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Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Friday, October 22, 2010

NPR steps in it...big time!

Every body has pretty much weighed in on the Juan Williams kerfuffle over at NPR. The stupidity of NPR is almost too easy a target to spend much time on. But don't feel too sorry for Juan. Getting fired for saying what almost every American thinks in the same situation landed him on easy street....

From LATimes -- In wake of NPR controversy, Fox News gives Juan Williams an expanded role
The cable news network signs the analyst to a new three-year contract for nearly $2 million. Meanwhile, conservative figures blast the public radio network for its response to Williams' comments about Muslims.

Good for Juan! I've always liked and respected him. As liberals go, I'm not sure which one I like more, Juan Williams or Pat Caddell. Both are reasonable, thoughtful debaters of their positions. Neither is an unhinged leftist ideologue and their reasonable debate points from the left regularly challenge my right-leaning positions. I have no problem with that.

That said, why would NPR fire a 10-year employee who is an opinion journalist for his candid self-examination? Some think it's because he doesn't parrot enough, the liberal talking points. Other see a more sinister influence by the detestable George Soros who within the last 3 days donated $1.8million to NPR. Maybe he demanded that in exchange for his donation, NPR purge themselves of any contributors who also appear on FOX News. The rumor is that Mara Liasson is next on the chopping block.

Though NPR's budget consists of only 6%-8% public money, they should be defunded after this. If they can't compete in the market place of news radio without being propped up by taxpayers, then they should change their operating practices like everybody else.


Bill said...

Yeah, I am really interested to see if Mara continues as an "All-star" panalist on Fox News. And, if she does, what will NPR do?

Furthermore, now that the really "controversial" statements made in the past by Nina Totenberg have come to light, will NPR reveal their total hypocrasy or fire her as well? I think we all know the answer to that question. If Danial Schorr was still alive, he would present an even bigger test.

Ed said...

Yeah, Nina's Jesse Helms comments were beyond outrageous, yet because he was a republican, and therefor out of favor with the media, anything goes.

Bill said...

As others have commented elsewhere, watchers of what they love to call "Faux News" weren't put off by Williams working for NPR, but oh-so tolerant NPR listeners couldn't stomach the reverse. Which makes me sad, because I listen to classical music on NPR stations a lot and find their news programming frequently quite good.