By Steve Byers
I’ve been thinking about Juan Williams lately. First when I read of his firing by NPR after voicing comments on a Fox Network show about his concerns when flying on a plane carrying people dressed in traditional Muslim garb. Pretty stupid, I thought, but not that far removed from other stupid things I’ve heard on television lately.
Then in rapid fire came reading of a firestorm on the right from politicians and others who demanded de-funding NPR for the umpteenth time (the right seems to believe that NPR, which I consider the most balanced broadcast medium around, is a hotbed of liberalism—at least, it likes to attack public radio on a regular basis), then I read a comment in a Facebook string about the situation from Milwaukee conservative blogger and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee instructor Jessica McBride that “I’m not sure I ever saw him as inherently liberal OR conservative. He was refreshingly nonpartisan, I thought”—she was commenting on another post calling him an “honest liberal.” Continue reading ‘Journalism, Objectivity and NPR’