Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sarah Palin Calls For Defunding Of National Public Radio After NPR Fires Juan Williams For "Anti-Muslim" Remark On The O'Reilly Factor

Like many other red-blooded freedom-loving Americans, Sarah Palin was outraged to learn that National Public Radio (NPR) had conducted a Soviet-style purge of Juan Williams after Williams made some comments deemed "anti-Muslim" during the O'Reilly Factor on October 18th, 2010.

On her Facebook page, Sarah Palin calls for the defunding of NPR. She states that if NPR is unable to tolerate an honest debate about an issue as important as Islamic terrorism, then it’s time for time for Congress to defund this organization. Others, such as Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee, have also joined the chorus of criticism, with Gingrich actually calling for an Congressional investigation of NPR. Even more condemnation is recorded by CNN in This Just In. Ten percent of NPR's funding comes in the form of grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a federally-funded (taxpayer-funded) organization. More specifically, CPB, the parent company of PBS and NPR, received $420 million in taxpayer funds in 2010 and has requested $608 million for the next funding cycle that begins in 2013. NPR says government funding makes up less than 2 percent of it budget, with the rest coming from station fees, sponsorships and grants. Other sources of public funding include local and state governments and government-funded universities subsidizing member stations' fees and dues to NPR.

On October 18th, during the O'Reilly Factor. Bill O'Reilly was discussing his own recent appearance on ABC’s “The View” during which Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the set in protest of O’Reilly’s views on Muslims. When O'Reilly asked Williams to weigh in, Williams responded that too much political correctness can get in the way of reality. “I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the Civil Rights movement in this country,” Williams said. “But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.” Video of segment embedded below:

After the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) complained, on Wednesday October 20th, NPR issued a statement saying Williams’ remarks were inconsistent with their editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR. “Juan has been a valuable contributor to NPR and public radio for many years and we did not make this decision lightly or without regret,” NPR spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm said in an e-mailed statement. Williams has since responded on Fox News; video embedded below:

Juan Williams does have a tendency to swim against the tide of political correctness. In 2006, he gave an interview to Newsmax in which he lashed out at black leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who create support by focusing on victimhood. He was also promoting his book, "Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-end Movements, and Culture of Failure that are Undermining Black America — and What We Can Do About It"; this is further discussed in this July 27th, 2006 post.

Most Americans have never really taken to political correctness, begrudgingly accepting it for the sake of preserving employability and social standing. But that's changing. According to a Rasmussen poll of 1,000 adults conducted from October 11-12, 2010, 57 percent of respondents believe America today has become too politically correct. Even more telling, 74 percent regard political correctness as a problem in America today. The the concept of "political correctness" was conceived and imposed upon us undemocratically by an unelected elite. The only way to break the shackles of political correctness is to refuse to be politically correct. NEVER APOLOGIZE FOR YOUR HONEST BELIEFS!!!

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