I’m watching the vote as the Republican majority votes on debate rules to defund National Public Radio. So far all Republicans are voting to cut the funds and all Democrats are voting to save the funding. If it keeps up like this, NPR has no chance.
C-SPAN is taking in phone calls during the vote, alternating between Democrats and Republicans, and the trend among callers of both parties is that NPR should keep its funding. Oh, there are a few who are supporting it because they claim it’s the government telling people what to watch (where they get that from, I don’t know.)
There us a predominance of callers from small towns and farm areas who realize that NPR and PBS allow broadcasts of unbiased news that they certainly don’t get from commercial stations. They are not looking forward to the cuts… however, the funding from the government is very small and NPR will work very hard in their other fundraising channels (like you and me).
- House to vote on cutting off funds for NPR (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- House to Vote on Cutting off Funds for NPR (abcnews.go.com)
- House Republicans schedule Thursday vote to bar federal money for NPR (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- House to Vote on Measure to Ax Funding From NPR (politics.blogs.foxnews.com)
- Why House Republicans are rushing to slash NPR funding – Christian Science Monitor (news.google.com)
Back in the late 70s I spent a year as Administrator of the Jamaica Arts Center in Jamaica, NY, and one of my assignments was producing Jazz Concerts to go with our art exhibitions and other programs. When I approached Billy Taylor to do a concert, he suggested that the Center have him come in to do a 1-person program for children, explaining what Jazz was and getting them involved.
I must say, it was great. My admiration for this man only grew over the years… watching him on CBS Sunday Morning interviewing (and playing with) a couple of hundred Jazz Musicians through the years, or hearing him on NPR, or seeing him in his presentations from Lincoln Center. Because of Dr. Billy Taylor (and the “Dr.” was earned, btw… Taylor got his PhD in Music from the University of Massachusetts in 1975), generations of Americans were exposed to the brilliance of improvisation and composition. He wrote over 300 pieces, led a diverse career and never seemed to lose his energy.
The cause of death was heart failure, said his daughter, Kim Taylor-Thompson. I don’t think the “heart” of this man will ever fail.
Here’s a sample in remembrance:
- Billy Taylor, Jazz Pianist, Dies at 89 (narmer.wordpress.com)
- Jazz musician Billy Taylor dies at 89 (today.msnbc.msn.com)
- Billy Taylor, ardent jazz promoter, dies at 89 (pbpulse.com)
- Dr. Billy Taylor, Washington Jazz Legend, Dies At 89 [RIP] (theurbanflux.wordpress.com)
- Jazz Great Billy Taylor Dies at 89 (theroot.com)
- Billy Taylor, Jazz Pianist and Composer, Has Died (current.com)
- CeleBrate JazzMobile Founder Billy Taylor (harlemworldblog.wordpress.com)
- Musical Passings of 2010 (therestandstheglass.blogspot.com)
… once again put his foot in his mouth when commenting on singer Yusuf (a Muslim) and Ozzie Osborne at the Stewart/Colbert Rally:
“I KNOW THIS IS POLITICALLY INCORRECT, BUT I’D RATHER TAKE MY CHANCES GOING OFF THE RAILS ON A CRAZY TRAIN … THAN RIDE WITH A MUSLIM ON A PEACE TRAIN.”
– Juan Williams demonstrating his fears once again.
- “NPR Juan Williams firing leads to hiring by Fox News” and related posts (personalmoneystore.com)
- NPR firing of Juan Williams – it can’t get worse for Democrats? (thehill.com)
- NPR Beheads Talking Head Juan Williams For Speaking Candidly About Muslims (riehlworldview.com)
- NPR Fires Juan Williams For Anti-Muslim Comments (oliverwillis.com)
- “Screw Free Speech, NPR Fires Juan Williams for Muslim Remarks” and related posts (bigjournalism.com)