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Fox News President Tells His Commentators to 'Shut Up, Tone It Down'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It was merely a matter of hours after Saturday's shooting rampage in Arizona that finger-pointing and political vitriol took hold. Liberal commentators and bloggers took aim at conservatives -- chiefly Sarah Palin -- for putting out a map last March that put the districts of 20 House Democrats in cross-hairs, including that of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head and remains in intensive care at Arizona University Hospital.

Conservatives, meanwhile, blasted the left for turning the tragic shooting into a political issue.

Now, the president of Fox News, Roger Ailes, has called for a cease-fire, vowing to tone down the political rhetoric.

"Both sides are wrong, but they both do it," Ailes said in an interview with Russell Simmons that was posted on the liberal entertainment mogul's website, "I told all of our guys, shut up, tone it down, make your argument intellectually. You don't have to do it with bombast. I hope the other side does that."

In Washington, leaders of both parties have called for civility, including President Obama, who cautioned against attributing any political motives to the accused killer, Jared Lee Loughner.

Fox News commentators said their message has always been one of nonviolence, and it’s the liberal media that needs to cut back on confrontational talk.

Republicans call the criticism aimed at conservatives unfair, and that both sides are to blame.

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Republicans Target NPR Funding 

NPR fired news analyst Juan Williams after he said he gets "nervous" seeing "people who are in Muslim garb" on airplanes. Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- House Republicans' attempt to cut federal funding for National Public Radio fell flat on Thursday, but the war of words against the publicly-funded radio network continues to fester. On Thursday, Democrats defeated a proposal by House GOP members to terminate NPR's federal funding, a move prompted in part by the recent firing of Juan Williams for comments he made about Muslims.

"While the network has the right to present whatever point of view its executives wish, taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize it," Republican Study Committee chairman Tom Price of Georgia said in a statement. "Without taxpayer funding, NPR will simply compete for listeners on a level playing field, just like any other media organization."

Under the Republican proposal, NPR would not be allowed to apply for grants issued by federally funded agencies like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and National Endowment for the Arts, which, in the last fiscal year totaled $2.5 million or 1.5 percent of the network's operating budget. Moreover, local public radio stations would not be able to use money they receive from CPB to buy programming from NPR. That funding constitutes, on average, about 10 percent of a station's budget.

Conservative ire toward NPR isn't a new phenomenon. In fact, Republican lawmakers for decades have attempted to yank public funding away from both NPR and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), citing liberal bias. But the recent war of words has escalated to a level unseen in recent history. Fox News' chairman Roger Ailes went as far as to liken NPR executives to Nazis. Ailes later apologized for the use of the word.

NPR became the subject of Republican backlash when it fired news analyst Juan Williams in October, after the conservative commentator said he gets "worried" and "nervous" seeing "people who are in Muslim garb" on airplanes.

Only about two percent of NPR's funding comes from federally funded organizations. Forty percent of the revenue is generated through station programming fees while 26 percent comes from sponsorships.

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