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Breakfast Scramble (Sunday)

DavidL's Breakfast Scramble
NPR can either go partisan or public, Michael Meyers, New York Daily News [1], is lost in the weeds with respect to National Public Radio:

Juan Williams is right; NPR was way off base firing him for having expressed himself on a TV show. But some are going too far in Williams’ name; they vindictively want to totally de-fund the left-leaning NPR because of this outrageous firing.

Big mistake. There ought to be uninterrupted public dollars in support of public radio.
Withdrawal of public dollars would raise the specter of official censorship and selective bans on “objectionable ideas,? and that would only strangle independent voices on public radio, and on public television as well.

Meyers is full of it.  National Public Radio has the right to be either public or partisan.   It has no right to be both.  As long as NPR accepts public money, it is obligated to represent the views of all Americans, and not just the hard core leftards.

More NPR, from Charles Krauthammer, via RCP [2]:

“I don’t understand the inconsistency here,” Dr. Charles Krauthammer said on PBS’s “Inside Washington” Friday night. Another guest on the panel was NPR’s Nina Totenberg, whom Krauthammer targeted for her consistent liberal bias.

“Why is it okay for Nina to express opinions as she has tartly, sharply, unashamedly and openly? And she’s an honored correspondent there; in fact, they mention your status here on [“Inside Washington”] in your biography at NPR. And Juan, because he expresses his opinions, he gets canned from NPR,” Dr. Krauthammer said.

Video at the link.  For the record, I commend Nina Totenberg for way she handled Krauthammer’s line of questioning.

Schooling the White House in economics, from Keith Hennessey, video:

Doctor Austan Goolsbee would have you believe that losing jobs less slowly is good.  Goolsbee tried to sell the tale nine consecutive months of jobs losses somehow constitutes improvement.  With economic advisers like Doctor Goolsbee, no wonder unemployment is pushing ten percent.