Skip to comments.Huckabee Calls on Congress to Cut Funding for NPR (MPR?) - Juan Williams Firing
Posted on 10/21/2010 10:23:40 AM PDT by quesney
In the wake of NPR's firing of contributor Juan Williams over comments about Muslims, Mike Huckabee is calling on the next Congress to cut the radio network's funding when it convenes next year.
"NPR has discredited itself as a forum for free speech and a protection of the First Amendment rights of all and has solidified itself as the purveyor of politically correct pabulum and protector of views that lean left," Huckabee said in a statement provided to CNN.
Williams told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Monday that he gets "worried" and "nervous" on flights when he sees people wearing "Muslim garb." NPR terminated Williams' contract on Wednesday evening.
Huckabee said he "will no longer accept interview requests from NPR as long as they are going to practice a form of censorship, and since 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 said.
NPR says federal funding comprises less than 2 percent of its budget, with most of its financial support coming from station fees, sponsorships and grants. Like Williams, the former Arkansas governor is also a contributor to the Fox News channel.
Huckabee called Williams "refreshingly honest and candid," adding: "There isn't a more honest and fair-minded person in journalism."
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He now has my Vote...
Gee, Huckabee trying to get in front of the parade.
Liberals = islam....islam = liberals
I agree with Huck,but it sounds like he’s running against which means I still won’t vote for him.Nice guy, I just don’t want his sort to be President. He’s too RINOISH...
Hey, finally something I can agree with Nanny Huckabee on, although its too bad that he wants funding cut because of this incident—he should want funding cut because government shouldn’t be in the business of running a radio and TV network.
Me either! Don't even bother calling me, NPR!
“NPR has discredited itself as a forum for free speech and a protection of the First Amendment rights of all ...”
Like I said in another post, this is an unbelievable disappointment.
“Gee, Huckabee trying to get in front of the parade.”
You aren’t kidding. Mr. Huckabee, why don’t you represent something more important, like ending the illegal immigrant invasion?
Oh, that’s right. You like the illegals and they’re your “best friends”. If anyone votes for this knucklehead, I feel sorry for you.
I don't listen to NPR so I'm curious as to how often he actually gets interview requests from NPR.
“Huckabee Calls on Congress to Cut Funding for NPR”
O’Reilly said the same thing.
Gingrich wants a congressional investigation.
“NPR has discredited itself as a forum for free speech...” or another way to say it, NPR has REVEALED itself as a forum for the left.
Just like the rest of the libs this past 2 years. Hey, maybe people will catch on, after all.
My sincere admiration for Huckabee.
Gosh, I actually agree with the Huckster on something. Go figure.
I didn’t realize Congress was funding it. I though Soros was funding the whole thing. But then again, what doesn’t Congress fund. Besides private jobs.
Eff you, media whore Huckster. You only call out NPR when one of your libtalker buddies gets the axe.
Why cut funding? We have so much money and the econonmy is roaring. /sarc
How about Radio Free Europe?
Initially, both RFE and RL were funded principally by the U.S. Congress through the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), but RFE also received supplemental private donations.
In 1971, all CIA involvement ended and thereafter RFE and RL were funded by Congressional appropriation through the Board for International Broadcasting (BIB) and after 1995 the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The two corporations were merged into RFE/RL, Inc. in 1976.
I’m now refusing interviews from Penelope Cruz.
I don't care if it's even $1. I don't want even a penny of tax dollars being used to pay off this dictatorial bunch of Marxist thugs at NPR. One of the first things a Republican House should do, is to CUT OFF a;; tax payer funds to this outfit. At a time of $1.3 Trillion deficits, funding this dictatorial outfit is something that American tax payers simply can't afford.
Was NOT RFE specifically designed initially to deliver truth otherwise unavailable to the captives behind the Iron Curtain, therefore a tool of the Cold War?
That makes it a different circumstance than what Opinionated Blowhard is talking about.
I agree with O.B. completely.
Somewhere between, “not often” and “what are you kidding me?”.
If NPR DID have Huckabee on, it would be to parade him, as Bill Meyer did Christine 0’Donnell - as the idiotic punching bag “lets all laugh at the Conservative” target.
“Dude, where’s my country?” - my FB tagline.
DEFUND PBS / NPR - yesterday!
~sigh...That's 2% DIRECT funding. Tax payer's money is taken, given to the local stations and then given back to NPR. Those INDIRECT revenues are about 26%.
I am all for RFE. My point is our government does pay for radio programs. Do we just support those whose point of view we agree with? Isn’t that what we complain about? What about those who have a different point of view than RFE?
Diana Rehm will be so disheartned :-)
Just heard on FNC that NPR has launced another attack on Juan! And this is their fund raising week! LOL
RE: Me either! Don’t even bother calling me, NPR!
Does this mean you’re not going to send them money when they break for 15 minutes to solicit donations to support their broadcasting of the concerts of your favorite artist?
Williams has worked 10 years for an organization that can apparently terminate his contract on a whim. Didn’t he have an attorney read through that contract first?
Will the FCC step in to investigate ownership?
This is what we want - a fast and furious response.
Don’t let up Mike!
I have sent letters to our senators/congressmen making that VERY request - It wasn’t the firing of Juan that lit that fire under my behind but this just goes to show how far left they are.
When I heard Juan make those remarks on BOR, I knew he would get some heat . . . I think BOR even mentioned that he (Juan) was on NPR. I didn’t know until then since NPR is like fingernails on a chalkboard!
“What about those who have a different point of view than RFE?”
Those with a different point of view to objective reporting of truth already existed as a totalitarian government at the time, therefore RFE was created to combat lies with facts as part of the Cold War effort. It was a tool in a war of which our government, NOT private enterprise directs taxpayer funding as our government does, and is expected to do during a war situation.
Perhaps you can come up with a better example of what it is you mean than the RFE example.
NPR says federal funding comprises less than 2 percent of its budget, with most of its financial support coming from station fees, sponsorships and grants.
Grants from who (feds maybe)??? So if fed funding REALLY is only 2% they will not miss it.
I work in academia . . . they do not believe ANYTHING unless it is reported on NPR.
Enuff already with these National Pubic radio Goebell/trotsky propaganda wannabes.
Cut them off!
No mas dinero!
They already get hundreds of millions from liberal foundations set up tax free by phoney guilt ridden billionaires.
I agree that NPR should no longer get public funding.
In the wake of NPR's firing of contributor Juan Williams over comments about Muslims, Mike Huckabee is calling on the next Congress to cut the radio network's funding when it convenes next year. "NPR has discredited itself as a forum for free speech and a protection of the First Amendment rights of all and has solidified itself as the purveyor of politically correct pabulum and protector of views that lean left," Huckabee said in a statement provided to CNN. Williams told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Monday that he gets "worried" and "nervous" on flights when he sees people wearing "Muslim garb." NPR terminated Williams' contract on Wednesday evening. Huckabee said he "will no longer accept interview requests from NPR as long as they are going to practice a form of censorship, and since 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 said... Like Williams, the former Arkansas governor is also a contributor to the Fox News channel.Huckabee called Williams "refreshingly honest and candid," adding: "There isn't a more honest and fair-minded person in journalism."Thanks quesney. I never have been, and am not now, a fan of Juan Williams, a partisan media shill if ever there was one, but what he said is A) probably a common experience and B) National Partisan Radio shouldn't EVER have been getting anyone's tax dollars.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Before they cut social security, take the fraud out of every department of the
government,example,in 1992 an audit was done of the department of education they
could not account for 70% of its budget. Also in the same year, they did an
audit of the IRS and they could not account for 66% of it’s budget. United
Nations, World Bank, WTO, IMF, and all other foreign aide.
That’s right. I’m all for radio broadcasts into enemy countries to undermine them. That is just another defense tool. The issue is the government broadcasting propaganda to us to control how news is presented to its own citizens. Now we know its a firing offense to tell people that a reporter has fears about seeing people in Muslim garb on airplanes.
I seem to remember Clarence Page saying that he felt nervous when he saw young black men in street clothes following him at night and that he breathed a sigh of relief if he found out they where white. I wonder what Clarence will say about this.
The Cold War is over.
Taxpayer-Funded Pacifica Radio Planning to Air Al-Jazeera Audio
The Case for De-Funding Public Broadcasting
Countering the well-documented liberal bias on such PBS programs as NOW, formerly hosted by Bill Moyers, CPB chairman Kenneth Tomlinson arranged for taxpayer funding, to the tune of about $5 million, for a new weekly broadcast featuring Paul Gigot and members of the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal. This has led to charges that Tomlinson is manipulating the political content of public broadcasting and threatening its independence. Tomlinson argues that he is trying to expand the potential audience of PBS and build support for the network.
Tomlinson is correct to insist that public broadcasting programs obey the law requiring objectivity and balance, as long as they receive federal money. But AIM does not believe the answer to liberal bias on public TV or radio is to fund conservative bias. The problem with this approach is that people like Moyers are going to be clamoring for more funding of liberal bias. Indeed, Moyers has asked, Why not $5 million to put the editors of The Nation [magazine] on PBS? He advocated balancing right-wing talk with left-wing talk.
AIM believes that this means the taxpayers lose. The proper response is to terminate the funding and save the taxpayers $400 million a year. Isnt this a reasonable compromise?
Time to stop using any taxpayer money for any radio broadcasts.
Amen. He played the "former pastor" card to get a lot of the Christian vote in 2008 which shut out a lot of other candidates I thought were more conservative. He's essentially the biggest obstacle to Sarah Palin in 2012 and Palin supporters need to hammer him on the clemency thing that led to four cops getting murdered in Washington state. The media loves him because they know he'll be easy to beat if he's the nominee.
With all that said, defund ALL taxpayer funds for public broadcasting. That's hardly an original or Huckabee position.
Williams is a token in SO many ways! And by the way the words "honest" and fair minded" when used in conjunction with "journalism" is such an oxymoron. Kind of like "military intelligence" says the former infantryman, tongue firmly in cheek.