Muzzled by Juan Williams
The Assault on Honest Debate

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8 Critic Reviews

Indeed, the overall theme of Muzzled is that reasonable people are being shut up and shut down.
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Synopsis

“You can’t say that. You’re fired.”
 
Prize-winning Washington journalist Juan Williams was unceremoniously dismissed by NPR for speaking his mind and saying what many Americans feel—that he gets nervous when boarding airplanes with passengers dressed in Muslim garb. NPR banished the veteran journalist in an act of political correctness that ultimately sparked nationwide outrage and led to calls for Congress to end its public funding of the media organization.
 
In Muzzled, Williams uses his very public firing as a launching pad to discuss the countless ways in which honest debate in America—from the halls of Congress and the health care town halls to the talk shows and print media—is stifled. In today’s partisan world, where media provocateurs rule the airwaves and political correctness dictates what can and cannot be said with impunity, Williams shows how the honest exchange of ideas and the search for solutions and reasonable compromise is deliberately muzzled. Only those toeing the party’s line—the screaming voices of the extremist—get airtime and dominate the discussion in politics and the media. Each side, liberal and conservative, preaches to a choir that revels in expressions of anger, ideology, conspiracies, and demonized opponents. The result is an absence of truth-telling and honest debate about the facts. Among the issues denied a full-throated discussion are racial profiling; the increased reliance on religious beliefs in debating American values and legislation; the nuances of an immigration policym gone awry; why abortion is promoted as a hot button wedge issue to incite the pary faithful and drive donations; the uneasy balance between individual freedom and our desire for security of against terrorism; and much more.
 
A fierce, fresh look at the critical importance of an open airing of controversial issues, Muzzled is a hard hitting critique of the topics and concerns we can’t talk about without suffering retaliation at the hands of the politically correct police. Only by bringing such hot button issues into the light of day can we hope to grapple with them, and exercise our cherished, hard-won right of free speech.
 

About Juan Williams

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Juan Williams, one of America's leading journalists, is a political analyst for Fox News, a regular panelist on Fox Broadcasting's Sunday morning public affairs program, "Fox News Sunday," and a columnist for FoxNews.com and for The Hill. He hosted NPR's Talk of the Nation and has anchored Fox News Channel's weekend daytime news coverage. A former senior correspondent and political analyst for National Public Radio, he is the author of the bestselling book Enough; the critically acclaimed biography Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary; and the national bestseller Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965, the companion volume to the critically acclaimed television series. During his 21-year career at The Washington Post, Williams served as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist, and White House reporter. His articles have appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, The Atlantic Monthly, Ebony, Gentlemen's Quarterly, and The New Republic.
 
Published July 26, 2011 by Crown. 306 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Muzzled
All: 8 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Below average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 15 2011

In the end, about the last thing the civil-discourse cause needs, namely more self-interested preaching to the choir.

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NPR

Excellent
Reviewed by DAVID FOLKENFLIK on Jul 27 2011

Indeed, the overall theme of Muzzled is that reasonable people are being shut up and shut down.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Stephen Goodwin

Yet Muzzled doesn’t quite live up to its subtitle: An Assault on Honest Debate.

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Chicago Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Clarence Page on Jul 24 2011

Williams devotes several thought-provoking chapters to such impediments to honest debate as political polarization, a reluctance to call terrorists "terrorists" and...

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Journal Sentinel

Excellent
Reviewed by Duane Dudek on Aug 04 2011

Sometimes he swings wide, but it's hard to argue with many of his observations and conclusions.

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Austin Chronicle

Excellent
Reviewed by MICHAEL KING on Oct 21 2011

The bulk of Muzzled is rather breathless: a roughly chronological potted history of the last decade's major issues, from terrorism...

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The Skanner News

Excellent
Reviewed by Kam Williams on Jul 26 2011

Half heartfelt memoir/half an urgent appeal for the return of civil discourse to the public arena, “Muzzled” persuasively bemoans the pressure placed on pundits nowadays to talk only in sanitized, politically-correct phraseology.

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The Hill

Excellent
Reviewed by Emily Goodin on Jul 21 2011

...most fascinating part is his recounting of last year’s firing, which he relates in vast detail.

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