Bottom line: NPR has its own interpretation of sharia, and Juan violated it — and paid the price. My column today is about Bill O’Reilly’s recent appearance on The View and the attempt by such folks as Whoopi Goldberg and Professor John Esposito to shut down all any debate about the connections — and separations — among Islam, Islamism, and jihadism.
It’s also true — I have this on good authority — that NPR has long been furious with Juan simply for being a regular on Fox. You’d think they’d appreciate the fact that he is making the liberal case, intelligently, to a largely conservative audience. How else are right-wingers going to learn? But no, at NPR most people favor engagement with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — but not with Bill O’Reilly.