Blowback From NPR’s Williams Firing

Here comes the fallout following National Public Radio’s firing of Juan Williams. The President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, a bipartisan committee, issued draft recommendations Wednesday (Nov. 10) that included eliminating all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the organization that provides funds to PBS, NPR and hundreds of local stations around the country.

Slashing funding for CPB was one of several recommendations for ways to reduce the national deficit, which has ballooned to $1.3 trillion for this year.

CPB funding adds up to about $500 million, according to the draft.

NPR fired Juan Williams after statements he made on Fox News about Muslims, saying he gets nervous when he sees people in Muslim garb on a plane.

“CPB strongly disagrees with the co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, who propose without justification to completely eliminate funding for CPS and other public broadcasting programs,” the CPB said in a statement. “From a year federal investment amounting to $1.35 per American, public broadcasting returns six times that amount in programming and services, creating 17,000 jobs in the American economy.”

Fox News immediately signed Williams, who was a commentator on Fox, to a new, $2 million contract.