If Conservatives Don’t Like NPR…

In case you haven’t heard, there has been a huge hullabaloo over some remarks made by (and subsequent firing from NPR) of Juan Williams. In case you have been living under a rock, Williams said on Fox News that he “worries when I am getting on an airplane and see people dressed in garb that identifies them first and foremost as Muslims.”

NPR, which receives a relatively small (but significant) portion of its revenue from federal taxes, is now under attack by Republicans. While I agree in principle that taxpayers should not fund media outlets (whether those be newspapers or radio stations) I wonder where these conservatives were during the Bush Administration when they had total control of the government and failed to eliminate NPR funding?

According to Wikipedia, the best source I could find, “In 2009, member stations derived 6% of their revenue from local funding and 10% of their revenue from the federal funding in the form of CPB grants.”

It would seem that eliminating the small amount of funding it receives from the federal government would benefit NPR rather than harming it by insulating it from criticisms that it is a mouthpiece for big-government, left-wing causes. Freed of its federal sponsors, perhaps NPR could become the left’s version of Fox News or Rush Limbaugh?

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3 Replies to “If Conservatives Don’t Like NPR…”

  1. The revelation that NPR received government funding has shocked many. I’ve seen numerous comments on a blog I frequent. The general consensus is clear (blog comments), the government shouldn’t be funding the media. Great point Paul, where was the clamor for action to do something about it. It wasn’t on anyones radar.

  2. There is more to this story than talked about. Let start with contribution of 1.5 million dollars from George Soros ( wanted in 3 countries for monetary crimes) and the request for obtaining new reporters. As for Soros, his was a Nazi sympathizer during WWII, does not like capitalism, started or supports groups like Moveon.org, tide foundation, Huffington post and is associated the discrediting the Country. Soros has let it be known that he does not like Fox news, and several of the commentators on Fox. Some feel the firing of Juan Williams is in direct response to Soros’s request. You give the money, you have the power. Now, I don’t like Williams, but he has the right to express any thing he wants, and it is obvious that the whole thing was a surprise to Williams, as he has said things far worst than this, but it must have fallen within the rules of NPR. Basically from this incident it is proving that we have PC’ed (political correctness) ourselves into a corner. If an individual can’t express a personal opinion without sever consequences, what a way to squash speech though the manipulation of fear. It is not only Republican, as reported, wanting to remove funding form NPR, the bottom line here is; if NPR can’t support the concept of freedom of speech, established by the founding father’s then why should it exist? Why fund anything that is contrary to our beliefs. If they have taken 1.8 million dollars from someone, with requirements attached, as well as a hot line to the front office, is it NPR or Soros Public Radio? Don’t federally fund it any longer!

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