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NPR fires commenter for commenting

Columnists, commentators and analysts beware. National Public Radio, funded with your tax dollars, has decided that if they don’t like your opinion, you’re gone.

Juan Williams was fired from National Public Radio for something he said on Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly show.


Not anything he wrote or broadcast on the taxpayer-funded NPR. What he said on Fox.

Juan Williams [1] said “Look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the 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.”

Thank you. Here’s your pink slip.

NPR doesn’t mess around with opinion writers that give opinions. If you don’t give the “NPR” opinion, you got trouble. Right here in Censor City. With a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for Politics!

Last year, another NPR columnist [2] had to apologize for comparing Obama to Nixon.

He was defending Fox News.

See any trends?

I’m about this close from demanding that government funding for media be stopped immediately. Government has absolutely no business gagging opinions when taxpayers are paying for it. This is looking like the textbook definition of propaganda to me.

Public radio. Public television. Yeah, back when I had 3 tv stations and nothing on the radio besides Paul Anka, government radio and television might have made sense.

But in the age of internet and satellites and the talk radio explosion, I can get all the news I can handle. And the only time I watch public television is when I’m featured on a roundtable as the only conservative in a group of 5 – Public TV’s view of “balance” – and to be honest with ya, 4 of them against 1 of me makes them outnumbered.

But I don’t get paid, and it’s a good thing. Because I give my honest opinion.

At NPR, that can get you fired.