82% of respondents in a CBS poll say that Juan Williams should not have been fired by NPR for supposed anti-Islamic statement that he made on The Factor. Many have called for a backlash against NPR; Jim DeMint has put forth legislation to defund NPR and PBS, saying that they only allow free speech that they agree with.

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 17: Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) speaks at the 'Values Voter Summit' on September 17, 2010 in Washington, DC. The Values Voter Summit is an annual conservative political gathering where the country's most conservative leaders and activists are invited to speak. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

DeMint, a favorite of the tea-party and conservatives in general, is putting his money where his mouth is. Palin, Huckabee, and others have called for the defunding of NPR after their handling of the Williams situation. DeMint has decided enough is enough. His bill to defund matches a similar bill put forth in the House by a California Republican.

Jim DeMint says that NPR has received nearly $4 billion dollars in taxpayer money since 2001. He goes on to say that NPR and PBS only receive about 15% of their total funding from the federal government so there should be no reason why they shouldn’t be able to stand on their own instead of making taxpayers fund liberal programming they disagree with. Who wouldn’t agree with that? Liberals I suppose.

He continued:

“We can’t keep borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars from China each year to fund public radio and public TV when there are so many choices already in the market for news and entertainment. If CPB is defunded, taxpayers will save billions,” he added. “This is just one of the many cuts Congress should make next year.”

Not only does Jim DeMint want to defund NPR, he also commented on Sean Hannity’s show the other night that he didn’t particularly like the direction that the Republican leadership was heading by talking compromise with the democrats. He warned that the Republicans needed to learn their lesson from the period of time they held both Houses of Congress and the White House and grew the size of the federal government.

We need more Jim DeMint’s.