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Oct 25

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe | Leave a Comment (10)
Category: Looker of the Week

The hell with Kentucky football for the time being; it’s time to break up the monotony, folks. I’m getting back to what I know best in the blogosphere: political news commentary. Even though my good buddy and fellow TGR contributor Rob Pedigo may have previously provided you with his perception of my political beliefs, I feel obliged to note that I don’t necessarily identify myself as “communist,” or even “liberal” for that matter. In fact, I don’t affiliate myself with any political party. Like many good Americans, I fall under that infamous “moderate” category. For instance, I favor fiscal responsibility but I also value a socialist structured health care system. I’m also not very favorable of American capitalism, which I’m sure is where the “communist” label comes from.

I tell you all of this in light of the recent case regarding news commentator Juan Williams. See, Williams was in a fairly unique position in the world of news media, particularly political news media. He worked both for NPR, a traditionally perceived leftist news organization, and Fox News, a right-wing, conservative organization that perpetuates fear and misinformation through what it considers to be news. Of course, I presume you know where my heart lies between the two.

After making some rather crude remarks on Bill O’Reilly’s show last week, Williams was fired by NPR for violating ethical rules of conduct (see here for more details about the firing). To be exact, his remarks were:

“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 a plane, I 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.”

Personally, I like Williams’ commentary, regardless of whether it’s via NPR or Fox News. I think his comments were undoubtedly taken out of context by NPR, and I believe NPR was just looking for a reason to dismiss Williams. This was there chance and they took advantage of it. Of course, there was serious criticism across the political spectrum for how the firing process was handled, but none more humbling than from NPR’s own ombudsman.

In contrast, you have to admit that his comments were a bit edgy. Honestly, does he get worried or nervous when he sees people in Muslim garb? No! It’s all an act, folks; it’s theatrics at its finest. And guess what? We’re the audience. That’s right, we are the “lookers,” literally.

With the general elections about a week away, we’ll continue to be the fools in the audience paying to watch this b.s. unfold right in front of us. Yet, folks like Williams will continue to prevail. Oh yeah, after he was fired by NPR, Fox News offered him a three-year contract worth $2 million. How d’ya like that?

R.A.Pedigo said on 10/25/2010 3:10 PM

I don’t think he was joking at all about being nervous at seeing a Muslim in full gear on a plane. hell, I would be an absolute mess if I was in the same position. It is not racism, it is just being honest. i am so sick of political correctness, it makes me sick. NPR is an organization full of damn dirty hippy’s and can’t stand for one of their employees to have an opinion.

jnt said on 10/25/2010 5:17 PM

While waiting at the gate of any airport, I look at those around me. I do wonder if any of them will be trying to do crazy things when we get thousands of feet in the air. I don’t think I am being racist but you may think that I am. If so, so be it. It is my opinion and don’t I have a right to an opinion?

Nate said on 10/26/2010 8:56 AM

No, ma’am, I don’t think you’re being racist, just cautious. I don’t doubt that Williams’ remarks resonated with many people because that is also how they feel. However, I still think it’s necessary to question those feelings of our own. Holla!

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