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  • Conservative Lawmakers Call for End of Taxpayer Funding for Public Broadcasting

    05/14/2012 10:47:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 14, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    ( – Two conservative lawmakers are teaming up to urge appropriation leaders in the House and Senate to defund the Corporation of Public Broadcasting (CPB), which is asking for $445 million advance for FY 2015. This week, Sen. Jim Demint (R-S.C.) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) each sent letters to the heads of the appropriation committees, saying defunding the entity “should be one of the easiest decisions to make,” while searching for cuts in a government $15 trillion in debt. “CPB’s requested appropriation represents no reduction from its prior year appropriation level,” Demint and Lamborn write. “While so many Americans...
  • 'Johnny Carson: King of Late Night' takes in-depth look [PBS "Carson's Cellar" Airs 5/14]

    05/13/2012 5:19:39 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 35 replies
    LATimes ^ | May 13, 2012 | Greg Braxton
    A PBS 'American Masters' documentary investigates the mystique of the elusive 'Tonight Show' host, 20 years after he left TV. Barbara Walters, Peter Jennings and Diane Sawyer all made their best pitch but were turned down. Johnny Carson, the man who changed forever the world of late-night talk, wasn't talking. The network news powerhouses had separately attempted to secure interviews with Carson to get him to speak about his life and his place as one of the most influential figures in TV history. But from his 1992 retirement after 30 years on"The Tonight Show"until his death in 2005 at age...
  • DeMint Takes Aim at Axing CPB One More Time

    05/09/2012 6:46:19 PM PDT · by Drango · 18 replies
    broadcasting & cable ^ | 5/9/2012 | John Eggerton
    DeMint Takes Aim at Axing CPB One More Time Argues that the $445 million in advance appropriation that CPB is seeking for 2015 is an "enormous" sum Sen. James DeMint (R-S.C.) is collecting colleague signatures on a letter asking Senate Appropriations Committee and Education Subcommittee leaders to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). That is according to a source familiar with the letter, as well as a copy posted online by a group critical of CPB. DeMint is a veteran critic of CPB funding, fighting to defund the organization in the last Congress and penning op eds in opposition...
  • Why do US TaxPayers finance Arab lobby [on WLRN]?

    04/15/2012 2:48:22 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 7 replies
    Why do US TaxPayers finance Arab lobby [on WLRN]?J. Zogby is propagating on (PBS') WLRN with his so-called: Viewpoint aaiusa[DOT]org, pushing his "Palestiniansm" of (self-inflicted) "victimhood" upon the American people. No matter on what subject he tries to begin with, he always makes a poisonous "turn" to his obsessive Arab anti-Israel bashing.For eaxmple, tpday's title was about [massacres of oppressive dictatorship] Syria... yet, he had to bring up Netanyahu...My question is, why do you and I have to give money to an Arab lobby before giving to an: Irish, Italian, etc. lobby?--- branch:305-995-1717. e-mail: readytolearn@wlrn.orgSouth FloridaWLRN Public Radio and Television 172...
  • U.S. ban on political ads on public TV struck down

    04/12/2012 12:38:07 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribube/Reuters ^ | 4/12/12 | Terry Baynes and Jonathan Stempel
    (Reuters) - A divided U.S. appeals court struck down a federal ban on political advertising on public TV and radio stations, a decision that could open the public airwaves to a heavy dose of campaign ads leading up to the November elections. By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the Federal Communications Commission violated the First Amendment's free speech clause by blocking public broadcasters from running political and public issue ads. The court said the ban was over broad and that lifting it would not threaten to undermine the...
  • Please Won’t You Be My Inspiration?

    03/18/2012 2:10:23 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 4 replies
    NYT ^ | March 16, 2012 | By KRISTIN HOHENADEL
    [snip] For one serendipitous weekend he was Mr. Rogers’s actual neighbor. [snip] He asked about the young man’s job at MTV and got him talking about his parents’ divorce two decades MTV senior vice president with a shrine of Mr. Rogers mementos above his desk...a self-described “PBS mind in a jump-cut, sound-bit MTV world.” Mr. Rogers listened, then offered, “I feel so strongly that deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex,”... [snip] He took that suggestion to heart after Mr. Rogers’s death in 2003, teaming up with his brother, Christofer, 43, a television editor, to...
  • ABC, not PBS, first aired Obama’s 1991 Derrick Bell love-fest

    03/11/2012 11:39:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    The Daily Calle6 ^ | 3/11/12 | Jeff Poor
    Whether or not it was the bombshell many hoped it would be, footage emerged last week — most notably on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” – from a 1991 speech by then-Harvard Law School student Barack Obama, asking an audience to “open [their] hearts and minds” to the controversial Harvard professor and Derrick Bell. That footage included an embrace between Bell and Obama in a portion that was cut out of the PBS “Frontline” documentary called “The Choice 2008.” Some have made the case that that editing was proof of a media campaign to protect then-Democratic presidential nominee Obama and hide...
  • 'Honest' PBS Clinton Documentary Lies About the Economy

    03/01/2012 4:10:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 3+ views ^ | March 1, 2012 | Larry Elder
    Public Television touted the Bill Clinton documentary as a long-awaited warts-and-all piece. USA Today called the two-parter a "solid and even-handed account ... of a remarkably skillful politician with an immense intellect." While calling it "tedious and predictable," The Washington Post described the documentary as "honest." In the first hour, the documentary stumbled out of the gate. If it were a racehorse, they'd have to put it down. The whopper we get hit with right away and again and again is this: Clinton inherited a recession -- not an economy that long ago came out of a recession. Never mind...
  • PBS Show 'To The Contrary' 02/17/2012 : “Republicans are coming to take your birth control”

    02/21/2012 10:20:32 AM PST · by sickoflibs · 58 replies
    PBS ^ | 02/17/2012 | Bonnie Erbe
    On Sunday's show host Bonnie Erbe takes the Obama-care mandate on contraceptives, which is not even in effect yet, and characterizes ANY opposition to it as ‘ debating issues that were decided decades ago.‘ These NEW mandates don’t even go into effect until January 2013 and these libs claim it’s settled decades ago. She also claims that all of the Republican candidates want to overturn the 1965 SCOTUS birth control decision (Griswold v. Connecticut,) and are coming for ‘your’ birth control. While making this new mandate their primary issue of concern they hand wring and complain about how Republicans are...
  • Ali al'Amin Mazrui = Jihadi racist

    01/26/2012 8:01:55 AM PST · by PRePublic · 1 replies
    Ali al'Amin Mazrui Another Islamic fanatic, Afro-ARAB racist Infamous for wish washing[1] the Goliath Arab-Muslim Slave Trade while 'criticizing' the West. His allegiance are with his Arab ancestors. He writes approvingly on the Arab-Islamic genocide in the Sudan (2.5 million deaths[2]), as well as sympathizing with the Hausa-Fulani Islamic ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Igbo ethnic non-Muslims in Nigeria (100,000 Igbo/Biafraians died[3][4]). Served as chief adviser for the infamous butcher, Islamic leader Idi Amin.(the 'Butcher of Uganda,'[5] responsible for the genocide of between 300,000 [6] and a half a Million Ugandans,[7]. He went on a 'crusade against Whites,'[8] has...
  • Berkeley Professor Assigns Students To Dig Up Dirt On FOX News For Taxpayer-Funded PBS Hit Piece

    01/11/2012 6:55:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 1/12/11 | fox news, Geraldo Rivera
    Sitting at the bar in Paolo’s Restaurant at 92nd Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan Saturday afternoon, December 10th, I was shocked by the tone the conversation with my old ABC News colleague Lowell Bergman had taken. He was heading to London and had urgently requested that we get together before his afternoon flight from JFK. I remembered Lowell as a brave, competent, but hugely self-righteous old school investigative reporter, who famously produced the Mike Wallace expose of the major tobacco companies for ’60 Minutes.’ Al Pacino played him in the movie version of the saga, ‘The Insider.’ Although I...
  • Masterpiece Theater - Downton Abbey 2 (Season 2 starts tomorrow night)

    01/07/2012 5:12:32 PM PST · by randita · 137 replies
    PBS ^ | 1/7/12 | PBS
    Program: Masterpiece Episode: Downton Abbey 2: The Critics Can't Stop Talking The critics can't stop talking about Downton Abbey season 2 on MASTERPIECE! Watch the season premiere, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 at 9/8C. See why USA Today's Robert Bianco said "Lightning can strike twice" and US Weekly declared "With six Emmys and an endorsement from Will and Kate, the delicious period drama returns, and is even more grandly addictive." Duration: (1:00) Premiere Date: 01/08/2012 Episode Expires: Never TV Rating: NR
  • Merry Christmas Give To PBS!

    12/06/2011 12:09:53 AM PST · by zippythepinhead · 12 replies
    Wisdom of Dave ^ | 12/06/2011 | Dave
    Its the Christmas Season. A recession has long been on. And if those humbugs on PBS get their way, Your money will soon be gone. It is for you that they the all knowing claim, They make these droll shows of glory and shame. The News Hour will debrief you each day, One look at Gwen Ifil will scare any man away. Sesame Street has been on forty plus years, And Elmo that little fluffy tard will reduce all to tears.
  • A brilliant interview with New York University law professor Richard Epstein

    10/30/2011 9:11:34 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 11 replies
    NewsHour anchor Jeffrey Brown explained that in the segment correspondent Paul Solman "gets a contrarian view, suggesting inequality in a free market system may not be as bad as advertised." The guest was New York University law school professor Richard Epstein.
  • Prohibition is an Awful Flop, We Like It

    10/27/2011 1:18:00 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 24 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | October 27, 2011 | Daniel J. Kelley
    [T]he film is beautifully composed. There are seductive inserts of bottling machinery and a perfect whiskey old fashioned cocktail being made. Some sequences border upon being high quality advertising agency pornography produced for a liquor industry client. There are no laborers ordering Boilermakers in the final cut... Burns knows his real audience, his business partners at the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (your tax dollars at work) prefer sophisticated cocktails rather than canned beer and pork rinds. The documentary praises Frances Willard of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union as a feminist heroine while ignoring...
  • Diane Sawyer: "Moderate" Islamists government in Tunisia - What the heck is that?

    10/24/2011 4:46:46 PM PDT · by Righting · 12 replies
    Newsround: ABC TV / PBS NewsHour
    Diane Sawyer: "Moderate Islamists" government in Tunisia - What the heck is that? This ("moderate Islamists") was D. Sawyer's invented language today [Oct. 24, 2011]. (World News With Diane Sawyer - ABC) --- PBS NewsHour - Oct. 24, 2011 Gwen Ifill had guests: Michelle Dunn (Atlantic Journal) and Hisham Melhem, Washington bureau chief for Al-Arabiya TV. Surprisingly, it was Michelle Dunn that typically was caught up in the media romance-with-Arab-spring frenzy and lied/said that defended the 'Sharia' legalization in Tunisia. Whereas the Arab Muslim Hisham of al-Arabiya that was more defining it in clarity, 'Islamic law' being the main Vs...
  • The Catholic Revolution Will Be Televised

    09/24/2011 9:32:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | September 24, 2011 | Kathryn Lopez
    "I'd like you to convert Chicago," Father Robert Barron remembers his boss, Francis Cardinal George, archbishop of the Windy City, telling him about six years ago. The result of that charge will be airing on many PBS stations, starting this week. Barron, a Chicago priest and professor, has created a remarkable book and TV series called "Catholicism" -- which, in reintroducing a 2,000-year-old tradition, manages to be both elaborate and humble. It's self-conscious as a work of evangelization (complete with available study guides and a prayer card for those who care for such things), yet welcoming to a wide potential...
  • 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....
  • PBS alters transcript to hide Obama gaffe

    09/10/2011 5:28:35 AM PDT · by radioone · 104 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 9-10-11 | Timothy Birdnow
    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....
  • Bert and Ernie: best buddies in an over-sexualized culture

    08/29/2011 2:41:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 29, 2011 | CHUCK COLSON
    Bert & Ernie from Sesame Street August 29, 2011 ( - Sesame Workshop, the company that produces the kid’s show “Sesame Street,” announced last week the Bert and Ernie will not be getting married. Bert and Ernie, two of the show’s Muppets, are best buddies. They live in the same house and sleep in the same room — in separate twin beds. They bicker, they share, they enjoy a bedtime cookie together every night. They’re such good friends that some assume they must be gay. And one group used an online petition to ask “Sesame Street” to let the truth...
  • George Soros: Media Mogul (Lefty Businessman Spends Millions Funding Journalism)

    08/19/2011 8:23:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | August 15, 2011 | Dan Gainor and Iris Somberg
    On April 8, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Boston conference on ''media reform.'' She was joined by four other congressmen, a senator, two FCC commissioners, a Nobel laureate and numerous liberal journalists. The 2,500-person event was sponsored by a group called Free Press, one of more than 180 different media-related organizations that receives money from liberal billionaire George Soros. Soros, who first made a name for himself in investing and currency trading, now makes his name in politics and policy. Since the 2004 election, the controversial financier has used his influence and billions to push a laundry list...
  • PBS and Global Warming Skeptics' Lockout

    08/18/2011 6:11:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 18, 2011 | Russell Cook
    I've repeatedly asked politicians, policymakers, and mainstream media journalists to explain to me why we need greenhouse gas regulation when skeptic scientists' climate assessments indicate that it's a pointless action to stop a natural phenomenon. You'd think at least the journalists would directly answer my questions about their articles' claims of a scientific consensus, acid oceans, and who corroborated a singular accusation that fossil fuel industries conspire with skeptic scientists to fool the public. Each time, I got evasive replies instead. Rush Limbaugh will probably howl at me for expecting the MSM to accurately report both sides of the issue,...
  • PBS Hosts Blast Obama on Poverty Tour (Smiley & West hit the road)

    08/13/2011 12:56:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 8/12/11 | Stephanie Samuel
    PBS Hosts Blast Obama on Poverty TourBy Stephanie Samuel | Christian Post Reporter Fri, Aug. 12 2011 10:23 AM EDT PBS hosts Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, once strong supporters of Barack Obama, are traveling the country criticizing the president for failing to protect the poor during the debt talks. Noted African-American evangelical Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr. agrees that the president has done little to help the poor, but says systemic changes, not more wasteful spending, are necessary to lift Americans out of poverty. Radio and television hosts Smiley and his PBS Princeton University co-host West, have taken to the...
  • Bert and Ernie - not gay (Sesame Street says, Marriage??? No Way!!)

    08/11/2011 8:24:58 PM PDT · by dayglored · 47 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | Aug 11, 2011 | CHRIS GRYGIEL
    They've lived together for 42 years and share a bedroom, but the people who produce "Sesame Street" made it clear on Thursday: Bert and Ernie are not gay. Nor are they heterosexual. They just are. "Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. "Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics, they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation," Sesame Workshop said in a statement posted on Facebook. ...
  • Online push for Bert, Ernie to have gay wedding on 'Sesame Street' + FReep Poll

    08/10/2011 10:54:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies · 1+ views ^ | Tuesday, Augsut 9, 2011 | Rich Schapiro
    This idea isn't going to make a big splash with Rubber Duckie. An online campaign to pressure the producers of "Sesame Street" into having lovable roommates Bert and Ernie get married is gathering steam. Getting hitched would change things for Ernie, who has long sang about how his bath toy, Rubber Duckie, "was the one." More than 700 people have signed on to the petition, posted at "We are not asking that Sesame Street do anything crude or disrespectful," reads the petition for the muppet merger. "It can be done in a tasteful way. Let us teach tolerance of...
  • National Memorial Day Concert on PBS

    05/29/2011 5:23:28 PM PDT · by GulfWar1Vet · 7 replies
    PBS | 29/5/11 | Gulfwar1Vet
    The National Memorial Day Concert on PBS is in progress right now...
  • 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.
  • All 3 episodes of new Upstairs Downstairs available online (Vanity)

    04/30/2011 5:07:28 PM PDT · by stylecouncilor · 6 replies
    Masterpiece/PBS ^ | 4/30/2011 | Moi
    For those of you obssesed with all things British this week, you may enjoy the new Upstairs Downstairs. I just finished episode 3 & thought the series was very good. All three episodes will be available till May 25th.

    04/26/2011 6:36:46 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 85 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 04/26/2011 | Real Clear Politics
    "I said over a year ago that this was going to be, this presidential race, Lawrence, was going to be the ugliest, the nastiest, the most divisive, and the most racist in the history of this Republic," PBS host Tavis Smiley said on MSNBC.
  • Welfare for the Well-Off - The case against government subsidies for public broadcasting

    04/12/2011 9:04:33 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 6 replies
    Reason ^ | April 12, 2011 | A. Barton Hinkle
    The local public radio station, WCVE, is in the midst of its spring fundraiser. As someone who tunes in most mornings, I kicked in some bucks for the good of the cause last week. And if you pay taxes in Virginia, you did, too. Gov. Bob McDonnell tried to have it otherwise. He sought repeatedly to slash state funding for public broadcasting, but was gainsaid by the General Assembly—which trimmed appropriations for public radio and TV by only 10 percent. During debate on the governor's budget amendments last Wednesday, Del. Jennifer McClellan, a Richmond Democrat, displayed an Elmo doll on...
  • US to fund $20m remake of Sesame Street for Pakistan

    04/09/2011 1:34:15 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | April 9, 2011 | Syed Shoaib Hasan
    In a new effort to win hearts and minds in Pakistan, USAID - the development arm of the US government - is donating $20m (Ł12m) to the country to create a local Urdu version of the show. The project aims to boost education in Pakistan, where many children have no access to regular schooling. The show is to be filmed in Lahore and aired later in the year. "The programme is part of a series of ventures that is aimed at developing the educational infrastructure in the country," Virginia Morgan, a spokesperson for USAID, told the BBC. "Education is one...
  • Richard Trumka Says Union Does Not Give Money to Obama

    04/04/2011 9:38:08 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 26 replies
    PBS Nightly Business Report ^ | 4-4-11 | Darren Gersh
    Darren Gersh asks how much money Trumpka's union will give to Obama. Trumpka says union does not give money to Obama. Money is only used to mobilize and educate members.
  • Jihad TV: PBS Airs Al Jazeera Television: Demand Investigative Hearings

    04/01/2011 6:14:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 4/1/11 | Pamela Gellar
    Al jiz conf Today I was the keynote speaker at a conference at the National Press Club to expose the covert expansion of Al Jazeera into the United States. Pamela Hall was there, and she'll have video and pics posted this weekend. Your taxpayer dollars at work. Al Jazeera is being broadcast on MHz Networks, a division of Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, which receives over three million in taxpayer dollars. Would we have subsidized Tokyo Rose or the Mufti Al Husseini's radio broadcasts during World War II? Well, that's exactly what we are doing now. Commonwealth Public Broadcasting is a "public...
  • Moyers: NPR Is Like Art, Unlike Talk Radio, the 'Right-wing Romper Room'

    03/21/2011 9:58:48 AM PDT · by dbehsman · 58 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | March 21, 2011 | Tim Graham
    Former PBS omnipresence Bill Moyers is at it again, agitating against Republicans for daring to oppose National Public Radio subsidies. In the latest installment (with Michael Winship) on The Huffington Post, Moyers concluded with a quote illustrating "the importance of a public media whose obligation is not to a political or corporate paymaster, but to the integrity of the work and the trust of the listener." NPR, he claimed, was like Kennedy's tribute to the poet Robert Frost: "The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an...
  • De-Funding NPR and PBS

    03/19/2011 7:46:06 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 10 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 03-19-11 | Cultural Limits
    For the past couple days members of my circle on facebook who are known to be not-so-conservatives have been whining and nashing their new crowns on the House of Representatives “de-funding” NPR and PBS. Any viable enterprise should be able to survive without government support. In the case of NPR spinning out on their own would not be a far stretch. NPR has its own programming and news bureau which is followed by a core of listeners. That’s the traditional business model for radio and if the powers that be at NPR can make it work as a non-profit, more...
  • NPR Doesn't Like You

    03/17/2011 4:17:12 PM PDT · by Edmunds mom · 8 replies ^ | March 17, 2011 | Scott Walter
    As the House of Representatives votes today on whether to cut National Public Radio funding, consider a thought experiment: Imagine that Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly had IRS agents force you and every American to contribute money to the companies that produce their shows. Imagine further that they also had Congress and the Federal Communications Commission force NPR to fire “All Things Considered” host Michele Norris and replace her with a Limbaugh protégé. Even if you like Rush and O’Reilly, the thought of these coercive actions surely sticks in your craw. Yet that is just what Free Press, a leading...
  • NPR to Americans: you "better fund me" - Scare tactic by desperate racist National-Palestinian-Radio

    03/17/2011 11:16:34 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 20 replies
    This is a typical 'scare' tactic by the militant left, "If you ban me, you will lose such and such." Some of PBS programming are positive... as long as they don't enter into politics and religion, the method is to basically tell the American public that funding for the NPR is tied with having any Mister Rogers' Neighborhood on. What a bunch of lowlifes, you are to be defunded because you are divisive, anti Judea-Christian and pro-Islamic racist, got it? Yet? NPR [NationalPalestinianRadio]? Do not make it into "GOP" VS others. The argument for defunding NPR WBEZ - ‎44 minutes...
  • National Pathetic Radio (Fitting Title)

    03/15/2011 5:04:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | March 15, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    If the resignations at National Public Radio continue at last week's pace, there may be no need for Congress to defund the aging dinosaur, because there will be no one left there to turn the lights on. The latest is Betsy Liley, NPR's director of institutional giving. Conservative activist James O'Keefe secretly recorded phone conversations between Liley and a man masquerading as a potential donor from a fictitious group called the Muslim Education Action Center, which the man said had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The fake donor said his group was worried about a government audit. Liley told him...
  • Wanna Defund NPR? Fuggetaboutit!

    03/14/2011 11:04:59 AM PDT · by Bumpus2 · 16 replies
    Three Fingers of Politics ^ | 3/14/11 | Blind Blueberry
    Forget about defunding NPR. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS aren’t going anywhere. Just like 1994, the GOP will lose its nerve in the face of the Democrats’ Muppet Parade. They may cut some around the edges, but life partners Burt & Ernie will still be able to afford their rent-controlled apartment, and Garrison Keillor will still enthrall Upper West Side residents with pseudo-folksy tales from the prairie. We’ll always have NPR, because we’ll always have liberals.
  • Why Is PBS Linking to Fake Biographies of Conservatives?

    03/13/2011 5:15:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Commentary ^ | 03.13.2011 | Michael Rubin
    Politicians and pundits are again debating the wisdom and necessity of American taxpayer support for public radio and television. Both Juan Williams's firing and alleged comments by National Public Radio's executive Ron Schiller have raised real questions about political bias.It seems that the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has a similar problem. Someone at its Frontline website has been substituting fake biographies of conservatives written by an organization called Right Web for legitimate institutional biographies. Right Web is a project of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a think tank whose scholars' positions range from left wing to Marxist. When challenged...
  • BUDGET: The Grey Poupon of federal subsidies

    03/13/2011 10:36:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/13/11 | Debra J. Saunders
    Forget the recent scandals involving National Public Radio. Go back to the days before NPR chief exec Vivian Schiller resigned, before a conservative prankster videotaped NPR fundraisers disparaging Tea Party participants as "seriously racist, racist people" - to even before NPR fired senior news analyst Juan Williams after he said on Fox News TV that he got "nervous" flying with passengers in Muslim garb. Banish from your mind the recent controversies involving NPR's perceived or (I believe) real liberal bias. Even then, fiscal conservatives in Congress had called for cuts in federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Rep....
  • NPR Hosts: Employees Here Are 'Overwhelmingly Liberal' - But We're Not Biased

    03/12/2011 2:54:37 PM PST · by Citizen X_Area 51 · 24 replies
    News Busters ^ | March 12, 2011 | Noel Sheppard
    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.
  • Does Raw Video of NPR Expose Reveal Questionable Editing & Tactics? (BARF ALERT)

    03/12/2011 2:31:41 AM PST · by libervertias · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/11/2011 | Scott Baker
    On Wednesday, The Blaze posted a lengthy report looking at the ethics of undercover journalism. The comments on the post show a lively debate and wide-ranging views on what is considered ethical and acceptable in pursuit of a scoop. Plenty of readers felt the new NPR exposé justified any ethical misgivings involved in producing it. Others felt that those seeking truths should hold to higher standards. When undercover video like the NPR story first surfaces, we often look to see if there is raw video of the material used to produce the report as a basis for evaluating the accuracy...
  • 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:...
  • PBS May Also Be Victim of Sting Video By Conservative Filmmaker James O’Keefe

    03/10/2011 3:31:03 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 26 replies
    TV Newser ^ | March 10, 2010 | Alex Werpin
    NPR may not be the only public media outlet to be pranked by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe. The NY Times reports that PBS also met with the fictitious Muslim group that claimed to be looking to to donate to their organization. An NPR spokesperson told the Times that the executive that met the group investigated them and saw a number of red flags: “Attempts to confirm the credentials of the organization proved unsatisfactory and communication was halted by PBS,” she said.
  • WGBH(PBS) gets static over executives’ pay, ‘Taj Mahal’

    03/09/2011 11:25:47 PM PST · by GQuagmire · 22 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 10, 2011 | Jessica Heslam
    More than a dozen WGBH honchos at PBS’ taxpayer-subsidized flagship station are raking in upwards of $200,000 a year while toiling in the lap of a luxurious $85 million multimedia palace dubbed the “Taj Mahal” that boasts a 200-seat amphitheater, state-of-the-art recording studio and Hamburg-Steinway grand piano. The Herald’s review of the nonprofit producer behind such PBS stalwarts as “Frontline” and “Nova” comes on the heels of yesterday’s sudden ouster of National Public Radio’s boss following a viral video that showed another NPR executive calling Tea Party Republicans racist. The furor is fueling a new push to end taxpayer subsidies...
  • NPR's Schiller & Schiller: Many Political Missteps on the Road to Resigning

    03/09/2011 9:04:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | March 9, 2011 | Jill Lawrence, Senior Correspondent
    In retrospect it seems inevitable. Take a hostile political environment, a red-hot spotlight and relatively inexperienced leadership, mix well, and you get tumult at NPR. Political naivete and tin ears are the threads running through the saga of Vivian Schiller, forced out as NPR's CEO on Wednesday, and Ron Schiller, no relation, who quit as NPR's top fundraiser on Tuesday. Vivian Schiller is widely credited for dramatic improvements in NPR's web presence and mobile applications, and she is a strong defender of NPR's journalism. But there's no ignoring the multiple embarrassments that are undercutting NPR's mission and efforts to keep...
  • Ron Schiller Will Not Work at Aspen Institute

    03/09/2011 9:03:01 AM PST · by La Lydia · 39 replies
    National Review The Corner ^ | March 10, 2011 | Katrina Trinko
    The NPR executive caught on video bashing the Tea Party and saying that NPR didn’t need federal funding will not be heading to the Aspen Institute. Ron Schiller had been scheduled to start his new position as direct of the Aspen Institute Arts Program and Harman-Eisner Artist-in-Residence April 1, according to a glowing press release distributed last week. But now Aspen Institute communications director Jim Spiegelman says that Schiller will not be working there. “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...
  • NPR, PBS campaigns to keep federal funds called unlawful (using taxpayer loot to lobby)

    03/09/2011 2:30:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/07/11 | Seth McLaughlin and Stephen Dinan
    NPR, PBS campaigns to keep federal funds called unlawfulBy Seth McLaughlin and Stephen Dinan The Washington Times 8:47 p.m., Monday, March 7, 2011 NPR and PBS stations nationwide are rallying their audiences to contact Congress to fight against Republicans’ proposed spending cuts, but some affiliates’ pleas may violate laws preventing nonprofits or government-funded groups from lobbying. Interrupting popular programs, the stations air warnings that cuts could end beloved children’s television shows such as “Sesame Street.” Some stations urge their audience to call and let Congress know their feelings, while others go further, instructing viewers to “stop the Senate” or “defend...
  • NPR executives caught on tape bashing conservatives and Tea Party, touting liberals

    03/08/2011 5:56:36 AM PST · by Rational Thought · 211 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/08/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    A man who appears to be a National Public Radio senior executive, Ron Schiller, has been captured on camera savaging conservatives and the Tea Party movement. “The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people’s personal lives and very fundamental Christian – I wouldn’t even call it Christian. It’s this weird evangelical kind of move,” declared Schiller, who runs NPR’s foundation. In a new video released Tuesday morning by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe, Schiller and Betsy Liley, NPR’s director of institutional giving, are seen meeting with two men who, unbeknownst to the NPR executives, are posing...