Juan Williams Calls for NPR Defunding

By Chris Good

Juan Williams, the former NPR journalist whose firing put NPR in the political crosshairs to begin with, now calls for tax dollars to no longer be spent in support of his former employer. In an op-ed in The Hill newspaper, Williams argues that NPR's fundraising strategy, coupled with its reliance on congressional Democrats for federal funding, binds its journalists to a liberal constituency:

Betsy Liley, the director of institutional giving at NPR, is also heard on the tape saying that liberal billionaire George Soros has made it his business to subsidize NPR with as little fanfare as possible - that is to say to do it secretly.

Liley's revealing comment and Schiller's arrogance are instructive because they provide a window in to the culture of elitism that has corroded NPR's leadership. They're willing to do anything in service of any liberal with money. This includes firing me and skewing the editorial content of their programming. If anyone challenges them on this point, they will claim with self-righteous indignation to have cleaner hands than the rest of the news media who accepts advertising revenue or expresses a point of view.

I'm not just talking about conservatives but also the far left, the poor - anybody who didn't fit into leadership's marketing design of NPR as the elitist voice of comfortable, liberal-leaning, highly educated, upper-income America.

Read the full op-ed at The Hill.

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