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. Marie MD

    huckabee who? This man is another clueless rethug in the long list of wannabes. Who cares what he has to say? Who would want to interview him anyway?
    Maybe others, including the half term, will follow suit. We don't care about what you say, do and we don't want to hear about anything that has to do with you and your cronies.

    October 21, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Mark

    HURRAY! Finally, someone who understands that NPR leans hard to the left and should no longer be funded by my tax money. They should either go private or go out of business.


    October 21, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. HCX

    Get real. When NPR interviews Huckabee I'll bet he gets nervous and worried because he didn't get the script in advance like he does on Faux News. What a jerk.

    October 21, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. Randy

    Huckabee just wants to reduce the amount of more objective news source so we are just left with "Faux News"

    October 21, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. Cocitizen

    I wonder what Gov. Huckabee's reaction would have been if Williams had been fired for making the same remarks about orthodox Jews that wear hats, long black coats and pigtails? They to can be intimidating and have a mixed reputation regarding some of their extreme views and violent reactions. Or, if Mr. Williams had made the remark about evangelical Christians. some who have been known to take the law into their on hands? Would Mr. Huckabee have been so incensed then? Or is it just OK to make derogatory remarks about Muslims and paint them all with one broad brush stroke? I think we all know the answer to these questions. Had Mr. Williams been fired by NPR for attacking Jews or Christians, Mr. Huckabee would be singing NPR's praises.

    October 21, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Name

    Well, at least Williams' firing reinforces Fox's narrative that NPR is liberal. Huckabee is obviously thankful for that.

    October 21, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Ex Republican

    Just one question to Mike H. would you feel the same way if the same comment was directed towards Christians, and Juan got fired as a result. I really need to hear an honest answer from you or any one who is going to comment on this post.

    October 21, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Kate Whitmeyer

    Methinks NPR is not the only party with an "agenda." Huckabee is tapping into peoples' fears by grandstanding on his FOX colleague's dismissal from NPR. He should be ashamed for labeling NPR as leftist when he works for the most right-wing media group in the U.S. Huckabee's good Southern mama should have told him that when he points a finger, there are four aiming in his direction.

    October 21, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Alistair

    Shut up Mike!

    October 21, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. Keepemhonest

    I get nervous when I walk down an alley at night and see a large white guy coming toward me, seeing I am only 5 foot 8. I guess I should be fired too.

    October 21, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. Shari from Madison

    Then Fox news network should be forced to stop operations as they are always leaning far right. Mike Huckabee is a two faced liar. Who was it that got us into the Iraq war? Who is it who tortured innocent Muslims? The Repub's that's who!
    Huckabee only says this because he hates muslims and everyone else who doesn't think and believe exactly he does.

    October 21, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. Agree with Huckabee 100% !

    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."


    Who the heck doesn't?

    October 21, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. shellysmom

    NPR was way out-of-line to fire Juan. I agree. Stop the funding.

    October 21, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Miguel

    I do not like Mr Huckabee, but in this case I agree with him, this is an easy call. NPR crossed the line.

    October 21, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. Lynn

    Huckabee still think's he's meaningful in the political world. As gov. of my State, he was an embarressment, pandering to the Mexican illegals and ran the State as if it were his own church.

    October 21, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. Adalbert

    Absolutely. Cut all the funding for NPR and give it to fox. After all, fox is the only network that provides “fair and balanced” reporting. Fox, the entire network is a propaganda machine for the right wing.

    October 21, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. Realistic

    Mike you are an idiot so are all the trolls that work for fox. yes, Mike you would love to see NPR off the air because they are truly fair and balanced and thats a huge problem for trolls like you. You and the trolls like you want to make Fox and radio talk shows like Rush the only source of information people get. Well, its not going to happen no matter how much you conservative wackos try. And Mike, you hick, no one wants to interview you anyway, you are a washed up and a has been. You attempted to convince the American people vote for you when your own party didn't want you. I agree that sometimes the speech police is annoying but you and your trolls on fox are the extreme speech police when someone on the left says something you dislike. So don't play the defender of speech when you are member of the 'Right wing speech police".

    October 21, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. Bill in Dallas

    Here comes CNN to support FOX News point of view. Who cares what Huckabee thinks? FOX is nothing but theright wing Republican propaganda machine sponsored by the corporate bosses and the National Chamber of Commerce. The breed hate and divide. They have nothing constructive to add to the debate. Why is this even news with the econmy and unemployment problems we are facing. All the result of right wing ideology sprewed forth by FOX News.

    October 21, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. Squigman

    If this is brought to the floor, there needs to be counter legislation to eliminate FOX, from the airwaves as well.

    October 21, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. T'SAH from Virginia

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

    Please – Williams is arrogant and it shows in his opinions!!

    Williams is "worried" and "nervous" on flights when he sees people wearing "Muslim garb."

    I don't remember anyone wearing 'Muslim garb' on a flight and attempted to BLOW IT UP!!! This is the same statement White people make when they see Blacks, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans walking down the street and they have to pass them.

    Even though the statement, I think, should not have caused a 'dismissal', people need to remember that we are living in a SENSITIVE world now and 'everybody' is 'touchy'.

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!

    October 21, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. TangledThorns

    Shame on NPR, shame.

    October 21, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. vic nashville tn

    Double stranded
    “NPR is funded with public funds”
    Who receive tax payer money should Know what they are doing what they are saying Mr.Huckabee then

    Now its ok they can say what ever they want shame Huckabee

    October 21, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  23. Ellid

    Huckabee wants to institute a "Christian" theocracy, and HE's complaining about free speech? He seems to have forgotten the part of Scripture where Jesus tells liars, hypocrites, and the rich that they will not be welcome in the Kingdom of Heaven.

    October 21, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. Cosmo

    Mike, Ibelieve you suffer the same myopia shared by most estremists, if another person or media outlet does not embrace your narrow views, you demonize them and want them censored. Your ilk is no more the protector of free speech than was Joseph Stalin. Maybe you are just angry because NPR would not let you play your bass on the air.

    October 21, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  25. John H

    And that's why Mike Huckabee is a political joke.

    October 21, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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