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1:43 pm
Tue October 26, 2010

Regarding the NPR/Juan Williams Matter

Murray, KY –
As NPR continues to defend its dismissal of its senior news analyst Juan Williams by citing its ethics policy, we want you to see the policy as it stands, and we are providing the CPB guidelines below as well. WKMS receives grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the organization that the U.S. Congress funds for the support of public television and public radio. WKMS uses these grants to purchase programs from many national programming producers - including NPR, PRI, APM and others - and to pay for a professional journalist staff position in WKMS News. WKMS' grants from CPB vary each year but have amounted to about 14 percent of the station's funding in recent years. We believe these grants are essential to preserve the rich programming you enjoy, so calls for "defunding NPR"* are chilling. NPR management does not consult stations about its decisions, but we are sending your comments along to NPR so that they hear directly from you. We are also communicating worries about this matter through the NPR Board of Directors which includes member station (WKMS is a member station) managers. Thanks for sharing your concerns and for supporting WKMS.

NPR ethics guidlines - http://www.npr.org/about/aboutnpr/ethics/ethics_code.html

CPB ethics guidlines: http://www.cpb.org/stations/radioethicsguide/

*"Defunding NPR" isn't the correct wording since the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is what is funded, but the intent is clear nonetheless.

Articles of Interest

NPR Should Start A National Conversation on Muslims (Oct. 29, 2010).

Hear Diane Rehm's riveting conversation with Juan Williams, broadcast earlier today on The Diane Rehm Show, now streaming on her web site. Click here.

NyBooks.com - "All Programs Considered" (Nov. 2010) by Bill McKibben

MINNESOTA DAILY
Stereotyping Muslims is not OK
Former NPR analyst Juan Williams' comments reinforce paranoid stereotypes.
Oct. 25, 2010

THE GUARDIAN
OrganGrinder Blog
Juan Williams slipped up: he became the story
The Juan Williams firing shows that journalism must operate at higher levels than the rest of the world

Emily Bell
Oct. 25, 2010

AOL NEWS
Surge Desk
Paul Wachter

Oct. 25, 2010

CHANGE. ORG
Carl Chancellor
Oct. 25, 2010

MEDIA MATTERS
Note to SF Chronicle's Debra Saunders: Stop Digging
Eric Boehlert

October 25, 2010

LA TIMES
The Big Picture Blog
Juan Williams, Rick Sanchez, Mel Gibson and our fickle moral appraisals

Oct. 25, 2010

THE ATLANTIC
The High-Tech Lynching of Juan Williams
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Oct 25 2010

CPB
The Firing of Juan Williams: NPR Got It Right
Ken A. Bode, CPB Ombudsman

October 25, 2010

DAILY BEAST
The right wants to strip National Public Radio of federal funding after firing Juan Williams. Peter Beinart on conservatives' short-sighted populism and why we need NPR now more than ever.
Peter Beinart
Oct. 25, 2010

CNN Opinion: Is the right willing to hear opposing voices?
David Frum, CNN Contributor

October 25, 2010


October 24, 2010

SODAHEAD
Did NPR Do the Right Thing by Firing Juan Williams?
Gil Kaufman

Oct. 24, 2010

POYNTER
Juan Williams Case Confuses Objectivity with Fairness on Tendentious Television
James Naughton

Retired Poynter President
9:14 AM Oct. 24, 2010

THE ATLANTIC
Why NPR Matters
James Fallows

Oct. 24, 2010

THE NATION
Should NPR have Fired Juan Williams? You Betcha
Dave Zirin

October 24, 2010

DETROIT FREE PRESS

When NPR met Fox, what did we expect?
Mitch Albom

Oct. 24, 2010

HUFFINGTON POST
NPR's Missed Opportunity
Sean Carman

Oct. 24, 2010


October 23, 2010

SALON
Why the right really hates NPR - with or without Juan Williams
Wingers have dreamed of destroying NPR for years -- because they despise its honest news values and openness
Joe Conason
Oct. 23, 2010

THE ATLANTIC Juan Williams: Busted
The Daily Dish Blog
Andrew Sullivan

Oct. 23, 2010

TUCSON SENTINEL
At Fox News, business is business
Will Juan Williams get to hitch a plane ride with Fox's 2nd-largest investor?
Roberto De Vido

Oct 23, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE
Look now! Another self-immolation
Juan Williams is just latest to prove the world has turned upside down
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Nick Coleman
Oct. 23, 2010

POLITICS DAILY
Woman Up blog
My Opinion: NPR Shouldn't Have Hired Juan Williams in the First Place
Bonnie Erbe

Oct. 23, 2010


October 22, 2010

THE OREGONIAN
A brouhaha over a few dozen words
Oct. 22, 2010

CNN CNN Opinion: NPR Right to Fire Juan Williams
Arsalan Iftikhar

Oct. 22, 2010

SALON
The Real Danger from NPR's Firing of Juan Williams
Glenn Greenwald

Oct. 22, 2010

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Juan Williams fired for remarks on Muslims, was NPR trying to protect civil editorial discourse?
David Hinckley

Oct. 22, 2010


October 21, 2010

ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION
Jay Bookman Blog: NPR Correct to Cut Ties with Juan Williams
Oct. 21, 2010

(Blog) The Rev. Chuck Currie
Views from a United Church of Christ Minister
Juan Williams Long Ago Abandoned Journalistic Ethics; NPR Had Cause To Fire Him

Oct. 21, 2010

SALON
Hypocritical Huckabee Will Boycott NPR
Emma Mustich

Oct. 21, 2010

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