March 10, 2011

BUT IF THEY DON'T DEPEND ON APPROPRIATIONS....:

National Private Radio: Even if NPR loses its federal funding, conservatives will still attack it for bias. (David Weigel, March 10, 2011, Slate)

"We can't afford it and they don't need it," said Sen. Jim DeMint Wednesday, referring to the $422 million the Corporation for Public Broadcasting gets from the federal government. "We're facing a $1.5 trillion deficit and spending hundreds of millions on public broadcasting makes no sense today when they are raising millions from private donors and Americans already have thousands of media choices."

This is the good argument for slashing the CPB's funding. The lousy argument is that cutting the funding would save NPR, at long last, from its wretched existence as a Republican punching bag. BREAKING, as they say in the news business: NPR is always going to be a Republican punching bag.


...they don't have to care what Republicans say, which accidentally illustrates the real problem with government funding: they are captives of government. Vote them a big endowment and let them be independent, but with a charter to serve the public interest.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 10, 2011 3:57 PM
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