March 21, 2011

Juan Williams' Hill Editorial on NPR

The Hill:

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, wed 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.
I disagree with Juan.

They don't need to defund NPR. They need to fire Inskeep, because he cannot objectively report without revealing his liberal bias. Even in the tone of his voice. Shame too, he's good. Maybe he can get a job at NBC?

Then hire Juan Williams to run NPR. Even though he's fairly liberal I at least trust him to mention all sides of the issues.

I don't think the funding model is what is broken, I think its management, thus why Inskeep can offer his opinion daily, but Juan can't.

Being from Rural America where all our communication folks get their training at University NPR stations, and even one University alternative Rock station. I know the importance of these stations. They are the largest local broadcasters in the area. And they are not run by robo DJ's via satellite.

If the government screws this thing up so bad it no longer serves the American people, all of them, then we've really lost a huge asset.

Hat Tip: Hot Air.

By Howie at 08:52 AM | Comments |