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  • Billionaire Steyer Puts Money Toward Climate, Energy Issues

    02/25/2014 5:38:21 PM PST · by La Lydia · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | February 24, 2014 | David Greene
    DAVID GREENE, HOST: … wealthy donors like Tom Steyer are putting a pistol to someone's head, forcing their pet issues on candidates. Steyer himself sees things very differently. He quit his hedge fund with $1.5 billion and now in his view he's fighting as hard as he can with money and passion to do something very noble - save the planet. .. With plans to pour $100 million into key elections this year, Steyer joins this elite group of wealthy individuals trying to influence politicians and voters. Steyer says he doesn't agree with the growing influence of money in politics...
  • NPR's Liberal Attacks: Hour on Guns Includes Attack on NRA's Wayne LaPierre, Ted Nugent as Draft Dod

    01/12/2014 6:27:18 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies ^ | 1/11/2014 | Tim Graham
    One reason commercial liberal talk radio’s never quite succeeded is that NPR is a network with liberal hosts, liberal guests, and liberal callers. This perfect storm of unanimity displayed itself on Thursday’s Diane Rehm Show, when they discussed the push for more gun control. There were no guests from the NRA, just moderate Richard Feldman, who wrote a book about his “confessions of a gun lobbyist.” On the other hand, Rehm brought on Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of disabled ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to talk up his new gun-control group, as well as an anti-gun New York Times reporter and...
  • 5 ways to rescue liberal talk radio (but it won’t be easy)

    11/29/2013 12:30:25 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 52 replies
    Politico ^ | November 28, 2013 | By MACKENZIE WEINGER
    Just a few dozen stations now carry liberal talkers, as key affiliates in cities with active left-wing politics are falling like dominoes, going dark or switching formats. Detroit’s progressive outlet shut down in January, along with Seattle’s liberal talk station, which changed to sports. And after last year’s election, Portland’s progressive talk station ended its political programming. With the political battlegrounds of 2014 and 2016 on the horizon, reducing the whopping imbalance between conservative radio, with its huge fan base, and the left has become more important than ever, according to those in the progressive media world. POLITICO spoke with...
  • Economist: ‘After 2016, All You See Is Unending Red Ink’

    11/12/2013 6:41:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 12, 2013 - 5:26 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the former head of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, says that if Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on a budget with significant spending cuts, “spending just keeps going up in an uninterrupted fashion as far as the eye can see. By 2016, all you can see is unending red ink.” He added that he has little confidence that the congressional budget committee meeting officially for just the second time on Wednesday will be able to agree on a budget for the rest of the fiscal year that puts the federal government on an economically sustainable course by...
  • Is It Ever Too Early To Launch A 2016 Presidential Bid? (Looking at us like bugs under a microscope)

    10/26/2013 3:49:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | October 25, 2013 | Tamara Keith and Audie Cornish
    Iowa Republicans hold their annual dinner Friday commemorating the life and career of Ronald Reagan, with Texas Senator Ted Cruz as the featured speaker. Cruz is widely viewed as a presidential contender in 2016. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: As we just heard, Republican Party approval ratings are lower than ever, but that's not stopping Texas Senator Ted Cruz from taking a post-shutdown victory lap in Iowa tonight. Cruz is headlining the state Republican Party's annual Reagan dinner and he's often talked about as a potential presidential candidate. Iowa, of course, holds the first presidential caucus. NPR's Tamara Keith is in Des...
  • NPR to shed 10% of staff amid budget shortfall

    09/13/2013 2:09:05 PM PDT · by mojito · 51 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/13/2013 | Unattributed
    US broadcast network National Public Radio plans to shed 10% of its staff in an effort to close a $6.1m (£3.8m) budget deficit, a spokeswoman has said. It will offer voluntary redundancies to its roughly 840 employees. The broadcaster put the budget shortfall in part down to a decline in corporate grants amid the slow US economy. National Public Radio (NPR) reaches 27 million listeners a week through 975 member stations across the US. The redundancies follow a series of shake-ups in the non-profit's leadership, and a 2008 reduction of about 8% of its staff. NPR, based in Washington DC,...
  • (Pacifica Radio) WBAI-FM Lays Off Most of Staff (New York)

    09/01/2013 7:29:20 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 31 replies
    New Ypork Times ^ | August 11, 2013 | BEN SISARIO
    ... In a tearful on-air announcement on Friday, Summer Reese, the interim executive director of the Pacifica Foundation, which owns WBAI, said that after talks with SAG-Aftra, the union that represents broadcasting talent, “we will be laying off virtually everyone whose voice you recognize on the air,” effective Monday.
  • Liberal media love new Jesus book 'Zealot', fail to mention author is Muslim

    07/24/2013 1:25:13 PM PDT · by arthurus · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 24, 2013 | John S. Dickerson
    Reza Aslan, author of the new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” has been interviewed on a host of media outlets in the last week. Riding a publicity wave, the book has surged to #2 on Amazon's list. Media reports have introduced Aslan as a “religion scholar” but have failed to mention that he is a devout Muslim. His book is not a historian’s report on Jesus. It is an educated Muslim’s opinion about Jesus -- yet the book is being peddled as objective history on national TV and radio. Aslan is not a trained historian.
  • WBAI Lays Off Entire Staff (Pacifica NY)

    06/20/2013 10:24:21 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 24 replies
    Radio Insight ^ | 6/20/13 | Lance Venta
    ...The announcement comes a day after word that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is withholding funding to Pacifica's five stations for insufficient accounting practices, misreported revenues and failure to comply with CPB rules on open meetings and financial transparency
  • Ad for new PBS show "Constitution USA" (I got a bad feeling about this)

    I just saw this ad for a new PBS show called Constitution USA, which premiers this week. According to the ad, the show seeks to answer the question: "Does the Constitution have what it takes to keep up with the lives, limits and freedoms of modern America?" Judging purely by the ad, I'd say that our Constitution is in for a real shellacking at the hands of PBS. Here's an excerpt of a review of the show by Variety: Sagal (host of NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”) frames the discussion with a gimmick, riding across the U.S. on red,...
  • Boston Marathon Bombing from the NPR perspective.

    04/20/2013 3:49:48 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 28 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 4/20/2013 | Moneyrunner
    Diana Temple-Raston in NPR’s All ThingsConsidered blames the Boston Marathon bombing on Right Wingers celebrating Hitler’s birthday. Transcript: ALL THINGS CONSIDERED APRIL 17th. Diana Temple-Raston provides insight into the Boston investigation. This thinking as we’re reporting is that this is a domestic extremist attack. And officials are leaning that way largely because of the timing of the attack. April is a big month for anti-government and right wing individuals. There’s the Columbine anniversary. There’s Hitler’s birthday. There’s the Oklahoma City bombing. The assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco. So according to NPR we Right Wingers were having a...
  • NPR: Hitler's Birthday Might Have Motivated Right to Commit Marathon Bombing

    04/18/2013 2:56:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | April 18, 2013 | John Nolte
    What a beautiful racket the left has going. Those of us who dare not be liberal are literally paying, through our tax dollars, for NPR to smear us like this: (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Partial transcript: "The thinking, as we have been reporting, is that this is a domestic, extremist attack and officials are leaning that way largely because of the timing of the attack. April is a big month for anti-government and right-wing individuals. There's the Columbine anniversary, there's Hitler's birthday, there's the Oklahoma City bombing, the assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco."(continued)
  • Poverty Plagues Obama’s America, Press Based in Booming Cities Shrugs

    04/09/2013 5:14:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 9, 2013 | Stuart Stevens, chief Romney 2012 strategist
    Today, 21 and a half million Americans are unemployed or underemployed—about twice as many as six years ago, according to NPR. Work-force participation, a fancy term for the number of Americans either working or looking for work, has dropped to “the lowest level since the malaise of the late 1970’s,” an era when far fewer women were working, according to MSNBC. Yes, the unemployment rate dropped last month—but only because so many people simply gave up looking for work. The dirty little secret is that after only four weeks of not looking for a job, an unemployed worker stops being...
  • 76 public radio stations would be at “high risk” if Congress de-funds public broadcasting.

    06/25/2012 6:50:29 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 46 replies
    taylor on radio-info ^ | 6/25/12 | Tom Taylor
    The toll on public television would also be harsh, says a new revenue analysis from Booz & Company presented in Washington DC. Booz says 54 public TV stations would be at high risk of shutting down, without revenue support from CPB. The outside experts looked at five alternative scenarios, including allowing public stations to accept some advertising. It decided that “a shift from a non-commercial model to a commercial advertising model would have dramatically negative consequences for many of the communities that public broadcasters serve.” It observes that federal support has already shrunk by $50 million in the last two...
  • NPR Retracts Mike Daisey’s This American Life Piece On Foxconn For “Significant Fabrications”

    03/17/2012 10:40:00 AM PDT · by Qbert · 25 replies ^ | 3/16/2012 | TechCrunch
    At over a million digital listens, “Mr. Daisey Goes To The Apple Factory” is This American Life’s most popular episode in history. That’s no small feat for one of the world’s most well-known radio shows. When it aired, it set off yet another firestorm of controversy regarding the ethics of Apple (and other large tech companies) using cheap Chinese labor through major manufacturers like Foxconn. Mr Daisey, who has been touring for years with a monologue about his visit to the factories there and the moral implications thereof, provided details to This American Life to put together what was really...
  • PBS alters transcript to hide Obama gaffe

    Barack Obama has gone to Congress asking for more money to spend. The President, in a rambling and tedious exercise mixing blame with demands, made quite a few dubious statements in laying out the case for Congress to vote for the plan which as yet does not exist. Much like Obamacare, Congress must ultimately vote for the bill to know what is in it. At one point Mr. Obama made a major gaffe; he identified Abraham Lincoln as the founder of the Republican Party. Lincoln did not join the Republicans until 1856, over two years after the party was founded....
  • NPR: Obama Faces Grumbling On The Left

    07/30/2011 11:51:19 AM PDT · by maggief · 25 replies · 1+ views
    NPR ^ | July 30, 2011 | Corey Dade
    President Obama may have lost a direct hand in the debt-limit negotiations, but some of his liberal base is still seething at the concessions he was willing to make to Republicans — especially Social Security and Medicare cuts that may yet be in the offing. When a few hundred liberal activists protested outside the Capitol on Thursday, they vented most of their frustrations at Republican lawmakers — especially the Tea Party caucus — who called for deep cuts to safety net programs in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. But they also blamed Obama for agreeing to put entitlement programs...
  • Gov. McDonnell "slashes" PBS budget - 16%

    05/03/2011 1:29:22 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 8 replies
    RICHMOND – Gov. Bob McDonnell is clipping Big Bird's wings. McDonnell has used his line-item veto authority to cut state funding for public broadcasting, calling it “a smart, practical budgeting decision to make Virginia government smaller and more efficient and save taxpayer dollars.” McDonnell’s veto will reduce the funding that lawmakers had approved for educational programming and radio reading services by $424,000, or about 16 percent, in the fiscal year that begins July 1.
  • Fmr. NPR CEO Admits Liberal Establishment Is Terrified of Being Exposed

    04/05/2011 6:49:49 PM PDT · by conservativeforpalin · 51 replies
    Politicons- Politically Conservative ^ | April 5th | Henry D'Andrea
    Tell me something I don’t know…. Today former NPR CEO Vivian Schiller admitted that the liberal establishment is terrified of being exposed for their blatant corruption and far left bias. Fired and failed lib NPR CEO Vivian Schiller spoke Tuesday at the Paley Center for Media in New York and lashed out at the videographers who exposed the bigotry in her organization, calling the undercover sting an “abomination.” She admitted the rest of the establishment is “terrified” of being the next NPR, Planned Parenthood or ACORN…and speculated that the goal of these stings is to instill fear. “It’s terrifying,” Schiller...
  • Harry Reid Defends NPR: I Heard a Really Good Piece on 'Dog Racing' (Video)

    03/19/2011 12:02:45 AM PDT · by winstonwolf33 · 13 replies
    The Hill via Fox Nation ^ | March 18, 2011 | Josiah Ryan
    ..Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who had come to the floor to congratulate athletes currently competing in the Iditarod Dog Race in Alaska, prompted the majority leader to speak on the topic. After listening to Murkowski and asking a couple of questions, Reid explained that he had heard a piece about dog racing on NPR. “They had a really, really good piece on public radio before the start of the race,” explained Reid. "I hesitate saying this because I know I will probably get in trouble, but this is a good reason why the House vote was bad today to defund...
  • House approves GOP bill to defund NPR !!

    03/17/2011 1:37:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/17/2011 | Jordan Fabian
    The House on Thursday passed a bill to defund NPR, a measure strongly opposed by the White House but one Republicans say will save taxpayer money. The GOP-backed measure, which will be sent to the Senate, passed 228-192. One Republican voted present, and seven voted against the bill. No Democrats supported it. Thursday's vote delivers another blow to NPR, which has suffered a wave of bad press in recent weeks. NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller was placed on administrative leave last week, following the release of video footage that showed him criticizing the Tea Party and claiming NPR could survive without...
  • House Votes to Defund NPR

    03/17/2011 9:28:16 AM PDT · by xtinct · 153 replies
    NRO ^ | 3/17/11 | Daniel Foster
    The House just voted 236-181 to remove federal funding for National Public Radio via the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
  • NPR Hosts: Employees Here Are 'Overwhelmingly Liberal' - But We're Not Biased

    03/12/2011 12:34:13 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    NPR Hosts: Employees Here Are 'Overwhelmingly Liberal' - But We're Not Biased By Noel Sheppard Created 03/12/2011 - 2:50pm By Noel Sheppard | March 12, 2011 | 14:50 Noel Sheppard's picture In response to this week's shameful exposure of bias at NPR, a couple of its hosts on Friday had an on air discussion about whether or not the radio network does indeed have a political leaning. Shortly after "On the Media" host Bob Garfield said, "If you were to somehow poll the political orientation of everybody in the NPR news organization and all of the member stations, you would...
  • Your tax dollars turn on WGBH (NPR/PBS Boston; pays no taxes)

    03/11/2011 12:54:34 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 4 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 3/11/11 | Jessica Heslam
    The flagship of public television, WGBH — which claims taxpayer money accounts for just a small fraction of its budget — has in fact scored more than $80 million in obscure federal handouts over the past half-dozen years, a Herald review found. The public broadcasting titan has pulled in more than $50 million in federal funding over the past six years from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — including $11.5 million this year, or about 8 percent of its 2011 operating budget. However, WGBH honchos acknowledged yesterday they have received another $80 million in federal money for various programming. including:...
  • Who’s Not Biased? NPR Admits to Obama Birther Coverup Because Only Conservatives Were...

    03/09/2011 1:39:42 PM PST · by blueyon · 24 replies
    Red White and Blue News ^ | 3/09/11 |
    Who’s Not Biased? NPR Admits to Obama Birther Coverup Because Only Conservatives Were Talking About It A top officer for National Public Radio has confirmed that many Americans still question whether Barack Obama is eligible to be president, but that the tax-supported organization just isn’t reporting on it. It was Betsy Liley, NPR’s senior director of institutional giving, who was meeting with another NPR executive, senior Vice President Ron Schiller, when an undercover recorder was running. Be sure watch the video below the excerpts for the whole account and context. Here are a few of the important statements to note:...
  • Surprise: New NPR interim CEO a Democratic political contributor

    03/09/2011 12:40:11 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/9/11 | Jeff Poor
    If NPR is trying demonstrate in the wake of the video scandal that it embraces a diversity of viewpoints and is not the left-wing outlet it has been portrayed to be, its first move after the resignation of president and CEO Vivian Schiller isn’t a particularly good start. After Schiller announced her resignation on Wednesday, the NPR Board of Directors promptly named Joyce Slocum as NPR’s interim CEO. According to a statement from NPR, Slocum’s appointment was part of a CEO succession plan adopted by the Board in 2009. Slocum, however, appears to be just another Democrat. According to data...
  • Cantor: 'We Are Going to Proceed' With Defunding NPR

    03/09/2011 10:41:26 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 9, 2011 | Nicholas Ballasy
    ( - When asked today whether he thought the resignation of National Public Radio CEO Vivian Schiller was a good move, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) responded that House Republicans will “proceed” with defunding NPR. “The statements were that NPR realizes it doesn’t need taxpayer funding. That's what the statement was about," Cantor said at a news availability following a meeting of the House Republican Conference. "So perhaps the truth finally came out and we are going to proceed along those lines because that’s what was said and indicated by that organization. "As far as individual statements that he...
  • NPR exec leaving immediately; will not join Aspen Institute (Ron Schiller)

    03/09/2011 8:54:04 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/9/11 | Michael Calderone
    NPR executive Ron Schiller already accepted another job and was expected to leave the network in May. But Schiller's incendiary comments caught on a hidden camera, and released Tuesday morning, will speed up that departure. [See update] Update: Ron Schiller will not be joining the Aspen Institute as planned, according to a spokesman for the organization. "Ron Schiller has informed us that, in light of the controversy surrounding his recent statements, he does not feel that it's in the best interests of the Aspen Institute for him to come work here," the spokesman said in a statement to The Cutline.
  • NPR CEO says resignation was necessary

    03/09/2011 8:32:39 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 43 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 03/09/11 | Yahoo News
    WASHINGTON – National Public Radio President and CEO Vivian Schiller is not saying whether she offered to quit or was forced out by the organization's board of directions. Schiller told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she resigned after a discussion with the board. She stepped down a day after a conservative activist posted a video showing an NPR executive calling tea party Republicans xenophobic and racist.
  • Fired NPR analyst Juan Williams responds to video: "They are anti-intellectual"

    03/08/2011 8:25:39 PM PST · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/08/11 | Jeff Poor
    The fallout from the video conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe released Tuesday morning has been devastating for NPR. However, Juan Williams, a former NPR analyst who was fired unjustly even according to NPR President Vivian Schiller, finally had his turn to sound off about the video, which apparently showed an NPR senior executive, Ron Schiller, making some disparaging remarks about the Tea Party, the Jewish people and Williams himself.
  • NPR Cans Ronald Schiller

    03/08/2011 3:41:39 PM PST · by library user · 68 replies ^ | March 08, 2011 | By David Weigel
    That, from the new statement from NPR's Dana Rehm, is the shoe that took all day to drop. The entire statement, which also clarifies that Schiller decided to leave before the sting occurred:The comments contained in the video released today are contrary to everything we stand for, and we completely disavow the views expressed. NPR is fair and open minded about the people we cover. Our reporting reflects those values every single day – in the civility of our programming, the range of opinions we reflect and the diversity of stories we tell. The assertion that NPR and public radio...
  • NPR Executive Caught on Tape Calling Tea Partiers 'Racist' (Video)

    03/08/2011 10:32:39 AM PST · by chickadee · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 8, 2011 | Brian Stelter
    NPR was jolted Tuesday by the release of a videotape that showed one of the organization’s fund-raising executives repeatedly criticizing Republicans and Tea Party supporters. The executive, Ronald Schiller, was recorded secretly by the Republican filmmaker and mischief-maker James O’Keefe. On the videotape, Mr. Schiller tells people posing as Muslim philanthropists that the Republican party has been “hijacked” by the Tea Party and that Tea Party supporters are “seriously racist, racist people.” Mr. Schiller indicates that he is sharing his personal point of view, not NPR’s.
  • Two Republicans announce the bill to de-fund public broadcasting

    03/07/2011 12:28:07 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 42 replies ^ | 3/7/11 |
    Calling it "an easy decision," South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint along with Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn have introduced a bill to officially remove all government funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and thus National Public Radio. Citing the issues of high salaries for their leadership and the growing national debt, the two conservative Republican Senators believe the time has come to end the government practice of supporting public broadcasting. DeMint says, "Our nation is on the edge of bankruptcy and Congress must make some tough choices to rein in spending, but ending taxpayer subsidies of public broadcasting should be...
  • ‘Free’ Public Radio Is Anything But. NPR raises the battle cry to avoid losing taxpayer money

    02/23/2011 8:29:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/23/2011 | Bruce Edward Walker
    National Public Radio listeners are being inundated with warnings that they soon may have to drive to work every morning without the sonorous intonations of Morning Edition’s Corey Flintoff, Steve Inskeep, and Renée Montagne, and may be forced to drive home without the narrative drone of All Things Considered’s Robert Siegel, Michele Norris, and Melissa Block. Just this morning, I received a panicked e-mail from the director of broadcasting at an NPR affiliate in my home state, Michigan. You know, one of those state-based public-radio operations that just last October received a portion of George Soros’s $1.8 million Open Society...
  • E.P.A. and Public Broadcasting Are on House Republicans’ List for Deep Cuts (Kill Obamacare too!)

    02/12/2011 4:26:58 PM PST · by tobyhill · 33 replies
    ny times ^ | 2/12/2011 | CARL HULSE and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
    House Republicans on Friday rolled out what they called historic cuts in federal spending after conservatives in the party’s new majority demanded that the leadership follow through on a pledge to carve $100 billion from the current year’s budget. The spending bill, put forward by the Appropriations Committee for consideration on the floor next week, proposes slashing a wide portfolio of domestic programs and foreign aid. It blocks the spending of about $2 billion in unused economic stimulus money and seeks to prevent the Internal Revenue Service from enforcing the new health care law. The measure also cuts financing directly...
  • Top Flack at Planned Parenthood Worked for PBS NewsHour, NBC News

    02/07/2011 11:25:30 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | February 6, 2011 | Tim Graham
    The brewing controversy over Planned Parenthood officials being caught on video trying to help cover up potential sex crimes is being tamped down by one Stuart Schear, their vice president for communications. On CNN, he kept denouncing pro-lifers for being "very extreme" and opposing "health care" for women. It may surprise no one, but Schear is a veteran of the liberal media, having spent five years as a producer for Jim Lehrer at the PBS NewsHour and a year at NBC News. He also spent a year on the Bill Clinton White House staff. From the Planned Parenthood press release last...
  • A public debate

    01/14/2011 1:29:55 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 14 replies
    Boston Globe-Democrat ^ | 1/14/11 | Alex Beam
    The newly elected members of the 112th Congress are working from a conservative ideological playbook and talking a big game where budget-cutting is concerned. Inevitably they will be tempted by a proverbial piece of low-hanging fruit, the $420 million annual appropriation for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “This is the most serious threat to federal funding that public broadcasting has ever faced,’’ says Mike Riksen, National Public Radio vice president for policy and representation. Does he expect the CPB budget to be reduced, or eliminated entirely? “A reasonable person would plan for the latter,’’ he said. “That’s what we are...
  • NPR Launches Offensive Against Congressman Trying to Cut Its Public Funding

    01/13/2011 5:05:39 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 72 replies
    NPR Launches Offensive Against Congressman Trying to Cut Its Public Funding published January 13, 2011 | 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...
  • Who Knew NPR Execs Were So Well-Paid (Overpaid)?

    01/10/2011 8:59:48 AM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 1/10/11 | Tim Graham
    Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi was complete enough in his reporting on the internal NPR review of the Juan Williams firing on Saturday that he included financial numbers that NPR released on the bonuses of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller. The decision to cancel her bonus over that Fox-loathing fiasco was a six-figure decision:According to tax records released by NPR on Friday, Schiller received a bonus of $112,500 in May 2010, about 17 months after she was hired by the Washington-based organization. This was in addition to a base salary of $450,000.
  • Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn introduces two bills to cut NPR funding

    01/07/2011 10:05:18 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 26 replies ^ | 1/7/11 |
    You can add another Republican name to the growing list of those who want to either slash or completely cut out government funding for National Public Radio. The Friday edition of the Daily Caller says Doug Lamborn has introduced two bills into the House that would completely eliminate NPR funding. H.R. 68 calls for the end of all funding to NPR's parent, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, while H.R. 69 would eliminate any government funding for NPR only, by 2013. Lamborn says "NPR claims that less than 2 percent of its total annual budget comes from the federal government. But...
  • Juan Williams Fallout: NPR’s CEO Gets No Bonus, SVP Of News Resigns

    01/06/2011 12:28:51 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 1/6/11 | Mark Joyella
    An NPR investigation of the firing of news analyst Juan Williams has determined that the dismissal was “in accordance with the terms” of Williams’ NPR contract, which allowed Williams or NPR to end the agreement for any reason with thirty days’ notice. Still, the NPR Board has adopted a series of recommendations and policy changes, and accepted the resignation of SVP of News Ellen Weiss. -snip- The independent review–a committee reporting to the NPR board and working with outside legal counsel–did express “concern” over NPR CEO Vivian Schiller’s role in the affair, determining that Schiller will not be awarded a...
  • Defund NPR Now

    01/04/2011 8:22:50 PM PST · by TheConservativeCitizen · 16 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 01-04-11 | Anthony Rogers
    Since I was a young boy, I hated NPR. They’ve had a lifelong history of dumbing down content. If they were reporting a war, you heard incessant gun fire in the background. The noises alone drove me away. It just struck me that they thought the average listener was too stupid to know what war was, so they tossed in sound effects to help. The content never enticed me to stay. Once CNN, Fox, MSNBC, XM, Cable, radio, the internet, and a host of other outlets arose to fill their void, I forgot they even existed. They served no function...
  • Should NPR and PBS Continue to Get Federal Funding?

    10/23/2010 11:10:50 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 28 replies
    Publius Forum ^ | 10/23/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Everyone is talking about the situation that commentator Juan Williams found himself in when National Public Radio fired him over comments he made on Fox News about Muslims. And whether you think Williams’s situation was properly handled or not, a second discussion has been raised in conjunction with it: the propriety of federal funding of NPR and PBS. On the funding issue, no more convoluted argument about the necessity of federal money being spent on NPR can be found than an article that appeared in the New York Daily News penned by the executive director of the New York Civil...
  • Greg Gutfeld's Case Not to Defund NPR: We Need Them to Remind Us What Subsidized Failure Looks Like

    10/23/2010 6:54:05 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 33 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | October 23, 2010 | Jeff Poor
    It appears Juan Williams’ firing is just what the public needed to realize their tax dollars are being poorly handled through subsidies from the federal government given to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to prop up National Public Radio. However, “Red Eye” host Greg Gutfeld makes the most reasonable case not to deprive NPR of its taxpayer subsidies. On the Oct. 23 broadcast of his program, Gutfeld explains to his viewers his case for not defunding the radio organization, but not without taking some jabs their decision to fire his Fox News colleague. “So, many people are calling for the...
  • MUST SEE: Krauthammer Slams NPR's Hypocrisy Over Williams And Totenberg

    10/22/2010 10:27:09 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 99 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | october 22, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    FOX News: "I don't understand the inconsistency here," Dr. Charles Krauthammer said on PBS's "Inside Washington" Friday night. Another guest on the panel was NPR's Nina Totenberg, whom Krauthammer targeted for her consistent liberal bias. "Why is it okay for Nina to express opinions as she has tartly, sharply, unashamedly and openly? And she's an honored correspondent there; in fact, they mention your status here on ["Inside Washington"] in your biography at NPR. And Juan, because he expresses his opinions, he gets canned from NPR," Dr. Krauthammer said. Totenberg said she's been put in an "awkward position" with the uproar...
  • Norah Grossly Understates NPR's Fed Funding

    10/22/2010 7:22:27 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 43 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Trying to downplay calls--in reaction to the Juan Williams firing fiasco--for the federal defunding of NPR as mere right-wing electoral politics and "cable catnip," Norah O'Donnell has grossly understated the proportion of its budget that NPR obtains from the feds. Aided and abetted by Chuck Todd, Norah offered her misleading math on today's Daily Rundown on MSNBC. O'Donnell claimed that only 1-3% of NPR's budget is derived from federal funding. But as you'll see, the real number is at least double that. View video here.
  • Sarah Palin calls for Congress to defund NPR over Juan Williams’ firing

    10/21/2010 12:11:02 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 147 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/21/10 | Caroline May -
    In the wake of National Public Radio firing Juan Williams for comments he made about Muslims on “The O’Reilly Factor,” Sarah Palin took to her Facebook page Thursday afternoon to call for NPR’s defunding. “National Public Radio is a public institution that directly or indirectly exists because the taxpayers fund it,” she wrote. “And what do we, the taxpayers, get for this? We get to witness Juan Williams being fired from NPR for merely speaking frankly about the very real threat this country faces from radical Islam.” Palin acknowledged Williams’ past criticism of her, but asserted her devotion to free...
  • New GOP Congress should de-fund NPR

    10/21/2010 5:06:13 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 26 replies · 1+ views
    The elimination of useless, wasteful bureaucracy needs to start somewhere.
  • Public Radio Publicist Apologizes For Controversial Remarks About Limbaugh

    07/21/2010 12:30:13 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 105 replies
    NPR Blog ^ | July 21, 2010 | David Gura
    This morning, The Daily Caller posted a story about an email message radio publicist Sarah Spitz reportedly sent to Journolist, a now-defunct listserv. "If you were in the presence of a man having a heart attack, how would you respond?" The Daily Caller article began. "As he clutched his chest in desperation and pain, would you call 911? Would you try to save him from dying? Of course you would." --snip-- I made poorly considered remarks about Rush Limbaugh to what I believed was a private email discussion group from my personal email account. As a publicist, I realize more...
  • NPR Ditches 'Pro-life' Label in Favor of Left-leaning 'Abortion Rights Opponent'

    03/25/2010 10:12:09 PM PDT · by OneLoyalAmerican · 40 replies · 759+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 3/25/2010 | Lachlan Markay
    Words matter. They speak volumes about issues. So when individuals or groups try to change the words associated with a heated political issue, take note and take care. The folks at National Public Radio understand the power of words. Managing Editor David Sweeney announced yesterday that the station would no longer refer to people in the abortion debate as "pro-choice" and "pro-life." Instead, the station will say "abortion rights advocates" and "abortion rights opponents," according to a memo circulated to NPR staff. In making this change, NPR is shifting the terms of the debate to make it more friendly to...