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?
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?