Thursday, October 21, 2010

Williams not to be missed

The conservative political outrage amp was turned up to eleven today after National Public Radio hastily fired long-term host Juan Williams over his disclosure that people dressed in Muslim garb on airplanes made him nervous. Williams, a flaming moderate who frequently sits in the liberal seat on FOX News panels, was told by NPR that his comments had 'crossed the line' and was advised to not let the door hit him on the ass on his way out.
It only took moments from the time the news broke before Sarah Palin was tweeting in defense of Williams ("NPR defends 1st Amendment Right, but will fire u if u exercise it"), Mike Huckabee was 'issuing statements' ("NPR has discredited itself blah blah blah First Amendment blah blah blah politically correct pabulum blah blah blah), and Brent Bozell was temporarily suspending his hatred of activist government to call on the House and Senate to launch investigations. Everybody was calling to at long last end NPR's government funding.
Which would be a great idea, but sadly, NPR hasn't gotten much government funding since the Reagan years, and most of what it does get comes from individual states providing some form of public communication to backwater hellholes. The vast majority of their money comes from (1) corporate sponsorships, (2) endless pledge drives where with a properly generous donation you can get a tote bag with the letters NPR on it, and, of course, (3) George Soros, who finds it "a small price to pay for driving conservatives crazy".
"We don't report to any committee," said spokesperson Anna Christopher, "so all these right-wing bozos can blow it out their ass. The fact is, we've been sick and tired of Juan Williams for ages, and this was just a really good excuse to fire him. Sure, FOX News is championing his 'cause', but we were already prohibiting them from identifying him as a NPR host. So guess what, Rupert, he's all yours now."

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