"Rep. Steve Israel (D- N.Y.) chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out a fundraising letter with the following argument for maintaining public funding of NPR:
“They [Republicans] know NPR plays a vital role in providing quality news programming — from rural radio stations to in-depth coverage of foreign affairs. If the Republicans had their way, we’d only be left with the likes of Glenn Beck, Limbaugh and Sarah Palin to dominate the airwaves.”
With that statement, Congressman Israel made the case better than any Republican critic that NPR is radio by and for liberal Democrats. He is openly asking liberal Democrats to give money to liberal Democrats in Congress so they can funnel federal dollars into news radio programs designed to counter and defeat conservative Republican voices."
In the first place, what Steve Israel is saying is not that at all. What he is saying is that the Republican party is systematically trying to shut out of the public discourse any voice that isn't bought and paid for by their rich backers. And incidentally, that happens to be absolutely true.
But Juan's deliberate mischaracterisation of Israel's remarks pales compared to the nauseating hypocrisy of this man, who gladly took a job at Fox News, pretending that he gives a damn about a network controlled by a political party. Juan Williams is a sellout to forces that are destroying this country, and this remark confirms that he is just thrilled to get $2 million a year to do their dirty work.