Air Pollution

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.

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8 Responses to Air Pollution

  1. ya'gotta'guessit' says:

    Godfrey Daniels!

    Congratulations, squatty, on having detected the PROFOUND inspidness that is NPR – layer upon layer of smart-ass condescension, “diversity” for its own freaking sake (“look…all of our show’s producers are women! WOMEN!!”), and the precious notion that it is at the apex of what passes for (say it softly, and with a prim little smugness) *reasonable* thought.

    NPR is a hothouse flower, and not a very robust one, even by hothouse flower standards – it wouldn’t last 15 minutes in the jungle of commercial broadcasting, but it would be fun watching it try.

    And as for “non-profit” status, WHYY in Philly seems to be doing pretty well, what with their Xanadu of a broadcasting center, and the highest paid Public Radio CEO, extant: $415,993 in fiscal 2007, plus $324,097 in benefits and expenses, a grand total of $740,090 for running a not-for-profit.
    That’s virtually three-quarters of a million dollars, to us running-dog wingnuts.

    Charity Navigator gives a pretty good rundown on these mugs, who spend fully 23% of the money that they raise ON TRYING TO RAISE MORE MONEY.
    Two bits out of ever dollar that you toss into their gaping maw is spent in an attempt to get you to toss in some more – just say no!!

    • Piles says:

      Word. Considering the support they get, their incessant begging is intolerable. And if those numbers are accurate, we’re being ripped off royally.

  2. Kim Chee says:

    I couldn’t agree with you less about NPR. I listen for hours every day, as it’s the only station on the dial with anything close to sensible commentary on cultural and world affairs. The reason for its subsidy is that when it started, nobody thought programming that focused on education as opposed to entertainment would attract commercial support, but that its subject mater was sufficiently vital that it was for the general welfare. Perhaps that has changed, but it continues to be a rare port in a sickening storm of empty sound.

  3. Kent Standit says:

    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.

    Not bad, Skwatty, even if I don’t know (or care)who the hell you’re talking about. Why would anybody under the age of Deceased want to listen to that crap? Every time I hear that station being played like in somebody else’s car, they’r telling the audience how important they are and begging for money.

  4. Libby Rae Shoen, PhD says:


    Diane Rehm has spasmodic dysphonia, a condition that constricts her vocal cords. Despite her disability, she continues her exemplary career, a true role model for handicapped persons, as well as women in the industry. Your comments are both ignorant and insensitive, as they often are.

    Far more important than what she sounds like is what she says, and how professionally she conducts hundreds of interviews every year. Even so, many listeners have noted how they’re perfectly content with her voice, and that it makes no difference to them that it’s as rough as it is……in fact, many people like it.

    I support public radio with a check every year. I wish I could do more.

    • Squathole says:

      Libby Rae:

      “Insensitive”? Moi?

      I’m well aware that Diane Rehm’s cracked, grating voice results from spasmodic dysphonia. What difference does it make WHY she’s impossible to listen to? Her job is to broadcast on the radio, and a condition of that job in the REAL world is to have a pleasing voice. She doesn’t. In my book, that makes her as unqualified as a blind man is to drive a truck. Same reason ugly people rarely get modeling gigs, or flat-chested women are teevee weather bunnies.

      But not to NPR and its moonbat constituents. Out of some twisted sense of politically correct sensiitivity, we’re supposed to endure that offense to the ears, and praise her courage. Sorry. I’m not that masochistic. Get her off the air and put somebody on who can speak. The world would be a better place if people earned their positions on merit, not sympathy.

      Incidentally thanks for coming by again. I missed your unique perspective and clear articulation on of this nature.

  5. sharpshooter says:

    The only thing worth listening in NPR is Cartalk and the Prairie Home Companion because they are both funny. There is also a quiz show on Saturdays that sometimes is funny. The rest, is liberal leftist pablum of the worst kind. Their guests are so bent towards the left, I am surprised they do not walk around in circles in the parking lots of the radio stations. Pitiful and pathetic.

    • Merkin Way says:

      It’s nice to see you making sense once in a while. Government has no place in subsidizing news media. A grant award process is another story, but the evaluation and administration of those grants needs to be kept at arm’s length from government. That strikes me as obvious, yet it’s not the way it’s done.

      Sharpshooter: You’re on to something — I think maybe they DO wander around in circles in the parking lots, which would explain why what they say and how they say it is so damn dizzy and out of touch.

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