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“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 policy gone awry; why abortion is promoted as a hot button wedge issue to incite the party 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Muzzled scores some righteous points about the need for an honest national dialogue.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Juan Williams is both dangerous and highly constructive. He is both of these because, although he is a liberal, he is also a well-informed independent thinker. Driven by conviction and evidence, he is not afraid to dissent from liberal orthodoxy. He’s a liberal with whom conservatives can have an honest debate and sometimes find common ground. And while I don’t necessarily agree with every observation or opinion in this book, it is Juan’s candid appraisal of the condition of political debate in America. It ain’t a pretty sight.” 

    Karl Rove, former senior advisor to President George W. Bush 

  • “For any American who fears the coarsening of our political debate has become an impediment to our progress as a people—and, more importantly, is wondering how to fix it—Juan Williams has written a book well worth reading.” 

    David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama 

  • “Juan Williams has written a fascinating account of what happened to him at NPR, and used it to make the case for a serious and civilized political debate. An important book and a compelling read. ” 

    Brit Hume, Senior Political Analyst, Fox News Channel 

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeff | 9/12/2011

    " Wonderful reading for red and blue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eric | 9/2/2011

    " Juan Williams makes some interesting points. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sofia | 8/26/2011

    " The book is worth reading. I learned a lot about how PC the media has become. The biggest complaint I have is how much Mr. Williams sucks up to fox news. They could do nothing wrong except Glen Beck. Other than that it was a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Trysha | 8/26/2011

    " Juan Williams is dead-on in his analysis of political correctness, and its stifling of political progress. "

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