• Mar 21, 2011
Congress' Anthony Weiner on Car Talk – Click above to watch the video after the jump

U.S. congressman Anthony Weiner has had more than his fair share of rants during his time in the House of Representatives. And let's face it, the man seems to really enjoy grandstanding and shouting – or perhaps he just suffers from voice immodulation.

At a recent hearing concerning the de-funding of National Public Radio, the Democrat from New York took to the podium packing some serious decibels. The congressman didn't show up for rant duty empty-handed, either, carrying a poster of NPR Car Talk hosts Click and Clack. In his own unique tongue-in-cheek fashion, the New York congressman takes the stance that the longtime gearhead show is worthy of government funding. Hit the jump to watch the impassioned clip. Hat tip to Marcus!

[Source: YouTube via Capital Tonight]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      Good, he can donate a good portion of his overpaid salary to keep them a float.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This seems reminiscent of the bailout bills, only the 'pubs are just targeting those they hate. The real question is: Does government have a role in using taxpayer monies to support media like this? Or is it a waste that should not be done at all, and the private business landscape should fund it all themselves?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sea Urchin had to go back to 1995 to find someone from NPR talking abour the nature od Karma.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jim

        You of course realize that the R in NPR doesn't stand for "Television", correct?
        • 3 Years Ago
        She went a little over the line in that 1995 interview, sure, but there was a context that makes it less egregious than you're making it out to be.

        Imagine that, an 18 second youtube clip from nearly two decades ago lacks context.

        Senator Jesse Helms (the Republican you are referring to) was against helping Americans with AIDS his entire career, speaking out and voting against research, treatment and prevention at every opportunity. He frequently said that people with AIDS deserved it and even want as far as to say that AIDS was God's punishment for homosexuals. Now, given that Nina Totenberg didn't say "I wish Jesse Helms would get AIDS" but rather that he should be worried that God might give him AIDS, if anyone. It should be clear to everyone that Totenberg's statement was just a riff on something Helms had said himself. Good, bad or indifferent, this isn't as simple as you're making it out to be.
        • 3 Years Ago
        superex,..

        that is the larger issue at hand that all these folks on the Left are unwilling to confront.

        They would rather focus on Right Vs. Left aspect of this all because that draws more passion then an actual discussion of what we should and shouldn't fund with public dollars.
        • 3 Years Ago
        When you leave all information in the hands of for-profit media, you lose balance and accuracy in reporting. If a sponsor or shareholder doesn't like the story, there is a good chance you will never see the story.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I do not have any issues with gov funding TV programs. NewsHour is great. The issue here is should government fund a station that is headed by people who think that all conservatives are racists.

        Justify this, NPR host says she wishes a Republican will get AIDS.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7msrF1V4NeY&feature=player_embedded
        • 3 Years Ago
        Come on sea urchin,
        you are not being fair.
        she said she hopes a republican gets AIDS because republicans always block funding for AIDS research.

        Anyways, the RIGHT are hypocrites
        They denounce science all day long, but when they get sick, they run to the hospital and rely on science to keep them alive.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ "Sea Urchin
        3:34PM (3/21/2011)
        I do not have any issues with gov funding TV programs. NewsHour is great. The issue here is should government fund a station that is headed by people who think that all conservatives are racists."

        Oh...I wonder how people misconstrue that idea...?

        @"Sea Urchin
        3:26PM (3/21/2011)
        He is a liberal hack from Brooklyn who is married to a saudi woman."

        Forgive me, but exactly why was it necessary to point out Weiner is 'married to a Saudi woman'? Nowhere else in this topic is this mentioned, except--surprise--by a Conservative. The irony...


        -R
        • 3 Years Ago
        Eventually someone is gonna have to understand what the government is suppose to fund and a television network is not one of those items.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What no-one here has caught on to is that this bill DOESN"T SAVE MONEY! It gives the SAME amount of $$$ to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting but simply stipulates that NPR or any other radio folks like PRI, American Public Media, etc. can't have any of it. Without that money, NPR has to raise costs to member stations (putting many of them out of business in small and rural communities) and would likely cut reporters in the field...the SAME reporters that based on a recent investigation were responsible (according to Army generals) for soldiers with concussions being taken seriously and receiving the Purple Hearts many of them were denied. In this instance, I'll take a right-wing style argument (god forbid) - "If you want to de-fund NPR, then you must hate our troops!"
      • 3 Years Ago
      Government funded media is a conflict of interest and Weiner is another reason for term limits.
        • 3 Years Ago
        If NPR is government propaganda then it would have been your favorite radio station from 2000 to 2008, right?
        • 3 Years Ago
        nope; defund it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are Click and Clack a auto-journalist spoof of Cheech and Chong?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Cheech and Chong,
        No wonder the Democrats are begging for tax payer money to fund this government run automotive show.

      • 3 Years Ago
      I find it quite hilarious that the Republicans want to cut funding from NPR for a mere $50 million, when they are already blowing more than $100 billion a year on two pointless wars with no end in sight, and with the ends not justifying the means. And I also find it quite hilarious when they bash on NPR for its' left-leaning content, when corporate-owned stations like FOX bash Democrats and the left all day without anyone in Capital Hill batting an eye on them.

      If you still believe that old mantra that our airwaves are being controlled by the "liberal media", then you are definitely living under a rock.

      Why am I not the least bit surprised that a lot of young people nowadays go to sources like NPR and Al-Jazeera English for any current events in both the U.S. and around the globe?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Public Radio is actually pretty critical in today's society is influenced mainly by the dollar and little else (think any of the major news services and how they cradle to a specific ideology. Fox News comes to mind rather quick here). So it is rather easy to see how a publicly funded, non-bias, media program or service can be vital to society.

      As for Car Talk, I think the guys are pretty smart and if your dislike for them is VW antifreeze give me a break. If thats who you are I'd imagine you're the same morons the won't buy Autolite Spark Plugs cause' they don't say Motorcraft on them.
      • 3 Years Ago
      When NPR and PBS in particular came into being we had 3 THREE television stations. We now have more than you can watch in you lifetime and absolutely no reason for the government to be funding TV shows and radio. We don't want them to die, we just want them to survive or not in the market of ideas, without spending my money working to get democrats elected. In this day and age you can not argue that it makes sense. Go ahead, try.
      • 3 Years Ago
      For those who say that NPR is biased because it is run by the government: Are there any commercial media networks that are quite visibly biased?

      With commercialized media most of the money comes from advertising and large corporations which sometimes affects the quality and fairness of the information given out. A good example of this is the recent case with a Chrysler dealer influencing the Detroit News to water down a scathing review of the new Chrysler 200 written by Scott Burgess. It is really questionable whether information by commercial media really is as fair and unbiased as it could be.

      In the UK all television viewers must pay a "license fee" (a tax, if you will) in order to watch the BBC's programming. Having this license fee removes the need for advertising on their network. With advertising, many of Top Gear's opinions on many cars would not be allowed in order to keep the advertising dollars coming into the network. How would you feel if Clarkson had to say extremely positive things about Vauxhalls or Rovers.

      • 3 Years Ago
      Took the words right out of my mouth. Never heard of this guy before but he sounds like somebody I would really like.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the governmental equivalent of using a $2 off coupon on a $100 dinner - it does nothing and serves only to embarrass those that're pushing it.

      I'm 26, and NPR's the only thing that my radio's turned to. There is no doubt in my mind that NPR and APM should receive public funding. Maybe Click and Clack are better for entertainment than for real car advice, but overall, I find All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Marketplace phenomenal programs. Not to mention The Story, This American Life, and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, which I try to catch on podcast (some of these may be APM programs, but the point still stands).

      NPR is by far the most balanced news agency in the US, and has far less of the Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan style celeb pandering that the commercial networks have. I don't pay attention to Fox News *or* MSNBC; and CNN's been reduced to flailing around for ratings.

      And let's not forget that there's a pokey motoring show produced across the pond that's funded by government money as well. It'd be a crying shame if the Brits could continue to make such quality material and the US kills off any vestige of public media.

      And for those of you that're crying out that this is a budget concern: stuff it. The value of the missiles lobbed into Lybia the other day ($94 MM, just in missiles) isn't too far off from NPR's overall budget ($153 MM in 2004), much of which doesn't even come from the government.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sea Urchin. When you grow up you'll appreciate the independence of NPR.

        As far as the former NPR fund raiser calling you a racist, he was quoting Republican complaints about the Tea Party, something O'Keefe edited from the tape.The idea that you would base anything on O'Keefe's discredited tactics means you are just much a blind partisan as you accuse NPR of being. NPR has severla conservative commentators, something you might know if you listened.

        If you don't want others to call you a racist, quit judging people based on their race. The fact that Rep Weiner (a Jew) married a Muslim is a sign of hope.
        • 3 Years Ago
        AMEN, why should tax payers be forced to fund the socialist party agenda. If NPR is so great, then YOU should pay to have that propaganda fed to your. Something like XM radio where you pay for your subscription to their drivel.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ rllama and Fryed, i am not saying you hate me. I am a conservative, NPR hates conservatives and as you may or may not have heard Mr. Shiller he thinks that Tea Partiers (Republicans) are racists.

        So as a conservative i do not see a reason for me funding a station that hates me.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Spot on. I agree with you.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I am 28 and i will not fund your listening habits.

        Why should my money be spent on people who hate me and openly call me a racist.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't hate you either Urchin, but I have to say, the fact that you felt like pointing out that Congressman Weiner is married to a Saudi woman in your other comment, sounds really really racist. I'm not prejudging you based on your political beliefs, I'm post-judging you based on your statement which I think is meant to imply that marrying a Saudi woman is somehow a problem.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Another poster has called this out, and I wholeheartedly agree: If all we have is commercial media, what's to stop commercial biases from creeping in as well? Think the Chrysler 200/Detroit News fiasco, only on every article/story you come across. The original point regarding the creation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (and the affiliated PBS, NPR, and APM) was to provide an outlet for news and information that should be as unbiased as possible.

        We all have our personal opinions, and the forum at which NPR's former CEO and director of fundraising aired their opinions was absolutely not the correct place. However, biases creep into NPR much more rarely than they do in other outlets, and the best we can do is call them out and keep them in check. Stifling an entire organization due to the slip ups of certain people is vindictive politics at its worst.

        And Sea Urchin, calling out that the congressman is married to a Saudi woman is as in poor taste today as saying "she's dating a black man" was 40 years ago.

        • 3 Years Ago
        Well said! Im quite sure most of the people posting negative comments here dont listen to public radio and they should. Try substituting your Fox viewing time for a little more NPR and you might learn something...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sea Urchin

        I don't hate you, nor do I openly call you a racist. It's these kinds of broad generalizations that are dangerous for our country.

        Look, most people out there are just going to let you live your life your way as long as you return the favor. As long as you're not infringing upon the rights of others, let it be.
        • 3 Years Ago
        +1-buzillion aliasfox

        Wow Urch -

        One guy, who had no influence over NPR programming, was a fundraiser, no longer works there, and who refused the "donation" he was being offered, now represents all of NPR. How ironic that he was punked by the conservative d'bag James O'Keefe posing as a Palestinian. (Theys related to them there "Saudis," ya know.)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ouch!! I love those two old Codgers. They are really funny. I look forward to everyone of their weekly podcast. Maybe, they can work harder at their Shameless Commerce division to make more money to keep themselves going.

      But the, I am Canadian, and don't pay the taxes that keep the show going. But I would like to thank all the tax paying US citizens for helping to keep me entertained for the last several years.
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