House Votes 236-181 To Cut Off NPR

During the House of Representatives often times contentious debate whether or not to cut funding of National Public Radio (NPR) we’re reminded what (now former) NPR Exec Ron Schiller admitted, “it is very clear, that we would be better off in the long run without federal funding.”

Of course Democrat-Socialist in Congress and the President (once again) came out in their strong opposition to cutting off federal funds to NPR as it seems they do with any spending program nowadays.

The Obama Administration claims that the “…Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) serves an important public purpose in supporting public radio, television and related online and mobile services. The vast majority of CPB’s funding for public radio goes to more than 700 stations across the country…Undercutting federal funding for these stations…would result in communities losing valuable programming…”

Huh? When the CPB first was conceived, the United States had basically 3 network stations that monoplized the airways, today we have hundreds of cable television stations, broadcasting a variety of programming daily. In addition we have the Internet in which I wrote here on Monday is the most popular news platform throughout the industrialized world. Why is it the federal government responsibility to fund CPB/NPR in light of the fact that there are so many varieties of programming that one may choose from on both television and radio in the 21st Century which did not exist when CPB was created?

NY Times Carr Defends Need for NPR, Mocks Idea of “Journalistic Independence” –NewsBusters

Could it be that the firestorm of protests coming from Democrat-Socialists is because they fear losing an important money stream to their political coffers given the fact that since 2004 Members of the Boards of NPR and NPR Foundation contributed nearly $2.2 Million to federal candidates, parties and PAC’s of which $1.95 Million or 89% have gone to Democrats and Liberal Political Action Committees?

Related: House Votes to Defund NPR –National Review

NPR Execs Admit to George Soros Funding –Gatway Pundit

Man Arrested Over NPR Death Threats –Politico

NPR Fires Ron Schiller After Racist Rant

NPR’s (now former) VP of Development Ron Schiller’s racist rant stirred up a firestorm today after comments he made that Jews dominate the newspaper industry, that the Tea Party are nothing but “gun toting” racists, claiming that Liberals may be more educated, fair and balanced (taking a swipe at FOX News) than Conservatives and was proud how NPR handled the Juan Williams firing late last year.

Watch the video here from The Daily Caller

Juan Williams Responds to NPR Sting: The Prostitute Themselves for Money –FOX Nation

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV Mean Spirited Republicans Want to Eliminate NPR

National Public Radio Disgraceful Firing of Juan Williams

National Public Radio (NPR) termination of Juan Williams subsequent to his Monday evening appearance on The O’Reilly Factor FOX News is nothing short of disgraceful, shameless and reprehensible.

NPR claims, “A functioning democracy depends on a free press…an informed citizenry.”

Riiight—just as long NPR contributors say what is politically correct.

“National Public Radio is a public institution that directly or indirectly exists because the taxpayers fund it and what do we get for this,” writes Sarah Palin “we get to witness Juan Williams being fired from NPR for merely speaking frankly about the very real threat this country faces from radical Islam.”

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in Fiscal Year 2008 received $393 Million Dollars in public money, during Fiscal Year 2009 NPR seen an increase in their appropriations, receiving $400 Million Dollars on the public trough. In Fiscal Year 2010 which ended on 30 September, CPB received $420 Million courtesy of the taxpayers and during the new Fiscal Year which began on 01 October, Congress appropriated $430 Million Dollars for CPB

While I have my share of disagreements with Juan Williams politically,  for NPR, a quasi federally funded news agency to censor the free speech rights of one of their contributors is sacrilegious and outrageous, to a nation founded on principles of unalienable rights, independence and liberty.

“Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech.” —Benjamin Franklin, Silence Dogood—No 8, July 1722

Related: NPR Axes Juan Williams for Opinions on Muslims & Post 9/11 Travel–Michelle Malkin

NPR leaps to do the bidding of Hamas linked CAIR fires Juan Williams—Jihad Watch

NPR finally finds an Excuse to Fire Juan Williams –Guy Benson, Townhall.com