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NY Rep Calls for NPR Defunding

Friday, October 22, 2010

Some Republican members of Congress want to cut off National Public Radio's federal funding in the wake of the firing of NPR and Fox News political analyst Juan Williams. Speaking on Fox earlier this week, Williams said that he gets nervous when he sees people in "Muslim garb" on airplanes. Long Island Congressman Peter King said on Fox News Friday that if Republicans take control of the House there will be a move to defund NPR.

"This case shows conclusively that the American tax payers should not be subsidizing such a biased, left-wing liberal apparatus," King said. "I'd say the same thing if NPR was as conservative as they are liberal now."

But Manhattan Democrat Jerrold Nadler says that NPR provides a valuable service for the community and that the firing of Juan Williams, whether that was right or wrong, is a completely different issue. "What they're saying is that Congress should defund an agency because they disagree with what it did, and that is totally wrong," Nadler said. "That, in effect, is censorship. Censor what they did by removing the funding."

Nadler says if Republicans really think the firing was so wrong, they should demand it be reversed. "Then you can have an intelligent discussion about whether it was the right thing to do or not," Nadler said. 

In a statement regarding public funding, NPR says, "It’s inappropriate to interject the subject of federal funding of public radio into this issue. It crosses the line separating funding of any kind from news content and editorial decision-making."

NPR says it currently receives about 2 percent of its funding from public sources.

New York Public Radio, which includes WNYC and WQXR, receives 6 percent of its funding from public sources.

In a statement, NPR calls the discussion of federal funding "inappropriate," saying quote "it crosses the line separating funding of any kind from news content and editorial decision-making."
New York Public Radio, which includes WNYC and WQXR, receives 6-percent of its funding from public sources

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Comments [10]

James Brown from New york, ny

National Public Radio gets worse and more dangerous every year. It is nothing more then a puff piece reporting for liberal corrupt government programs and the politicians that serve the monied real estate developers and corporate interests.

Listening to the puff piece by HPD officials and how they are rescuing condos from developers was disgusting.

The developers likely got more then market price once the Government funded HPD took over their projects - supposedly in the name of affordable housing.
The official even admitted that today was his last day and he was now going to work for a developer.

Rights are something that do not infringe on someone else. The right to affordable for some(who win the lottery by HPD) makes housing makes my own housing less affordable.

Mar. 29 2011 12:53 PM
Matthew Guerreiro from NYC

I often listen to NPR, and accept that it is a left-leaning news organization. However, I believe that it is important that Americans on the right and the left should talk to each other, and seek to find common ground. Juan Williams played an important role in promoting respectful dialogue between left and right in his role as a (liberal) commentator on Fox News' flagship network news program, "Special Report."
I suspect NPR decided to fire Mr. Williams in large part because they resent the popularity and audience enjoyed by Fox News and seek to isolate media outlets that express conservative political views. In my view, this is not constructive, and contrary to spirit of WNYC's mission to "...to make the mind more curious, [and] the heart more tolerant..." It also does not help to educate the public, encourage public discourse or strengthen our democracy.
Supporters of public broadcasting should be ashamed.

Oct. 26 2010 10:57 AM
KEN SUSSMAN from LONG BEACH

mr.king who unfortuately is my congressman is a 1st class jerk....he is supposedly the GOP's expert on terrorism.should be he supported the IRA for 39 yrs...we have NPR which is mostly funded by contributions....the right r has FAUX FUNDED BY AN AUSTRALIAN MEGLOMAINIAC.....

Oct. 25 2010 08:33 PM
DavidD from NJ

How about my tax money going to the Armed Forces Radio who carry (and pay license fees) Rush Limbaugh's broadcasts?

Oct. 25 2010 10:40 AM
Teresa from New York

Personally, I thought Juan Williams was a very weak analyst. Never understood why NPR kept him on for so long.

Oct. 24 2010 09:16 PM
Vanessa from New Jersey

wow, hate is so predictable.

anyway, perhaps NPR was wrong. perhaps they were right. defunding them on the basis of one controversial decision is absolutely ridiculous. i have never participated in a WNYC fund drive, but I am now because I want to show my solidarity with public radio in response to the blatant political opportunism of certain republicans, and the disturbing extremism of some of these comments.

so thanks, joe and geo, for the inspiration that this poor college student needed in order to give.

Oct. 24 2010 08:13 PM
John from Manhattan

So, the chieftains at NPR have decided to join in the lunacy that describes today's public discourse by jumping in with both feet by firing Juan Williams. I'm a very liberal guy but this madness must stop and my only recourse is not to renew my support for WNYC this current funding drive. Little may it be, it is my only option to strike out against NPR's arch and inane decision.

BTW, Maria from New York is so clearly ignorant about Mr. Williams' body of work but that alas, represents the current state of affairs; an uninformed descent into the pandemonium.

Oct. 23 2010 01:49 PM
Maria from New York

I know NPR's millions of civilized listeners don't want the company of lunatics, extremists and spelling-impaired people who tend to roam the comments boxes ranting about anything but the subject in question. But I want my WNYC and my NPR intact so I donated a little more yesterday to counter this wave of predictable exploitation fro the right.
Peter King is a xenophobic opportunist. Vivian Schiller, the NPR manager should get some tips by great hosts like Scott Simon, Terry Gross, Kurt Andersen and many others on how to conduct and phrase a high profile firing. The fact is, Juan Williams wants his cake-money and eat on the credibility that you get by saying you work for NPR. Now he is just a Murdoch soldier, very uncool, Juan. By the way, who remembers he wrote in the W. Post, in 1991, that Anita Hill had no credibility? This after months of complaints by female co-workers about lewd comments and nasty behavior in the newsroom that today, I suspect, would lead to inevitable firing. Williams insulted NPR journalistic standards after being fired (did they have any when they paid him?), played the race card and went on the air to whine about being a victim (one with a brand new $ 2 million paycheck).
Clarence Thomas, by the way, is back in the news, as another respected professional and former girlfriend supported Anita Hill's accusations.
Juan Williams has landed on the perfect spot for his credibility.

Oct. 23 2010 09:20 AM
Geo from Seattle

NPR fired a man for making use of a basic American right!

Any public money to support NPR is too much..

Visit facebook "DEFUND NPR"

Oct. 22 2010 11:13 PM
joe blow

defund this terorist left wing hate npr organazition

Oct. 22 2010 09:57 PM

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