Allahpundit closed out his commentary on this story as follows:
The money line from Williams’s reaction is calling Weiss “the keeper of the flame of liberal orthodoxy [at] NPR,” so I’m guessing maybe one problem with keeping her on was that a “broad range of viewpoints” isn’t exactly at the top of her to-do list. Exit question: On a scale of 1 to 100, what are the odds that NPR is serious this time about ideological diversity? I want to say 1, but given the defunding pressure they’re under for being a liberal house organ, I’m going to bump it all the way up to 2.
I think there are a few other Williams statements of value.
What I crossed was her politically correct red line in the sand. She didn’t need to hear anything else, review anything else. There was nothing I could say that would make her change her mind.
They’ve got a culture there that is not open to real news, that is not open to all points of view, that is not open to the real world around us and to the many different dynamics and perspectives and life stories that animate the news in America.
She was pushing out anybody that had a different perspective about the news and the world.
It’s become highly ingrown or even incestuous.
If they want to be Pravda, if they want to issue propaganda like that, fine.
You’ve got to listen to Juan Williams’ entire interview. No honest individual could say Juan is not a liberal. He most definitely is, but he’s an honest liberal who is more than willing to debate honestly and allow that there are other perspectives, unlike the “ingrown or even incestuous” beast that is NPR.
Exit question: On a scale of 1 to 100, what are the odds that NPR is serious this time about ideological diversity? I want to say 1, but given the defunding pressure they’re under for being a liberal house organ, I’m going to bump it all the way up to 2.
I’m going to have to agree with Allahpundit there. NPR will never be serious about adding ideological diversity to its “ingrown, incestuous” far-left world-view. And Congress needs to defund NPR, PBS, CPB last year at the latest.