To the exact opposite of Huckabee’s point, isn’t there a problem with a government-funded media entity ratifying groundless fears about American citizens, based only on the color of their skin and their dress? It’s a problem that people are afraid to see Muslims on airplanes — a fairly common problem, from my conversations with others — and a bigger problem if the government is viewed as suborning those instincts.
The biggest problem of all, of course, is that we’re now in a position where top Republican names are explicitly condoning and supporting groundless fears, based only on ethnicity.
Two closing points: recall the last time conservatives were mad at NPR, and howling for blood, when the news outlet made fun of tea partiers, but on their opinion page (and therefore ex cathedra). Apparently, the right’s outrage over “censorship” is eminently selective. And, this has nothing to do with “free speech.” Entities both public and private may terminate employees for failure to live up to objective and subjective standards of conduct. Take a federal job, drive around with an “Obama 2008” sticker, and see what happens.