As the controversy surrounding last week's firing of National Public Radio's Juan Williams continues, there are increasingly loud voices calling for an end to taxpayer funding for the network.
For example, Richard A. Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, has launched a petition, which states that due to a variety of news and public affairs shows available across the nation, there is no need for the government to spend limited taxpayer resources on NPR. He aims to obtain 1 million signatures from those who support the idea of terminating public support for the network.
According to Viguerie, "it is clear NPR has no tolerance for viewpoints outside of its liberal dogmas."
He added that "this government censorship of ideas not in conformity with the ruling class elites is deplorable."
Williams was fired on Oct. 20 after he told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly that passengers wearing Muslim garb on airplanes make him nervous.
This was not the first time NPR banned a commentator for expressing controversial opinions. According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, in 1998, terrorism expert Steven Emerson was "blacklisted" from the network after he said that the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing had a similar signature to attacks in the Middle East.