Veteran civil rights journalist-commentator Juan Williams has been fired from his position at NPR because of his frank admission (made on Fox News) on how he gets worried every time he's on a plane and sees people in overtly Muslim garb boarding. There has been a lot of justifiable outrage over the sacking of Williams just for expressing his feelings while appearing on another news network. Here's my comment posted below the article:
NPR is trying to stifle people from expressing their opinions. It’s not Juan Williams’ credibility that has been undermined, it’s NPR’s credibility that has been undermined by its own ill-thought actions. The problem doesn’t come from people like Juan Williams, it comes from NPR and their thought-police, which have their own curiously leftist slant. Had Juan Williams authored a Maplethorpe-style art exhibit featuring urine-soaked crucifixes, then he’d have no problems getting a paycheque from any US govt agency, whether NPR or the NEA. But he made the mistake of expressing his heartfelt apprehensions about a group aligned with the Left, and that means that all state-funded agencies have to bar their doors to him.
More on this from WSJ.
Just as a footnote - I'm reminded of my own recent experience on Bharat Rakshak Forum, which styles itself as India's leading national defense discussion site, when they promptly banned me after I expressed my non-preference over A R Rahman's music and his conversion to Islam.