I'm not a bigot…" hold on for the good stuff to follow!

DoktorZoom October 21, 2010 at 10:15 am

Damn, this probably means that anti-muslin teabaggers are going to withhold their NPR pledges, resulting in a loss of…

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, yeah. Never mind.

V572625694 October 21, 2010 at 11:14 am

They're all right — everybody's been living off Joan Kroc's money since she croaked. Raises for all!

Lascauxcaveman October 21, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Hamburger heiress of big cheese restauranteur really saved NPR's bacon.

V572625694 October 21, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Mmmm…bacon cheeseburger…mmmm…

V572625694 October 27, 2010 at 11:37 pm

mmmm…bacon cheeseburger…

JMPEsq October 21, 2010 at 10:17 am

I'm surprised Williams didn't follow "I'm not a bigot" with "some of my best friends are Muslim".

AutomaticPilot October 21, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Look, some of my best friends are named Juan Williams…

thefrontpage October 21, 2010 at 10:18 am

I get nervous when I see Juan O'Reilly Williams on a plane.

I get nervous when I see Juan Williams on Fox News.

I get nervous when I see Juan Williams anywhere.

Yet another bozo psycho poseur who needs to retire, effective immediately.

mumbly_joe October 21, 2010 at 10:18 am

I do kinda love the composition there: Preface your statement by saying that you are not a bigot, and then proceed to literally describe the definition of bigotry.

"Look, I am not a bigot, but they have strange customs and clothing and languages, and it makes me nervous/worried/terrified of them."

chickensmack October 21, 2010 at 10:41 am

In the same idiom as "I can say 'n—-r' around my good friend — who is black."

V572625694 October 21, 2010 at 11:15 am

I know Juan Williams, and if there's one thing that's true about him, it's that he's not a racist. Hate's them muslins, though.

chickensmack October 21, 2010 at 10:19 am

Juan was flying a golden parachute… Fox will now give him a full-time gig a) because he admitted he's skeered of Muslins, and b) because he got fired from NPR.

He's be Robo-Right in six months.

JustPixelz October 21, 2010 at 10:24 am

He needs to be a lighter shade of pale to be on the air at Fox.

Ruhe October 21, 2010 at 10:28 am

No, I think Chichensmack is right. Fox has found themselves the genuine "white supremacist negro" and they will sign him to a lucrative contract immediately.

JMPEsq October 21, 2010 at 10:41 am

Juan is Fox's black best friend that proves they're not a bigot.

chickensmack October 21, 2010 at 10:46 am

"Roger? Juan. Listen, I enjoy being your friend, and I like appearing on Fox & Friends; everyone here is so friendly, and I'd like to think that this professional discourtesy that NPR just demonstrated will only help to galvanize how much solidarity our friendship really has."

"Sure thing, Juan."

"Thank you. I do have one other question, though… um, can I get a raise?"

"Um, I think that's going to strain our friendship, Juan…"

PsycWench October 21, 2010 at 12:21 pm

But will he be the next head of the National Republican Party?

GOPCrusher October 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Ron "Crazy Eyes" Christie already has a job.

CrankyLttlCamperette October 21, 2010 at 10:35 am

The password is: Token.

deelzebub October 21, 2010 at 10:44 am

Token: "Cartman, I can't play bass."
Cartman: "Token, you're black. YOU KNOW HOW TO PLAY BASS!"
*Token plays bass for first time, and plays amazing slap funk line*
Token: "Ah dammit"

captqitn October 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Good call, but you missed the timing by a factor of 5 months, 30 days and 16 hours.

donner_froh October 21, 2010 at 10:19 am

I thought the Muslims used flying carpets to get around these days.

TimeCubist October 21, 2010 at 11:30 am

Lol, you bigot.

thefrontpage October 21, 2010 at 10:20 am

Example No. 5,000 of why print people should not be on radio or television. And why people who are on radio and television should keep their stupid opinions to themselves—and focus on reporting news in an objective manner. Television and radio news generally sucks, about 99.9 percent of the time, and this is yet another reason why. And NPR? Who the hell is running that sinking operation? It seems everyone at NPR and at Fox have simply lost their minds. What a bunch of idiots!

the_onceler October 21, 2010 at 10:30 am

NPR is a sinking operation? I'm pretty sure that they get more listeners than CNN, MSNBC and Fox combined.

doxastic October 21, 2010 at 11:33 am

Actually true. NPR is one of the only news organizations that has seen revenue and audience increase over the past five years. I'm not sure why someone's thumbing down here, other than for the hyperbole? Here's a quick cite: http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php

(and no, I'm not an NPR employee, just a communication scholar)

Spanky2a October 21, 2010 at 11:41 am

"NPR is one of the only news organizations that has seen revenue and audience increase over the past five years."

Since NPR is doing so well competing in the free market with non-subsidized media companies, we should obviously increase their subsidies!

Kevin Stowell October 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm

That's just crazy talk.

Glenn

Kevin Stowell October 21, 2010 at 12:14 pm

"news organization" Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!

V572625694 October 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

You can blame John McLaughlin for legitimizing the meme that reporters' opinions are worthy of air time. Plus he's an asshole, sexual harrasser, ex-Jesuit, and wearer of striped shirts with plain collars.

I rest my case.

LeAlbatross October 21, 2010 at 12:24 pm

They aren't sinking. But NPR does bend over backwards to be nice to the GOP. Matter of fact, they often get called "National Polite Republican". And if'n you're looking for stupid? Look no further than Alix Spiegal or especially Barbara Bradley Hagerty. Now her? She's a whole bag of mixed nuts.

JMPEsq October 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm

But at least they just try to be nice to the GOP, unlike the rest of the media which just regurgitates GOP talking points, or presents "balanced" stories like, "well, the Democrats are saying the Earth is round while the Republicans claim it's flat; we'll treat both arguments as equally valid."

Texan_Bulldog October 21, 2010 at 10:22 am

Oh good, NPR got rid of their token idiot. (Except that Mara Liasson is dumb enough to fill his space now.)

BaldarTFlagass October 21, 2010 at 10:26 am

Cokie Roberts. 'Nuff said.

horsedreamer_1 October 21, 2010 at 1:58 pm

But she's not exotic enough to replace Juan.

the_onceler October 21, 2010 at 10:41 am

Mara Liasson isn't horrible on NPR. I get a little annoyed with the political junky– Ken Rudin. But, yeah, Cokie Roberts…

HELisforHEL October 25, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I recall Mara being in lockstep with the Bush Administration's BS re: WMDs in Iraq. Don't recall who she was interviewing but she dressed down the person who was stating that there was no proof of WMD existence. From then on I began to notice a quite obvious slant in her reporting and that (along with vile Cokie Roberts & Juan-Boy) brought an end to my donations.

Ruhe October 21, 2010 at 10:23 am

"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"

Meaning…? He thinks that by wearing "muslim garb" they are failing to fully identify themselves as Americans? And by that logic Priests, Nuns, Orthodox Jews, Mennonites and all those chicks I see around here in the creepy identical denim ankle-length skirts are all stating through their clothing that they are Americans "second"?
No doubt some brilliant Republican (I'm looking at you the Gover!) will defend Williams by suggesting that it would be perfectly reasonable for the TSA to adopt a policy that all Muslims must board planes in the nude to avoid making any of the (real) American passengers nervous.

CapnFatback October 21, 2010 at 10:41 am

I fully support your naked Muslin flier program and recommend that, as an extra precaution, bathroom stops before boarding be mandated.

Sincerely,

Larry Craig

Mindblank October 21, 2010 at 10:42 am

Yes, I get nervous when I see Flying Nuns.

bbqboy October 21, 2010 at 11:07 am

If they just wore matching "I'm with stupid" sweatshirts Juan would feel completely at ease.

mereoblivion October 21, 2010 at 10:25 am

I do believe Mr Wms was "head writer" (or something) for "Eyes on the Prize," another PBS bedtime story for virtuous white folk. Those who knew him in his sexual-harassment daze prefer to call it "Eyes on the Thighs."

Monsieur_Grumpe October 21, 2010 at 10:26 am

I liked him when he was on Talk of the Nation. When he started appearing with the likes of Bill O I wrote him off.

Terry October 21, 2010 at 10:27 am

"Oh dear. Does Juan Williams realize that white people get nervous when they see him and other non-white people, and not just when they are on an airplane? "

Someone needs to recite Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech to him and ask him to explain how all that doesn't apply to Muslims.

Ruhe October 21, 2010 at 10:32 am

Damn. Rather than just fire the dumbass that is what NPR should have done. Let Robert Siegel grill him for 20 minutes and be sure to ask him your question.

HistoriCat October 21, 2010 at 10:47 am

I don't think there's anything in "I Have a Dream" about dressing all muslin-y.

Naked_Bunny October 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I'm not racist. I just have to wonder why someone named Juan isn't out picking crops or mowing my lawn.

weejee October 21, 2010 at 10:27 am

I Juan to make a snarky post, but Juan just pisses me off. Would every Wonketariat womenz who sees Juan on the street, pleeze clutch yer purse to your chest, put on your very best pretend terror face, and scream. Thank you.

LeAlbatross October 21, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Juan Voyage?
Au Rev'Juan?

JMPEsq October 21, 2010 at 10:27 am

I mean, look, Riley, I'm not a bigot. But when I go into a federal building, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in redneck garb and I think, you know, they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as rednecks, I get worried. I get nervous.

donner_froh October 21, 2010 at 10:27 am

When anyone says to "You know I'm not a bigot" to Bill O'Reilly who loves to get naked and roll around in bigotry and rub himself raw with his special Loofa of Intolerance then whatever follows can't be a good career move.

How could anyone feel the need to justify themselves to that sack of shit O'Reilly?

Doglessliberal October 21, 2010 at 10:32 am

He went on the program in the first place. That already gives him negative a million credibilty points.

JMPEsq October 21, 2010 at 10:41 am

Being a Fox regular does so as well.

StillGoinGreen October 21, 2010 at 10:36 am

I have but one thumb to give you, but know ye this – in my heart, I gave you a million ups.

Chet Kincaid October 21, 2010 at 10:40 am

Job interview.

StillGoinGreen October 21, 2010 at 10:28 am

I wonder how ol' Juan would feel if I told him that 1/2 of Idaho get the ass sweats when they encounter a "negro" whilst shopping at a convenience store. All told and save for one day in '01, I think teh black store robber has killed more Americans than towel head airplane riders. Oh, I guess I should have prefaced this by saying, "Look Juan, I'm not a bigot, but…"

hockeymom October 21, 2010 at 10:28 am

I look forward to Rick Sanchez and Juan Williams co-anchoring the news together.

BaldarTFlagass October 21, 2010 at 10:33 am

It could be like that old SNL skit, the Ex-Police. The Ex-Broadcasters News Hour.

horsedreamer_1 October 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I'm thinking more like the recurring sketch from '95 or so — Wong & Owens: Ex-Porn-Stars.

doxastic October 21, 2010 at 11:27 am

Twitt and Concern Troll: Worst buddy comedy EVER

Extemporanus October 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I gave a drunk chick on spring break in Ensenada a "Williams Sanchez" once.

Bueno times…

Canmon October 21, 2010 at 10:30 am

Don't worry. I suspect he'll keep his Fox News job.

Doglessliberal October 21, 2010 at 10:30 am

I saw that headline and I had an image of Muslins, flying around via flapping turbans alongside Sally Field in her nun costume. The new, updated Flying Nun.

Maybe I need to cut back on the caffeine.

Ruhe October 21, 2010 at 10:36 am

Cartoon Network might like that idea. I'd shoot 'em an e-mail.

BornInATrailer October 21, 2010 at 10:39 am

One man's wimple is another man's hijab.

doxastic October 21, 2010 at 11:24 am

The Fapping Nun

RedNM October 21, 2010 at 10:33 am

I used to like Juan Williams, but that was back in the days when Bob Edwards was hosting Morning Edition. Ever since he moved to Fox, and even before, he has set off on a long downward spiral which now puts him at the bottom of a very deep barrel. Nothing funny here. Juan Williams really stinks.

x111e7thst October 21, 2010 at 10:33 am

NPR dipshit sucks. Shorter.

JustPixelz October 21, 2010 at 10:34 am

Stop being so PC and give him a break! I admit I get nervous when I see young white guys driving trucks near Federal Buildings — could be the next Timothy McVeigh. Also nervous when I see people with their right-to-carry unconcealed weapons — could be the next Virginia Tech crazy. Also nervous when meeting new people — could be laughing at me.

Sue4466 October 21, 2010 at 10:38 am

There has never, in the history of speaking, been anything good that follows an opening of "I'm not a bigot, but . . ." On the contrary, it is always a sign that some dumbass pure racist bullshit is about to spew forth.

Pop_Socket October 21, 2010 at 10:38 am

When I see Muslims on a plane I feel sorry for the poor bastards having to put up with everybody glaring at them.

Limeylizzie October 21, 2010 at 11:28 am

No kidding, it must be hideous to FWA- Fly Whilst Arab-ish, these days.

JMPEsq October 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

I also start getting worried that my flight will get interrupted by one of those paranoid bigots screaming that there's a terrorist on the plane when they see the brown skin.

chicken_thief October 21, 2010 at 1:01 pm

I REALLY feel sorry for those – dot-head Indians, for example, that kinda sorta look like they might, just maybe, could be muzlin. Of course, to the average 'Merikun Hindu = Buddhist = Muzlin. They're all from "over there".

HELisforHEL October 25, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Sounds like the idiots who panicked every time a Sikh fellow I knew boarded our train every day. OMG TERRIST ATTACK!!1!1!!!!11!!!!

<siiiigh>

prommie October 21, 2010 at 10:40 am

O'Reilly, apparently, is not just a bigot himself, he is also able to inspire bigotry in others, his mere presence causes slurs to start slipping from the lips of those around him, as if they have suddenly been struck with racist tourrettes.

deelzebub October 21, 2010 at 10:53 am

Ooo,ooo please,oh please, can we quarantine him!

aguacatero October 21, 2010 at 10:41 am

This tragedy might not have happened if they would just build the dang 60,000-ft-tall fence.

jus_wonderin October 21, 2010 at 11:56 am

Now that's a good idea. Or a two sided plane held together by magnetic forces where the terror darkies are on one side and real 'merikans are on the other.

bubberella October 21, 2010 at 10:41 am

Not just any flag — the confederate flag will make the statement with no ambiguity.

Mindblank October 21, 2010 at 10:45 am

The guys in turbans are Sikhs.

JoeMamased October 21, 2010 at 11:10 am

And by "Sikh" you mean "Muslin."

Mindblank October 21, 2010 at 11:21 am

Alas, will no one speak for the Crinolines?

IonaTrailer October 21, 2010 at 11:50 am

The pantaloons!

JoeMamased October 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm

I thought that Crinolines died out ages ago. But also Muslin, too.

GOPCrusher October 21, 2010 at 3:38 pm

What about the Hispandexes?

elpinche October 21, 2010 at 10:47 am

shorter Juanito: Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfucking muslins on this motherfucking plane!

loquacioustunes October 21, 2010 at 10:49 am

When reached for comment, Williams responded, "From my standpoint, as a black American, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you."

deelzebub October 21, 2010 at 11:34 am

I get cognitive dissonance from your screenname/avatar combo.

loquacioustunes October 21, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Changed it to Warren Zevon. You're welcome.

imissopus October 21, 2010 at 12:12 pm

"High-tech lynching." Hey, whatever happened to that guy?

weejee October 21, 2010 at 10:49 am

OT, but still about airplanes, Barry is in C'Addle today to stump for Pork Chop Patty Murray. We'll see if another Mr. Potatoehead float-plane pilot violates the 'no fly' zone like one did last time Obamar was in town and see if the F16s can break their previous mark of 6.5 minutes for the 150 miles from Portland to Seattle. And yes, they did rattle the china the whole way up during the last adventure.

mavenmaven October 21, 2010 at 10:49 am

You'd think by now it would be clear that none of the attacks were carried out by individuals in "muslim garb", so if anything, if one sees someone in a foreign outfit, they are probably not the individuals to be concerned about. On the other hand, that mustache…

jus_wonderin October 21, 2010 at 11:59 am

My best friend is Italian. He gets "those" looks when he flys. And he works for the freakin' airline.

walterhwhite October 21, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Also, if they're fiddling with their underpants or their sneakers.

CapeClod October 21, 2010 at 10:50 am

Since none of the 9/11 hijackers actually wore "Muslim garb", he should probably have said "when I see normally dressed people who are nonetheless Muslimy looking, I get nervous."

fuhrius October 21, 2010 at 10:52 am

I hate Juan Williams. What kind of needy suck-up takes a job providing color-cover for the angry catholomormon rock stars of hate?

but I hate NPR more. It's not as bad as WBUR here in the Bean (i know it's apples and oranges numb-nuts…calm down.) But when middle of the road types talk about the facism of the left- they're talking about NPR and Terri Gross's frozen vagina of grossness.

aguacatero October 21, 2010 at 10:56 am

Nice to see you here, Mr. Broder!

fuhrius October 27, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Touche' mon ami. People think I don't have a sense of humor but they are DEAD WRONG!http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2515/4109581969_7c70f9c20a.jpgYou like NPR these days? Broder sings NicoI've been out walking. I don't do too much radio-talking these days. These days, These days I seem to think a lot About the Todd Palin and the Jews…greftaffe' no?From: notifications@intensedebatemail.comTo: marknichols_808@hotmail.comSubject: aguacatero replied to your comment on Juan Williams Fired For Admitting He Is Afraid of Flying Muslims

fuhrius October 27, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Touche' mon ami. People think I don't have a sense of humor but they are DEAD WRONG!http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2515/4109581969_7c70f9c20a.jpgYou like NPR these days? Broder sings NicoI've been out walking. I don't do too much radio-talking these days. These days, These days I seem to think a lot About the Todd Palin and the Jews…greftaffe' no?From: notifications@intensedebatemail.comTo: marknichols_808@hotmail.comSubject: aguacatero replied to your comment on Juan Williams Fired For Admitting He Is Afraid of Flying Muslims

binarian October 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

Really??? Damn, I like WBUR……they're not that bad……'cept I can't pull the signal in on the Franklin Line…..have to slum it on WGBH.

jus_wonderin October 21, 2010 at 12:01 pm

You guys should try KERA in Dallas. EXCELLENT programming. Esp from 12 – 2.

DustBowlBlues October 21, 2010 at 11:47 am

Bull shit. I can't imagine living in this part of the country without NPR. So some asshole refers to the fascism of the left and someone else (like you) has it in for Terry Gross. Neither has any relevance to those of us who live in a fact-based reality.

spooked911 October 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Terri is fine for what she does, but I also hate National Propaganda Radio. Not for being leftist but for just being so fucking mundane and reasonable while generally toeing a center-right line. Much like the WashPost, it's maddening that they are considered "liberal" by the right-wing.

walterhwhite October 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I think NPR is really good, but I wish they were MORE liberal. I hate it when they interview teabaggers and act like those idiots are actually making sense.

marinmaven October 21, 2010 at 11:36 pm

The problem with being centrist in America is that the center has been drastically shifted to the right where Reagan is now considered a bleeding heart liberal and Nixon a commie. Again, NPR twists itself into pretzel shapes giving a balanced view even though one side — the right — just makes things up. They are so afraid of the bias charge they go overboard.
Still they are the most reality based news source that actually focuses on real news more than others. Sadly this isn't saying much…
/cry
Why can't I live in France where people riot?

HELisforHEL October 25, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Well said. I don't know why NPR keeps up this "balancing" act-hell, the right hates them, demonizes them and discounts them. So why kowtow to them in every story?
There's a difference between trying to appear balanced and portraying the facts–like the obvious fact that the TeaBaggers are mostly loudmouth idiots and that Newt Gingrich is a disgusting pile of dogsh*t who does not deserve any type of bully pulpit. And yet, there's NPR, giving the TeaBaggers some semblance of credibility and allowing Gingrich the opportunity to bloviate.

fuhrius October 27, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Agreed Roman Citizen-She sandbagged my mom once in a live interview. it's a family thing. She was also incredibly rude to the widow Zappa.Good day Roman Citizen. Carthage must be destroyed.From: notifications@intensedebatemail.comTo: marknichols_808@hotmail.comSubject: spooked911 replied to your comment on Juan Williams Fired For Admitting He Is Afraid of Flying Muslims

HistoriCat October 21, 2010 at 10:52 am

Does this"it's OK to be afraid of people in funny-looking clothes" thing apply to traditional African garments? Although it's not exactly fear that I feel when I see someone parading around looking like they meant to take the plane to Botswana but ended up in Baltimore.

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prommie October 21, 2010 at 10:54 am

When I see an oily bohunk, I get nervous.

weejee October 21, 2010 at 10:58 am

Those Messapotatoians mash my flying bravado.

PublicLuxury October 21, 2010 at 11:29 am

Oh yeah. those oily fuckers are trouble. Bad

Monsieur_Grumpe October 21, 2010 at 10:56 am

I fear the extremely obese on planes. Nothing scarier than having an open seat next to you with a pre- Subway Jared lumbering down the aisle in your direction looking for his number.

mavenmaven October 21, 2010 at 11:31 am

Been there, hate spending the entire flight with said individuals elbow in my kidneys, and then they keep giving you that angry tea party look the whole time.

Limeylizzie October 21, 2010 at 11:31 am

Once, flying from LA to NYC, I had to sit in the dreaded middle seat next to a woman who was so obese that she couldn't put the armrest down and her thighs lapped over mine for the whole trip.

IonaTrailer October 21, 2010 at 11:52 am

Eeeuuuwww – the very mental image is making me queasy.

GunTotingProgressive October 21, 2010 at 1:31 pm

I have had similar experiences and upped my "asshole" cred by refusing to let her raise the armrest. Sorry, but why should I be crushed against the wall of the plane because of someone else? I did feel a little bad about it, but I'm really not big on being touched by someone I just met due to the circumstance of an airline seating algorithm.

JMPEsq October 21, 2010 at 11:35 am

Not quite true; having someone carrying a screaching toddler can be just as scary; and like the fat people they usually only buy one seat when they really need two.

GOPCrusher October 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Had one of those my last trip. Felt like asking Mr. Creosote to reimburse me for half my ticket, since he sat in half my seat for the four hour flight.

rocktonsam October 21, 2010 at 11:01 am

So then Ira Glass will be fired being afraid of everything?

LeAlbatross October 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Nope. He's PRI; not NPR.

HOFAH October 21, 2010 at 11:02 am

When I see Juan Williams, I get nauseous.

Spanky2a October 21, 2010 at 11:44 am

When one says, "I get nauseous," that means the speaker makes others feel nausea.

Did you mean to say, "I get nauseated?"

HOFAH October 21, 2010 at 11:53 am

That too!

walterhwhite October 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Oh please. There are so many other commentators who cause actual nausea, starting with everyone on Fox Noise and right wing talk radio.

Monsieur_Grumpe October 21, 2010 at 11:02 am
kilgoretrout2 October 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

This is nothing but a secret ploy to destroy the tea party movement by causing thousands of heads to explode while considering the following paradox:

Who's side do you take when an uppity, NPR talkin' immigrant (named Juan for God's sake) gets fired for pointing out the fact that all Muslins are known terrorists?

Crafty, NPR. Very, very crafty.

Buzz Feedback October 21, 2010 at 11:14 am

I'm afraid of black guys with Messican names.

doxastic October 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

I'm gonna have to up my pledge this year. Goodbye coffee mug, hello totebag.

V572625694 October 21, 2010 at 11:21 am

You want nervous? A month or so ago I was at a 7-11-like store in Sierra Vista AZ where a guy walked in wearing an automatic in a holster, bought some cokes'n'smokes, and left. Open carry: that's scary!

As Jon Stewart says, if the states are the laboratories of democracy, Arizona is the meth lab of democracy.

GunTotingProgressive October 21, 2010 at 1:33 pm

It's Arizona. Assume we are all armed. It's the open carry guys who will get capped by the Bloods first.

FoxyO_Wiley October 21, 2010 at 11:26 am

Reminds me of that movie "Snakes on a Plane"….only with Muslims.

CapeClod October 21, 2010 at 11:27 am

"This is ironic, in an Alanis Morissette kind of way."

Does that mean "relevant, fifteen years ago"?

metamarcisf October 21, 2010 at 11:35 am

More like if you are getting married, and on the big day it starts to rain, which while not technically ironic, is the point.

PublicLuxury October 21, 2010 at 11:28 am

You know what's worse than seeing scary Muzzzlums on the airplane? Having to sit by a FAT scary MUZZZZZLUM on a airplane. Those fucking tearrrists lop over onto my seat and their tearrrrist underpants are on fucking fire. JEEEBUS the stink. Those underpants on fire, I mean Christ did they ever wash them???? I make a fuss when that happens to me. I'm not a bigot tho. I'm just a scared white, little, lady with fresh, clean, white underpants.

weejee October 21, 2010 at 11:34 am

I'm guessin' the white-on-white undies are granny panties.

PublicLuxury October 21, 2010 at 11:30 am

When I sit next to trucknuts… I feel happy

rocktonsam October 21, 2010 at 11:32 am

Fokkks firing Juana Williams seems hypocritical.

Fokkks News is ground zero for being afraid of everything!

Triscuits October 21, 2010 at 11:35 am

When I walk down the street and see people who identify themselves first and foremost as nuns, I get very nervous. I'm not a bigot, but I went to Catholic school.

TimeCubist October 21, 2010 at 11:41 am

I'm not a Muslim, but I get nervous when I see* people in bigot garb on NPR.

*Yeah, I "see" radio.

DustBowlBlues October 21, 2010 at 11:43 am

Which flying people is Moira Liason (sp?) afraid of? Can they get her next? Please?

jus_wonderin October 21, 2010 at 11:49 am

Though…I'd be worried about my seat. Can I bring on my own personal seat cover???

Spanky2a October 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm
joobajooba October 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm

There's a vacant space in DC…

Kevin Stowell October 21, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Despair not, Spanky, the smell of frying Muslims doesn't offend me so it's a wash.

savethispatient October 21, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Daily Mail articles are not known for their factual accuracy. It seems this is more likely a zoning issue to do with commercial activities in a residential area. The "we can't eat bacon 'cos of Muslims" angle is pure Daily Mail.

Spanky2a October 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Thanks, I'm not edjumacated about Daily Mail.

JMPEsq October 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm

The Daily Mail is what you get when you combine Fox News, with even more overt racism, with the National Enquirer; so it's no wonder that Brietbart-sent trolls like this guy like it.

Rosie_Scenario October 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Plus, why is his name "Juan?" That makes me nervous and confused. Should I be afraid because he is black or because he is Messican?

metamarcisf October 21, 2010 at 12:12 pm

It makes you Fearless Leader.

Extemporanus October 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Another Juan bites the dust…

(Hey, I got a busted elbow and the Vikes ain't kicked-in yet — fuckin' fire me.)

Naked_Bunny October 21, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Riley! If Muslims could fly, they wouldn't need to take airplanes. Please fapfact check!

DashboardBuddha October 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Not as fun as you might think. For instance, I'm a big guy and I sweat very easily.

Lascauxcaveman October 21, 2010 at 12:37 pm

And I was just going to say how chilly it would be, flying naked. But yeah, I rather not be in the seat next to you, even if your were fully clothed.

Can't you just stay home, you gross, disgusting monster?

Spanky2a October 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm

"When Aisha was 12, her father promised her in marriage to a Taliban fighter to pay a debt. She was handed over to his family who abused her and forced her to sleep in the stable with the animals.

When she attempted to flee, she was caught and her nose and ears were hacked off by her husband as punishment.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1319804/A

Time Magazine:
What Happens if We Leave Afghanistan

Kevin Stowell October 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm

That wasn't very nice–but quite Progressive.

DashboardBuddha October 21, 2010 at 12:21 pm

NPR – Nice Polite Republicans. A super hard left person I know uses that phrase.

GOPCrusher October 21, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Those are the people that I like to remind that there was a reason that Air America got shut down.

PsycWench October 21, 2010 at 12:24 pm

And yet the Flying Nun still gets a free pass.

MistaEko October 21, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Misleading headline, Riley! Fired from only one of them!

Should be NPR gets its panties in a bunch while Fox is scrambling to keep him booked through 2012.

DashboardBuddha October 21, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Did Juan forget he was black and that tons of people are afraid of him for just that reason? I have friends who lived in a little shithole named Livermore Falls, Maine. He is black and she is from China. People would give them a wide berth on the street…as if he was going to whip out his enormous black dick and she was going to get all kung fu on their white asses.

Spare us the drama, Juan.

loquacioustunes October 21, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Could they fire Steve Inskeep next? That guy drives me bonkers.

ph7 October 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm
JMPEsq October 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Once again the idiot proves she doesn't understand the First Amendment or how to spell you.

elviouslyqueer October 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm

@SarahPalin: Im not a bigot but does not equal Fair N Balanced. U utter Moran.

GOPCrusher October 21, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Juan. Don't retreat. Reload!

spooked911 October 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Indeed, what a freaking wanker

spooked911 October 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm

oh god, Mara Liasson– another pseudo-liberal who is really a rethuglican shill

Spanky2a October 21, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Sorry, I missed the note about being exactly pertinent.

I must be the only poster thus handicapped.

Kevin Stowell October 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Pert near.

Spanky2a October 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I"m gonna wash that Muslim right outta my hair…

Kevin Stowell October 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Under no conditioner are you to "do" that.

Spanky2a October 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm

You're on a roller!

LionelHutzEsq October 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I"m not a bigot, but when I judge people, I do so only based upon their outward appearance and my irrational fears fed by watching FOX News.

I'm not a bigot, but when I see Latinos, all I can think is how drunk and lazy these illegal immigrants are.

I'm not a bigot, but whenever I see a black man, I cross the street and hide the white women.

I'm not a bigot, but we can't let gays in the military because wearing pink will let the enemy spot our troops.

I'm not a bigot, but whenever I hear a southern accent, I have to put my hand over my mouth because once they see that it is pretty…,

I'm not a bigot, but whenever I see someone go to church, I think, great, another witch burning. How does Christine O'Donnell survive this?

I'm not a bigot, but whenever I see someone who is Italian-American on a plane, I think, great, another mob hit.

I'm not a bigot, but whenever I see a Jew, I get nervous thinking how soon before they take all my money for their banks.

An_Outhouse October 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm

They let black people fly on airplanes?

elviouslyqueer October 21, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Juan does not like them on a plane,
Juan rather hates them, he maintains.
Juan does not like them in the air,
Juan does not like them anywhere.
Juan does not like them day or night,
The sight of them gives Juan a fright.
Juan does not like the Muslim horde,
Thus, by Fox News, Juan is adored.

ttommyunger October 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Poor Juan, this pusillanimous little pussyfart will now go full time with Faux as a fluffer for the big boys leaving Mara Liasson to give hand jobs under the table all by her lonesome on the Fox Sunday Gas Bag Extravaganza with Junior. Glad he's gone, PBS is weak enough without him adding to it.

Kevin Stowell October 21, 2010 at 1:45 pm

He does seem to be full of sheet. I think he's a not-too-closeted poplinist.

glamourdammerung October 21, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I am going to make a guess here that Williams pretended Breitbart has some credibility hence the clowns being told to come and troll here.

Am I correct?

JMPEsq October 21, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Remember that Breitbart's big thing is fighting efforts to fight racism, usually by denying something very racist is racist, and claiming that black people and liberals are the real racists, because we won't let him use the n-word. So it's not surprising that he might send his minions to troll here while we're mocking racism.

GOPCrusher October 21, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Its racist to call a racist, a racist.

snoopyfan2010 October 21, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Yes you are right. Today's posts are less snarky and thus not as much fun. Bring the fun back Wonketteers! I demand it!

jakegittes October 21, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Now if we were inventive as a society, we would have a court ruling interpreting a law requiring Muslims to fly on their own separate airplane as being upheld on the basis that "separate but equal does not violate the equal protection clause." The case could be known as Williams vs. Hashemi. Then, this would open up huge new business opportunities for entrepreneurs to set up all Muslim airlines. Air Muslim. Terrorist Airlines. And the like. Flight Attendants would be female only and would dress in full burqas. Think about it. Not a bad idea.

BaldarTFlagass October 21, 2010 at 11:08 am

Same thing happened to me initially. Evelyn Wood Speed Reading does nothing for comprehension.

Kevin Stowell October 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Jeri Curl and Bobby Pin helped me with that one.

GOPCrusher October 21, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Real Englishmen? Were they wearing black suits with a bowler and an umbrella?

Swampgas_Man October 21, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Did Walter Williams and "Uncle" Thomas Sowell disappear?

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