Last week in Congress, Democrats defeated a Republican effort to cut off funding for National Public Radio.
Under the Republican proposal, NPR would not be allowed to apply for grants issued by federally funded agencies like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and National Endowment for the Arts, which, in the last fiscal year totaled $2.5 million or 1.5% of the network’s operating budget. Moreover, local public radio stations would not be able to use money they receive from CPB to buy programming from NPR. That funding constitutes, on average, about 10% of a station’s budget. – ABC News
NPR is widely perceived to be a bastion of liberal moonbattery, sympathetic to everything leftwing, whether cultural, political, or just in cloying style. Or, as one industry executive gently phrased it,
“They are, of course, Nazis. They have a kind of Nazi attitude. They are the left wing of Nazism,” the conservative media heavyweight said in an interview with The Daily Beast. “These guys don’t want any other point of view. They don’t even feel guilty using tax dollars to spout their propaganda.” — Faux “News” Chairman Roger Ailes [via]
I can’t stomach NPR, in fact, if it’s running in the background I flee the room. I don’t care what they’re talking about: the presentation is so annoying, so grating to the ear, I feel my fists bunching. Their commentators are smug and condescending, testosterone-free, and the default tone of voice seems to convey an “Am I not most interesting? Isn’t this profound?” attitude that pumps my bile.
Does anybody out there believe that the phlegm-throated, warbling hag Diane Rehm could land a job anywhere else but on NPR? Giving that screech-owl her own show is the equivalent of appointing the Elephant Man host of Dancing With the Stars.
Nevertheless, I don’t agree that they should be prohibited by government fiat from applying for grants. As a non-profit organization, they’re entitled to compete in that market. However, I’m damned if I can figure out why they’re entitled to taxpayer subsidy. Again, let them compete with everybody else for sponsors and donors. As a non-profit executive myself (when I’m working), I resent the earmark they enjoy.
The maneuver in Congress to cut them off was a purely ideological gesture, and wingnuts are relieved their half-assed effort failed: had it succeeded, they would have lost one of their favorite scapegoats. For them, NPR is the Nancy Pelosi of the airwaves, a dependable crowd-pleaser that epitomizes all that’s wrong with the moonbat movement threatening to impose socialism and destroy America. And where’s its birth certificate?
So both sides have something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.