Republicans Push to Defund NPR in Wake of Williams’ Firing

By Jared

Oct 22, 2010 11:36am

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe reports: Congressional Republicans today are pouncing on NPR’s firing of Juan Williams in an attempt to end federal funding for the radio network. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, is planning to introduce legislation that seeks to do just that. And over in the lower chamber, Republican Whip Eric Cantor said House GOP’ers will also try to terminate funding for NPR, denouncing the “over-reaching political correctness” in the network’s “rash decision.” “Whether it’s people walking off The View when Bill O’Reilly makes a statement about radical Islam or Juan Williams being fired for expressing his opinion, over-reaching political correctness is chipping away at the fundamental American freedoms of speech and expression. NPR’s decision to fire Juan Williams not only undermines that, it shows an ignorance of the fact that radical Islam and the terrorists who murder in its name scare people of all faiths, religions, and beliefs,” Cantor said in a statement this morning. “In light of their rash decision, we will include termination of federal funding for NPR as an option in the YouCut program so that Americans can let it be known whether they want their dollars going to that organization,” he said. The House Republicans’ YouCut program allows the public to vote online on what spending programs they want to cut. Defunding NPR, though, would only scrap a small portion of NPR’s total annual budget, since the network receives the bulk of its funds from private sources. Williams was fired this week by NPR after telling FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly that he feels “worried” and “nervous” when he sees “people who are in Muslim garb” on a plane. –Matthew Jaffe

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