Bigotry On Air

So Helen Thomas (morally abhorrent but not deserving of the forced exit) and Rick Sanchez (rightly in my view) got fired for anti-Semitism, Octavia Nasr got fired for a complex view of a Hezbollah leader (unfairly in my view), and Juan Williams gets fired from NPR for his baldly bigoted statement about being afraid of all people in traditional Muslim garb on airplanes.

But Fox News hasn't fired Williams and hasn't fired the most egregiously bigoted and untrue statement of all of the above:

"All terrorists are Muslims."

Question: would Fox have fired Brian Kilmeade if he had said "all media is run by Jews" - an equally untrue and equally bigoted statement?

By the way, on the Rick Sanchez question, I appear to be more hardline on anti-Semitism than Jeffrey Goldberg. Jeffrey thinks the only person of all these who deserved to get fired was Helen Thomas. See her on-video offense here. She didn't say anything anti-Semitic. She said something anti-Zionist.

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