The great institutions of the political left — government, academia, and the arts — are realms of fantasy and self-delusion. They exist to provide a refuge from — or a tool with which to reshape — reality. They are massive, expanding universes of make-believe. This week, NPR news analyst Juan Williams — a man who spent his entire career dealing in facts — found himself a victim of the creeping ether of fantasy generated by these institutions.
On Monday, Williams said publicly, “When I get on a plane, I gotta tell ya, if I see people in Muslim garb, and I think, you know, they’re identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims. I get worried. I get nervous.”
For that, NPR summarily canceled his contract. Williams said he was told he had made “bigoted statements.”
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That’s curious phrasing because no one believes Juan Williams is a bigot. A Washington reporter respected on both the left and the right for his honesty, integrity and professionalism, Williams has built a national reputation as a thoughtful, considerate journalist. He has written eloquently on race relations in America (he’s for them), and he is known for presenting opposing views fairly and accurately. Bigotry? Utterly unbelievable.
Read More: By Andrew Cline, American Spectator