Hoisted On Your Own Petard…NPR


NPR Exec Runs Mouth Off…Thank You, For Helping Convince Congress To DEFUND you.

It’s interesting to note the basic difference in those working for the government and drawing a monthly check, and those of us in the private sector, who work for themselves or for other small businesses, and who realize that nothing that comes from government is not first taken from someone else.  NPR should raise their money just like other so-called non-profits, from donations.

In a recent article in my local paper, where I winter, the manager of the local NPR station was quoted as saying they had a “huge” audience…and in almost the same breath that they would die without federal funding.  Isn’t that an oxymoron?  If they have a “huge audience” who loves what they do, why can’t the get funding from that audience?  Why does some little old lady in the sticks in Missouri who pays her income taxes have to fund some Latte sipping bunch on the California coast.  Sorry folks, that just doesn’t compute.  And if you watch the video, you’ll see the head of NPR pop off that they don’t need federal funding…of course he had no idea he was on camera.  This guy is the head of public radio…the public media in America, including television, gets $420 billion or more, that’s almost half a trillion, folks.  And you wonder why we’re broke?  Congress, bringing you cartoons on Saturday morning?  I think the cartoon channel can do it better, as can all the public sector.

From Americans For Limited Government:

Today, ALG President Bill Wilson in a letter urged members of the Senate to support the year-long House continuing resolution that defunds the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the parent company of National Public Radio (NPR).

“It is becoming increasingly clear that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and National Public Radio, could get along just fine without at taxpayer funding,” Wilson wrote in a letter to Senate members, pointing to a newly released undercover video report by James O’Keefe, NPR’s Senior VP for Development, Ron Schiller said, “It’s very clear that we would be better off in the long run without federal funding.”

Schiller explained why NPR would be better off without taxpayer funding: “I think for independence, number one. Number two, is that our job would be a lot easier if people weren’t confused about—because we get federal funding, a lot of Americans, a lot of philanthropists, actually think we get most of our money from the federal government, even though NPR, as you know, gets 1 percent and the station economy as a whole gets 10 percent.”

Wilson said Congress needed to get its budget priorities straight: “With a $1.65 trillion budget deficit projected by the Office of Management and Budget this year, and a $14.1 trillion national debt that cannot be paid back, taxpayers no longer can afford to fund luxuries like public broadcasting.”

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting currently receives $420 million in taxpayer funding.

In an exclusive interview with Americans for Limited Government, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), the original House sponsor of CPB-defunding legislation, has called the Corporation “low-hanging fruit” that can be cut.

Lamborn explained, “Why should taxpayers spend $420 million a year to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is the parent of NPR, when it could survive on its own? It could be out there in the private marketplace, and compete along with everyone else. Why should government be in the broadcasting business at all?”

Senator Jim DeMint, who has introduced similar legislation in the Senate, has agreed, noting that PBS’ brand, Sesame Street, is a commercially viable entity that needs no public funding. “Shows like Sesame Street are thriving, multimillion-dollar enterprises,” he wrote. “According to the 990 tax form all nonprofits are required to file, Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 — nearly a million dollars — in compensation in 2008. And, from 2003 to 2006, Sesame Street made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales. Big Bird will be just fine without his federal subsidies.”

“The Corporation for Public Broadcasting only gets about 13 percent of its total budget from federal taxpayers, which the corporation itself is quick to point out. They can finance themselves via donations, or move toward a profit model if they choose, but taxpayers should not be obligated to pay for programming,” Wilson concluded.

ALG last year launched a national petition drive defund public broadcasting in the wake of National Public Radio’s firing of Juan Williams. The petition is at: www.defundpublicbroadcasting.org.

You know what to do. Let’s get on CapWiz and urge Senators to defund public broadcasting one way or another.  They should support the House-passed Continuing Resolution that defunds the CPB completely.  Not even the CPB thinks it needs the money.

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It’s way past time that the federal government get back to the business of doing those things that are the right of the fed, as granted in the Constitution.  They need to get their noses out of every business in this country, not only the media.  The fed has way overstepped their bounds.  It’s time to have congress start every morning with a reading of the tenth amendment to the Constitution:  “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”  Doesn’t that sound to you like cartoons on Saturday morning are reserved to the people, to the private sector?  NPR and PBS have no business being funded by the federal government, and the federal government has no business having the media beholding to them.  It’s against every basic principal of this country.

Get the fed OUT of NPR and PBS!

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