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Huckabee boycotting NPR over Juan Williams firing

Alex Pappas Political Reporter

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he will no longer appear on National Public Radio until the organization stops practicing “censorship” and called on Congress to cut NPR’s funding.

His comments were made in the wake of NPR firing correspondent Juan Williams for comments made during a discussion on Muslims while appearing on Fox News.

“While I have often enjoyed appearing on NPR programs and have been treated fairly and objectively, I will no longer accept interview requests from NPR as long as they are going to practice a form of censorship,” Huckabee said in a statement on his PAC’s website.

Williams was fired after telling Bill O’Reilly that because of the September 11th attacks, he is nervous when he boards planes and sees passengers dressed in Muslim garb.

Huckabee said that because “NPR is funded with public funds, it IS a form of censorship. It is time for the taxpayers to start making cuts to federal spending, and I encourage the new Congress to start with NPR.”

He added: “I know Juan and am proud to be a colleague of his as a fellow Fox News contributor. There isn’t a more honest and fair-minded person in journalism. He is refreshingly honest and candid and unusually objective when it comes to analyzing the events in the news.”