Cutting off NPR funds is grossly unfair

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The House of Representatives recently voted 228 to 192 to stop federal money from going to National Public Radio. This outrage, supported by all Republicans in South Carolina and Georgia, is designed to stop freedom of speech throughout the nation.

Republicans have used spooks and spies to get sub rosa statements from certain people within the NPR organization. If such statements were, in fact, made, they would be a personal expression -- permitted under our Constitution -- and not a policy statement of NPR.

NPR is one of the few radio broadcasts that air news, local news and public information shows -- including weather alerts -- without commercial interruption. As a regular listener, I can testify that the content is not only unbiased but makes a deliberate effort to show all sides of any matter.

Republicans contend that their motive is to save the government money. Nonsense. The federal funds amount to only $5 million spread across this vast country, which amounts to about $100,000 per state -- a pittance in terms of the total federal budget.

In reality, Republicans point to a few comedy shows -- Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion and the silly Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me -- that from time to time do spoofs of political figures, some Republican and some Democrat. But overall, and in good faith, they cannot show any display of NPR's bias against them.

That's because NPR does not have a bias. True, some workers in the factory may have personal views, but it does not show in the product. If you want proof of this, just listen to NPR for a couple of days. You may be bored or you may be edified -- but you won't find bias.

Tune in and you will find truly fair and mostly interesting programs. If you're like me, you'll find that you will leave your radio dial there, and that takes care of your broadcast day.

Hal Irish

Edgefield, S.C.

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Insider Information 03/22/11 - 12:29 am
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If you've been listening to

If you've been listening to NPR, you might have missed this news...

Our country is broke. That's broke as in no money, zilch, zero, nada, none.

Turn off the radio. Turn on common sense.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 03/22/11 - 12:44 am
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you want to supersize those

you want to supersize those cost savings? common sense begins with ending America's imperialist actions. manifest destiny ended like, two centuries ago or something.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 03/22/11 - 12:47 am
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this is like going after

this is like going after welfare queens while theres rampant corruption among government contractors. i mean, dont people normally go after paying the highest interest credit cards first when trying to balance the books? priorities?

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soldout 03/22/11 - 01:37 am
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myfather you are exactly

myfather you are exactly right. Christian radio in many cases gets by on contributions from the people who want it. Don't force anyone to buy something (like npr) that they don't want. I listen a lot and it has lots of bias and none of it is conservative. It has some good programing that would do fine in a commercial setting.

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usapatriot 03/22/11 - 02:28 am
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October 25, 2010 How Public

October 25, 2010

How Public Is NPR's Funding?
By Mark Browning

"According to information available from the NPR website, local radio station money comes from the following sources:

32.1% Individual contributions

21.1% Business contributions

13.6% University funds

10.1% Corporation for Public Broadcasting funds

9.6% Foundation money

5.6% Federal, state, and local government funds

7.6% Other"

Ok. Lets break down that info.

Personal, business and corporate donations are tax deductable. 3 of 4 universities are public, tax payer funded schools. CPB is govt funded.

Again, a liberal plays with numbers that he hopes no one will look into. $5 million may be direct federal funds, but add in all the tax deductable donations and you have a much larger amount of tax payer subsidizing.

Like anything in this country Mr Irish, if it is a good product, it will be supported by the market and consumer demand. 99.4% of the people don't need to pay millions for the other .6%

NPR and CPB are just 2 of many "Million" dollar enterprises that the govt eeds to defund. Singly, not much in the grand picture. Collectively, it adds up.

We have to start cutting. Every little bit helps.

If your favorite program is worthy, maybe Sirius/XM will pick it up. Of course, you'll have to PAY for it then. How badly do you want it?

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Jon Lester 03/22/11 - 02:49 am
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I'll say it again: do you

I'll say it again: do you really prefer to get your news pre-filtered by the likes of Comcast, Newscorp and Viacom? Or is it no accident that this is happening alongside other initiatives to defund educational resources and opportunities?

Elsewhere in today's edition is a letter revisiting the idea that most radical terrorists happen to be Muslim. Well, guess what? If you take away America's one most dependable source of objective reporting, you'll be taking us one step closer to the media situation that existed in the Arab world before the rise of al-Jazeera, social media and the popular revolutions happening today. If you believe "the truth shall set you free," then you shouldn't fear fact-based reporting.

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redwolf 03/22/11 - 04:14 am
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"...designed to stop freedom

"...designed to stop freedom of speech throughout the nation..."

Mr. Irish:
I also listen to NPR and am a fan of public broadcasting...but your statement is quite a stretch. With or without federal funding you, me and NPR are free to practice any speech we desire as constitutionally guaranteed. However...you, me and NPR do not have any constitutional right to make someone else pay for it. If you enjoy non-commercial interruption (as I do) then write a check.

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copperhead 03/22/11 - 05:29 am
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We should lay-off more

We should lay-off more teachers,fire fighters,and police officers to save npr. Defund many of the social programs to save npr. Stop the upkeep of our roads and bridges to fund npr. Take money from national securty to fund npr. We should do away with all border securty to fund npr. We should even do away with the national guard to fund npr.

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carcraft 03/22/11 - 05:37 am
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Free from commercials? Kellor

Free from commercials? Kellor advertises Rhebob Rhubarb pie all the time and I can't find it let alone powder milk biscutes! LOL

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seabeau 03/22/11 - 06:43 am
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Mr. Irish! I have been a NPR

Mr. Irish! I have been a NPR listener for aprox.30 years and I find it to be very liberal. Many broadcasts denigrating Christians . Last weeks news of the DEA taking the State of Georgia's drugs used in capital punishment was simply a anti-capital punishment piece, not a word about a federal agency overstepping its authority, NPR's support of Gay marriage, anti-Second Admendment pieces and many of this ilk. The fact that NPR fails to see its own liberalism is telling. I bet Fox News knows that its conservative! We the People should not have to pay for this liberal propaganda.

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onlysane1left 03/22/11 - 06:47 am
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We should lay-off more

We should lay-off more teachers,fire fighters,and police officers to save npr. Defund many of the social programs to save npr. Stop the upkeep of our roads and bridges to fund npr. Take money from national securty to fund npr. We should do away with all border securty to fund npr. We should even do away with the national guard to fund npr.

No, lets not do that, let's get rid of NPR, as well, make the children pay for their bus ride to school. Don't like the condition of the road you live on, let the government setup a toll booth so you can pay for that. Want a library book, hey, pay for admission to get in. Art, who needs that, lets eliminate all the museums and galleries funds by tax dollars. PBS, defund it, let it go belly up. All the flowers on the side of the road, lets pull them up, a waste of tax dollars. Let's go to a pay for service government, where we all can say, I only got want I want from it......

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Fundamental_Arminian 03/22/11 - 06:51 am
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Cutting off federal funding

Cutting off federal funding is not the same thing as quelling free speech. NPR can still say whatever it pleases, only it must now rely on private contributions or on advertising if it chooses to go that route.

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Insider Information 03/22/11 - 07:41 am
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I can always count on the

I can always count on the comment on here for a good laugh in the morning. Here are just a few of my thoughts:
- Free speech is free. There is no price tag on it.
- If I had to choose between news being filtered through a private company or a government funded one, I'd choose the first. Courts recognize that critcism of the government is the cornerstone of free speech. That's not as likely to happen when the government is signing the check.
- Defunding NPR to save money doesn't mean it's OK to waste money elsewhere. My mama says, "Two wrongs don't make a right."

Jackson
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Jackson 03/22/11 - 07:59 am
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I love NPR and couldn't care

I love NPR and couldn't care less about the politics. Car Talk, What do you Know, Prarie Home Companion just to name a few. To heck with the Dems and Repubs. I WANT MY NPR!!!!!!

Jackson
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Jackson 03/22/11 - 08:04 am
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Hey carcraft now that is

Hey carcraft now that is funny!!!!

dashiel
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dashiel 03/22/11 - 08:11 am
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I agree with Jackson. I

I agree with Jackson. I don't tune in to listen to bias, I tune out bias to listen in.

elvis
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elvis 03/22/11 - 08:23 am
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Jon, ‘If you believe "the

Jon, ‘If you believe "the truth shall set you free," then you shouldn't fear fact-based reporting.’
This has doing to do with taking them off the air but it has everything to do with who is paying for it. If you like NPR, make a BIG donation. I don’t listen so I should not be forced to pay for what you like. Liberals believe if they like something then others should be forced to pay for it.

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elvis 03/22/11 - 08:27 am
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Let's go to a pay for service

Let's go to a pay for service government, where we all can say, I only got want I want from it......
not a bad idea but that won't work because liberals expect other people to pay for them

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Chillen 03/22/11 - 08:47 am
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NPR = Govt Funded Liberal

NPR = Govt Funded Liberal Talk Radio.

If they can't make it without govt funds then there is a problem with their message. Think Air America.

Proceed with the defunding.

Don't worry liberals. You'll still have ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, The Huffington Post and 99% of all newspapers. You'll be just fine (until they change or meet their doom also).

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J.W. 03/22/11 - 08:50 am
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You said.."NPR does not have

You said.."NPR does not have a bias". Then you have obviously bought in to their one-sided approach to what they call news and as a result can't see the bias. As for me, I don't want another penny of my tax dollars going NPR. Pull the plug and turn out the lights.

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rmwhitley 03/22/11 - 09:13 am
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The left will use any means
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The left will use any means to gain absolute power. Say or do ANYTHING. AT ANY COST. If you do not stand up to their subversive tactics, you will fall for anything.

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dichotomy 03/22/11 - 09:45 am
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Cutting taxpayer dollars for

Cutting taxpayer dollars for NPR is totally logical and is symbolic of the stupid spending of taxpayer dollars. NPR readily admits that they do not need to money but for some reason it is an issue with liberals if we take the money back. Let's cut out all taxpayer subsidies on everything. Why do we subsidize farm products? Why did we subsidize ACORN. Why do we subsidize wealthy foreign governments? Of course we should cut of unneeded and unwanted subsidies to NPR and lots of others. The tax dollar well is dry and NPR is just one of thousands of subsidies that should be cut immediately. Big Bird has lots of money and NPR will survive just fine. Agri-business is getting top dollar for corn and they would do just fine without farm subsidies too. We need to cut all subsidies and let the marketplace determine the value. Lots of things need to be totally cut and NPR is one of them. You cannot be telling people that they are going to have to give up part of their Social Security and Medicare while you are giving away money to people who do not need it and buying General Motors and giving it to the Unions. We need to get government back to fundamentals and ONLY fundamentals when it comes to spending our tax dollars.

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iLove 03/22/11 - 10:25 am
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What is up with this Left vs.
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What is up with this Left vs. Right mentality? Me vs. You? Mine and not yours?

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wordwright 03/22/11 - 10:33 am
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I love NPR, and I am neither

I love NPR, and I am neither Democrat, Republican, or Libertarian. I stay well informed from a variety of sources. Most of my recent votes have been for the lesser of the evils--a sad state of affairs when a logical person cannot find a candidate to really support.

NPR provides quality programming that appears nowhere else--classical music, Irish music, opera--to name a few. Some people seem bent on returning the U.S. to a nation of barbarians.

I will be making a big contribution. Most people think a program is biased if it does not denounce the same ideas they denounce. As far as bias, NPR seems to be the least biased of the news outlets. Many of the news outlets would be out of business if Americans were skilled in critical thinking and could identify the propaganda that often parades as news.

Many of you think that you want a pay for service government. I think you would be surprised at how many government-subsidized services you receive and how expensive that would be for individuals.

Capitalism has become a religion, and many middle-class Americans are foolishly following the Pied-Pipers of big corporate into voting against policies that benefit them.

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Cadence 03/22/11 - 11:01 am
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Jackson I'm with you. Add the

Jackson I'm with you. Add the Brit-coms, Frontline, American Experience, and so many others. Also the kids who watch Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers etc.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 03/22/11 - 11:16 am
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Tax users want to preach

Tax users want to preach their RELIGION TAKING Your Money not theirs...

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Jane18 03/22/11 - 11:21 am
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Hey the top NPR people said

Hey the top NPR people said it first,"we don't need tax money'. There you go, straight from the their own mouths.

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ken8375309 03/22/11 - 11:41 am
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Once again, straight shooter

Once again, straight shooter Ron Paul tells it like it is..

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Ron Paul took to the House floor yesterday advocate again for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, one of two votes that took place there yesterday.

As, always, one of Paul's main arguments for the military leaving Afghanistan is cost. Yesterday he mocked so-called fiscal conservatives for moving so enthusiastically to defund NPR, a move which might save the government $10 million dollars when we have spent upwards of a trillion in Afghanistan in the last decade.

There's a serious question of whether [defunding NPR] will even cut one penny, but at least the fiscal conservatives are going to be overwhelmingly in support of slashing NPR, go home and brag about how they're such great fiscal conservatives! And the very most they might save is $10 million. And that's their claim to fame for slashing the budget. At the same time they won't consider for minute cutting a real significant amount of money.

In the end the House voted to defund NPR and rejected an immediate Afghanistan pullout.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrHm4phj5RQ

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Chillen 03/22/11 - 11:48 am
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The Left's Economic Terrorism

The Left's Economic Terrorism plan that I've been warning about for a few weeks now has finally been caught on tape. They want to "collapse the economy so that unions can rise like a phoenix".

Just a few weeks ago the Pentagon was saying that the 2008 crash was financial terrorism. That Lehman Brothers was targeted. They warned of this happening again. This is why our govt has been ordering MRE's & freeze dried food for emergency storage. It's why they have been practicing & preparing law enforcement for economic meltdown scenarios.

Listen to this. These people are dangerous. They want to collapse our system. They want to destroy America. This is not a joke. Your way of life will not continue if they succeed. They almost did in 2008. They might in 2011.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/revealed-the-lefts-economic-terrorism-pl...

Defunding NPR is necessary but it is small potatoes to this. This is all about destroying the wealth of the United States of America. Trillions of dollars of it.

Where is the Justice Department?! Probably on playing golf or on vacation in Hawaii or Rio. Or, the leaders of it are in on it. You decide.

ken8375309
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ken8375309 03/22/11 - 12:11 pm
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Chillen, The Pentagon report

Chillen,
The Pentagon report suspects include financial enemies in Middle Eastern states, Islamic terrorists, hostile members of the Chinese military, or government and organized crime groups in Russia, Venezuela or Iran. Chinese military officials publicly have suggested using economic warfare against the U.S..

Take off the tin foil hat and give Glenn Beck a rest for a while..

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