Friday, October 22, 2010

'Dancing With the Czars'

Hey, who knew those stodgy Republicans could bring the funny?
As House Republicans continued to call for NPR to be defunded on Friday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) drew attention to a large grant the company received this month from the left-leaning philanthropist George Soros.
Um, left-leaning?

Left-leaning??? Are they serious? Contrast the absurd use of that term with how the "left-leaning" NPR describes Republicans. Anyway back to Issa and the "left-leaning" NPR.
He even suggested some new shows for National Public Radio: "Dancing with the Czars" and "Socialist Survivor," to name a few.

The Open Society Foundation announced this month it would provide a $1.8 million grant to the outlet, allowing it to fund 100 new reporters over the next three years. Soros established the foundations.

The development came a few days ahead of a Republican effort to question whether a news organization with a reputation of being left-leaning should be allowed to receive public funding. NPR is financed through both public and private dollars, but most of its funding is private.

As calls to defund the outlet heated up, Issa pointed out the political bent of major NPR donor Soros.

"With NPR benefitting from the generosity of people like financier George Soros, it’s obvious that NPR is now a self-sustaining entity that no longer needs to rely on federal funds. As an independent entity, they will be free to serve Mr. Soros’s far-left agenda," said Issa, ranking member of the House Oversight Committee.

He also teased NPR's left-leaning reputation.

"Once NPR is free from the umbrella of accepting, receiving and being eligible for taxpayer dollars, maybe Soros can fully finance NPR’s fall schedule with spin-offs of some of America’s favorite shows such as, ‘Dancing with the Czars’ or ‘Socialist Survivor’ and ‘Lost: The Obama Presidency,’ " he said.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Friday that he is adding a measure to defund NPR to a program that allows the public to vote on spending programs they could live without.

The outlet fell under Republican scrutiny this week after firing analyst Juan Williams for remarks he made about people in Muslim attire. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee criticized NPR for being too politically correct and for cutting off free expression.
This is what's it's come to with the media. Republicans are ultra-conservative, especially when described by hosts at the "left-leaning" NPR.

Hard left radicals, well, they just lean left. They're not fully left, heck, they're not even liberals, they're just left-leaning. It implies that, well, if they just tilted back upright another 15 degrees they'd be centrists, or moderates.

But no, we can't even call them liberals anymore. That's a pejorative by today's standards.

But Republicans? Why, they're hard right, ultra-conservatives. Do you ever even see them referred to as right-leaning?

Then we get wild-eyed leftists really projecting. This one calls Republicans radical extremists.

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