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 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 this year.
CPB funding adds up to about $500 million, according to the draft.
NPR fired Williams after statements he made on Fox News about Muslims, saying he gets nervous when he sees people in Muslim garb on airplanes.
Fox News immediately signed Williams, who was a commentator on Fox, to a new, $2 million contract.