October 21st, 2010
09:40 AM ET
12 years ago

Huckabee calls on Congress to cut NPR funding

(CNN) - In the wake of NPR's firing of contributor Juan Williams over comments about Muslims, Mike Huckabee is calling on the next Congress to cut the radio network's funding when it convenes next year.

"NPR has discredited itself as a forum for free speech and a protection of the First Amendment rights of all and has solidified itself as the purveyor of politically correct pabulum and protector of views that lean left," Huckabee said in a statement provided to CNN.

Williams 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 terminated Williams' contract on Wednesday evening.

Huckabee said he "will no longer accept interview requests from NPR as long as they are going to practice a form of censorship, and since NPR is funded with public funds, it is a form of censorship."

"It is time for the taxpayers to start making cuts to federal spending, and I encourage the new Congress to start with NPR," he said.

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.

Like Williams, the former Arkansas governor is also a contributor to the Fox News channel.

Huckabee called Williams "refreshingly honest and candid," adding: "There isn't a more honest and fair-minded person in journalism."

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  1. Marjorie S. Handy

    For years I wondered why NPR was paid by the goverment(me). I hate it.

    October 21, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Better not to have a soul, than to sell it to the devil, Huck.

    Got to see my first secretly funded Rove campaign commercial on our local news last night. Lies, with a healthy dose of fear ... didn't expect anything differently. No affiliation as to who is responsible for the content was shown. Kinda wished they would acknowledge who they are, because I am QUITE sure I really do want to know. At any rate, I won't be voting for any candidate who is being promoted this secretly.

    October 21, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. kbtrpm

    I call on congress to increase NPR funding. Not because of J. Williams, but because they are simply the best. No other station even comes close.

    October 21, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. JulesKS

    As a frequent contributor/and SB underwriter to NPR and PBS, I'm done with them and am ready to join the defund NPR/PBS campaign. I'm tired of my political views being maligned/distorted by government funded media. I can do without Fresh Air and Masterpiece Theatre in order to prove my point.

    October 21, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Huckabee called Williams "refreshingly honest and candid," adding: "There isn't a more honest and fair-minded person in journalism."

    Honest, candid and fair minded? Not one of the corporate stooges who appears on Fox news is honest, candid, and fair minded. This is coming from the same stripe of snake that claims the tea party is a "grass roots" movement and Sarah Palin is qualified to be President. These people are busy selling out "the little people" who they claim to be representing while lining their own pockets while "praising God" for their "blessings" in church on Sundays!

    October 21, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. sher

    We The People need NPR. They give the side of the story that one does not get from other news sources.

    October 21, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Matt

    Why would firing a bigot call for cutting federal funding? Why would a company want a spokesman to alienate and disparage innocent Americans? Is that not what NPR did? They fired a man who made an ignorant statement about some who possibly listen to their programming. Frankly, it would have been bad business to keep him on staff. What's the problem? We have free speech in this country, which means you're free to say something. It does not, however, mean you are free from the consequences your words bring. The right is walking a dangerous line. Statements and stances that were once taboo and ignorant are now accepted and encouraged by the right.

    October 21, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. writergrrl11

    Hmm...a commentator for right-leaning Fox news is bashing NPR for being too left-leaning. Hypocritical much? I personally think NPR has the right to let an analyst go if he or she doesn't hold to their ethics. And yes what he said was wrong, talk about advocating racial profiling! Sheesh!

    October 21, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Bob in PA

    Juan Williams is one of the most honest commentators around. He expresses his views openly and doesn't just tout a party line. NPR should loose funding because they have now proven that they are nothing more than a mouthpiece for a singular point of view.

    October 21, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. stevetall

    Another great excuse to cut the First Amendment by cutting off NPR. Huckabee apparently doesn't know the difference between cutting off NPR and cutting off NPR. Another Republican Reactionary is wrong again!

    October 21, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. melanerpes

    If the federal share is only 2% of NPR's budget, they won't miss it, will they?

    October 21, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. madmatt

    spoken like a wingnut welfare case....how many millions does hucksterbee suck out of FOX...I am sure they will hire Juan as another racist scumbag within days.

    October 21, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Paul Beezley

    Why wait for Congress – my local public radio is doing a pledge drive now. They will not be getting a check from me.

    October 21, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Will

    I would because George Soros is now funding them. They have no shame. Let them live off support from members who support their agenda, not those of us who don't!

    October 21, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. lauperzone

    If funding represents less than 2 percent, then by all means cut it. i voted R this cycle, but i cant stand huckabee and i actually like juan hahaha! Cut the funding, its chump change anyway, right?

    October 21, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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