Wow, what a week huh? First Juan Williams is fired from NPR, then Britt Griffith is fired from SyFy. Both because of statements made in interviews. I think we need to analyze these two situations. FYI, the language get’s a little extreme.
First let’s start with Juan. Here’s what he said on the O’Reilly Factor:
“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”
He also went on to say that we can’t generalize all individuals into one category. So NPR a well-known liberal leaning station with ties to George Soros, had this to say:
“His remarks on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ this past Monday were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”
Really? It seems that NPR would love to let you speak your mind, or rather their mind. Sad really, he wasn’t even giving an oppinion, he was stating how he felt at the airport! You can’t help that. “Well Ken, that may have been how he felt but it shouldn’t have been said, I mean he could have offended a bunch of Muslims.” So what? Wouldn’t it stand to reason that after 9-11 (which all the hijackers were muslim extremists) that you would be just a little worried? especially since we were told that there was more to come? I know when I’m in the airport, I keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. I’m supposed to, that’s part of my duties which the badge I have.
Now on to Britt Griffith, in a recent online radio interview where, from everything I heard (because I can’t find the interview anywhere), he had stated that when you get on the east coast you run into a bunch of “anti gun pussy faggots.” then he went on to be unapologetic and stated, and I’m going to paraphrase this, if you don’t like what he says then turn the station. Soon after that he was fired from SyFy’s Ghost Hunters International.
I want to be real clear here, I’m not condoning his words. He should’ve apologized about the terms he used, not his feelings on the subject. When he did the interview he wasn’t necessarily there for SyFy, he was there from his own group the Rain City Paranormal. So why did he get fired? Who at SyFy makes these decisions? Let’s look at who owns SyFy, NBC. Yup the same company that brings you Nickelodeon, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, ShopNBC, Universal Studios, The Wheather Channel (Where they fired the entire climate team for not believing in global warming, when they took over), USA, Oxygen, and Bravo. Plus a whole lot more production companies. Here’s a portfolio over view. http://www.nbcuni.com/About_NBC_Universal/Company_Overview/index.shtml
I knew there was a reason I wasn’t liking SyFy. When they took over Sci Fi they made the name switch and stated they were trying to make it less geeky. WHY?! It was fine the way it was! Anyway it would stand to reason that the same station that gave you the very liberal leaning MSNBC would also fire someone for their speech in an interview.
See the pattern, If you have a view other than theirs you MUST be silenced. You can no longer be affiliated with them in any shape matter or form. Plus I think SyFy is trying to drop Ghost Hunters, but doesn’t want the fans to revolt. What better way than to try to bore the hell out of you for two seasons.
Oh, here’s an interesting fact, the interview Britt gave was about a month ago, and we’re just learning about this now? Neither Britt nor Juan should have been fired. This is how it starts, the censorship, the sacrifices in order to keep others at bay. Who’s next? It’ll happen again. I can guarantee it.
UPDATE:NBC was previously owned by GE, and was Recently sold to Comcast….We’ll see how this turns out.
Also SyFy had a change of heart and rehired Britt Griffiths almost right after his firing.