Friday, October 22, 2010

Hanson body-slams NPR

It's hard to choose highlights from a column in which every sentence is gold, but I'll give it a try:

NPR is in some part either publicly funded or relies on a public brand to earn cash. Its charter is to promote the free exchange of ideas. That did not happen.

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Note how the NPR CEO Vivian Schiller herself slanders Williams by suggesting that he talk with “his psychiatrist”—and a subsequent brief apology cleans up her mess.

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Supposedly intolerant hard-driving Fox News has no problem with liberal Williams working for NPR; supposedly soft-spoken, inclusive NPR has a lot of problems with Williams working for Fox.

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Note how CAIR, the Islamic advocacy group, pressures NPR on Williams’s remarks, but gives a lifetime career achievement award to the anti-Semite Helen Thomas, who calls for the destruction of Israel...

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Notice that ideologue and partisan George Soros just offered NPR nearly $2 million to hire 100 reporters—and NPR accepted the gift. Would it have accepted money from, say, a more soft-spoken. but conservative philanthropist such as Charles Koch who might target where NPR needed “help”? And, if it is a publicly-funded agency, why do zillionaires have the right to donate and determine hiring for their pet causes? Maybe Bill Gates can offer to hire some IRS auditors, or Warren Buffet can fund a new branch of the SEC?

Read the whole thing here.

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