News that Juan Williams' contract with NPR was terminated over comments he made about Muslims while appearing on Fox News shines a spotlight on the radio network's evergreen controversy: Its continued affiliation with Fox News. Specifically, NPR's Mara Liasson and her long-running association with Fox News has often raised questions. This might be the proper time for NPR to finally address that thorny issue.But Prof. Jacobson's point very simple:
I'm not suggesting Liasson has said anything as offensive as Williams, or that she has that kind of track record while appearing on Fox. I'm just saying that if you look at NPR's code of ethics, there's simply no way Liasson should be making appearances on Fox.
No conservatives are trying to prevent people from appearing on NPR, but liberal interest groups and their media outlets are trying to prevent people from appearing on Fox News.Emphasis is mine, but he does make an important distinction. Freedom of Speech means permitting those who think differently from you the means to speak their opinions without being punished, no matter how stupid, or ignorant those opinions may seem to you. This is something that many liberals don't understand.
There is a real threat to freedom in this country, and it does not come from conservatives. Media Matters is just the symptom, not the disease.