Palin & Huckabee want to slash NPR’s funding for firing Juan Williams over racist anti-Muslim remark

Here’s what Palin and Huckabee are saying:

“NPR defends 1st Amendment Right, but will fire u if u exercise it,” Palin tweeted. “Juan Williams: u got taste of Left’s hypocrisy, they screwed up firing you.”

Huckabee went further in his criticism, calling on Congress to pull funding from NPR.

“NPR has discredited itself as a forum for free speech and a protection of the First Amendment rights of all and has solidified itself as the purveyor of politically correct pabulum and protector of views that lean left,” Huckabee said.

“It is time for the taxpayers to start making cuts to federal spending, and I encourage the new Congress to start with NPR,” he added.

Off topic, but doesn’t anyone else think that Palin probably wrote like that even before she discovered the Internet?

Here is what Williams said, on FOX, no less, that got him fired:

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot,” Williams said on the “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday. “But when I get on the 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.”

Not to be confused with the woman who wears a cross around her neck.

I get that a lot of people had “Muslim panic” in the period immediately following 9/11. It wasn’t right, but I wouldn’t be surprised if most people had it to some degree. But it’s been almost ten years – time to get over it. And then to suggest that people “in Muslim garb” somehow identify themselves as Muslims “first,” simply because of the way they dress… what should they be wearing, and how should they self-identify? As Cubs fans?). I don’t dress the way I do because I’m Amurikan. You just dress according to local custom, the way you’re brought up – and in the US, that involves pants and a shirt, in Saudi Arabia, it doesn’t.

So if I don’t put on “Muslim garb” when visiting Saudi Arabia, I’m flaunting my American-ness, and have a radical American agenda? And finally, the notion that even if one sees oneself as “Muslim first,” that somehow makes that person more suspect?

I suspect a lot of Americans have had a similar experience post-9/11 – getting onto a plane and getting a bit nervous about who’s on the plane with them. But Williams sounds like he’s trying to justify it, rather than admitting that it’s a bit of an over-reaction – and his justification, that their clothing shows they have some Muslim agenda – is just downright weird. That’s what got him into trouble.

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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