Juan Williams, a longtime analyst with NPR, was fired on Wednesday for admitting that he experiences fear when he sees Muslims aboard passenger aircraft.
His opening remarks have proven prescient:
"Political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don't address reality."
By firing Juan Williams for having uttered an uncomfortable but undeniably true and indisputably relevant sentiment, NPR has embraced the values (if not the tactics) of those who commit murder over offensive cartoons: people who offend must be punished.
So much for freedom of thought. In the marketplace of ideas, NPR has established itself as a storefront not worth visiting.