Yesterday NPR fired me for telling the truth. The truth is that I worry when I am getting on an airplane and see people dressed in garb that identifies them first and foremost as Muslims.
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Juan Williams fails to mention his comment that equated Muslims with terrorists and also that he had been warned several times that he had crossed NPR's lines. His contract stated that this was not allowed.
Patricia, you badly misrepresent what Juan Williams said. His comment DID NOT equate Muslims with terrorists, and he was careful to qualify his “nervous” comment.
I just read the entire transcript, including O’Reilly’s introductory remarks, which you can review here— (http://www.thinkprogress.org/2010/10/21/npr-fires-juan-williams/
As it stands your review is untruthful, which is why I downgraded it.
Hi Patricia. Would you mind giving me an explanation of your 1-star rating of my review?
I suspect Patricia downrates reviews not based on the quality of the review, but rather based on her disagreement with the politics of the reviewer. Care to comment?
Mr. Williams stated that we have a “Muslim problem,” which is offensive bigotry. We have a terrorist problem. [It is, of course, always important to remember that we are much more likely to die in auto accidents than by terrorism and that people in Pakistan, for example, are more likely to die from dehydration due to diarrhea.]
Mr. Williams stated, " Now, I remember also that when the Times Square bomber was at court, I think this was just last week. He said the war with Muslims, America’s war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don’t think there’s any way to get away from these facts." The statement he referenced did not contain any reference to blood.
While you may not like or trust the liberal Michael Moore, who was my first source for this information, you may trust the more conservative New York Post’s transcript of what was actually said, which is linked in Mr. Moore’s story.
I rated poorly all ratings which took Mr. Williams’ statements at face value, didn’t research the difference between what he said others said and what they actually said, nor researched Mr. Williams’ previous offensive statements about Muslims.
And though Mr. Cox and I have differed on a number of stories, I have never accused him of being a liar, nor do I think that type of behavior is appropriate for NewsTrust. This has happened to me in the past, when I was accused of dishonestl motivations for a low rating. How could I rate it low, the NewsTrust person said, when there were both pros and cons given? Never mind that neither was well stated or reasonable, in my opinion.
I hope that you, Mr. Cox, will both apologize for your accusation and retract it.
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