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NPR Launches Offensive Against Congressman Trying to Cut Its Public Funding
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Posted on 01/13/2011 5:05:39 PM PST by Sub-Driver

NPR Launches Offensive Against Congressman Trying to Cut Its Public Funding

published January 13, 2011 | FoxNews.com

National Public Radio is accusing Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., who is leading a Republican charge to cut public funding to the broadcaster, of trying to stifle free speech, a move that puts the embattled network on the offense as it fights fallout from its decision to fire Fox News contributor Juan Williams.

Lamborn immediately fired back, saying the whole point of not funding NPR is to enhance competition and viewpoints.

The tit-for-tat comes just a week after the NPR news editor who fired Williams resigned as the network's board of directors completed its independent review of the dismissal. The directors recommended new internal procedures for personnel decisions and disciplinary action, and cancelled NPR CEO Vivian Schiller's annual bonus because of "concern over her role in the termination process."

Lamborn first introduced his NPR defunding legislation in June, but it didn't receive much attention until the network fired Williams in October over remarks he made on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" about his anxiety over seeing people dressed as Muslims on airplanes.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: 112th; colorado; defundnpr; douglamborn; juanwilliams; liberalmedia; npr
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1 posted on 01/13/2011 5:05:40 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Defund NPR!!!!


2 posted on 01/13/2011 5:07:59 PM PST by GregB (Congratulations President Palin on your election and being the first Female President!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I thought NPR was supposed to be neutral....even about their public financing.


3 posted on 01/13/2011 5:08:07 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Sub-Driver
Cats and dogs are not meant to co-habitate. Let's just get it over with.

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

4 posted on 01/13/2011 5:10:52 PM PST by Viking2002 ('Let his days be few; and let another take his office.' - Psalms 109:8)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yep. They should just increase their private donations from fellow liberals.

No more money for you. We’re broke. Go find a new career on blogspot.


5 posted on 01/13/2011 5:11:37 PM PST by CommieCutter (I'll get an internet ID when Obama shows his birth certificate.)
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To: Sub-Driver

It’ll be free speech once we’re done paying for it.


6 posted on 01/13/2011 5:12:33 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: Sub-Driver

The crew at NPR can spew whatever stupidity they desire,but they need to do it on their own dime.


7 posted on 01/13/2011 5:12:42 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Sub-Driver

The government has no business funding things like NPR and Planned Parenthood and ACORN


8 posted on 01/13/2011 5:13:16 PM PST by GeronL (How DARE you have an opinion!!)
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To: Sub-Driver
trying to stifle free speech

Stifle taxpayer funded speech.
9 posted on 01/13/2011 5:14:02 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: FReepers
We The People

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10 posted on 01/13/2011 5:14:06 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Amazing to me that “free” speech now means getting government subsidies. I guess NPR is taking the phrase literally. Foolish me. I thought free speech meant freedom to speak without interference from government.

Of course, I can’t blame NPR for trying to keep the $ coming, because they certainly aren’t the first in line for government cheese, so to speak. We live in a land where special interests squabble for government monies like children fighting over pinata candy. Sad to say, not entering the fray is a good way to put yourself or your company at a distinct disadvantage.


11 posted on 01/13/2011 5:14:25 PM PST by CitizenUSA (Coming soon! DADT...for Christians.)
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To: Sub-Driver

What part of the Constitution allows the government to fund left wing (actually, any) communication agencies?


12 posted on 01/13/2011 5:21:05 PM PST by abigailsmybaby ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we'll bring a gun". BHO)
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To: Sub-Driver

I guess even limp-wristed, bed-wetting liberals fight when their backs are against the wall.


13 posted on 01/13/2011 5:22:41 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Sub-Driver

NPR can badmouth this guy and lie and spread rumors all day long and it won’t matter. Only 20 people total listen to them.

They are being defunded whether they like it or not and no one is going to ride in to save them. No one cares anymore. Bye bye Nina Tottenberg.


14 posted on 01/13/2011 5:23:40 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Free speech isn’t free when the tax payers have to pay for it.


15 posted on 01/13/2011 5:26:43 PM PST by kitkat ( Obama: Hype and Chains.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Money for nothing and your checks for free.


16 posted on 01/13/2011 5:28:18 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Sub-Driver

Got them in your sights, NPR?

Or maybe you’re ready to hit them with both barrels?

Or are you targeting them for defeat?


17 posted on 01/13/2011 5:28:46 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Our Constitution: the new Inconvenient Truth)
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To: Sub-Driver

NPR is a perfect example of one political bias completely capturing a “public institution” - nearly always allowing the domination of one political bias in that institution and what it produces - and, then in the highest form of hypocrisy claiming it is fighting for “free speech”.

NPR should be de-funded 100% because it does not operate in “the public interest”; it operates predominately in the interests of the political Left, period.

NPR should be de-funded 100% because GOVERNMENT has no business owning, funding or operating ANY media operation. Allowing such an operation and advocating for a “free press” simply expresses an oxymoron.

The corollary to this issue is that “foreign correspondents” for any foreign government-owned media should be sent home and U.S. “work visas” for such people should be denied. If their governments want to ask U.S. officials something, we have a state department for that. If their citizens want to ask something or find “U,S” news and information, they can check out what any private media offers (from their country, the U.S. or anywhere), or sit dumbly and take the word of their governments’ media (which in some cases is all they have).

Yes, I know, that would mean the BBC would have to close down its U.S. operations. Oh, boo hoo, boo hoo!!!


18 posted on 01/13/2011 5:31:55 PM PST by Wuli
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To: Viking2002

I’m afraid that’s about the size of things. Think we could corral the leftists in NYC and L.A.? It’s a shame we won’t have Isaac Hayes to run NYC though.


19 posted on 01/13/2011 5:33:46 PM PST by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: Huskrrrr; All

“I guess even limp-wristed, bed-wetting liberals fight when their backs are against the wall.”

But you can still count on them to fight like girls with a lot of groin-kicking, scratching and eye-gouging, LOL!

DEFUND NPR & PBS!

(Note: My employer pulled all funds from our local WPR years ago. He disagreed with their gay-friendly agenda, so we no longer do the spring expo or advertise on the local stations at all. I KNEW I joined the right company way back when! Oh those evil, EVIL White Christian Men who have all the money, LOL!)

If your product is THAT GOOD, consumers will beat a path to your door. If it’s NOT that good, then TAXPAYERS need to fund it? I. Think. Not. *SPIT*


20 posted on 01/13/2011 5:34:11 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The congressman is brave. I expect NPR will fight back by accusing him of being complicit in a brutal mass-murder or something, as is now wont by the media.


21 posted on 01/13/2011 5:35:39 PM PST by greene66
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

“My employer pulled all funds from our local WPR years ago.”

SWEEEET!!!


22 posted on 01/13/2011 5:36:24 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Sub-Driver

They can compete in the regular media market without government funds.


23 posted on 01/13/2011 5:36:37 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: Sub-Driver

No more six figure “bonuses” for the overpaid “executives”. I want a Congressional investigation and complete audit of PBS. It is nothing but another liberal scam of the taxpayers. Defund and revoke their “non-profit” status.


24 posted on 01/13/2011 5:36:49 PM PST by Spitzensparkin1 (Arrest and deport all illegal aliens. Americans demand those jobs back! Whooorah, Arizona!)
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To: CitizenUSA
For many decades the Congress required the Post Office Department to NOT ADVERTISE ANYTHING because ......just because..... propaganda...... taxpayers paid for..... competitors selling envelopes......etc.

War was an exception so movies were made regarding our own side in a war although the John Ford documentary was restricted since it showed REAL DEAD BODIES. (Hey, it also showed my Uncle more than 2 dozen times ~ which was great ~ except when he was on a stretcher ~ Ford showed that too).

Come NPR a lot of the older theories on keeping the government out of the news business were simply ignored.

Actually those ideas weren't all that nuts ~ but they were carried to extreme by restricting publication of postage rates to the inside of post offices.

Maybe we need to get back to LIMITING GOVERNMENT'S VOICE.

25 posted on 01/13/2011 5:40:25 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Sub-Driver

Geter dun, now that Newt isn’t there to pull their fat out of the fire.


26 posted on 01/13/2011 5:41:18 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Rep. Lanborn,
My suggestion... congressional hearings to grill NPR administrators.


27 posted on 01/13/2011 5:42:07 PM PST by Elwood P. Doud (America, you voted for a negro socialist with an Islamic name - so why act surprised?)
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To: Sub-Driver
Oh, so it is more than 1% of the NPR income! Note to self: Government functionaries are usually liars.
28 posted on 01/13/2011 5:43:08 PM PST by cookcounty (Knives, Guns, Enemies and Axx-Kicks: The Gentle Political Speech of Barack Obama.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Sub-Driver.


29 posted on 01/13/2011 5:44:47 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Sub-Driver
NPR; Elmo; politics; satire
30 posted on 01/13/2011 5:46:53 PM PST by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yo NPR, it’s time to grow up. Stop suckling from the tax payers’ teat and go out out and earn a living on your own.


31 posted on 01/13/2011 5:56:58 PM PST by steelyourfaith (ObamaCare Death Panels: a Final Solution to the looming Social Security crisis ?)
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To: Sub-Driver
Eliminate the CPB.
32 posted on 01/13/2011 6:05:51 PM PST by andyk (Wealth != Income)
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To: Sub-Driver
NPR = National Progressive (☭) Reporting
33 posted on 01/13/2011 6:08:39 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Kudos for Lamborn and I hope he succeeds. I would also like to see them lose their tax-free status. THAT is overdue, as well.


34 posted on 01/13/2011 6:14:56 PM PST by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: Sub-Driver

If speech is taxpayer funded, it is not free! If I am forced to pay for it, it cannot be free speech!


35 posted on 01/13/2011 6:21:27 PM PST by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: anniegetyourgun

About as neutral as CAIR.


36 posted on 01/13/2011 6:33:54 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: Sub-Driver
Now, now, we must strive for a tolerant tone, as follows:

National Public Radio is saying Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., who is leading a Republican forward motion to decrease public funding to the broadcaster, of trying to soften free speech, a move that puts the harried network under an umbrella as it covers itself from its decision to let go Fox News contributor Juan Williams.

Lamborn immediately talked back, saying the whole point of not funding NPR is to enhance teachable moments and viewpoints.

37 posted on 01/13/2011 6:38:22 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s time for the liberal elitists over at NPR to stop living off the government trough and get real jobs.

Aren’t they supposed to be non-political anyway? They keep telling us they are anyway....


38 posted on 01/13/2011 7:07:30 PM PST by Tzimisce (It's just another day in Obamaland.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Imagine conservatives had a federally funded right-leaning radio network called “Patriot Radio Network” or something... could you imagine the anger, vitriol and rage from the left?


39 posted on 01/13/2011 7:48:22 PM PST by Weird Tolkienish Figure
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To: Sub-Driver

The real question here is whether there are enough Congressmen and Congresswomen to defund NPR.


40 posted on 01/13/2011 8:02:06 PM PST by paudio (The differences between Clinton and 0bama? About a dozen of former Democratic Congressmen.)
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To: Sub-Driver; neverdem; freepatriot32; MikeHu; StoneColdTaxHater; libertyman; Husker24; ...
Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., who is leading a Republican charge to cut public funding to the broadcaster, of trying to stifle free speech

GOVERNMENT speech is NOT "FREE" speech, and "public" funding is INVOLUNTARY funding, morons.

"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical." – Thomas Jefferson, 1779

41 posted on 01/13/2011 8:09:59 PM PST by FreeKeys ("Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned." -- Dr. Milton Friedman)
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To: Huskrrrr

That’s all liberals do - fight. Then they call us haters if we complain. For me, I’d be happy to have my tax dollars support NPR if liberals are also forced to use their tax dollars to support Rush and Hannity and all the rest of our shows....


42 posted on 01/13/2011 8:14:07 PM PST by GOPJ (."Blood libel" - - when the MSM incites hatred and violence against conservatives based on lies.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; Wuli
Defund indeed!

Not to mention all that equipment, broadcasting real estate, etc, belong to the Tax Payers!

Fire and evict their asses! Sell off the electronics! It ALL belongs to US!

43 posted on 01/13/2011 8:14:55 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: FreeKeys
"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical." – Thomas Jefferson, 1779

Good one, FreeKeys.

44 posted on 01/13/2011 8:18:32 PM PST by GOPJ (."Blood libel" - - when the MSM incites hatred and violence against conservatives based on lies.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

It’s not free speech if the taxpayers are funding it.


45 posted on 01/13/2011 8:30:30 PM PST by Loud Mime (Study the Constitution, while we still have it)
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To: GOPJ

Thanks, GOPJ


46 posted on 01/13/2011 8:59:01 PM PST by FreeKeys (Does "CIVILITY" mean not getting angry when dictatorship is imposed on you and your loved ones?)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I will offer some advice to NPR...which they might want to consider. If congress comes to your door and says defunding is to occur, and that measly three percent that you really bragged about the magic amount is wrong...then you’ve got major issues in a sluggish economy. My perception is that your budget guys hid a fair amount of money which funneled its way from other government resources, and twenty percent of your budget is from the government.

Here is my advice. If you packed up the NPR base of operations in Washington DC, and moved everything to Nashville....you’d cut your cost by half. You wouldn’t have to pay your employees the DC rate for salary. You could cut down the rental cost and operating cost by a significant amount. You could get down to a base of operations that wouldn’t require government funding.

Course, there is a negative to this. Nashville would be in the heartland. You’d have to start grasping at how real people think and operate. You’d have to cut back on political news and get back to regular news. You might even have to get back to old fashioned reporting like folks did in 1966.

Only a suggestion.


47 posted on 01/13/2011 10:28:22 PM PST by pepsionice
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To: pepsionice

Nashville is too cosmopolitan for them.

I like Nebraska. Buy them an old farm. Have the talent from “All Things Considered” Milk the cows and sell it. Nina Totenberg can get the corn harvest in. Zero overhead for NPR because the farm offsets any expenditures in the broadcast. Be the most honest work those Commie Pinkos have ever done.


48 posted on 01/13/2011 10:42:12 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: CitizenUSA

But I like NOva, and Frontline, and Masterpiece Theater....and yes... Lawrence Welk reruns, Barry Manilow and Paul Anka and oldie revivals....and offers to buy the CDs for 100$ donation when I can get them at Walmart for 5$.... What will happen to me?!!!!!?????? I’m starting to hyperventilate here.....Please....tell me... WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MEEEEEEEEEEEE?????!!!!!!!


49 posted on 01/14/2011 4:13:50 AM PST by nikos1121 (Praying for the big -24 today and -27 by the end of the month.)
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To: FreeKeys
GOVERNMENT speech is NOT "FREE" speech, and "public" funding is INVOLUNTARY funding
Yes. And while we are at it, I move that all government agencies, and all government communications including speeches on the floor of the House, be vetted for any and all uses of the word "public," (or "society) - and any instance of the usage of "public" or "society" as a euphemism for government be translated to actually say "government."
These thugs want to blood libel Republicans, and use that to censor all the pervasive military metaphors out of Republican (but, you may be sure, not Democrat) speech. Which, as Ann Coulter points out in her characteristically pointed way, would include banning the word "campaign" from political discourse.
Let's see how they like it if a point of order is raised every time they use their trademark euphemisms. They'd be tongue-tied!
Note: What's the difference between "society" and "government?" Simple - freedom. In the absence of freedom, but only then, there is no difference.

50 posted on 01/14/2011 4:26:14 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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