Skip to comments.DeMint, Coburn Introduce Bill to Defund National Public Radio, PBS
Posted on 03/04/2011 10:43:23 AM PST by jazusamo
(CNSNews.com) - Two Republican senators on Friday introduced a bill to stop taxpayer subsidies to public radio and television.
Since 2001, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has received nearly $4 billion in taxpayer money for National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said with the nation on the brink of bankruptcy, some decisions to cut spending are difficult -- but not this one:
"Americans struggling to make ends meet shouldnt be forced to fund public broadcasting when there are already thousands of choices for educational and entertainment programming on the television, radio and Web," DeMint said. "President Obamas own bipartisan debt commission proposed ending these unnecessary subsidies to public broadcasting. NPR boasts that it only gets 2 percent of its funding from taxpayers and PBS gets about 15 percent, so these programs should be able to find a way to stand on their own.
Coburn called subsidies for public broadcasting "indefensible." "The federal government has no business picking winners and losers in todays highly competitive media environment. NPR and CPB will do just fine without largesse from Washington," Coburn added.
CPB was incorporated as a private, nonprofit corporation under the authority of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, and its first taxpayer subsidy in 1969 was $5 million. In the current fiscal year, CPB is slated to receive $430 million from taxpayers, and President Obama recently asked for an increase to $451 million, the senators said.
PBS President Paula Kerger received $632,233 in compensation in 2009, according to the tax forms that nonprofits must file, while NPR President Emeritus Kevin Klose received more than $1.2 million in compensation.
DeMint and Coburn also noted that in 2010, NPR accepted a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Foundation, backed by liberal financier George Soros, to hire 100 reporters. Additionally, NPR has an endowment of over $200 million, they said in a news release.
Amen! Even a pro-NPR person ought to see that whatever reason might have justified some gov’t funding over 40 years ago no longer exists. If public radio thinks it can do better as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party, that’s fine too, let the market decide.
Yes! Step one. Step 2=defund EPA; Step3=defund Dept of Interior; Step 4=Defund Dept. of Education; Step 5= Audit the Fed; Step 6=..........
GOOD. A long time coming.
Now disband ATF.
Big Bird, 007 James Bond super-villain George Soros, Tickle me Elmo, and the MoveOn.Org thugs are all screaming bloody, bloody murder.
it’s about time! but i beet it’ll never happen..we’ll see within minutes big protests to save big bird and elmo, etc..
if they’re so valuable, people would line up to fund them, let them.
Now is this $1.35 for everyone in the United States or just those who listen to public radio?
IT’S ABOUT TIME!!
“To compel a man to furnish moneys for the propagation of ideas he abhors is tyranny.”
~ Thomas Jefferson
I hope they drive this one home.
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