Breitbart blogger's dopey defense of Juan Williams

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Let the comedy of errors begin! Or, behold right-wing media criticism.

The GOP Noise Machine hit the panic button when word got out that NPR had terminated its contract with Juan Williams in the wake of the hateful, anti-Muslim comments he recently made during a Fox News appearance. Apparently news organizations are not allowed to hold their employees to any kind of standard because if they do they're stifling "free speech."

Or something.

But check out the illogical defense of Williams staged at Breitbart's Big Journalism site:

A taxpaying-funded organization fired someone over their free speech? No! Shocker!...NPR had no problem with statements like this on its airwaves:

Big Journalism then clipped these comments, which aired back in 2007:

I stick very rigorously to the evidence. You had the Nazis unloaded coffins at night. We saw coffins being unloaded at night. They talked about enhanced interrogation, meaning torture. Karl Rove talked about enhanced interrogation, meaning torture. They said, you know, we've got to invade Czechoslovakia, because it's a staging ground for terrorists. We said we had to invade Iraq, a country we're not at war with, because they're torturing their ethnic minorities, it's a staging ground for terrorists, and they hate our freedoms. I don't need to draw an analogy. The analogies are there.

Breitbart's blogger is furious that Williams' NPR contract was terminated after he said hateful things about Muslims when NPR once aired comments of someone comparing President Bush to Hitler!

Okay, but here are the punch lines: The Hitler analogy was made by a guest being interviewed on NPR, not by a paid analyst. (It's kind of tough to fire guests, right?)

And second, does Breitbart's team really want to point to a previous Bush-is-like-Hitler analogy as being just beyond the pale when today it seems as though the entire GOP Noise Machine rotates around endless Obama-is-like-Hitler analogies?

Andrew Breitbart, Juan Williams
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