TLP: Eyes Still on the Prize
Guess who doesn't give a shit about federal funding for public radio? I mean, guess who doesn't give a shit now, when he's collecting on a $2 million Fox News contract instead of relying on an NPR paycheck? Like he did for 10 years.
For some reason, Juan Williams felt he had to share his thoughts in 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.So that's the kind of journalist Williams has become? One who unquestioningly accepts statements from politicians? Just because some douche raising money for his party says something to stir up his partisans doesn't make it true. Same way that critics of ... oh, say, Fox News ... can't be believed just because they say the network amounts to outright propaganda for Republicans.
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.
I don't give a shit whether NPR gets federal funding or not. Fox and News Corp. gets their balls rubbed at tax time. Neither financial fact has anything to do with how either covers the news.
Doesn't seem the same can be said for Williams.