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Why NPR should get off the dole
NY Post ^ | March 9, 2011 | Michael Barone

Posted on 03/11/2011 1:38:16 AM PST by Scanian

What do they put in the water cooler over at NPR? First, they fire Juan Williams in October for comments he made on Fox News Channel -- and Vivian Schiller, the CEO of public radio, smilingly suggests he needs to have his head examined.

This week, a sting video shows NPR Foundation President Ron Schiller (no relation) saying that Tea Party activists were "seriously racist" and telling two purported Muslim program underwriters that there aren't enough "non-Zionist" news organizations.

Vivian Schiller and Ron Schiller both have been forced to resign. But, with a new, large Republican House majority, NPR leaders could hardly have done a better job of persuading Congress to zero out public-radio funding.

NPR's response to defunding threats has been incoherent. Its spokesmen point out that NPR itself receives relatively little public money. But then they say that defunding would be disastrous, because more money goes to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds public-radio stations that buy NPR programming.

Here's a helpful suggestion to NPR: Don't fight defunding. Instead, work with Congress to get NPR and CPB off the public payroll. It may be painful in the short run, but in the long run, you'll be a better organization -- and you won't have to worry about pleasing politicians.

There's a pretty close precedent: the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In 1994, when Republicans unexpectedly won majorities in both houses of Congress, the National Trust was suddenly threatened with a fund cutoff.

The organization had been campaigning against a proposed theme park near the Manassas, Va., battlefield, which made some congressional Republicans angry. Congress seemed likely to cut off the one-third of National Trust funding that came from the federal government.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: defunding; jamesokeefe; juanwilliams; republicans; schillers

1 posted on 03/11/2011 1:38:19 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Just one more thing the gub mint has no business taking my hard earned money for.
Hey gub mint, get out of MY wallet.


2 posted on 03/11/2011 3:24:36 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Scanian
He expects NPR to survive w/o government support.

He may be right.

Unfortunately.

3 posted on 03/11/2011 3:35:30 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

If they can make it on their own, who cares?

There is some crap on cable that is much worse like the homo channel, for instance. I haven’t seen Oprah’s new channel but I’m sure it is really disgusting like most of her stuff.


4 posted on 03/11/2011 3:44:18 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian
In 1994, when Republicans unexpectedly won majorities in both houses of Congress,

Unexpected by the media perhaps. It didn't surprise me.

5 posted on 03/11/2011 4:26:33 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: Graybeard58

Everything that happens favorably for the Right or for Republican electoral chances is “unexpected” according to the socialist MSM and their supposed “experts.”


6 posted on 03/11/2011 4:38:43 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Joe Boucher

Call me ignorant (please don’t) but doesn’t the government take 2.6 billion dollars out of our wallets for Amtrak? This has been a lost cause for 40 plus years and yet we keep dumping our tax dollars into it. NPR is a drop in the bucket financially and I do believe we can cut that out but if we are doing that, let’s make a real difference and cut out this Amtrak funding as well!


7 posted on 03/11/2011 6:10:04 AM PST by Snark
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To: Snark

And billions for subsidizing farmers, billions more for indians, blacks cause 150 years ago their folks were slaves, banks, and don’t for get the post office etc etc and this crap ALL NEEDS TO STOP.

NO more big f-ing worthless gub mint.


8 posted on 03/11/2011 2:38:41 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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