Is the U.S. too politically correct for its own good?

Jul 27, 2011

Juan Williams was fired from NPR for saying during an interview that he felt anxious when he saw people in Muslim dress getting on his airplane. The firing became a public relations nightmare for NPR, but it gave Williams a platform to talk about how he thinks partisan ideology and political correctness stifle an honest exchange of ideas. In his new book, Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate, Williams explores how censorship and political correctness are playing out in society and media. Williams believes he was fired from NPR for giving his honest opinion and he compares this experience to politicians who are deemed traitors for attempting to work across party lines. Is the U.S. really as ideologically polarized as Williams posits? What examples do you see in the media and your own life? How can such obstacles to honest debate be overcome for the sake of progress and understanding?

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