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I was surprised to see Juan Williams being the guest host on the O’Reilly Factor last evening.  Williams was appropriately angry about being fired by NPR.  So much so, I wondered if the new slogan will be “A conservative is a liberal fired by NPR.”  But don’t feel TOO sorry for Juan Williams; he got a two million dollar contract at Fox News.  I know a blogger in Mechanicsville that would like a deal like that!

I actually heard the comment when it was made and wondered if there was going to be backlash over it.  Of course it was not worthy of firing; the real issue is government funding for NPR (or for that matter public television).  There is no constitutional authority for government subsidies of radio and TV networks; the power to REGULATE interstate commerce does not extend to ownership of radio stations or networks.  So, defunding ought to be non-controversial.  But it will be hotly contested and I suspect that President Obama would veto it if he is able to do so.

But there may be a public backlash finally, according to the Washington Post:

The firing drew thousands of e-mails and phone calls to NPR’s downtown Washington headquarters, the majority of them expressing outrage. The deluge crashed the “Contact Us” form on NPR’s Web site by Thursday afternoon, according to NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard.

I also suggest conservatives ought to reconsider their financial support for NPR.  Lenin once said that the capitalists would sell the Bolsheviks the rope to hang them with.  Why should we give rope to liberals to hang us with?  The Post article reported that many of the angry callers to NPR headquarters promised never to give again.

NPR can stand on its own.  Don’t give money or participate in pledge drives.  Just don’t do it.  Let the liberals fund it.  Money is power; I think the pledge money saved ought to be used to go see “I Want Your Money” instead.  Or buy a Fireproof DVD.  Or give to Billy Graham.  Or give to a conservative candidate who needs it.  Let’s use our power to support our causes.  Not theirs.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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