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WILLIAMS: Now it’s time to defund NPR

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Even after they fired me, called me a bigot and publicly advised me to only share my thoughts with a psychiatrist, I did not call for defunding NPR. I am a journalist and NPR is an important platform for journalism.

But last week my line of defense for NPR ran into harsh political realities. Rep. Steve Israel (D- N.Y.) chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out a fundraising letter with the following argument for maintaining public funding of NPR:

“They [Republicans] know NPR plays a vital role in providing quality news programming – from rural radio stations to in-depth coverage of foreign affairs. If the Republicans had their way, we’d only be left with the likes of Glenn Beck, Limbaugh and Sarah Palin to dominate the airwaves.”

With that statement Congressman Israel made the case better than any Republican critic that NPR is radio by and for liberal Democrats. He is openly asking liberal Democrats to give money to liberal Democrats in Congress so they can funnel federal dollars into news radio programs designed to counter and defeat conservative Republican voices.

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  • leilani

    And lookie here, as if on cue, NPR is right back to their old tricks smearing with outright falsehoods those Americans for whom they don’t even bother to disguise their smug elitist contempt, as Ed Driscoll documents here in his post entitled “You Stay Classy, NPR”:

    http://pajamasmedia.com/eddriscoll/2011/03/21/you-stay-classy-npr/

    • riseabove

      Interestingly enough, those same tactics are used by many of the internet scammers I used to advocate against, none of whom I ever backed down from no matter how vulgar or intimidating they became. While they may look and sound dangerous, they’re cowards at heart who generally are the ones to cut and run when we stand our ground.

      My collegues and I discovered early on that we couldn’t politely confront corruption. Threats and vindictiveness go with the territory. We used every source at our disposal to expose/report these lowlife con artists and warn consumers about their deceptive, unethical and illegal practices. The problems arise when our own government disarms the crusaders by ignoring us and refusing to further investigate and ultimately prosecute fraud.

      Thanks for the link, leilani. I had no idea about the disappearance and certainly hope the mystery of Ms. Malkin’s family member is solved soon.

      Speaking of bumper stickers, here’s one seen on a bus filled with SEIU protesters:

      “We’re all here because we’re not all there!”

  • leilani

    Juan Williams said:”NPR [is] the elitist voice of comfortable, liberal-leaning, highly educated, upper-income America.”

    Spot on, Mr. Williams. It isn’t just conservatives who’ve been denied a voice at National “Public” Radio for years. NPR’s ideologically corrupted leadership ensured that this enterprise funded by the public ostensibly FOR the public only truly served a very narrow segment of that public.

    Far from being a source for diverse opinion and news about segments of society which are underserved by commercial radio and whose tastes & viewpoints are neglected elsewhere, their culturally & ideologically homogeneous staff caters almost exclusively to the cultural tastes, social prejudices and political inclinations of a very narrowly-construed demographic which is, in fact, far OVERserved by commercial media.

    Rather than target the wider base commercial radio is neglecting, NPR just took from commercial radio a more exclusive & powerful segment which already enjoyed a disproportionately loud political voice in the United States and catered to their politics & to their petty cultural bigotry and to their arrogant contempt for their social ‘inferiors’.

    The “comfortable, liberal-leaning, highly educated, upper-income America” William speaks of which NPR serves so well is a prized demographic for commercial advertisers. They are ALREADY well catered to by other media outlets elsewhere. NPR’s original mission was to serve those demographics whom commercial advertisers had no use for; indeed, this was the very pretext of requiring mandatory taxpayer contributions to its operations.

    Yet under an ideologically corrupted Board and the equally ideologically corrupted management hand-selected by that Board, NPR’s original mission was long ago abandoned, and today an elite & powerful segment of the American polity is getting its programming subsidized by the non-elite and non-powerful through government force.

    It’s sheer hypocrisy for anyone calling themselves a “Progressive” to even try to PRETEND to defend that, unless being a Progressive these days is just another way of saying you’re an advocate of robbing from the poor to pay for the elitist self-validation of the rich.

    • KGC

      Okay, everything you said? That’s just HOT! :)

  • riseabove

    I think we should defund NPR and use the money saved to help pay back average tax-payers whose taxes were used to pay for fraudulent Welfare claims.

  • savage24

    NPR did Juan Williams the biggest favor he ever had by firing him. Now he has a very lucrative contract with Fox News with plenty of exposure for his liberal views. Instead of attacking NPR he should be thanking them for furthering his career. I never understood why NPR and PBS were funded by the taxpayers in the first place, but for all this fuss in congress just because they fired this guy is inane.

  • KGC

    I’m shocked, SHOCKED to learn that a left-leaning bias exists at NPR!

    I love all the hand-wringing on the left, all the hyperbole. It’s always about how ‘The Right’ wants to ‘end’ public broadcasting, leave the airwaves with no voices other than the usual suspects (Rush, Beck, O’Reilly,… None of whom I can stand, BTW). Once again, the Right does not want to end public broadcasting, it wants to end public FUNDING of public broadcasting, which, if you’re believe what NPR has all but openly admitted, it would be better off without in the long run. I find it hard to believe that there are not fair-minded Democrats and Liberals out there that wouldn’t be absolutely apoplectic over taxpayer dollars, even in the smallest amounts, going to fund Rush, Beck, or O’Reilly. They would be beside themselves with rage, and they should be. People on the Right feel the same about the funding of NPR.

  • bassboat

    What’s the surprise here? For Juan to say this is to either admit that he is oblivious to reality or that he is just plain stupid or he was in on the cover-up. Please Juan, use your head.

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