Jeff Flake, Who Voted To Defund NPR, ‘Comes Out’ As NPR Listener

AP

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) admitted on Saturday that he’s an NPR listener — but he must not be too big a fan, since he’s voted to defund the public broadcaster in the past.

“If an NFL player can come out as gay, a Republican senator can come out as an NPR listener,” Flake said on NPR’s “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!,” riffing on NFL prospect Michael Sam’s coming out announcement last week.

But when Republicans pushed legislation in 2011 that would have blocked federal funding to NPR after its executives were secretly taped criticizing the Tea Party, Flake voted “aye” along with them.

h/t Huffington Post

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