NPR actually doesn't get that much taxpayer funding. They will make it just fine without it, I believe. But, NPR will not have to pretend to represent both sides. They can then go with their liberal agenda supported by most donors and listeners. They have some good programming on NPR, but the idea that NPR is unbiased is completely false and it's time for NPR to come out of the closet. While I enjoy some of the progams, I don't want my tax dollars promoting a liberal agenda that I don't believe in. If liberal programming can't survive in the market place, maybe that's because most of the populace is not socialist. Defund NPR and let's see how they do.
"Contrary to the perception that NPR is primarily funded by the government, the network only receives about 1 to 2 percent of its funds from federal grants. Individual NPR member stations, located around the country, rely on state and federal sources for about 10 percent of their funding.
Schiller, on tape, points out "that very little of our funding comes from the government" despite claims to the contrary. He adds that "in the long run we would be better off without federal funding."
The video has already been making the rounds on conservative sites this morning. And even though Schiller is no longer with NPR, the video is sure to give ammunition to NPR critics who already claim the network is too liberal and doesn't deserve federal funds.
Update: NPR put out an additional statement around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
"The comments contained in the video released today are contrary to everything we stand for, and we completely disavow the views expressed. NPR is fair and open minded about the people we cover. Our reporting reflects those values every single day — in the civility of our programming, the range of opinions we reflect and the diversity of stories we tell."
"The assertion that NPR and public radio stations would be better off without federal funding does not reflect reality. The elimination of federal funding would significantly damage public broadcasting as a whole."
"Prior to the lunch meeting presented in the edited video, Ron Schiller had informed NPR that he was resigning from his position to take a new job. His resignation was announced publicly last week, and he was expected to depart in May. While we review this situation, he has been placed on administrative leave."'
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