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Missing Links: Obama pulls a Juan Williams, Christine O'Donnell gets her Committee Assignment, &c.

So President Obama is reportedly bagging a visit to a Sikh temple and the chattering class is chattering that it's because he wanted to avoid a photo-op while wearing the sort of headdress that's often confused for the kind Osama bin Laden wears.

This kind of cultural insensitivity is likely to get Obama fired as an analyst for NPR.

On the other hand, Obama's insensitivity may entitle him to some unexpected dividends: praise from Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, and a $2 million check from Rupert Murdoch.


In Colorado, they're having trouble keeping up with the Joneses. Republican congressional candidate Cory Gardner attacked his opponent, Rep. Betsy Markey, for a vote that was actually cast by Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts. Retaliation seems irresistible: Start by holding conservative Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) responsible for all votes taken by Barney Frank (D-Mass.), then blame Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) for votes of Rep. David Price (D-NC).


Christine O'Donnell (R-Bill Maher) trails badly in her race for the Senate, but, in a surprise development, she announced that she has secured a place on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. That's probably a better fit than the Judiciary Committee.


In a new ad, Citizens Against Government Waste uses English subtitles as a future Chinese professor tells his students about the collapse of America. It will surely get them fired as NPR analysts.

By Dana Milbank  | October 21, 2010; 9:31 PM ET
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Dana Milbank's suggestion that news analyst Juan Williams was unfairly treated by NPR is wrong. NPR serves a market and I am a member of that market.

When I have a personal opinion about the point of view of a speaker, that opinion clouds my thinking about the information they are feeding me. I therefore expect news analysis to come from reporters whose point of view I do not know. It lets me listen to the analysis with less of my own prejudice.

I love Juan Williams and have always appreciated his thoughtful and intelligent news analysis. However, by publicly expressing his personal views he has undermined his ability to deliver me news as the kind of neutral reporter that I am looking for when I tune in to NPR. I therefore totally support his firing by NPR executives and applaud them for having the integrity to do so despite the backlash that was sure to result from the purveyors of "fair and balanced" news and their right winged minions.

Posted by: mmyotis | October 22, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Come on, Dana. The decision not to visit the temple is strictly obama's. We already saw him in his turban back in 2008. Nobody cares what's ON his head... you get my drift.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | October 22, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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