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Back to NPR and Juan Williams. First up, this is Harry Smith (CBS News):
NPR needs to review its rules about analysis and opinion. I've been squawking from this soap box for about five years now. Analysis comes from reporting and years of experience. And put together it's hard not to form an opinion or two. It reflects the luxury of perspective. By firing a normally well-informed analyst, NPR has silenced a voice that is important to hear on its airwaves.
If you are just coming on to this story, NPR fired Juan Williams last week. You can read Ava and C.I.'s "NPR: Establishment radio (Ava and C.I.)" to catch up. And Lyla e-mailed to ask if Ava and C.I. were joking about how the CPB money goes to NPR stations who then send it back to NPR? They were not joking. This is Jack Shafer (Slate) today:
But where do the member stations get their loot? As Tim Graham of the Media Research Center wrote in 2008, "NPR receives substantial money from the CPB—through member stations," a fact that can be easily gleaned on the NPR Web site. In Fiscal Year 2008, NPR acknowledges on its site, CPB funds accounted for 10.1 percent of all public-radio-station revenue. The New York Times puts the dollar amount of CPB largesse to local stations at about $90 million. In what looks suspiciously like money laundering, the feds give money to CPB, CPB gives $90 million of it to member stations, and the local stations give a chunk of it to NPR.Mr. Shafer thinks that the public funding needs to be cut off.
In 2005, I would have argued that point with him. By 2006, I was stating the same myself. There really is no reason for the funding.
If we are going to fund a network, I believe they need to be representative.
As Ann's work has demonstrated, Terry Gross only had two interviews with women on Fresh Air last month -- a Monday through Friday, hourly program interviewed men non-stop but only two women the entire month?
Why should I be paying for that?
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: