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.
Read the whole piece by Juan Williams. I don't agree with him politicaly, but I have a lot of respect for the guy. And cheers to Rep. Steve Israel for underlining our point and sending out that email that open the eyes of Juan Williams.
Next time someone asks you why you (a conservative) hate NPR, ask them if you would like their tax money to give Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin a mouth piece. Ask them if they would be ok to have Rush Limbaugh and/or Glenn Beck on NPR. Show them that they wouldn't want their tax money to go to things they don't agree with and tell them why our tax money shouldn't go to liberal NPR.
I have another long post I am writing, so I am going to cut this short. I'm calling on the House GOP to call Juan Williams to capital hill in order to testify. I don't think he should be forced to do this, but an invite is now in order.