After reading the Washington Post this morning I learned that National Public Radio fired Juan Williams for the comments he had made on the Fox News Channel. Are we at the point where political-correctness is killing free speech?
I can understand collecting a paycheck from a private company and being terminated for remarks that I may publically make that would reflect poorly on that company. The 1st Amendment guarantees government cannot infringe upon our free speech, but NPR is partially funded through our tax dollars. Also NPR, is a radio station that greatly enjoys its 1st Amendment Rights.
The comment that Williams made as a guest on The O'Reilly Factor was, “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. But when I get on the plane, I've got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”