Republican senators introduce bill to defund NPR and PBS

From CNS News. (H/T Michelle Malkin)


Two Republican senators on Friday introduced a bill to stop taxpayer subsidies to public radio and television.

Since 2001, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has received nearly $4 billion in taxpayer money for National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said with the nation on the brink of bankruptcy, some decisions to cut spending are difficult — but not this one:

“Americans struggling to make ends meet shouldn’t be forced to fund public broadcasting when there are already thousands of choices for educational and entertainment programming on the television, radio and Web,” DeMint said. “President Obama’s own bipartisan debt commission proposed ending these unnecessary subsidies to public broadcasting. NPR boasts that it only gets 2 percent of its funding from taxpayers and PBS gets about 15 percent, so these programs should be able to find a way to stand on their own.”

Coburn called subsidies for public broadcasting “indefensible.” “The federal government has no business picking winners and losers in today’s highly competitive media environment. NPR and CPB will do just fine without largesse from Washington,” Coburn added.

CPB was incorporated as a private, nonprofit corporation under the authority of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, and its first taxpayer subsidy in 1969 was $5 million. In the current fiscal year, CPB is slated to receive $430 million from taxpayers, and President Obama recently asked for an increase to $451 million, the senators said.

PBS President Paula Kerger received $632,233 in compensation in 2009, according to the tax forms that nonprofits must file, while NPR President Emeritus Kevin Klose received more than $1.2 million in compensation.

DeMint and Coburn also noted that in 2010, NPR accepted a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Foundation, backed by liberal financier George Soros, to hire 100 reporters. Additionally, NPR has an endowment of over $200 million, they said in a news release.

These are tough times and we have to cut spending… on liberal propaganda.

4 thoughts on “Republican senators introduce bill to defund NPR and PBS”

  1. not that I disagree with defunding these, but what about also defunding big oil or cutting back on the defense budget or cutting back on the republican spending explosion as detailed by the Cato institute:


  2. This would be a much harder decision if NPR/PBS would actually have some content that fairly reflects my Christian worldview. We need to defund then and tell them to get realistic about their bias.


  3. There are always those who want to look at other areas first, or at the same time as if these are not the worst of the bunch. Whether they are or aren’t isn’t the point. If NPR and PBS were to suddenly turn their perspectives drastically to the right, as opposed to merely being totally balanced, they’d still be an unnecessary expense during a time of economic uncertainty. What’s more, there is nothing about either that makes them a tough choice at all. Simply knock them off the list of things our tax dollars go to support and now we have a budget/debt that is smaller. It also doesn’t matter that the size of this expenditure is small compared to other destinations of tax dollars. It’s unnecessary, we can’t afford the unnecessary, so cut it. Congress should take this attitude with everything on the books. Start by cutting off funding to all areas comparable to NPR and then see where we stand.


    1. I agree with you. And if so many people were not listening to NPR and PBS, they might not be so far to the left, and we would get more public support for spending cuts. NPR and PBS are government-funded – they have a bias in favor of more government spending.


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