Juan Williams has been fired by NPR for saying that he’s nervous when he flies on an airplane with people wearing traditional Islamic garb.
But don’t feel too sorry for Mr. Williams. Hours after getting a pink slip from NPR, he got a $2-million-dollar, three-year deal from FOX News.
Lost in the uproar was Mr. Williams’ key point, that Osama bin Laden is as representative of Islam as Fred Phelps is of Christianity.
I met Mr. Williams at a GOP presidential debate in Iowa in 2007 and he was very gracious when I visited with him. Seemed like a real class act.
A lot of Americans have fears when they fly. Most of those fears are irrational. But fear isn’t rational. It’s primal. It’s instinctual. And it can be overcome.
Fortunately for Mr. Williams, he won’t have to fear unemployment.