Juan Williams Gives Up Supporting NPR’s Federal Funding

Even after the now-notorious NPR firing of Juan Williams, the current Fox News contributor continued to defend the federal funding of public broadcasting. But now, as Democrats rally around NPR, Williams has changed his mind saying that it’s become clear that NPR is media made for liberal Democrats by liberal Democrats.

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.

Rep. Israel has unintentionally endorsed every conservative complaint about NPR as a liberal mouthpiece.

I’m not sure that you can call any media “journalism” that is dependent upon the funding of politicians. The media is to be our “fourth estate.” An independent source of information and commentary intended to keep the powers that be in line.

If you’re dependent upon the powers that be, you’re not independent.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • SigFan

    Every private attempt at liberal talk radio has essentially withered and died. NPR, without taxpayer funding, would suffer the same fate and the Democrats know it. Withdraw federal funding for NPR, NEA and a raft of other cherished liberal programs. If they are worth it, liberals will fund them from their personal pockets and they’ll survive. If not, oh well.

  • WOOF

    FOX paid too much for Juan.
    He would say the same thing working for NPR.

    • thormat

      The point is, he is NOT working for NPR, and not by his choice.

  • mikemc1970

    I have to say that I like Juan, I don’t often agree with him, but I do have respect for him. I’m glad to see that his eyes are opening, if not to the fallacy of Liberal politics in general, then to the sheer hypocrisy of tax payer funded Liberal propaganda.

  • JustRuss

    Much like children who get cut off from their parents after college, Mr Williams was kicked off the liberal plantation and is facing the harsh realities of the world. And like those kids who see taxes come out of their paycheck, suddenly he finds out just how conservative he really is.

    Every time he comes to a new conclusion he must be shaking his head at how blind and stupid he was for so long.

  • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

    Let’s make the free press a little freer! Liberate NPR from the shackles of federal funding!

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