Three Republican leaders and possible future presidential candidates weighed in on Thursday concerning the firing of NPR news analyst Juan Williams, with two of them calling on Congress to hold hearings about NPR’s federal funding.
Williams was canned Wednesday night for comments he made on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor about Muslims. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) all called NPR’s move an act of censorship and political correctness.
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, 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.
Boehner told the conservative National Review:
We need to face facts – our government is broke. Washington is borrowing 37 cents of every dollar it spends from our kids and grandkids. Given that, I think it’s reasonable to ask why Congress is spending taxpayers’ money to support a left-wing radio network – and in the wake of Juan Williams’ firing, it’s clearer than ever that’s what NPR is.
What horrendous, awful thing got Williams shown the door at NPR after 12 years there?
Look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.
NPR explained Williams’s firing in a statement saying his comments were “inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR.”
NPR operates using both private and public money, though most of their revenue comes from non-public sources.
Calling the incident “a total act of censorship, Gingrich said:
The U.S. Congress should investigate NPR and consider cutting off its money.
Gov. Palin put her response on her widely read Twitter account, saying :
NPR defends 1st Amendment Right, but will fire u if u exercise it. Juan Williams: u got taste of Left’s hypocrisy,they screwed up firing you.
This comes on the heels of NPR receiving a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Foundations (Institute) to begin a project called Impact of Government that will add at least 100 journalists at NPR member radio stations in all 50 states over the next three years.
The reporters, editors and analysts are supposed to cover state governments and how their actions affect people.
Vivian Schiller, NPR’s clueless president and chief executive, said that the project:
…creates capacity for local stations to hire reporters and to cover issues that matter that other places aren’t doing. Everything that we’re doing as relates to member stations comes down to two things: building local news capacity and making sure the content we create is available to all people across all platforms.
Ms. Schiller said the journalists would not be part of typical statehouse coverage, but instead would work on [enterprise journalism ?] that looks at how state government decisions play out over years, and extend beyond a single state’s borders.
As you’ve probably heard by now, George Soros, the Puppet Master, is the money behind the Open Society Institute. The following information comes from discoverthenetworks.org:
Established in 1993, the Open Society Institute (OSI) is the most prominent of the numerous foundations belonging to Soros. OSI proclaims that it is “a nonpartisan, nonpolitical entity” whose funding agendas are “wholly separate” from “George Soros’s private political activities,”. Yeah, right.
OSI describes itself as “a private operating and grantmaking foundation [that] “aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform; … implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law, education, public health, and independent media; [and] works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses.”
In other words, it is one of Soros’ spider-web of shadow groups trying to radically change America.
OSI’s Director of U.S. Advocacy is Morton Halperin (President of John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, and a longtime affiliate of the Institute for Policy Studies and the National Lawyers Guild).
The President of OSI and the Soros Foundation Network is Aryeh Neier. He worked for the American Civil Liberties Union from 1963 to 1978, serving as its Director for the last eight of those years. Then, from 1978 to 1990, he was the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch.
Another noteworthy former OSI trustee is Lani Guinier, who served on the OSI board until the end of 2007. Guinier is best known as President Bill Clinton‘s 1993 nominee for the post of Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. Derided by some critics as “Clinton’s Quota Queen” because she favored proportional representation (based on race and ethnicity) in local political elections, Guinier ultimately failed to impress the Senate and her nomination was withdrawn by Clinton.
What has gotten everybody’s attention is the fact that Juan Williams’ firing also comes on the heals of a fatwa issued by Soros against Conservative Commentator Glenn Beck and the entire Fox News Network.
America’s News Headquarters fired back. Fox News Chief Executive Roger Ailes signed Williams to a new three-year contract Thursday morning, in a deal that amounts to nearly $2 million, a considerable raise from his previous salary. Williams will now appear exclusively and more frequently on the cable news network and have a regular column on FoxNews.com.
Ailes said in a statement, while getting a dig in at NPR:
Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at Fox News in 1997. He’s an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by Fox News on a daily basis.
NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard continues to make stupid statements, disparaging Williams’ character, because they’ve received tremendous heat from Conservative and Liberal Americans about the egregious over-the-phone firing.
On Fox and Friends this morning, Williams spoke about NPR trying to put him in a box and being upset that he was on Fox News, having an honest, open discussion about current issues. He added:
If they want to compete in the Marketplace, they should compete in the Marketplace. They don’t need Public Funds.