Juan Williams on NPR and speaking openly

Tuesday morning on AirTalk, Fox News’ Juan Williams talked about his new book, Muzzled:  the Assault on Honest Debate.  He used his firing from NPR as a springboard for his argument that political correctness on the Left and moral judgments on the Right have shut down honest conversation.  Each side is able to dismiss the other as intellectually or morally deficient, and then ignore what the other has to say.

Juan is particularly critical of NPR’s reaction to his comment about getting nervous when seeing fellow air passengers dressed in Muslim garb.  He claims that NPR executives failed to hear his larger point that public policy shouldn’t be determined by such emotional reactions.

NPR executives, at the time, defended the firing of Williams by saying he crossed the line in talking about his personal prejudicial reaction.  NPR’s top news exec, Ellen Weiss, later resigned following an outside investigation into how the firing was handled.