Poison Pero is RIGHT!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

National Public Radio

"Federal funding has been a central component of public radio stations’ ability to serve audiences across the country...It’s imperative for funding to continue to ensure that this essential tool of democracy survives and thrives well into the future."

- NPR Statement regarding suggestions that funding for NPR should be eliminated as part of federal deficit reduction measures.

"There’s a misperception about federal funding and public radio. There’s the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. They receive $90 million a year and a vast majority goes to member public radio stations. Those stations pull in more than $1 billion collectively a year. It’s significant and important but not even close to the lion’s share of revenues for public radio. NPR gets no allocation from CPB. Zero. We are a private 501(c)3. We’ve had journalists call up and ask what department of the government we report to.  That’s laughable. Have you listened to our shows? We do apply for competitive grants from  the likes of the Ford Foundation and the Knight Foundation. As a result, some money from CPB does come to us when we win grants. Depending on the year, it represents just one to three percent of our total budget." - Vivian Shiller (NPR CEO)

So, they need the money and they don't need the money.  For me it doesn't come down to what they want or supposedly need:  THE U.S. TAXPAYER SHOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY FOR RADIO PROGRAMING OF ANY KIND!

There are thousands of 'free' radio stations across American, as well as subscription radio like XM and Sirius.  Of these thousands of stations there are many more thousands of news and commentary shows...If the American people want to find information they have more than enough opportunity.  They can also get their information on the TV, radio, newspaper, magazines, Internet, etc.

Simply put, NPR (nor any of it's sister organizations) is a necessity, and the public would hardly notice if it disappeared...For this reason alone (forget Left and Right politics) the entity and it's government funding should be eliminated.

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