Republican Senator Jim DeMint has confirmed that he will introduce legislation to cut federal funding from NPR after they fired analyst Juan Williams for making insensitive comments about Muslims on Fox. The Right's war on NPR has begun in earnest!So the most conservative senator in Congress is choosing to come to the defense of a liberal. Yeah, the skeptical left will say DeMint is using Williams to further an agenda but how can they deny that Williams was unfairly terminated?
Tonight on The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly followed his Fox colleague Mike Huckabee in calling for "an immediate suspension of all public money going to NPR" because of Williams' firing. He also added, "We understand [South Carolina] Senator Jim Demint will introduce legislation to defund that enterprise. No taxpayer money should be going to an outfit that abuses free speech." (CNN has confirmed DeMint's intention.)
Gawker even makes a rather lame point by arguing that if taxpayer dollars are pulled from NPR, then their fundraising drives will become more obnoxious. Who cares?! If the fundraising drives become too obnoxious, they'll eventually turn people off. Besides, I have a problem with my tax dollars funding an outfit that spits on the first amendment, regardless of whether the end result is increased donations to that outfit. At least they'll have to actually WORK to make up for that shortfall.
h/t Weasel Zippers