Juan Williams on Censorship
FNC’s Juan Williams discusses his new book, ‘Muzzled.’
- Duration 6:55
- Date Jul 27, 2011
FNC’s Juan Williams discusses his new book, ‘Muzzled.’
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But it did delay aren't -- -- -- -- Juan Williams whose new book is called muzzled.
There assault on honest debate any trepidation about writing -- those.
Well you know.
A lot of this was born in the fact that when I got fired from NPR they said -- Europe bad guy -- empire -- -- -- -- -- let me remind you -- I know it's early it's -- out there.
I was -- -- the O'Reilly show and I said you know when I'm at airports and I see people dressed in Muslim garb.
I get nervous -- makes mean our side I went on to say I don't think it's the basis for any social policy I'm not saying we should discriminate against them are saying after 9/11.
Muslims air travel airplanes I think there's a real connection.
Between what we know about radical Islamic terrorism and that.
Obviously the devices that were used were airplanes in the instruments that were used in that case.
Now I went on to say that you know we don't -- judgments about Christians based on Timothy McVeigh this guy does not Norway recently.
And we have to protect civil liberties and -- -- nation of religious diversity.
But it was taken out of context used against me to shut me up to set me down and then cost me my job in some NPR executives you know I think they reacted badly would even let me come in and talk to them time and I worked their ten years -- they wouldn't even let me come talk about said that there's not that I could say or do to change their mind and after this happened to me.
And I've -- I say.
You know just as a friend you were very supportive during this period we are deeply appreciated you did not run away from me.
There were so many people came to me is that you know I can't believe they budget for that I've had the same thought I'd had the same feeling but.
Then you would say you know there's so much you can't say I know you shouldn't say this because if you say the wrong thing.
Then you're out of the club or you're John are you told shut up you're not a good guy -- -- big it.
Or in my case your -- Or dog willow wasn't part of sort of NPR they weren't happy you -- -- -- African American I wanted you're on Fox News and even know you're essentially -- exercise yes I come from a liberal persuasive.
That they were people are upset about that there were just from what from terrorism you know.
Yeah I think that's right but I think that they didn't like the idea that I'm talking the conservatives on fox.
Based you know they had this while the idea that I somehow legitimized box I think fox -- be pretty successful without me.
But they didn't.
And I think they they were looking for some way in fact I think the cut me off because you know.
The sad part of it is that they wanted to control what I wrote they want to control only book proposal control and the op Ed piece control what I said.
-- want me to identifies and PR so I I think that that.
Again was intended to limit -- and when you talk about not being the kind of black guy they want.
You know I'd say to them hey they're more voices in terms of black leadership in black opinion -- Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
They would say all what are you talking that's a way you know this is a reality they are people like -- Condi Rice there is a Colin Powell there is a Clarence Thomas their black ministers we have very different points of view.
Black business people and for them you know it just didn't fit in to.
The perspective they had on the black and he's very limited.
-- -- everybody is agreed to an angry and -- you know I just I thought it was.
Way out of touch and a little bit of a kind of liberal patron patronizing.
Who the reality of Black America.
Out of an order -- an awful pomp and run by editor of her.
Buddy let me tell you -- and this is painful because.
Your reader I -- -- you know I've written books like eyes on the prize America's civil rights -- I wrote the first well it's a highly acclaimed biography of former Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall.
So you know the idea all of a sudden that I am a Tom and and I'm I'm someone who doesn't understand glamour you know have a deep sense of appreciation for America's progress on racial industries just bizarre to me.
No context everything's.
Take in isolation.
If you're willing to listen to people engage them honestly not be about trying to skewer them which is what I think a lot of this is you know it's cheap shots in order to -- to -- -- anybody disagrees with me.
I want them out of the conversation -- the control the narrative I don't like I mean and I see this opportunity to shadow might take a -- It's cheap -- it's low but that's what happened to me so I you know I'm one of the scouts on the -- the moment.
Why don't we get to a point.
A larger drive and it or remodel.
Warmer you can now Milosevic has got them him.
Well -- -- -- a you know.
In the book one of the things -- go through is that we started with the political correctness back in the sixties with the idea being that if you change language it would have some.
We're hearing back -- -- -- expect in terms of how weak.
Deal with racial equality racial justice also how we deal with women in this society.
We could move forward.
-- your part of the country how we talk about native Americans in the light.
But what it then became was pretty quickly -- -- -- -- change the curriculum in the universities.
We don't -- books that written by dead white many of their great books and then people start to have a reaction that say this is gone too far you can't -- which you wanted man.
All of a sudden the right especially around the war than you're if you're challenging the war you're not a good patriot if you're challenging.
Are some social policies -- social conservative policy you're not a good Christian so patriotism and Heidi became a political correctness on the right.
And then you plug into it.
The 2000 election the 2004 election.
If Europe on the -- you've got to be totally on the left that you're on the right you gotta be totally on the right and we got all the money that -- to any politician who makes the most while that comment.
Sometimes it's like if you make the most crazy economic that's when.
Your -- -- off the hook with people -- I'll give you money.
And that -- works for both -- and suddenly.
You can't say anything if you're in the middle I mean that's what happened with -- real -- He said you know -- -- before she shot she said.
There's no reward politically in this country for trying to make a deal and talked to other people who may be on the other side of the -- what you're trying to resolve problems so we don't -- immigration is an issue in this country we don't DO.
Without our energy needs we don't talk honestly about the budget -- you can tell but from the news this morning in Washington.
Instead people to sit in their seats and act like you don't know that they've got their fingers in their ears and they're buying now their time it's it's not good for America are meant.
11 -- some Muslim revised very briefly.
Back to and and and it touches such as slaughtered Bruce leveraging -- -- word is Citi usable enough that some level -- going.
But a little broader market and unfortunately there's little -- Yeah prime man on -- books -- -- solar Palin and you know what kind of tell me your reading the book I was like wow thanks -- -- -- -- arrived for 100 Kidman.
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