House To Vote On Measure To Defund NPR
After the fiasco with Juan Williams and all the other Left Wing agenda that NPR promotes, It’s about time.
You hear him at the end of nearly every NPR broadcast.
The host wraps up the news. And then on comes the mystery voice, reading the underwriting credits. The voice utters authoritarian decrees, postulating that “Silk is soy” or asserting that “ADM” is “supermarket to the world.”
And then there’s the payoff line, as the steady elocution of the mystery voice waxes ever so slightly on a solitary word.
“This is NPR. National Public Radio.”
If Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) gets his way in the House of Representatives today, the mystery voice may have to alter his patter.
“I want NPR to stand for National Private Radio,” says Lamborn. “They can and should stand on their own two feet.”
Lamborn is the chief sponsor of a measure to ban tax dollars from flowing to NPR. In addition, the legislation prohibits public radio stations from using federal dollars they receive from the Corporation from Public Broadcasting to pay NPR dues. The bill would also bar individual public stations from using federal money to purchase programming.
The House is expected to adopt Lamborn’s package today.
NPR has been at the center of a firestorm in recent months. It axed commentator Juan Williams last year over comments he made on Fox about Muslims. Most recently NPR president Vivian Schiller resigned after clandestine video revealed Ron Schiller (no relation), the organization’s top fundraiser, making disparaging comments about conservatives and tea party supporters. These contretemps come as the new Republican House majority is determined to eliminate all federal support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
So now, the GOP is swinging its budget axe not just at public broadcasting in general, but specifically at NPR.
(In the interest of full disclosure, before joining Fox in 2007, I had three career stops in public broadcasting. I worked at NPR, public radio news service Capitol News Connection and at public radio station WMUB-FM in Oxford, OH when I was in graduate school.)