- Joseph Wightman lives in Portland, Oregon with his lovely wife, two cats that only like each other sometimes, and a graying golden retriever that smiles when she's sleeping. He earned his BA in International Studies from Portland State University.
Let me start by saying this: Juan Williams is a fool – not because he should have been embarrassed by his unreasonable fear, nor by his honesty regarding an uncomfortable subject, but because he of all people should have understood that what is most important in America is appearance… the appearance of calm acceptance and unwavering surety. What is not most important is the appearance of honesty and integrity in news media… which is why NPR is on the way out.
At least Vivian is. This, thanks to her permissive nature. She allowed exec Ron Schiller (not related, but also headed out) to make defamatory remarks (on a camera hidden by
Nazi conservative activist James O’Keefe) about the up-and-coming Tea Party.
Well, Ron, I think it’s pretty clear that the Tea Party is primarily peopled by “racists and xenophobes”. The thing is, we only call it racism in America if it involves the blatant humiliation and abuse of someone who is visibly different… and if it’s caught on camera… and if someone else is involved — someone other than us. That’s one of our God-given rights as Americans, to call other people names and pretend like our own behavior is beyond reproach. It’s called the first amendment, Baby.
And for the record, James O’Keefe is a racist too.