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By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:11 AM on 22nd October 2010
A publicly-funded radio station which fired an employee who made comments about Muslims on planes is under fire from both sides of the political spectrum for its decision.
National Public Radio sacked news analyst Juan Williams after he told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly that when he sees Muslims on planes he gets 'nervous' and 'worried'.
But outraged commentators on both sides defended Williams as being honest about his feelings and saying what others are thinking.
And they pointed out that in the interview he also said it is important to distinguish moderate Muslims from extremists.
NPR's decision was blasted as 'ridiculous' and as 'censorship', with conservatives such as Sarah Palin calling on President Barack Obama to step in and cut off the organisation's funding.
Meanwhile The View host Whoopi Goldberg also termed the decision 'ridiculous' and 'a mistake'.
And the head of an organisation that trains minority journalists said Williams 'didn't say something that, unfortunately, other people aren't thinking'.
Williams - who was a part-time commentator on the Fox News Channel prior to the incident - provoked the storm with his incendiary comments on the O'Reilly Factor on Monday.
O'Reilly had asked his guests to discuss his controversial appearance last week on ABC's 'The View'.
'I'm not a bigot... But when I get on a plane, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.'
- Former NPR news analyst Juan Williams, on The O'Reilly Factor on Monday
During a discussion on the proposed Ground Zero mosque he angered hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar so much that they stormed off the set.
The incident provoked headlines around the country, and O'Reilly asked Williams his opinion on it during the Monday taping of The O'Reilly Factor.
Williams, 56, responded that too much political correctness can get in the way of reality.
'I mean, look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country,' Williams said.
'But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.'
He went on to say that it is wrong to believe all Muslims are extremists, just as it would be wrong to think all Christians are extremists because of the actions of a few.