Even now and then, the liberals unwittingly reveal themselves through their gut reactions to current events. The President of NPR had such a moment in this instance by exercising her position of authority to remind the world that certain thoughts, spoken in public, are outside the bounds of liberal orthodoxy and justify a vomiting of the offending element. Thus, Juan Williams becomes a victim of the “Thought Police” of liberalism. His crime was to speak honestly about his feelings about the danger brought to mind by airline passengers presenting themselves first and foremost as Muslim provocateurs. According to this line of reasoning, the honesty of expressing your thoughts is not the issue. The issue is that these thoughts can only be the result of bigotry regardless of how honest or grounded in experience based rationality. There is simply no other conclusion you can draw than the automatic presumption of bigotry by the “Thought Police”.
Perhaps NPR should change the name of it’s morning program to “Some Things Considered as Other Things are Out of Bounds”. It’s not quite as catchy but it would have the virtue of truth in advertising.