Their bias is all too obvious. I haven't listened for so long that I was unaware of Juan Williams. However, Tom liked the fact that NPR had him on because he thought it showed they were more unbiased than people thought if they had a reporter who didn't skew their way.
Guess not so much. The news has flared throughout the blogosphere that Juan Williams was fired by NPR "for telling an inconvenient truth," as Bill Kristol wrote (via Brandywine Books).
Going to my reliable GetReligion to read further, I see that he wasn't even given the courtesy of a face to face conversation.
I don't see that what Williams said was bigoted. It is a statement of fact. Tom points out that this country was built on assimilation for good reason ... it's how we get along and understand each other. The crime was saying aloud what everyone thinks under a similar circumstance. If so, why not turn that into the conversation instead of shutting it down with a thud? Gee whiz, what way is that to cover the news, NPR?
Tom sez, "It's their chance. They must have been looking for a way to dump him."
Too bad they weren't able to muster up a little more class about it.
Update: The Anchoress comments and links around.