Thursday, October 21, 2010

Governors Palin and Huckabee defend Juan Williams (Updated)

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Today former Governors Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee defended political commentator Juan Williams, who is also their colleague at Fox News, after he was sacked by NPR for his honest comment about Muslims:
"NPR defends 1st Amendment Right, but will fire u if u exercise it," Palin tweeted. "Juan Williams: u got taste of Left's hypocrisy, they screwed up firing you."

Huckabee went further in his criticism, calling on Congress to pull funding from NPR.

“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.

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

After complaining of too much political correctness in society, Williams told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly on Monday that he gets "nervous" whenever he sees people in “Muslim garb” boarding a plane. NPR fired Williams Wednesday night.

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Sarah Palin was correct in pointing out leftist NPR's hypocrisy. the network, which is partially funded with taxpayer money, obviously isn't concerned at all with political correctness when the target is on its right.

We don't agree with much of what Juan Williams says, but like the governors, we will defend to the death his right to say it. Williams is that rare liberal who is intellectually honest, and we respect that quality of his character. If you are of a like mind, you can let NPR know how you feel here. But please be patient. That particular NPR web page is a bit tied up right now ;-)

Updates...

Gov. Palin, in addition to her tweet in defense of Williams, also expressed her support for him on Facebook.

Williams' firing has prompted conservatives to call for an end to taxpayer funding for left-biased National Public Radio.

My mistake: NPR's comments page isn't simply tied up; they disabled it.

J.P. Freire asks a good question.

Ailes to NPR: Terminate this!

- JP

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