October 22nd, 2010
03:27 PM ET
8 years ago

DeMint takes steps to cut NPR funding

(CNN) – Amid growing conservative outrage over National Public Radio's firing of journalist Juan Williams, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint is introducing a measure to strip the organization of government funding.

"Once again we find the only free speech liberals support is the speech with which they agree," said DeMint in a statement. "The incident with Mr. Williams shows that NPR is not concerned about providing the listening public with an honest debate of today's issues, but rather with promoting a one-sided liberal agenda."

NPR fired Williams after the liberal journalist told Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Monday that he gets "worried" and "nervous" on flights when he sees people wearing "Muslim garb."

NPR says federal funding comprises less than 2 percent of its budget, with most of its financial support coming from station fees, sponsorships and grants.

"Since 2001, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds programming for National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service, has received nearly $4 billion in taxpayer money," DeMint also said in the statement. "The country is over $13 trillion in debt and Congress must find ways to start trimming the federal budget to cut spending.

Several conservatives have called for NPR to be stripped of its funding, including former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Annie, Atlanta

    Steve in North Carolina, how in hell's bells is NPR and PBS shoving propaganda down your throat? This is sick.

    October 22, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Larry

    I listen to NPR all the time
    They are the furthest thing from one sided on any issue
    Williams made a typical bigoted comment for his new Fox audience regarding Muslims, which he recognizes and has apologized for
    He deserves to be let go
    Just another effort by the Republicans in their efforts to distort issues prior to the upcoming elections, and their continued losing of a voter base

    October 22, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Charlie J

    I am so pleased that stufthis has found an equal and a soul mate in Alvin Green. March on brothers!

    October 22, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Lynne WA state

    This has nothing to do with free speech. This has to do with an employers right to higher and fire who they want for their own employment reasons.

    I always thought Republicans were all about employers...I guess that is only employers that agree with them!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 22, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Greg

    It's hard to feel sorry for Juan. Millions of Americans have lost a job and are still out of work. Poor little Juan is unemployed for one day and cries for 8 hours then signs a bigger contract with FOX out of spite. Quit your whining Juan. As far as DeMint goes, he is the most extreme member in the Senate. This cutting funding thing is nothing new when it comes to conservatives and NPR. They hate NPR because it's the only real journalism left in this country and they'd hate for voters to be informed. They'd rather them be the brain dead zombie listeners of FOX News. That way they can tell them how to vote. That includes both sides (FOX, MSNB, CNN etc...). Just pipe down DeMint and stick to obstructionism and screwing the middle class. That's what you do best.

    October 22, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Layne

    Steve in NC - Seriously? Listen to NPR sometime and you'll see they are the FARTHEST from propaganda you can possibly get. They have no agenda. Really and truly.

    I am not a Democrat. I am a Libertarian. And I'm a loyal NPR listener. Besides news, they have amazing, enriching programs on many topics. NPR does get a majority of it's funding from the public via donations and memberships.

    But the thought of NPR going away makes me cringe - it's the ONLY objective, in-depth news source we have left.

    And NPR would not be the same if it aired commercials. That takes away neutrality because then you have corporations sponsoring shows, etc. This is just a terrible idea. I wish you and others would think this through.

    October 22, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. to tell the truth

    are u kidding me? if you as a US Senator say something like what Juan – the faux decoy- said, stripping u of your senate post and lock you up in guantanamo bay wouldn't be too much.

    October 22, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Lori in St Pete

    Someone needs to speak for you Melanie because you're obviously incapable of thinking for yourself. Too bad, based on your vapid drivle, you let faux infotainment do your thinking. You do, however have their talking points down pat!

    October 22, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. vic nashville tn

    Media is an important pillar of democracy so leave NPR alone if NPR is bias media what about FOX

    October 22, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. GuyinVA

    So, if Juan Williams had just been objective, then those omnipotent and magnanimous lovers of truth at NPR wouldn't have fired him. I guess they must have missed him openly weeping with pride (on FOX News) at the election of Barack Obama. Maybe that part just wasn't in his contract. I admire Mr. Williams for not thinking it unmanly to be emotional at the election of President Obama. However, since I have mentioned not one, but two, men of color in this post, I'll save you the trouble and label myself a racist.

    October 22, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota


    The reason you think those things is because you're a conspiracy theorist from the same state that elected Al Franken and Jesse Ventura.

    Michelle will be so sad you left her out ... You did make me smile, though.

    October 22, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Larry C Wilson

    There should be no tax payer suppport for the arts or entertainment. If museums, art galleries, ballet companies, opera companies, theatres. and sports clubs can't support themselves through ticket sales and private contributions then they should shut down.

    October 22, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Alistair

    Hey Jimbo why don't you mind your own business!

    October 22, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Augsbee

    So much for encouraging kids, adults to speak up, tell someone of their fear of school bullying or workplace bullying. NPR just proved that you should keep your mouth shut of your fears or things will go bad for you.

    October 22, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Joey

    He wasn't fired for being a conservative. They fired him for repeatedly violating his contract with NPR, which requires reporters to be politically neutral and only report the facts.

    October 22, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Video Guy

    If DeMint has his way, will the NPR money go to FOX news or direct to Palin?

    October 22, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. goodtallviking

    Thank you NPR, for showing your true colors ! Now you fire someone for stating the obvious fact that any rational person is or would be fearful if muslims in their religious garb and praying, etc. get onto the airplane. If the last 2-3 dozen airplane attacks had been carried out by Norwegians, professing a Druid holy war on Christianity, would not all rational people be afraid if Norwegians in their Druid costumes got on board ? Take it another step: During the civil war, would a group of Union civilians not be afraid if a group of Confedate soldiers got onto the train they were riding ? Wake up people. Mohamed was a tribal war lord Iwith the public and written goal of spreading Islam by the sword. That is still the goal. To be afraid of those who openlly state teir intent is to kill you is rational; to pretend that uttering PC words and singing cumbaya will somehow tame them is sheer and utter nonsense.
    But thanks to NPR's rash mistake, we can now defund the America-hating radiclib idiots. While we are at it, would it not be possible to get Soros to France, so they could arrest and prosecute him on his outstanding French felony Indictments ?

    October 22, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. John

    It is entirely about free speech and the left pushing there agendas. If you can't see that it don't know what to tell you, except good luck, you've already been con'ed. Of course your probably one of the people who voted for Obama so that would explain it.

    October 22, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. vic nashville tn

    Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin., Sen. Jim DeMint have same idea of Hugo Chavez

    October 22, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. John

    Oh wait I forgot this is a CNN forum, that would explain the lack of common sense amoung participants.

    October 22, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Ken in NC

    We need to defund Senator Jim DeMint. I think NPR was not right in terminating Williams but DeMint's call to silence the voice of NPR is nothing more than another effort to silence the few remaining balanced voices in the country.

    October 22, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Finally. NPR has become a liberal rag, worthless and so partisan that you cannot distinguish it from move on.org."

    Yep, that's why, like I said, they issued a memo prohibiting any employees from attanding John Stewart's "restoring Sanity" rally...which memo promptly enraged the liberals. Yep. You've got it all figured out. The commy marxist soshalist muslim atheist ivy-league global warming kenyan conspiracy will now magically unravel as you waggle your fingers and spout arcane talking points....poof!

    October 22, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. markiejoe

    Jim DeMint is as close as we're ever going to get to a tunnel-visioned imbecile in the halls of Congress. So his street cred is nil on issues of open-mindedness.

    Dry up De Mint.

    October 22, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. nygirl

    I hate Jim DeMint. Like hate and despise more then all the other Tea Nazi's combined.

    October 22, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. Marco Budgyk

    NPR should be fully funded by the federal government. Take a small percentage of the gargantuan Iraq and Afghan war money and create an endowment for NPR that will last a lifetime. It will be the best money the U.S. government has ever shifted.

    October 22, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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