Republicans Seek To Stop NPR Funding

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- In the aftermath of NPR's firing of commentator Juan Williams, there are calls from Republicans to end federal funding for the radio network.
A spokesman says South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint plans to introduce legislation to cut off that money.
Federal grants provide less than 2 percent of NPR's annual budget. It's funded primarily by affiliates, corporate sponsors and major donors.
Williams was fired by NPR after saying on Fox News -- where he's also a commentator -- that he gets nervous when he boards a plane and sees people in Muslim attire.
Muslim groups were outraged by the remarks, and said similar comments about other ethnic or religious groups wouldn't be tolerated. Earlier this month, CNN fired anchor Rick Sanchez for comments that included questioning whether Jews should be considered a minority.
As for Williams, he says he thinks NPR had been looking for a reason to fire him, and used those comments as an excuse. Williams tells ABC that NPR had disapproved of his appearances on Fox News shows.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2010 at 06:59 PM
    When it comes to airports I am more fearful getting behind someone who thinks they are entitled to get a free bump up because they had to wait in line like everyone else.
  • by Kathleen Herrick Location: Okemos on Oct 22, 2010 at 08:35 PM
    Juan Williams has been a lackey for Bill O' Reilly and Sean Hannity for years passively agreeing with them while purporting to represent the "liberal" point of view. There is no such thing as the liberal media. That term is coined by Fox News so that they can deliver their strictly biased views in every segment. Even their financial news is slanted towards the Republican agenda and does not have anything close to what respected economists and financial experts report. NPR and PBS receive so few public dollars compared to other industrialized countries (USA is 18th) and that is why our electorate is so STUPID! As you can tell people like goodtallviking and others of that ilk they get their information from sources like Fox News They will follow Beck, Hannity and O'Reilly's commands to pester congress to deprive the public from getting accurate information by trying to take away funds. Congress will likely overreact just like they did with the Acorn "scandal" promoted by Fox News.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    I feel sorry for him, all he did was share his opinion. We all have fears, it doesn't make us bigots. I'm not going to lie, when I get on a plane I am also fearful of someone wearing long, baggy clothing, or berkas. They are easy to hide items or weapons under. Plus, since 911 its not the turbulence that I'm afraid of, its the turbins!
  • by goodtallviking Location: Gulf Coast on Oct 22, 2010 at 01:49 PM
    For decades NPR has used our tax dollars to spew their anti-American, anti-capitalist, and atheistic nonsense. Let us hope that this most recent example of their intolerance will finally get them off the government teat. I, for one, think they should repay the $4B of our tax dollars that they have received over the last decade, But hey, I have always been a dreamer.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2010 at 09:58 AM
    It is a just fear, but he does not go around and banishing them from airports. We would be fearful of a group of teens in baggy pants approaching us or someone else who looks like a famous criminal.
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