Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Open Thread

NPR related comments welcomed.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Juan Williams is such a sad douche.

How nice that he's NPR's "black friend."

Porter Melmoth said...

When he's done his little token gig at NPR (where they have to identify black folks as black in some ingenious way), Juan trots over to Fox where the money's better and his tokenism doesn't have to be explained.

His 'debates' with Bill 'Howdy-Doody' Kristol on Fox are so weak and artificial that hell, Alan Keyes would look more liberal. And remember, Mara 'Zombie-Eyes' Liasson also walks both sides of the street, so it's one big happy family at NPR and Fox - joined together by common causes.

I think Juan's the kind of dude that Bill Cosby's warning young African-Americans NOT to become.

Porter Melmoth said...

On a similar theme, I heard Inskeep do his part for the vets today by interviewing an African-American Iraq War vet who was handling the craziness by getting degrees in academia. I applaud the vet's choices, but Inskeep's angle was to show how academia had tamed the vet's considerable anti-war stance, so that the white-bread audience wouldn't have to fear that an uppity Negro was gittin' a gun and Black Panthering innocent folks at the mall or something. Never mind that he almost blew himself away. Now he's safely contained in book learnin' and hopefully, he'll turn out like Juan Williams.

Quite frankly, I don't think my mockery is an exaggeration. Sadly.

Mytwords said...

Hi Commenters,

Gotta weigh in on this one. As you know, I'm NO FAN of Juan Williams, but I didn't find his reporting of the Pew report to be as offensive as his usual suck-up interviews and commentaries. I had to laugh about his talk of "values," as if his FOXy cohorts and Bush/Cheney who he so loves have any "values." I actually found it kind of interesting to hear his take on the PEW study it as a member of the the elite establishment. For what it's worth I'm also not crazy about just calling him an ugly name - way more interested in merciless analysis of his biases and sorry journalistic skills.

Mytwords said...

Maybe I'm just being contrarian today, but I also wasn't nearly so offended by Inskeep as usual.

I did notice that he didn't ask any follow-up questions about the vet's anti-war views (sounds like he still thinks the whole "protecting America" attitude toward the military is a bunch of hooey). Frankly, though I was stunned that NPR gave airtime to a vet who articulated such views, and who was pretty blunt about the dehumanization of regular Iraqis, the violence of raids, and the horrible psych damage done to vets (two of his comrades have died since returning - one having shot himself).

I just thought it was better than usual in that it offered a viewpoint that was not pro-status quo....

big!pink!fuzzy!bunny! said...

Feh - they'll go recede back into being their typically insufferable, clueless ersatz mainstream media puppy selves in no time.