Saturday, October 23, 2010

NPR and the Great Government Media Complex

by Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA


Juan Williams was fired by NPR for having the honesty and truthfulness to say that which I would wager most Americans have felt since 911. The realities of the modern world support Williams concern and his statement. National Public Radio, financed by your taxpayer dollars as well as healthy contributions from the likes of Progressive Collectivist George Soros and other left wing nuts has an agenda. The mission? To take control of the air waves and supply increased left wing ideology and governmental indoctrination with increasing ferocity. Don't buy it, okay that is certainly each individuals choice. Just remember, you read it here first.

Now to the major point of this post. Why in the world is congress supplying even a penny of funding to a news organization? In a country where the founders, and presumably those who followed (including us today) believed in a free and independent press would such funding even be a consideration. How is it possible for government to talk about the evil influence of special interest money and yet supply funding for news outlets? Does this not create at least the appearance of "special interest?" Hm, government a special interest focused on increasing it's own ideological agenda. A crazy thought, perhaps. On the other hand maybe not.

Bureaucrats doling out taxpayer money to a particular news outlet or it's affiliates. Certainly seems to me this, at the very least, creates the potential for nefarious conduct by those controlling the levers of power in the federal bureaucracy. Of course this is America. Certainly not the old USSR, Communist North Korea, Iran, or any one of a number of nations with state run news and propaganda machines.

I understand the idea behind NPR was at the onset admirable. To give the public information that was objective and free from the potential taint made possible by a corporation interested in making money to survive. Today NPR has just proven itself far removed from that concept with the firing of Juan Williams, a man I did not agree with often but highly respected e for his professionalism and journalistic integrity.

NPR has become that which is should be vehemently opposed to. Lockstep political correctness. Certainly NPR stands against right wing political correctness. It is now glaringly obvious that it supports left wing political correctness. Without a doubt a biased and unenlightened political correct driven organization. NPR should be De-funded by Congress immediately.

Cross posted to LCR

Via: Memorandum

5 comments:

  1. It's way past time to cut government funding to NPR.

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  2. Well shucks, I listen to NPR every morning on my way to breakfast with the newspaper. Then sometimes that
    commie-pinko classical music like
    Beethoven. Guess I will have to increase my donations, because
    Limbaugh gives me indigestion....

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  3. Silverfiddle - Of course you get no disagreement here, :)

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  4. BB-Idaho - Well let me see. ..

    First I was talking about a much broader philosophical concept.

    Second Rush occasionally gives me indigestion as well... When he i wrong.

    Third thanks for stopping in.

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  5. Well, RN, given,
    "In 2009, NPR revenues totaled $164 million, with the bulk of revenues coming from programming fees, grants, contributions and sponsorships.[14] According to the 2009 financial statement, about 40% of NPR revenues come from the fees it charges member stations to receive programming. Typically, NPR member stations raise funds through on-air pledge drives, corporate underwriting, and grants from state governments, universities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In 2009, member stations derived 6% of their revenue from local funding and 10% of their revenue from the federal funding in the form of CPB grants.[14][15] NPR receives no direct funding from the federal government.[16] About 1.5% of NPR's revenues come from Corporation for Public Broadcasting grants."
    ...comparison to a state organ like
    Pravda seems a bit of a stretch. Peanuts compared to Rush's $400 million deal.

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