Comments that get you fired by NPR:
Juan Williams, speaking to Bill O’Reilly about jihad that O’Reilly claimed that is aided and abetted by some Muslim nations: “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. But when I get on the 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.”
Comments that get you admonished, but do NOT get you fired by NPR:
Sarah Spitz, writing about what she would do if Rush Limbaugh had a heart attack while she was around: “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out.” “I never knew I had this much hate in me, but he deserves it.”
Nina Totenburg, speaking about then-Senator Jesse Helms: “… because if there is retributive justice, he’ll get AIDS from a transfusion. Or one of his grandchildren will get it.”
So wishing harm to another person with whom you disagree is fine. But stating your honest opinion — an opinion that is remarkably similar to what the president’s beloved and praised grandmother felt — is a reason for termination.