Muzzled: The Assault On Honest Debate

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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.


  • Muzzled 01 Open

    Duration: 32s
  • Muzzled 02 Epigraph

    Duration: 09s
  • Muzzled 03 Chapter1a

    Duration: 29min
  • Muzzled 04 Chapter1b

    Duration: 27min
  • Muzzled 05 Chapter2a

    Duration: 25min
  • Muzzled 06 Chapter2b

    Duration: 23min
  • Muzzled 07 Chapter3a

    Duration: 29min
  • Muzzled 08 Chapter3b

    Duration: 17min
  • Muzzled 09 Chapter3c

    Duration: 13min
  • Muzzled 10 Chapter4a

    Duration: 27min
  • Muzzled 11 Chapter4b

    Duration: 23min
  • Muzzled 12 Chapter5a

    Duration: 28min
  • Muzzled 13 Chapter5b

    Duration: 14min
  • Muzzled 14 Chapter5c

    Duration: 17min
  • Muzzled 15 Chapter6a

    Duration: 24min
  • Muzzled 16 Chapter6b

    Duration: 26min
  • Muzzled 17 Chapter7a

    Duration: 27min
  • Muzzled 18 Chapter7b

    Duration: 27min
  • Muzzled 19 Chapter8a

    Duration: 29min
  • Muzzled 20 Chapter8b

    Duration: 29min
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