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The Real Case for Defunding NPR

By Seth Lipsky, Wall Street Journal - October 23, 2010

At least one good thing has come out of National Public Radio's firing of Juan Williams. NPR's vice president had barely hung up the phone after informing Mr. Williams that he was being terminated—and refusing to meet with him, a long-time colleague, to discuss the matter—when the calls began for Congress to cut off funding for NPR entirely.

Bill O'Reilly, on whose broadcast Mr. Williams uttered the words that cost him his NPR job—he spoke of his fleeting fears when he gets on a plane and sees a person dressed in Muslim garb—called for "the immediate suspension of every taxpayer dollar going into NPR." Sarah Palin issued a Facebook posting called "Juan Williams: Going Rogue," in which she wrote: "If NPR is unable to tolerate an honest debate about an issue as important as Islamic terrorism, then it's time for 'National Public Radio' to become 'National Private Radio.'"

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