NPR is about as threatening as a bee. I mean, yeah, it can sting you. But it doesn’t hurt very long and it is a bee. So I can sort of understand when the Republican Party decided to try and defund NPR. They were annoyed by NPR and they wanted to get rid of it and, in its place, put something less partisan. Like a bum on the street with no tongue. Something like that.
Democrats easily scuttled the GOP maneuver on Thursday, voting 239-171 to close debate on the underlying measure and move on, without voting on the NPR proposal. In a speech making the case for taking away NPR’s federal funding, House Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) stood up for Fox News commentator Juan Williams, who was recently fired by NPR for comments he made about Muslims while on the conservative network, saying, “To be clear, it is not the government’s job to tell a news organization how to do its job. But what’s equally certain is it should not be the taxpayers’ responsibility to fund news organizations with a partisan point of view.”
Everything is bias. Especially in this country. We foster it. We think that individuality is so cool! Was NPR right to fire Juan? No, not really. But they did. Can’t we just move on? Probably not.