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Should NPR's Funding Be Cut?

Tuesday, 02 November 2010 04:37
That's a question that anyone who doesn't work on Wall Street may want to ask after hearing a segment on WAMU's "Power Breakfast" in which the anchor told listeners that failing to cut Social Security and Medicare may be "fiddling why Rome burns."
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written by izzatzo, November 02, 2010 7:18
Newt Gingrich would be proud to stand with Dean Baker and cut NPR's funding for the lynching of Juan Williams, who like the anchor, did nothing more than admit an honest personal opinion in order that the audience could understand it as the same, and separate it from objective reporting.
All Hail the Omniscient Elizabeth Wynne Johnson
written by Steve, November 02, 2010 9:52
I heard the same segment and it really stuck in my craw. I hate that smug "in-the-know" attitude Elizabeth Wynne Johnson takes to peddle the center-right, Beltway villager BS as received wisdom. I am sure it's good for her career though as all the other powerful villagers will cluck their approval. You never hear pro-labor voices on NPR, just the same corporatist BS. NPR is as whipped as the rest of them are.
written by NPR, Nice Polite Republicans, November 02, 2010 1:42
lynching of Juan Williams

Oooh, poor little Juan, pet Fox News Democrat, lost one of his paychecks. That makes it more of a curb-stomping than a lynching, no?

(Yes, I do have to say I'm snarking.)
I love NPR and am a donor
written by floccina, November 02, 2010 3:21
I love NPR and am an NPR donor but I would eliminate Gov funding for NPR because most people that I know prefer other stations adn never listen to NPR. It is not fair that they should subsidize my preferred station. Also I do not like it that gov. has a branch of the news media they could use it for propaganda at some point. Hopefully a would be NPR is being crowded out.
NPR...just another corporate whitewashing organization
written by Richard, November 03, 2010 7:56
Once upon a time NPR was an alternative voice. That voice was discarded during the Bush administration when Republican fundraiser Gay Hart Gaines was appointed by Dubya as vice chair for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Cheryl Feldman Halpern was appointed chair of the Corporation by Dubya, and Elizabeth Sembler was appointed by Dubya to the board of the corporation.

I rather doubt ending Government funding would have much impact at this point, as they have plenty of corporate funding!

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