The Juan Williams/NPR flap isn’t going away — and shouldn’t. Basically, Williams was fired for not toeing the party line at NPR. A number of observers, including Williams himself, are protesting the hypocrisy of NPR not dismissing the likes of Nina Totenberg for wishing AIDS upon the family of the late Jesse Helms. Of course, that’s no surprise. Totenberg’s hate speech doesn’t qualify as hate speech in the liberal lexicon. Totenberg toes the party line at NPR. She’s a good apparatchik, safe among the party hierarchy.
Speaking of that hierarchy, the leader is Vivian Schiller, the NPR official responsible for exiling the dissident Williams to Fox News for the crime of bucking party orthodoxy. And amid all the hoopla about Schiller and this episode, there was something reported last week which, expectedly, has eluded media attention: namely, that Schiller once worked as a tour guide in the Soviet Union.
Hmmm. What to make of that?
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If I may, I’d like to relate my personal experience on this. I was in Washington last week when this story blew up. I had literally driven by the NPR building at perhaps the exact time Schiller was silencing Williams. I got to my hotel and turned on the radio to an NPR-affiliated classical-music station, which just happened to be conducting a pledge drive — bad time for that. On Friday morning, I got an e-mail from an old friend, Marc Zimmerman, with the subject head, “Paul, Did you see this?”
It was a Jeffrey Lord piece at American Spectator. Lord reported that Schiller, in the 1980s, had worked as a tour guide in the Evil Empire.
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