Fox News Employee Juan Williams Attacks NPR
Juan Williams is earning his two million dollar salary from Fox News today, with a vindictive attack on NPR published at The Hill: WILLIAMS: Now it’s time to defund NPR.
Here’s the statement Williams thinks is the outrageous final straw:
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.
The hypocrisy is absolutely stunning. Williams was fired from NPR for making bigoted anti-Muslim statements on Fox News, and is now a shill for the most biased right wing media source in the country — even substituting for Bill O’Reilly — but he has the gall to act outraged about a simple statement of fact. If Republicans had their way, they would destroy any news sources that contradict the propaganda from the hundreds of right wing radio hosts and the non-stop disinformation of Fox News.
And that’s exactly what they’re trying to do to NPR.