Two days after appearing on Fox News and engaging with Bill O'Reilly on the topic of Muslims in America, veteran political analyst Juan Williams was fired by NPR.
On Monday, the host - who got into it on The View over this topic - asked Williams if there is a "Muslim dilemma" in the United States, prompting the contributor to say "political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don't address reality" and adding:
"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 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."
In response to this statement, Nihad Awad, the executive directior of the Council for American-Islamic Relations, said the comments were "irresponsible and inflammatory" and said they "should not pass without action by NPR."
They did not. The company terminated Williams and said of his Fox News appearance:
"His remarks on 'The O'Reilly Factor' this past Monday were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR."
Should Williams have been fired by NPR?