In a Thursday Washington Post column exploring how 2010 is the best year for conservatives since 1980, George Will insisted that "NPR's self-immolation" over the Juan Williams firing made it clear the starting point for deficit reduction is "public" broadcasting subsidies. The column ended with these lines:
The 2010 elections made "card check" as dead as government subsidies for broadcast journalism may soon be.
As icing on conservatism's 2010 cake, there was NPR's self-immolation. It fired Juan Williams, ostensibly for speaking about certain feelings he has - and deplores - regarding some Muslims in some settings. NPR probably fired him because his views are too heterodox for some NPR liberals who favor diversity in everything but thought.