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NPR $$ Must Go!

22 Oct 2010

Had I provided you with a picture of Juan Williams two days ago and offered you a million bucks to tell me who he was most of you would have scratched your heads, taken a guess and walked away a loser. Is he a politician?  A businessman?  An actor?

Now we know he is a reporter/analyst who has been on the taxpayer’s dole as an employee for NPR–National Public Radio. I’ve watched him as a Fox contributor and have listened to his reports on the very VERY left-leaning radio network and have liked his solid reporting, however misguided and liberal it usually is.

Now, to steal a line from Delaware’s senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell “he is us.”  No doubt, a few Americans can look past a Muslim wearing tradional garb and go about their day but to be truthful, most Americans stop for a moment’s hesitation in wonderment.  We just don’t get it.  That’s all Mr. Williams was saying.  He wasn’t attacking Muslims, telling them to stop dressing as they believe their religion requires or asking them to vacate the country.  He wasn’t saying that and the majority of us haven’t been saying it. He was just sharing a feeling, an emotion.

First, ABC television did a good job of reporting this story.

NPR fired Juan Williams and Fox News stepped in with a three-year $2 million deal. Congrats. And, not a single tax penny spent either! But this doesn’t dismiss what NPR did to Mr. Williams or why I have to keep paying for them to exist.

On Friday (Oct 22, 2010) Senator Jim DeMint did what so many other politicians have done–he said it’s time for NPR (and PBS) to stop receiving federal funding. Currently, roughly 13.8% of their support comes from Americans. (They received $420 million this year and are asking for nearly $700 million in 2013.) “With record debt and unemployment, there’s simply no reason to force taxpayers to subsidize liberal programming they disagree with,” said DeMint in a written statement. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor is taking it a step further by asking citizens to vote on the NPR/PBS funding.

Moments after DeMint’s statement was released, liberals from coast-to-coast went on the offensive saying the attacks are nothing new and it’s only fair that America continue to have a government-owned radio and television network. Alright, they didn’t say it quite that way but they should have because that’s what it sounded like.

America is a country built on a Free Market foundation. In other words, if you have a service or product and you want to make it available then customers and clients will decide your fate by opening, or not opening, their pocketbooks and wallets. But, put a politician into the formula and suddenly it becomes Free Market with government subsidies. These are two opposing forces somehow forced into the same equation. It just doesn’t work.

The Free Market–alone–works–UNLESS you are of liberal thought. People who are motivated by a liberal philosophy believe big government is good and tax dollars should be easily spent to support important and necessary programs. Apparently NPR and PBS are essential and require funding.

I wonder what would happen if Glenn Beck were to ask for similar tax dollar support? Bill O’Reilly? Sean Hannity? Darrell Ankarlo? Since the government is supposed to take care of things, why can’t I ask for a few million dollars to start a new–mostly conservative radio show? Liberals, who represent most news and entertainment people, fangs fully showing, salivate at the idea that a conservative receive tax dollar funding.

So why has the debacle of public spending for NPR and PBS been in affect for so long? Lobbyists. Big fat cat lobbyists have stepped in at appropriate moments to sway the political vote. Liberal lobbyists? Come on!! We all know that only conservatives use lobbyists. I mean, I watch the news every night and that’s what they tell me: Another conservative group uses a lobbying firm! (As if the money exchanging hands in this arena isn’t equally distributed by both parties.)

Perhaps now that Mr.Williams is working for Fox News–he may have the chance to report new and different angles to the stories he covers. Except this time, he won’t be constantly looking over his shoulder for the liberal government employees or the axes they wield.

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October 22, 2010 7:06 pm Reply

This Juan Williams mess is disturbing. I don’t agree with Mr. Williams point of view 95% of the time but I strongly believe it helps my understanding to hear his points in debates having said that on his point about the Muslim attire I can truly relate. What he said was a great point for us to focus on, no matter what angle one is viewing from… the way he was treated by NPR sends fear down my spine.

October 25, 2010 6:11 pm Reply

Bravo Darrell. Sunday I flew from Phoenix to Baltimore. Would it make me a bad person if I got a little uncomfortable when the pilot came on to give his welcome announcement…and he had a strong middle eastern accent? He did, and I was, a little nervous, that is. I don’t think that makes me racist, I didn’t act on it, it just made me think a little. I’m just being honest.

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