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Juan Williams Wants to Defund NPR

Hell hath no fury like a radio commentator scorned, apparently. After the House voted to pass a GOP-proposed bill last week that would strip NPR of its federal funding, Juan Williams, who was fired by NPR in October over comments about Muslims, has joined the Republicans in trying to eliminate funding for NPR. In an op-ed he wrote for The Hill, Williams revealed that he saw a fundraising letter from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which, according to Williams, “made the case better than any Republican critic that NPR is radio by and for liberal Democrats.” The Obama administration, meanwhile, strongly opposes the GOP bill, which will face an uphill battle in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Williams, now an analyst with Fox News, was fired from NPR in October after saying he gets “nervous” when he sees “people in Muslim garb” on airplanes.