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JUAN WILLIAMS: It's Time to Defund NPR
Fox News ^ | March 14, 201 | Juan Williams

Posted on 03/14/2011 1:24:27 PM PDT by Lazamataz

It just keeps happening. NPR's leadership keeps tripping over its microphone wires and then asking everybody else to plug them back in.

I know everybody thinks I must be in a vindictive mood, celebrating the sudden departure of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller after her hand-picked personal fundraiser was caught on tape disparaging Tea Party activists, Jews and taking more shots at me. I'm human and do have some thoughts but it's okay to keep them to myself.

I will not slander her in the way that she impugned my intellect and my integrity with condescending comments after my firing. She said my comments on Fox News violated journalistic ethics and should have been kept between "him and his psychiatrist or his publicist." Schiller's missteps have been very public and all too visible to the world, allowing everyone to draw their own conclusions about her.

I'm not being vindictive when I say that NPR leadership had become ingrown and arrogant to the point that they lost sight of journalism as the essential product of NPR. People like Schiller and Ellen Weiss, the head of news for NPR, who made it her life's work to fire me, came to think of themselves as smarter than anyone else. They felt no need to answer to any critic. No other point of view had any importance to them. They came to personify anti-intellectual resentment and arrogance in journalism. Any approach at variance with their own was considered traitorous and a basis for exiling them to the Gulag or in my case, firing me.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cpb; juanwilliams; npr
THAT'S going to leave a mark. OW.
1 posted on 03/14/2011 1:24:28 PM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Lazamataz

And yet, Juan will still be a liberal, sadly. :-(

I hope that PBS and NPR *are* defunded and go away...or else that evil CAPITALISM rears it’s ugly head and saves the day when donors respond to keep them running...will all those liberals care enough to do that? Remains to be seen...


2 posted on 03/14/2011 1:26:55 PM PDT by pillut48 (Israel doesn't have a friend in President Obama...and neither does the USA! (h/t pgkdan))
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To: Lazamataz

A broken clock is right twice a day.


3 posted on 03/14/2011 1:27:50 PM PDT by Gen. Burkhalter
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To: Lazamataz

Hey Juan what about EPA??? NPR is a little drop in the Lib Bucket and a sacrificial lamb.


4 posted on 03/14/2011 1:30:49 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: Lazamataz
People like Schiller and Ellen Weiss, the head of news for NPR, who made it her life's work to fire me, came to think of themselves as smarter than anyone else. They felt no need to answer to any critic. No other point of view had any importance to them. They came to personify anti-intellectual resentment and arrogance in journalism.

Juan knows the liberal underbelly - he's got their number.

5 posted on 03/14/2011 1:31:03 PM PDT by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php - It's only uncivil when someone on the right does it.- Laz)
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To: pillut48
And yet, Juan will still be a liberal, sadly. :-(

I don't know. They say that new conservatives are liberals that just got mugged.

6 posted on 03/14/2011 1:31:11 PM PDT by houeto (Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.)
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To: Lazamataz

“came to think of themselves as smarter than anyone else”


No reason to call oneself “liberal” other than this.


7 posted on 03/14/2011 1:31:24 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: GOPJ

Another David Horowitz in the making?


8 posted on 03/14/2011 1:32:08 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: GOPJ

Let him substitute CNN, or NBC, or CBS or ABC, or NYT for NPR in his comments


9 posted on 03/14/2011 1:32:49 PM PDT by ken5050 (Admin Moderators rule!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz
The worst thing about Juan being fired by NPR: He is on FNC all the time. I used to view Williams as a rationale liberal; then Obama got elected.
10 posted on 03/14/2011 1:33:17 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: Lazamataz
The latest chapter of Uncle Juan's Cabin.
11 posted on 03/14/2011 1:34:01 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't skipper a boat, Can't drive, Can't ski, Can't fly. But they KNOW what's best!)
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To: Lazamataz

Nice bitch-slapping.


12 posted on 03/14/2011 1:35:21 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: houeto; All

I wonder if Juan Williams made his remarks before or after the report came out, which I heard about last night, showing the original interview had been seriously cut and edited and assembled in the most prejudicial way possible. The person discussing this issue said that listening to the entire taping without any cuts showed a significantly different slant to the remarks and overall interview. A technical analysis showed the numerous cuts that had been made in the reassembled tape.


13 posted on 03/14/2011 1:38:12 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: Lazamataz

My daughter is an NPR fan, and we were once stuck in a rental car together ... for three days ... listening mainly to NPR on the road.

Needless to say, she didn’t know much about what is really going on in America; and she pays much better attention to things these days.


14 posted on 03/14/2011 1:38:57 PM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: Lazamataz
Now Juan's opinion changes.

The argument against government funding of ANY media has been solid since 1776. Do all liberals have to be mugged by their own before acquiring a modicum of common sense?

15 posted on 03/14/2011 1:40:07 PM PDT by wayoverontheright
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To: pillut48

Liberals HATE Juan Williams because he is one of the few liberals who can have a civil, intelligent conversation with conservatives...

...without name calling and adhominem attacks.


16 posted on 03/14/2011 1:40:42 PM PDT by proudpapa
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To: proudpapa

Liberals do think that a condescending profane utterance means they “won” the argument, most times.


17 posted on 03/14/2011 1:45:06 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MrB
Another David Horowitz in the making?

Hell no.

Juan was mugged by the libs when he wrote his book about education, but he rolled over, put his butt up in the air and axed for it again.

18 posted on 03/14/2011 1:48:50 PM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, in honor of Standing Wolf.)
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To: Lazamataz

Juan Williams may still hold dopey liberal views but he certainly got it right about the corporate mindset of NPR. A leftist organization brooking absolutely no dissent from the egalitarian liberal line and aimed at effete upper middle class liberals while pretending to be both inclusive as well as objective. Even partially funding NPR with taxpayer money is an insult to working Americans and needs to be ended, now.


19 posted on 03/14/2011 1:49:27 PM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: Lazamataz

DSome day Juan Williams may wake up and discover that he was never a liberal. He just thought that if he said the right words and did the right things he would be accepted. What he is finding is that if you are not 100% dedicated to the cause, there is no room for you and that you are just another useful idiot.


20 posted on 03/14/2011 1:50:29 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: wayoverontheright
Do all liberals have to be mugged by their own before acquiring a modicum of common sense?

Ummm...that would be a "Yes." and still, it doesn't always work.

21 posted on 03/14/2011 1:53:14 PM PDT by houeto (Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed.)
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To: Lazamataz

Didn’t NPR claim they don’t “need” to be funded by the government?
Cut them off then.
Watch them cry.


22 posted on 03/14/2011 1:55:15 PM PDT by Darksheare (Dear Interdimensional Monstrosity, I fear our relationship has taken a turn for the worse...)
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To: OldNavyVet

I’ve listened to a lot of NPR just as a news junkie — it never corrupted my mind and there is a good chance your daughter may see through it as she gets older.

I started as a YAF kid for Goldwater though, who had already read and dismissed the communist manifesto at age 13, so I had a firm grasp of political realities long before the hey-day of NPR in the Watergate Hearings.


23 posted on 03/14/2011 1:57:46 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: Lazamataz

It seems to me that Juan is saying that government funded broadcasting, like commercial broadcasting, is still bottom line oriented and therefore bound to become corrupted. He still leaves in place the concept of journalism as a disassociated judge/jury in his inflation of its worth and place in culture.


24 posted on 03/14/2011 2:01:50 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: houeto

I’m reminded of the new The Hills Have Eyes where the hippy dad becomes a shotgun wielding, butt kicking, name taker once his family was hurt.


25 posted on 03/14/2011 2:03:02 PM PDT by chargers fan
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To: Lazamataz

Juan is right but in the end its not about their anti-intellectual arrogance, though that certainly describes them to a tee.

Funding radio and TV outlets is simply not government’s business. There is no shortage of radio and TV outlets. NPR and PBS can get their own funding. They can continue to seek foundation support, or they can sell ad time like everyone else does. We don’t need a government radio station and we don’t need a government TV station.


26 posted on 03/14/2011 2:13:14 PM PDT by marron
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To: pillut48
Juan is a flaming liberal but conservatives always hold out hope for the redemption of his mind and soul. It may yet happen and he'll vote for Sarah.
27 posted on 03/14/2011 2:26:01 PM PDT by JPG (May the WI GOP stay united and strong.)
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To: Lazamataz

I’m celebrating the sudden departure of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller, and the other Schiller.

I do believe my tax dollars will be no longer headed in their direction. It will take a little bit more time to get it done, but I think their days are about done sucking on the tax nipple.

I think a lot of liberal / marxist towers will be falling.


28 posted on 03/14/2011 2:52:57 PM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Lazamataz

I’m celebrating the sudden departure of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller, and the other Schiller.

I do believe my tax dollars will be no longer headed in their direction. It will take a little bit more time to get it done, but I think their days are about done sucking on the tax nipple.

I think a lot of liberal / marxist towers will be falling.


29 posted on 03/14/2011 2:52:57 PM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Lazamataz

What do you expect?

NPR is an ivory tower. They lord over the peasants who pay for them.


30 posted on 03/14/2011 2:55:22 PM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: gleeaikin
The person discussing this issue said that listening to the entire taping without any cuts showed a significantly different slant to the remarks and overall interview.

If Schiller really said these things -- as he did -- does it make any difference how many other things he might have said? Did he reverse any of his problematic statements?

31 posted on 03/14/2011 3:02:05 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: Lazamataz

National Palestinian Radio gets its come-uppance.


32 posted on 03/14/2011 3:14:03 PM PDT by cookcounty (So did Barack Obama secretly write Bill Ayers' books? Or,............)
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To: OldNavyVet
we were once stuck in a rental car together ... for three days ... listening mainly to NPR on the road

Lord have mercy! Presumably you had some type of torture training in the Navy? I would have opened the door and jumped out--while the car was moving--by the end of the first day.

33 posted on 03/14/2011 7:28:24 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("The time will come when Winter will ask you what you were doing all Summer" -- Henry Clay)
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To: pillut48
And yet, Juan will still be a liberal, sadly. :-(

A Conservative is a Liberal mugged by Reality. Give it time.

34 posted on 03/15/2011 7:41:06 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: okie01

Our local morning radio hosts claimed that the NPR guy was quoting Republican leaders calling Tea Partiers racist, which, as the hosts mentioned, is a bigger problem than NPR calling them racist.

The NPR guy may not have liked the Tea Partiers, but the incendiary phrases were quotes.


35 posted on 03/15/2011 8:01:47 AM PDT by EvilOverlord (Socialism makes workers into slaves and couch potatoes into kings)
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To: Lazamataz

I hope not only liberals will fund NPR but conservatives as well. Give folks like O’Keefe, Giles and Lila Rose an outlet for upcoming talent in the wide world of news and talk radio.

NPR needs to lose it’s stigma of being liberal government propaganda if it’s going to survive this present storm.

No Juan we don’t think you’re crazy just too liberal.


36 posted on 03/15/2011 8:15:00 AM PDT by swheats (All stop. Forward rudder)
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To: gleeaikin

According to this story there were issues with the editing, but it still showed the NPR execs in a very bad position.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/does-raw-video-of-npr-expose-reveal-questionable-editing-tactics/


37 posted on 03/15/2011 8:26:08 AM PDT by swheats (All stop. Forward rudder)
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To: EvilOverlord
Our local morning radio hosts claimed that the NPR guy was quoting Republican leaders calling Tea Partiers racist, which, as the hosts mentioned, is a bigger problem than NPR calling them racist.

We could find out for ourselves by watching the entire video.

But, if Schiller was quoting Lindsay Graham, would it surprise me? No

38 posted on 03/15/2011 5:50:58 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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