Taxpayer-subsidized Broadcasting

Introduction:

Taxpayers are involuntarily paying for an overabundance of broadcast stations which are little more than leftist propaganda machines.  The idea of taxpayer-funded "educational" television expired in about 1980, when the number of television stations in the U.S. began to skyrocket.

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a network that supplies programming to a number of stations across the country.  Years ago they were called "non-commercial educational" stations, but today they run many of the same commercials as their openly-commercial competitors -- they just call the commercials "enhanced endorsements" or "enhanced underwriting messages".

Not long ago, National Public Radio (NPR) made headlines when Juan Williams was fired, apparently for expressing a politically incorrect opinion.  That stirred up a lot of commentary about public funding for "news" sources that lean strongly to the political left.  That's why most of the information on this page about NPR mentions Juan Williams.

In the 21st Century, it costs a lot less to operate a broadcast station than it once did.  Smarter and more compact equipment leads to greatly reduced labor requirements.  There is no need to continue to subsidize broadcast stations.  PBS and NPR can survive quite well on their own.

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David Brooks advice to Romney: Don't 'nitpick' on 'small foreign issue of the past' Benghazi.  Call it counter-intuitive, but Mitt Romney shouldn't focus heavily on what many conservatives are calling President Barack Obama's biggest foreign policy blunder during Monday night's upcoming presidential debate, according to New York Times columnist David Brooks.  In his weekly appearance on NPR's "All Things Considered," Brooks said the debate, which will be dedicated to the topic of foreign affairs, is an opportunity for Romney to talk about other issues than the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya.

Did someone mention the Benghazi attack?

DeMint and Lamborn: Defund NPR and PBS.  Two conservative lawmakers are teaming up to urge appropriation leaders in the House and Senate to defund the Corporation of [sic] Public Broadcasting (CPB), which is asking for $445 million advance for FY 2015.  This week, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) prepared letters for the heads of the appropriation committees, saying defunding the entity "should be one of the easiest decisions to make," while searching for cuts in a government $15 trillion in debt.

Top 10 Most Needed Government Reforms.  [#10]  Get government out of culture:  It may be small potatoes in light of the entire federal budget, but the money spent for National Public Radio, the National Endowment for the Arts, et al., is an affront to the Constitution.  Harry Reid's Cowboy Poetry Festival will no doubt be missed, but if it is that wonderful, let it find private-sector funding.

NPR host is Occupy DC spokeswoman.  National Public Radio host Lisa Simeone appears to be breaking the taxpayer-subsidized network's ethics rules by acting as a spokeswoman for Occupy D.C. group "October 2011," which is currently "occupying" Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.  Simeone hosts NPR's nationally syndicated "World of Opera" program and "SoundPrint," a program that airs on NPR's WAMU affiliate at American University in Washington, D.C.  When Roll Call asked Simeone about the conflict of interest and the apparent ethics violations, she replied, "Well, I work in radio still, but this is totally different" because she says she's a "freelancer."

NPR host doubling as 'Occupy DC' spokesperson fired from syndicated radio program.  After violating National Public Radio's ethics code by acting as a spokeswoman for Occupy DC protesters, Lisa Simeone was fired Wednesday evening [10/19/2011] from one of the two public radio programs she hosts, the Associated Press reports.  Simeone was fired from "SoundPrint," an internationally syndicated program appearing on NPR affiliate WAMU in Washington, D.C.  The official who fired Simeone reportedly did so over the phone and read NPR's ethics code to her during the call.

NPR host and Occupy DC rep fired from one radio show, staying at another.  National Public Radio announced Thursday that "World of Opera" host Lisa Simeone will continue as the show's host, despite violating of the network's ethics policy by acting as a spokesperson for a left-wing "Occupy DC" political protest group.  World of Opera is produced by WDAV, a North Carolina NPR affiliate.  NPR nationally syndicates the show over taxpayer-subsidized airwaves.

Socialism Is Theft.  [Scroll down]  Newsweek is all but out of business, but Obama and his gang believe that ordinary people still shouldn't be allowed to decide where their money goes.  Which is why you pay for PBS, NPR, and the National Endowment for Offending All Religions Except Islam.  It is America's official leftist Ministry of Propaganda, something any self-respecting tyranny has had for the last six thousand years, ever since the imperial powers of Sumer, Egypt, and Beijing.

Juan Williams:
I Was Fired for Telling the Truth.  Yesterday [10/20/2010] NPR fired me for telling the truth.  The truth is that I worry when I am getting on an airplane and see people dressed in garb that identifies them first and foremost as Muslims.  This is not a bigoted statement.  It is a statement of my feelings, my fears after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 by radical Muslims.

How Public Is NPR's Funding?  De-fund NPR!  In the wake of the firing of Juan Williams by National Public Radio, we've once again heard conservative voices issue that call.  NPR representatives respond, as they always do when their dependence on government purse strings is noted, by arguing that only two or three percent of the service's money comes from the federal government.  NPR apologist Norah O'Donnell recently threw out a one- to three-percent figure on MSNBC. ... Is this three-percent number a fair claim by the NPR crowd?  Apparently, in a very limited sense, it is, but in a more comprehensive analysis, it is nowhere near accurate.

Will Republicans Fight to Defund 'Public Broadcasting'?  Once again, Republicans are talking about defunding public broadcasting.  If history is a good indicator, don't bet on it happening.  But do insist that they do so.  "I think the U.S. Congress should investigate NPR and consider cutting off their money," said former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich Thursday [10/21/2010].  Consider?  Merely consider?

GOP Ready to Probe NPR's Federal Funding.  The tens of millions of dollars in federal funding to National Public Radio (NPR) have come into question after Juan Williams' firing.  NPR terminated Williams' after he said on Fox News that since 9/11, he gets nervous flying on airplanes with passengers wearing Muslim attire.  NPR said Williams' comments are "inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices."

Will NPR fire Nina Totenberg for wishing Jesse Helms would get AIDS?  Figuring out what's inconsistent with NPR's editorial standards can be awful difficult.  The network terminated the contract for Fox News contributor Juan Williams because of a comment about Muslims, but apparently has yet to take a similar action against Nina Totenberg.

Williams firing, Soros donation spark new calls to end NPR taxpayer subsidies.  The firing of National Public Radio news analyst Juan Williams for comments made about Muslims, combined with leftwing billionaire George Soros' recent $1.8 million donation to the organization, have reignited calls to end NPR's taxpayer subsidies.

National Politically-correct Radio.  My Fox News Sunday colleague Juan Williams has been fired by NPR for telling an inconvenient truth.  Juan was appearing on Bill O'Reilly's show Monday night, when O'Reilly asserted, "The cold truth is that in the world today jihad, aided and abetted by some Muslim nations, is the biggest threat on the planet."  Juan didn't disagree with this claim.  Would President Obama, for example, disagree?

All Things Considered, Public Broadcasting Should Be Abolished.  Gwen Ifill mocks Sarah Palin and cravenly cowers when called out — nothing happens.  Juan Williams says something honest and accurate, and gets canned.  Let's just let Soros and CAIR pay for this travesty.

NPR Funding Under Fire After Williams Ouster.  News analyst Juan Williams' firing from National Public Radio for comments he made about being nervous when flying alongside devout Muslims has sparked a public outcry that includes calls for investigations and a cut in public funding to the broadcaster.  "I think the U.S. Congress should investigate NPR and consider cutting off their money," said Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is also a Fox News contributor.

Let NPR Pay Its Own Way.  It has not escaped our notice that the left-wing Media Matters for America has for a long time been pressuring NPR to forbid its correspondents to appear on Fox News, nor that the same donor — one George Soros — just gave exceedingly large donations to both Media Matters and NPR.  Hmm.  If NPR wants to behave like every other liberal news organization, complete with a slavish obeisance to left-wing pressure groups, fine.  Those organizations don't rely on taxpayer funding, and neither should NPR.

Standards and Practices.  In its furious effort to explain its firing of Juan Williams, National Public Radio has opened itself to scrutiny and raised further questions about its "standards and practices."  The network's own website reports that NPR CEO Vivian Schiller "on Thursday said that Williams should have kept his feelings about Muslims between himself, 'his psychiatrist or his publicist' — a comment she later said she regretted.

NPR's Disgrace.  Juan Williams put it simply:  "I was fired for telling the truth."  That's about as succinct a summary of the situation as you're likely to find.

NPR Lashes Juan Williams.  When escaped slaves were caught, they were lashed into submission.  This was intended not only as a warning to that particular slave, but to the entire plantation of black servants to stay in their place.  Liberals do the psychological equivalent of this to any black person who dares to leave the plantation of liberal orthodoxy.  After working over a decade for liberal National Public Radio, Juan Williams was summarily fired, publically ridiculed and told to see a psychiatrist.  Liberals have a proprietary attitude toward blacks and other minorities.  When anyone one of us dares contradict leftist thought, they try to punish us severely.

CAIR's Role in Juan Williams Firing:  By now most of the world knows about NPR's shameful firing of Juan Williams for candidly stating his thoughts about Muslims.  But what about CAIR's role in the matter?  As the most high-profile Muslim Brotherhood front organization in the United States, CAIR was quick to suggest "professional consequences" for Juan Williams' exercise of free speech.

PBS Sends Senior Editor as Presenter to CAIR Conference on 'Defaming Islam'.  The news about NPR firing Juan Williams is opening the eyes of many in the media and public to the extraordinary rules of censorship that CAIR, other Muslim Brotherhood groups, and the "Establishment Left" impose to restrict free speech.  But it's not just NPR that responds to CAIR's political pressure which may in itself be a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Juan Williams: Victim or Enabler?  As I write this, [Juan] Williams is getting the equivalent of a national high-five.  For what, exactly?  Perhaps in a modern-day America where "victimhood" has been elevated to an almost reverential status, Mr. Williams is the beneficiary of nothing more than being in the right place at the right time.  The upcoming election is about many things, but first and foremost, it will be a referendum on the kind of progressive-inspired political correctness that got Mr. Williams fired.

Juan Williams, NPR and the Death of Liberalism.  So my fellow Fox News analyst Juan Williams just got fired for saying something supposedly controversial about Muslims.  But make no mistake, Juan isn't the only casualty today.  So is American liberalism.

GOP puts NPR on chopping block.  A top House Republican said Friday [10/22/2010] the party will ask Americans whether to cut off funding for NPR after the radio network fired commentator Juan Williams this week for his comments about Muslims.  House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, said the GOP will add cutting funding for NPR to its "YouCut" program, which asks constituents what federal programs they would want to slash.

Williams wins out in NPR fiasco.  How do you fire Juan Williams for expressing a common, if politically incorrect, perception?  Personally, I've seen Muslims taken off planes as I've sat in Seat10C.  I pay attention in airports and other public places — many of us do.  We're not afraid, but we are aware; we're not intimidated, but we are not blind to possibilities.  Neither was Mr. Williams.

We Are All Bigots Now.  The firing of Juan Williams by National Public Radio (NPR), alleging that he was guilty of bigotry during a recent appearance on Bill O'Reilly's FoxNews Channel television program, is another case of political correctness mixed with demagoguery run amuck.

NPR's Suicide?  Did National Public Radio jump the shark?  Just hours after sacking Juan Williams for making sensible but allegedly insensitive remarks on Fox, the federally funded outfit has brought itself under painful scrutiny.

National Politburo Radio.  In the fury of the firing of Juan Williams much of the tenor of what is happening at NPR is being overlooked.  His firing is completely outrageous but it is a symptom of a larger problem at the news organization.

NPR's Crack-Up.  National Public Radio is behaving as if it has a death wish, acting in ways that imperil its welfare.  In this, it reflects a syndrome affecting the broader American left as the dream of shifting America permanently to the left crumbles in the face of a looming electoral rejection.  As details of the situation gradually come to light, NPR's decision looks worse and worse.

National Pathetic Radio.  The backlash was swift; critics on the left and the right accused NPR of overreach and censorship.  Angry listeners flooded the voicemail and email inboxes of NPR stations across the country.  Firing Juan Williams for saying something that a majority of Americans believe — and for saying it in a deeply personal, almost apologetic way — had revealed NPR as a heavy-handed enforcer of political correctness.

Proposal: The Juan Williams Law.  A national outcry has arisen from the firing of Juan Williams by National Public Radio.  Many have been outraged by what they see as the network's un-American restriction on Williams' freedom of speech when Williams was merely voicing personal feelings about sitting on an airplane with passengers in Muslim garb.  Matters were made worse by NPR CEO Vivian Schiller implying that Williams should see a psychiatrist to deal with those feelings.  And further complicated by the revelation that the ultra-liberal George Soros had donated $1.8 million to the putatively ideologically neutral, publicly-financed, news organization.

Comparing Jews to Nazis Meets NPR's 'Editorial Standards and Practices'.  NPR's mindset has not changed since they blacklisted terrorism expert Steven Emerson in response to a complaint from a Hamas supporter... whom they invited to be a commentator.

The Editor says...
I disagree with everything Juan Williams says, at least on Fox News.  (I don't listen to NPR.)  What happened to him at NPR was unjustified.  But what happened next at Fox News was unjustified, too:  He is reported to have landed a three year contract worth about two million dollars.  His opinion is valuable only to provide fairness and balance to the "fair and balanced" network's commentary.  But it's not that valuable.

National Propaganda Radio Enforces Sharia In America by Firing Juan Williams.  By firing Williams for making a comment deemed insulting to Muslims, NPR facilitated radical Islamists in enforcing sharia law against 'defamation' of Islam.  And it paid back the far Left multi-billionaire George Soros for his $1.8 million donation to NPR by dismissing an employee for the 'fireable' offense of expressing his feelings on the hated Fox News network.

The Left Hates Free Speech -- Juan at a Time.  National Public Radio's firing of commentator Juan Williams is yet another example of how political correctness has poisoned free speech.  Mr. Williams didn't say anything that the vast majority of Americans wouldn't say or agree with regarding genuine and well-founded concerns about Muslims on airplanes.  Who doesn't know that Muslim voodoo loons have used or tried to use jets as a means to carry out mass murder and mayhem?  It's the truth, comfortable or not.

Media Capitulation:  If Juan Williams Is Fair Game...  Over the last few days, on the news channels and the net, it has been wall-to-wall coverage of the Juan Williams firing by the tools over at National Public Radio.  NPR was serving the hydra-headed, Hamas-supporting Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which called on them to take action against Williams.  I am grateful for this high-profile incident.  Much like with the Ground Zero mosque affair, Americans have suddenly become aware of something quite terrible — a sea change, a profound transformation of a basic assumption, and a stunning reversal of their very basic unalienable rights.

More about pro-Islam bias in the media.

NPR's Overdue Execution.  [Juan Williams] is widely seen as having been scapegoated by bigots and bravely fought back.  But the reasons for defunding PBS and NPR, and their parent, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, are far broader.  They involve not just politics and economics, but principles and the Constitution.  First, the United States government should not be in the news business at all.  Arguments and debates about public affairs should be the province of private citizens.

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Key Architect of FCC Govt Takeover of the News.  Last week, National Public Radio CEO Vivian Schiller took a break from her crusade for a government takeover of the media to swat a fly. ... Schiller could barely contain her rage at Fox News and at [Juan] Williams last week, saying he should discuss his fear of boarding a plane with Muslim passengers with "his psychiatrist."  Those who understand what is at stake saw the Williams/Schiller dust up for what it really was — a declaration of war by one of the most powerful women in journalism against for-profit, non-liberal media.  If Schiller and her liberal friends have their way, Fox and its viewers will pay the bill for her new government news network.

Vivian Schiller and the Party Line at NPR.  [Nina] Totenberg's hate speech doesn't qualify as hate speech in the liberal lexicon.  Totenberg toes the party line at NPR.  She's a good apparatchik, safe among the party hierarchy.  Speaking of that hierarchy, the leader is Vivian Schiller, the NPR official responsible for exiling the dissident Williams to Fox News for the crime of bucking party orthodoxy.  And amid all the hoopla about Schiller and this episode, there was something reported last week which, expectedly, has eluded media attention:  namely, that Schiller once worked as a tour guide in the Soviet Union.

Juan Williams Firer a Soviet Fan?  [Vivian] Schiller is suddenly infamous as the National Public Radio executive with Soviet-style values on display in the firing of Juan Williams.  Where would an American media executive ever learn that dissent is not to be tolerated?  How about a film project called Portrait of the Soviet Union?

At the End of the Liberal Dynasty.  The women at NPR who bungled the firing of Juan Williams last week advertised their weakness in all directions.  They told the Angry Left that they could be rolled.  They told the Republicans in Congress that they were not up to the job of defending their institution.  In addition, they are demonstrating to anyone who cares the strategic folly of Affirmative Action.

Journalistic Malpractice and NPR.  For those who don't regularly listen to NPR, the bias runs deep.  Juan Williams is no exception.  After the September 12th Tea Party events of 2009, Juan Williams suggested anyone who went to a Tea Party protest on 9/12 or anyone who protested President Obama's agenda was somehow racially motivated.  Williams failed to report the objection to Mr. Obama addressing the Nation's "SchooChildren [sic]" was based upon the Department of Education issuing an accompanying lesson plan that clearly advocated the President's agenda.  Such advocacy is in direct violation of the DoE's charter.

NPR Affiliate Managers Voice Discontent with Firing of Juan Williams.  Executives at NPR affiliate stations across the United States have begun publicly voicing discontent in the aftermath of the network's dismissal of news analyst Juan Williams, with several station managers openly questioning the actions and judgment of NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller.

No Juan left behind at NPR.  State-controlled media-monopoly National Public Radio took time last week from its perpetual beg-a-thons to tend to some administrative matters and fired its only black guy, Juan Williams.  He was shown the door and not even given an NPR tote bag by our taxpayer-subsidized leftist "news" organization.  Given what happened to us on 9/11, it is logical to harbor some concern when you see Muslims on airplanes.

NPR's Muslim problem.  Al Qaeda and its terrorist allies must be terribly frustrated.  The main point of terrorism is to instill fear in people.  [Vivian] Schiller, however, thinks it's a psychological disorder to harbor anxiety of radical Islamists after 9/11, the Christmas bomber, shoe bomber, Time Square bomber, 7/7 London bombings, Bali bombings, Madrid train bombings, World Trade Center bombings, Mumbai massacre, etc., etc., etc.

Don't Cry for Juan Williams.  Lurking ahead are probably a seven-figure book deal, larger speaking fees, and loads more face time on television.  NPR fired him, reconfirming the organization as a taxpayer-supported bastion of biased liberalism masquerading as "nonpartisan."  So it's all good.

Who's Afraid of Muslims?  NPR has shown itself to be afraid of Muslims — far more afraid than Juan Williams, and hypocritical in a way that Williams never was.  What's worse, NPR has acted on that fear.  In 2006, a Danish cartoonist made drawings of the prophet Mohammed with a bomb tucked into the prophet's turban.  Adherents of the religion of peace then launched a campaign of terrorism worldwide, burning embassies, and violently protesting.  The artist himself was nearly killed by an axe-wielding Muslim.  NPR deliberately refused to publish those cartoons. ... PBS can't base newsroom decisions on fear, and then fire Williams for sharing in an identical fear which he does not act on.

NPR, Juan Williams, and Sharia Law.  NPR's sacking of Juan Williams was more than the politically correct act du jour.  It was the latest in a series of media and political capitulations to Sharia law.  A central provision of Sharia law is its prohibition against speech that can be construed as "defaming" Islam or the prophet Mohammed.  Where Sharia is practiced and enforced, such "defamation" is a criminal offense that can be punished by death.  In other words, what we in America take for granted as free speech is a capital crime in some areas of the Muslim world.

NPR Still Isn't Sure Why They Fired Juan Williams.  On Oct. 20, Juan Williams was fired as a senior news analyst at NPR after making controversial comments about Muslims while a guest on Fox News' "O'Reilly Factor."  The decision to terminate Williams generated an avalanche of angry emails.  Just over three weeks later, the public radio network is still trying to figure out exactly why Williams got the axe.

What if NPR had a Juan Williams soul-searching party and nobody came?  The National Public Radio Board of Directors held a public meeting Thursday [11/11/2010] in part to discuss the company's decision to fire news analyst Juan Williams, giving listeners a chance to voice their concerns directly to board members.  One problem:  No one showed up to comment.

Obama's Authoritarian Multiculturalism.  National Public Radio's firing of the talented and amiable Juan Williams for comments he made on Fox News about Muslims is outrageous, even disgusting.  But it is not an aberration.  It is emblematic of the "dictatorship of virtue" imposed on Americans by the country's elites — many of them, like those at NPR, publicly funded but unaccountable to the American public.  Judging from the response to Williams's firing and the immediate extension of his multimillion dollar contract with Fox News, it looks like he will thrive.  But arrayed against the unchecked power of elite multiculturalism, now ensconced not only in Ivy League universities but in the White House as well, it is not at all clear that the country will.

NPR's Ellen Weiss resigns after review of Williams firing.  An outside law firm's investigation into NPR's handing of the Juan Williams firing has led to the resignation of Ellen Weiss, the senior executive who informed Williams, but largely stands by CEO Vivian Schiller's handling of the case.  However, the board also decided to withhold Schiller's bonus for 2010 as a result of the affair.

NPR executive resigns following review of Juan Williams' firing.  Ellen Weiss, NPR's senior vice president for news who fired analyst Juan Williams over his remarks on Fox TV, has resigned after NPR's review of the circumstances surrounding the incident.

If it matters...
Juan Williams Reacts to NPR Exec's Firing.  On Thursday's [1/6/2011] broadcast of Fox News Channel's "America Live," former NPR correspondent Juan Williams reacted to the resignation of Ellen Weiss, the NPR executive behind his firing.

The Schiller syndrome.  Vivian Schiller is the wretched NPR chief executive who trashed Juan Williams for statements she declared best relegated to his psychiatrist.  I detected a whiff of the punitive psychiatry employed in the late Soviet Union in Schiller's public comment on Williams.  Soviet psychiatry's favored diagnosis for those guilty of heterodox thoughts was sluggishly progressing schizophrenia.  Is Williams a victim of this malady in Schiller's view?  She clearly thought he needed therapy to address his misguided thoughts.

Months later...
NBC Set to Hire NPR Retread Vivian Schiller.  Former National Public Radio president and CEO Vivian Schiller who resigned in March after video surfaced showing an NPR fundraiser making disparaging remarks about Republicans and the Tea Party is apparently returning to the news business.

Several months later...
Juan Williams Says Rick Perry Can't Compare to Obama on Job Creation.  Juan Williams has never been known for his honest analysis, but this takes the cake.  Under the Obama Administration at least 3.3 million Americans have lost their job, millions of Americans gave up looking for a job and Obama's jobs record is worst of any president since the Great Depression.  Meanwhile, Rick Perry has created more jobs in Texas than all of the rest of the states combined.  But, Juan Williams trashes Perry, not Obama.

Several months after that...
Did Juan Williams Link Christians to The Oklahoma City Bombing?  [Scroll down]  Williams' premise is simply not correct.  You see, Timothy McVeigh was not a "Christian terrorist."  He was born of Christian parents and lived in a nominally Christian culture, sure, but he did not perpetrate his crime in the name of the Christian God.  On the other hand, the Saudi terrorist did kill thousands in the name of their Muslim God.  Thus, Williams' claim that we didn't hold McVeigh's crime against Christians is a logical fallacy at the outset because McVeigh was neither representative of, nor claimed to be representing, Christians, Christianity, nor a Christian God when he bombed the Murrah Federal Building in 1995.

Did someone mention the Oklahoma City bombing?

Three months later...
Juan Williams plays dumb.  How convenient.  Racial code words just happen to entail every conservative criticism of socialistic programs.  You cannot say Entitlement Society because that somehow is racist.  Never mind that white people are a plurality of the people on welfare.  It is racist because, well, Juan Williams said it is.  End of discussion.  And we cannot talk about Work Ethic because apparently Juan Williams thinks only white people have one.

Three months after that...
Juan Williams Runs Interference for Eric Holder, Fast & Furious.  Like Lanny Davis, Juan Williams has written an op-ed in The Hill to run interference for Eric Holder in the growing Fast & Furious gunrunning scandal.  And like Davis, Williams only gives partial facts to distort the true story.

Another three months later...
Juan Williams Spreads Democrats' Racist Narrative.  Commenting on her speech at the RNC on Tuesday night, Juan Williams said he thought that Ann Romney came off as a "corporate wife" whose "husband takes care of her."  You know- a wholly privileged gal who's never worked, never suffered (besides that whole "having multiple sclerosis and cancer" thing), so everyday American women, like single moms, just can't relate to her. [...] As if Michelle Obama's trek from Princeton to politics with Barack was a perilous journey fraught with hardships, culminating in some kind of modest life those poor single moms can relate to so well that they couldn't possibly relate to Ann Romney by comparison.

The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples.  [#32]  Juan Williams and NPR:  Fox News contributor Juan Williams is certainly a left-winger, no question.  But in 2010 when he uttered what his employer, National Public Radio, claimed was a "racist" attack on Muslims and then fired him for it, Williams became a cause célèbre in conservative circles.  But NPR and PBS both have a long history of nasty comments directed at conservatives and not one other employee was fired over it.  Apparently "hate" against conservatives is OK with our taxpayer-subsidized broadcasters.

Months earlier:
Juan Williams Agrees with AFL-CIO President's Class Warfare.  NPR and Fox News contributor Juan Williams does not see vitriolic blanket-statements condemning conservatives as "racist," "homophobic," heartless, anti-intellectual, and depraved (to name a few), as divisive or erroneous in the least.  Aside from possibly race and identity-politics, there are few things more toxic and effective than the poisonous doctrine of class warfare — no matter how many times leaders may promise heaven on earth.

Months later:
Juan Willams Says the US "Pokes Out Eyeballs & Teeth" of Detainees.  Why is this far left crank allowed on FOX News Sunday week after week?  Why then not Michael Moore?  Juan Williams is wrong on issue after issue and allowed to spew his far left talking points ad nauseum.  Why is this allowed?

Juan Williams unhinged.  Do you remember when the American left recently launched its new era of political civility?  Neither does Juan Williams.  Fox News political analyst Juan Williams may not be commonly mistaken for a calm, well-reasoned and persuasive communicator, but at least he has provided a somewhat tempered voice.  His comments after the Osama bin Laden raid, however, suddenly make the birthers and truthers seem like pillars of rationality by comparison.

Juan Williams Clashes with Eric Bolling: 'We Need America to Be a Gun-Free Zone' .  The tragic Fort Hood shooting this week reignited the debate over shootings in gun-free zones and whether gun-free zones are generally more prone to this kind of horrible violence.  On Cashin' In Saturday morning [4/5/2014], Eric Bolling and Juan Williams tussled over mental health and the gun culture, with Williams saying, "I think we need America to be a gun-free zone."

NPR's Sins Go Beyond Firing Juan Williams.  They finally nabbed Al Capone—but for tax evasion.  Legislation to de-fund The Corporation for Public Broadcasting will finally be introduced -- but because of Juan Williams' pink slip.  Senator Jim DeMint explained his motivation, "Since 2001, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds programming for National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service, has received nearly $4 billion in taxpayer money ... there's simply no reason to force taxpayers to subsidize liberal programming they disagree with."

NPR Fired the Wrong Person.  [Juan] Williams is someone I personally disagree with about 70-80% of the time.  Nonetheless he has the right to not be misrepresented, nor to be mistreated, and Vivian Schiller has done both.  NPR should replace Schiller if it truly cares about being seen as an important journalistic outlet where the genuine ethics of truth in reporting are respected.  As of now Schiller has made a mockery of that which she claimed to be practicing.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting Got $533.3 Million in U.S. Tax Dollars in 2010.  Congress awarded the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) $533.3 million in fiscal year 2010, $420 million of which was distributed to public radio and television stations in all 50 states and U.S. territories, according to the CPB Appropriation Request and Justification report.  Taxpayer money for the CPB is allocated through the Department of Commerce.  According to the CPB report, 583 public radio and television stations nationwide received $420 million in FY 2010.

Taking the public out of NPR.  NPR should be defunded, not because it's liberal but because it's wrong for the federal government to be in the news business or to subsidize one set of views over another.

NPR is unconstitutional.  Much has been said lately about the Commerce Clause in regards to Obamacare.  What about the Commerce Clause in relation to NPR?  Undoubtably, if NPR's funding is constitutionally justified, it's done using the Commerce Clause with an assist from the "Elastic" Clause.  Everything's done that way.  The founders might as well have taken Article 1, Section 8 and said:  "Congress can do whatever."  But they didn't.  The Commerce Clause states that Congress has the power "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States," not to get involved in private business.

NPR's actual tax funding much more than 1% lie.  Almost one-quarter — 23 percent — of the money NPR gets comes from the taxpayers, meaning congressional chatter about defunding NPR over the Juan Williams firing could pose a serious threat to the organization.

Focus on the Achilles Heel of Public Broadcasting.  [Juan] Williams was a member of that lonely, dying breed:  an honest liberal.  His firing was not ideological, exactly.  It was rather totalitarian.  The creepy people who run NPR showed all the consistent thinking of slavish Stalinist ciphers during the worst days of the Great Purge.  What about the "due process" shown to Juan Williams, something that leftists always insist that terrorists and welfare queens must be granted?  It was contemptuously ignored by NPR.

Why Is NPR Getting Our Money?  As part of the federal gravy train, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is set to receive $420 million this year alone.  No wonder Elmo is smiling.  This is free money for a group of people who should be competing in the private marketplace.  And what are the taxpayers getting for their money?  Well, this much is beyond dispute:  The news-based programming on PBS and NPR is heavily tilted to the left.  In fact, as far as their news analysts are concerned, there are 17 liberal-leaning individuals on the air and one moderate, David Brooks.  There are no conservative voices heard in the national public broadcasting precincts.

NPR and the Liberal Subculture that Worships It.  [Scroll down]  Beinart does, however, do us the service of reiterating NPR's most beloved talking point:  "NPR doesn't get a lot of public money."  This endlessly repeated assertion is apparently so important that it appears on NPR's own website, where it features prominently in the ombudsman's frequently asked questions page.  "NPR receives no direct funding from the federal government," the network states.  This begs the question, of course, of why — if the public money it receives is so minor — NPR and its defenders fight so ferociously to retain it.

Time to Pull NPR from Armed Forces Radio Airwaves.  Just when you thought you'd heard and seen it all from National Public Radio (NPR), the taxpayer-funded mouthpiece of the liberal movement outdid itself last week.  With its shameful and very public dismissal of respected news analyst Juan Williams, NPR managed to accomplish a feat thought unimaginable:  lose what little journalistic credibility it still maintained.

NPR Grant Raises Coverage Questions.  National Public Radio, which fired news analyst Juan Williams last month after pressure from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), has featured the Islamist group's leaders on air nearly two dozen times in the past three years, while never addressing CAIR's designation as a cog in a Hamas-support network, a review of NPR transcripts shows.  Earlier this year, the Department of Justice stood by its inclusion of CAIR on a list of unindicted co-conspirators in the terror-financing prosecution of the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF).  That list became public in June 2007, but never has been discussed in any of the NPR broadcasts featuring CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad, national spokesman Ibrahim Hooper and other officials.

NPR's defenders receiving money from the same Soros-backed organization.  After NPR fired Juan Williams in late October for comments he made about Muslims on Fox News' "O'Reilly Factor," NPR saw supporters come out of the woodwork to decry right-leaning calls for the radio company to be stripped of government financial support.  Interestingly, many of those who voiced their opinion that NPR should keep its government provided cash happen to receive funds from the same source:  liberal financier George Soros and his Open Society Institute.

NPR Isn't 'Left Wing,' It 'Leads to a More Informed Electorate'?  The public-radio show "On The Media" explored the debate over defunding public broadcasting on Saturday — but utterly stepped around any evidence from certain conservative media watchdog groups that NPR or PBS have a liberal bias.  Host Brooke Gladstone perfectly characterized how the NPR elite arrogantly conceive of their mission:  some say they have a liberal bias, but they are merely seekly to build a better, more informed, more thoughtful democracy.  As usual, liberalism and enlightenment are the same thing.

Move to cut NPR funding is defeated in House.  House Democrats on Thursday shot down a G.O.P. attempt to roll back federal funding to NPR, a move that many Republicans have called for since the public radio network fired the analyst Juan Williams last month.  Republicans in the House tried to advance the defunding measure as part of their "YouCut" initiative, which allows the public to vote on which spending cuts the G.O.P. should pursue.  But their push was blocked, 239 to 171, with only three Democrats voting with a united bloc of Republicans.

No subsidy for NPR.  A bill pulling the plug on federal funding for National Public Radio was thwarted last week when the lame-duck Democratic majority in the US House of Representatives voted down a Republican effort to bring the measure to the floor. ... Of course there was never any chance that a bill targeting one of the nation's most prominent left-of-center institutions would pass while Democrats still controlled the House.  But a GOP majority is taking over in January, and ending NPR's taxpayer subsidies ought to be high on its to-do list.

It's not rational to spend tax dollars on PBS/NPR.  Given that the federal budget is more than $1 trillion in the red and that deficits extend into the future as far as the eye can see, federal subsidies to public broadcasting understandably are on the table.  The just-released report of President Obama's deficit-reduction commission recommends diverse measures to put Washington's fiscal house in order, including a $100 billion reduction in defense spending, a substantial increase in the federal excise tax on gasoline, ending the tax deductibility of home mortgage interest payments and eliminating all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Defunding NPR and CPB:  NPR is a hard-left organization run by hard-left ideolouges who haven't changed their tone or core political beliefs in more than thirty years, though I confess surprise that the head of news and the head of programming are both veterans of the early anti-Reagan years.  Those two with Nina "forgive-the-expression" Totenberg must make up the longest serving triumverate of the left in a major news organization, and between them have worked out the party line response to five presidents and countless crucial national events.  This "shake-up" is a desperate attempt to try and hold off the defunding demands that surged in the aftermath of the PC police's slams at [Juan] Williams last year.

Who Knew NPR Execs Were So Well-Paid?  Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi was complete enough in his reporting on the internal NPR review of the Juan Williams firing on Saturday that he included financial numbers that NPR released on the bonuses of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller.  The decision to cancel her bonus over that Fox-loathing fiasco was a six-figure decision:  According to tax records released by NPR on Friday, Schiller received a bonus of $112,500 in May 2010, about 17 months after she was hired by the Washington-based organization.  This was in addition to a base salary of $450,000.

GOP Gears Up Again to Strip NPR of Federal Funds.  For years, Republicans have wanted to cut off federal funding for National Public Radio.  They tried and failed in the 1990s, but now, with a new GOP majority in the House, they're ready to try again.  It's still a long shot, but they have a fighting chance.

Games NPR Plays.  It could almost be Washington's motto:  The buck stops somewhere else.  Now it's happened at NPR.  Which is one of the many public-private hodgepodges that gets all kinds of funding from all kinds of sources — and so is hard to pin down when things go embarrassingly wrong.  There are more of those around than ever — Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Government Motors, AIG, American health care in general ... you name it.  Their structure tends to resemble that of a medieval chimera, only without the charm.

Defund Organizations That Destroy Freedom.  NPR claims that federal funding is only 2 percent of its budget, but the indirect taxpayer subsidy through affiliate stations is about 20 percent of its budget.  NPR has abused this privileged position for years by serving as a mouthpiece for those who advocate more government spending and higher taxes — all of which have served to undermine American prosperity and job creation.  Americans who desire to listen to the voices of the left already have MSNBC, most of the major networks and most large-city newspapers.  NPR will not go out of business without taxpayer subsidies because many left-wingers such as George Soros will continue to pour money into its activities.  Taxpayers should not be coerced into paying one dime to support NPR propaganda.

NPR thanks Obama for budget 'vote of confidence'.  As some Republicans on Capitol Hill try to cut, or even eliminate, its government funding, National Public Radio has sent a public thank-you to the Obama administration for proposing an increase in taxpayer funding for public radio.  "Public broadcasting received a vote of confidence today from the Obama Administration," NPR said in a statement Monday [2/14/2011].  "The President's FY 2012 budget submission to Congress included $451 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) for the two year advance appropriation for FY 2014, an increase of $6 million over FY 2013 funding."

Welfare for public radio.  National Public Radio's President and CEO Vivian Schiller simply gushed over President Obama's proposed budget that preserved the funding for public broadcasting that House Republicans would just as soon cut.  In expressing her gratitude to the White House, Ms. Schiller helped Republicans make their case.

NPR Promotes New Planned Parenthood Radio Ads Attacking Pro-Lifers.  Planned Parenthood lost a House vote on Friday by a count of 245 to 180 that would strip its funding out of this year's stopgap spending bill.  But they're not sitting still.

Sen. Boxer on PBS cuts: 'Republicans have a vendetta against Elmo'.  Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that House Republicans want to strip government funding of PBS because they have a "vendetta against Elmo."

Public Broadcasting Should Go Private.  While executives at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR) are raking in massive salaries, the organizations are participating in an aggressive lobbying effort to prevent Congress from saving hundreds of millions of dollars each year by cutting their subsidies.  The so-called commercial free public airwaves have been filled with pleas for taxpayer cash.  The Association of Public Television Stations has hired lobbyists to fight the cuts.

Senate Republicans introduce bill to defund NPR, PBS.  Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill Friday [3/4/2011] to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which doles out federal funds to radio and television stations.

Salvaging Government Journalism.  It's SOS time at National Public Radio — "save our subsidies."  Today [3/7/2011], NPR will put CEO Vivian Schiller in front of a sympathetic National Press Club audience to plead for Congress to spare its funding.  And if the announcement is anything to go by, Ms. Schiller will tug at the heart strings by insisting that "rural and economically distressed communities" will be hardest hit by this "significant blow" against public broadcasting.

NPR, PBS campaigns to keep federal funds called unlawful.  NPR and PBS stations nationwide are rallying their audiences to contact Congress to fight against Republicans' proposed spending cuts, but some affiliates' pleas may violate laws preventing nonprofits or government-funded groups from lobbying.  Interrupting popular programs, the stations air warnings that cuts could end beloved children's television shows such as "Sesame Street."  Some stations urge their audience to call and let Congress know their feelings, while others go further, instructing viewers to "stop the Senate" or "defend federal funding" for public broadcasting.

Why PBS is a public menace.  PBS recently added 15- to 30-second "sponsorship" messages to online presentations of major programs — everything from "Masterpiece" to "Frontline" (but not children's programs).  This fall, it intends to start interrupting its broadcasts with promotional spots, although in response to criticism it says it may test the idea first.  PBS calls these interruptions "program breaks" or "sponsorship announcements," but on other channels they're called commercials.  So:  What, in a world of hundreds of radio and TV channels, is so special about PBS and NPR that they should get $420 million a year of taxpayers' money?

NPR Discusses How Tea Party Appeals 'Very Fundamentally' to Racists.  Ellis Cose was a liberal Newsweek columnist on black issues from 1993 to 2010, and now has a book out on improving racial attitudes called The End of Anger.  Naturally, the book was plugged on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation on Tuesday afternoon [5/31/2011].  Even as Cose argued he was pleased that racism isn't accepted in any mainstream political group, and tried to insist not every Tea Party activist is a racist, he insisted "let's be adult here" and acknowledge the Tea Party "appeals to an older, conservative, in many cases racially prejudiced group of people."

Gov. Christie Blasts Public Broadcasting as Soviet-Style.  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey compared government funding of public broadcasting to the olden days of the Soviet Union.  He made this statement before announcing a deal that will sell the state's public broadcasting network to New York's WNET, which was first reported by MyFoxPhilly.com.  Fox News reports that, "New York Public Radio will acquire four radio stations under the agreement.  At a press conference in Trenton, Christie said the government ought to stay out of broadcasting, and the relationship in New Jersey should have ended decades ago."

NPR host 'temporarily' steps down while husband works to re-elect Obama.  National Public Radio's Michele Norris, who co-hosts All Things Considered, is stepping down "temporarily" from her post as her husband works to re-elect President Barack Obama.  Norris' husband, Broderick Johnson, worked for Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign, and for Obama's 2008 White House bid.  Norris did not step down in 2008, but did recuse herself from political coverage in 2004.

NPR Plays Dumb: 'Nothing Terribly Ideological' About Saul Alinsky.  People at National Public Radio boast about themselves as a network for the smart people.  So why must they try to tell smart people that a man who writes a book called "Rules for Radicals" offered "nothing terribly ideological" in his activism?  In an attempt to "correct" Newt Gingrich on Monday night's [1/30/2012] All Things Considered newscast, NPR correspondent Ina Jaffe became merely the latest in a line of liberal-media specialists in selling the Opposite of Reality:  that Alinsky wasn't a leftist, and that besides, the conservatives are the ones using Alinsky's radical rules.

Defund NPR.  Who is NPR's audience?  They are wealthier and more educated than the average American.  NPR doesn't report political affiliation, but it's fair to assume its audience is more liberal and more Democratic than average.  Thus, NPR is a regressive institution, a transfer payment from the masses to the gentry.

NPR, Where They Sneer at the 'Vanilla Side of Town' and Laugh at 'Kill Whitey' Jokes.  NPR is supposed to be a very, very civil space to talk.  But apparently not when NPR stations air the weekend talk show of PBS star Tavis Smiley and his Marxist professor friend, Cornel West.  Brian Maloney at the Radio Equalizer was disturbed by West alleging the media and the politicians only care about the "vanilla side of town" and the hosts were "laughing hysterically at a 'kill Whitey' joke."  Their guest was 1970s Saturday Night Live star Garrett Morris.  Maloney asked, "Can you imagine jokes about killing black people airing on NPR?"

NPR's Anti-Apple Activist Lied About Chinese Work Conditions.  Mike Daisey lied about work conditions in contract manufacturing factories in China where iPhones and iPads are made.  He lied on stage in a theatrical monologue.  He lied on NPR in a now-retracted episode of "This American Life."  And his lies were picked up by The New York Times, The Associated Press, MSNBC and HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" to name a few.

Now NPR Joins the 911 Call Fantasists.  On this morning's hourly news broadcast, National Public Radio joined those who have distorted key portions of George Zimmerman's 911 call in order to assign him culpability and/or racist motives in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.  The distortion in this case was the claim that "Zimmerman pursued Martin after police, responding to Zimmerman's 911 call, told him not to."

NPR Lies Again About Zimmerman.  Earlier this week, NPR lied to its listeners, telling them that "[George] Zimmerman pursued [Trayvon] Martin after police, responding to Zimmerman's 911 call, told him not to."  Today [4/13/2012], it repeated the lie at the top of its hourly news broadcast.  The lie is especially ironic, given that special prosecutor Angela Corey announced yesterday that she is charging Zimmerman with second-degree murder -- not first-degree murder, which would require the kind of pursuit or premeditation that NPR's distortion implies.

NPR Calls Violent Occupy Protests 'Restrained'.  The comforting whisper voices of authority at NPR want to keep their liberal pledge based hermetically sealed from the reality of nationwide May Day riots and chaos caused by the Occupy movement yesterday [5/1/2012].  That's the only conclusion to be drawn from Morning Edition's scant coverage of what was supposed to be Occupy great spring renewal, downplaying if not denying the violence that was evident to anyone paying attention.

NPR sees sharp downturn in advertising revenue, leading to talk of cuts.  NPR's new chief executive is signaling that there may be some static ahead for the radio and digital news organization.  Halfway through its fiscal year — and six months into Gary Knell's tenure as chief executive — Washington-based NPR has seen a sharp downturn in corporate "underwriting," or advertising revenue.

Nina Totenberg: Reverend Wright Is Irrelevant Because Obama Killed Bin Laden.  The Obama-loving media had quite a hissy fit this week when the President's America-hating Reverend Jeremiah Wright suddenly became a campaign issue despite all their efforts.

NPR Spreads False Claim About Black Voters 'Targeted' by Voter ID Laws.  National Public Radio, a reliable mirror of left-wing prejudice, has outdone itself with its latest report on voter ID laws, repeating the outright lie that such laws are aimed at discouraging or preventing black people from voting.

While on NPR, Sen. Rubio Questions Usefulness of NPR.  Although only 2 percent of NPR's funding comes from government grants, the station says that the loss of federal funding would undermine NPR stations' ability to pay for programming.  Rubio argued that private donations should support such an enterprise as NPR, and that plenty of outlets are available to house that ideology and format.

NPR Abandons News Format, Becomes Super PAC for Obama.  Obama, who has raised taxes on the middle class and is proposing further tax hikes on small businesses and high earners, is now attempting to spin Romney's tax reforms into tax hikes on the middle class.  He is doing so using a study by the Tax Policy Center co-authored by a former Obama administration staffer.

NPR Correspondent Refuses to Say Pledge of Allegiance or Stand for National Anthem.  "While I sat at my laptop, most of the reporters around me stood and put their hands over their hearts.  This time instead of just sitting and working, I tweeted what I was feeling."  So wrote NPR White House correspondent Ari Shapiro Tuesday about refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance or stand for the national anthem at the beginning of a Mitt Romney campaign event the previous day.

Bill O'Reilly Asks PBS Star Tavis Smiley About His Hope to More Than Double the Minimum Wage.  Never let liberals tell you that left-wingers never get any air time on Fox News.  On Thursday night [9/13/2012], Bill O'Reilly was honoring PBS host Tavis Smiley and his Marxist friend Cornel West by having them on to discuss their "poverty tour."  He began by saying "I applaud you both."  But when he asked Smiley and West for specifics, it included more than doubling the federal minimum wage level (currently at $7.25 an hour).

NPR Stations Air Poison: Pro-GOP Women are 'Battered,' Romney's 'White Supremacist Ticket'.  When conservative tax dollars support public radio stations across America, what kind of programming gets aired?  One radical show is "Smiley and West," which is distributed by Public Radio International.  This weekend, PBS star Tavis Smiley was too busy, so they replaced him with Julianne Malveaux — the loud-mouthed wacko who infamously announced on the PBS show To The Contrary that someone should feed Clarence Thomas a lot of cholestrol so he dies young.  So much for civility.

Forget Abortion! NPR Promotes The 'Rights' and 'Souls' of Plants.  As liberal reporters obsess and nearly faint in the waning days of the campaign that conservatives would dare to assert a right to life for a human being conceived in rape, NPR.org offers a better idea:  Plants deserve rights.  The NPR headline:  "Recognizing the Right of Plants to Evolve."

Former NPR CEO: Get Off Government Funding.  NPR has had many political challenges since its government funding allowed it become branded as the main source of radio news for upper-income liberals.  Just last year, Mitt Romney declared he would end federal funding for public broadcasting.  But now it faces the suggestion from its former chief executive officer that NPR would be better off without the government subsidy it's gotten since the 1970s.

Propaganda: NPR Incorrectly Claims IRS Has Nothing to do With Obamacare.  During the May 22 broadcast of National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation," host Neil Conan repeatedly contradicted a guest by claiming that the IRS has nothing at all to do with Obamacare.  NPR's Conan is, of course, completely incorrect.  The IRS is up to its Tea Party harassing neck in Obamacare.  The guest Conan contradicted was Kellyanne Conway, a Republican strategist and pollster.  Conway was on to discuss the various scandals in which Obama is mired and close to the end of her segment she questioned how the American people can trust the IRS to implement Obamacare.  Conan initially pressed her on the claim saying that she must have "misspoken."

NPR Priorities: Far More Coverage of Trayvon Martin Death Than Gosnell's Baby-killing.  As a news organization funded in large part by those on the left and staffed by those on the left, NPR often hews to the priorities of the left in its coverage.  Those priorities deem the death of one individual, Trayvon Martin — a black teen killed by a non-black man — to be far more newsworthy than the gruesome deaths of numerous black babies killed by abortionist Kermit Gosnell just after birth.

NPR flaunts its wealth as MSM struggles.  An understandable wave of envy is sweeping through the Beltway mainstream media, in the wake of NPR (formerly known as National Public Radio) showing off a spectacular new headquarters building in Washington, DC.  NPR is spending big on creating a pleasant work environment while most other news media companies are cutting back and laying off.  The controversy started last Tuesday, when NPR offered a media tour of its new facility.

NPR Shows Off New Facility.  NPR recently moved from Chinatown into its new 400,000 square-foot home on North Capitol, and they're excited about it.  Eager to show off the new facility, the organization offered a tour to members of the media Tuesday morning [6/18/2013], starting with breakfast from their in-house chefs, along with some talking points from CEO Gary Knell, who outlined some impressive features of the space.

About three months later...
NPR to offer employee buyouts.  A brewing financial crisis is forcing NPR to make one of the largest staff reductions in its history — at a time when the radio and digital news organization had seemed to be on the upswing. [...] In April, it opened its new headquarters building in the shadow of the Capitol, a $201 million edifice complete with in-house restaurant with an executive chef, health-care facilities, an employee gym and gift shop.

NPR Admits: More Guns, Less Crime.  When even people like John Kerry and Barack Obama pay no attention to National Public Radio (NPR), must taxpayers be forced to continue subsidizing it?  To its credit, this week NPR ran the following bombshell headline:  "The U.S. Has More Guns, but Russia Has More Murders."  In other words, paraphrasing Dr. John Lott, Jr.:  more guns, less crime.  Welcome aboard, NPR.

After Shutdown: Administration Gives $445,000,000 to Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  On the first day of the "shutdown" of the federal government, when members of the U.S. Senate were going to the well of their house to point out that the shutdown would prevent the National Institutes of Health from starting clinical trials for cancer patients and others facing possibly terminal illnesses, the administration was giving $445,000,000 to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, according to the Daily Treasury Statement.  That means PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio and Sesame Street got a taxpayer subsidy during the shutdown, but not would-be cancer patients at the NIH.

Denial On NPR: Journos Say Obamacare's Not a Scandal, and Obama's 'Relatively Scandal-free'.  In a sign of liberal panic, NPR's Diane Rehm Show spent its first hour Monday questioning President Obama's management style. [...] To insure that their comments weren't too upsetting to Obama-loving NPR listeners, several journalists — Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post and David Gergen of CNN — insisted the Obama administration has been "relatively scandal-free" in its operations. [...]

NYT, NPR: Reports on Knockout Game 'Overblown,' 'No Big Deal'.  Writing in Real Clear Politics, Larry Elder says the New York Times (NYT) and National Public Radio (NPR) are ignoring the black-on-white crime taking place in the "Knockout Game" — that the NYT and NPR view reports on the game as "overblown" and "no big deal."  The papers claim these attacks "do not represent a trend."

The Knockout Game — NYT/NPR Say No Big Deal.  The "knockout game" — and the media underreporting of it — combines the breakdown of the family with the media's condescending determination to serve as a public relations bureau for blacks.  The "game" is a dare in which a young man — all the perps appear to be male people of color, mostly blacks — tries to literally knock out an innocent bystander with one blow.  Both National Public Radio and The New York Times say these reports of the "knockout game" being widespread are overblown and do not represent a trend.  Really?

Your Tax Dollars At Work: How NPR Misreports Facts In The South To Push Race Narrative.  One of the ways in which the media abrogates its duty to inform the public is in neglecting to report key facts that would change the conclusions an audience would make about a set of events.  It's even worse when that media source is supported by the taxpayer just to be be propagandized into a political agenda.  Here's the latest egregious example from NPR: [...]

NPR Anchor: Rick Perry Goes 'Against All Evidence' on Warming.  Notice how NPR just rolls up everything they disagree with and loads it into one question for the "conservative" panelist. ... NPR likes to parade around as the intellectually serious network  But they don't really want to engage those issues.

NPR Listeners Hear EPA Touted as 'Environmental Investment Agency'.  In the Obama era, the Environmental Protection Agency and its chief Lisa Jackson have been absolutely non-controversial in the national media.  Few reporters have considered its aggressive "green" tactics a job-crusher.

Tax Payer Funded NPR Brings Rock Stars to Swanky Washington Party.  In the aftermath of the admission by former National Public Radio (NPR) executive Ron Schiller that NPR would not only survive an end in federal funding but "be better off in the long run" there was a common refrain from NPR supporters to ignore that man formerly behind the curtain, that public subsidies of NPR must remain in place because of the quality of the programming and the alleged need for it in rural areas.

PBS Host: Donald Trump and Tea Partiers Are Racist.  On MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, PBS host Tavis Smiley had a lot to say about Donald Trump and race.  Specifically, Smiley argued that Trump has been "race-baiting" as a way to "[play] to the worst in the tea party."

Did someone mention Donald Trump?

Former Al-Jazeera and NPR Reporter Now Working for Castro.  He used to be a correspondent for Al-Jazeera English in Communist Cuba, reporting "objectively" on what is happening in Castro's island paradise.  Now, Juan Jacomino is the Second Secretary of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., where he is coordinating "solidarity" activities for the regime.  This means that he is organizing support on U.S. soil for Marxist governments and movements in Latin America.

PBS Host Advocates Repeal of the 'Natural Born' Clause.  Apparently, in [Jon] Meacham's world, it is irrational (and horrifying) to expect transparency from this particular president.  As expected, he refers to the matter as the "birther issue" instead of an issue of transparency, and insults those who consider the matter important by equating them to "crying children."

NPR on a Bad Day.  I stopped listening to NPR years ago.  I was tired of screaming at the radio until my throat hurt.  The last time I listened to them was by mistake, my attention momentarily caught as I turned the radio dial.

Top 10 Spending Cuts Thwarted by Democrats:  [#1]  National Public Radio:  The House voted to entirely defund public radio, but Democrats in the Senate are standing firm to protect "A Prairie Home Companion."  If the programming is so wonderful, why can't it compete in the marketplace?

NPR Ekes Out A Surplus and Hosts Make Out Like Bandits.  NPR, which has been under attack after video footage from James O'Keefe showed a now former network executive saying that NPR would be just fine without federal funding, is going to run a surplus or "modest margin," this year. ... This would normally be good news, except that NPR is locked in a battle over future government funding, running a surplus shows good fiscal management but may also lend credence to the idea that they don't need more taxpayer money.

The Bias They Can't See:  NPR's reporters, regardless of how much they might annoy us, are clever, intelligent people.  As professional communicators, hired for their abilities and not how good their hair appears on camera, they know how to make words sing and dance.  They understand how to advocate without advocating.  Advocacy begins with the choice of stories to cover.  When you cover the "controversial" Arizona immigration law with great attention and give very little attention to stories that reflect badly on immigrants, you exhibit bias even though no clear advocacy has been shown.  Of course, the media will argue that they cover the "newsworthy" stories.  This is convenient cover when you get to decide yourself what is and isn't newsworthy.

NPR executives caught on tape bashing conservatives and Tea Party, touting liberals.  A man who appears to be a National Public Radio senior executive, Ron Schiller, has been captured on camera savaging conservatives and the Tea Party movement.  "The current Republican Party, particularly the Tea Party, is fanatically involved in people's personal lives and very fundamental Christian — I wouldn't even call it Christian.  It's this weird evangelical kind of move," declared Schiller, who runs NPR's foundation.

NPR exec blasts tea party in hidden-camera video.  An NPR executive was captured on hidden camera calling the tea party movement racist and xenophobic and says NPR would be better off without federal funding.

NPR responds to executive's comments.  National Public Radio spokeswoman Dana Davis Rehm responded to the remarks NPR foundation's nonprofit president Ron Schiller made.  "The fraudulent organization represented in this video repeatedly pressed us to accept a $5 million check, with no strings attached, which we repeatedly refused to accept," Davis Rehm said in an e-mail to The Daily Caller.  "We are appalled by the comments made by Ron Schiller in the video, which are contrary to what NPR stands for."

NPR chief asks critics: What liberal bias?  NPR Chief Executive Vivian Schiller defended taxpayer funding for public broadcasting Monday [3/7/2011] and challenged critics to find any evidence of liberal bias in NPR's coverage.  Schiller said the accusation that public broadcasting has a liberal bias is just a "perception problem" that doesn't accurately reflect NPR's journalism.

Another NPR Hit Piece on Israel.  Never mind Juan Williams:  What really gets me about National Public Radio is the way it manages to cover Israel in a manner more reminiscent of Tishreen's or Al Jazeera's style than that of an American news outlet.

NPR says it's 'imperative' that its federal funding not be cut.  NPR said it's "imperative" that it receives federal funding in light of a recommended cuts by the leaders of President Obama's fiscal commission.  "Federal funding has been a central component of public radio stations' ability to serve audiences across the country," NPR said in a statement.  "It's imperative for funding to continue to ensure that this essential tool of democracy survives and thrives well into the future."

The Editor says...
What's the big deal?  It's only 5% of NPR's funding, right?  Or was that a lie?

Taxpayers Provide More Than 25 Percent of NPR's Funding, Analyst Says.  As Republican lawmakers lead the charge to cut off public funding to National Public Radio, which has been under fire ever since it sacked Juan Williams last month, the network insists it gets no more than 3 percent of its total budget from taxpayers.  But one analyst has argued that NPR's $166 million budget is actually made up of more than 25 percent of taxpayer dollars and that its member stations across the country haul in another 40 percent of public funds.

A Brief History of NPR's Intolerance and Imbalance.  From calling Tea Party members "Tea Baggers," to saying that "the evaporation of 4 million" Christians would leave the world a better place, to suggesting that God could give former Sen. Jesse Helms or his family AIDS from a blood transfusion, NPR's personalities have said some pretty un-PC things in the past.  A look at the record reveals no shortage of intolerant statements and unbalanced segments on the publicly sponsored network's airwaves.

Totenberg Regrets Helms-AIDS Remark.  On NPR's blog The Two-Way, NPR media reporter David Folkenflik recalled reporter Nina Totenberg's July 8, 1995 TV outburst wishing disease and death on Sen. Jesse Helms:  "I think he ought to be worried about the — about what's going on in the good Lord's mind, because if there's retributive justice, he'll get AIDS from a transfusion or one of his grandchildren will get it."  In a new interview Tuesday [10/26/2010], she declared her regrets.

NPR political donations raise questions.  At least six people self-identifying themselves as National Public Radio employees have collectively given $2,560 to Democrats in the past five years, according to campaign finance data.  NPR's own internal policy prohibits political contributions, but the network maintains that none of the six employees were required to abide by the ethical guidelines.

All the News that Fits Soros's Agenda.  Are three liberal billionaires trying to control what we think of as news in America?  Hedge fund billionaire George Soros, the sugar daddy of the Democratic Party, has given NPR an initial grant of $1.8 million to begin a project called Impact of Government that will allow NPR to hire one hundred journalists at NPR member stations in all fifty states.  The focus will be covering state governments and how their actions affect people.

All Things Considered ... Except Evidence — and Scholarship.  Despite being interviewed by NPR religion reporter Barbara Bradley for over thirty minutes, and providing her much additional written material countering Jenkins' flimsy speculations, precious little of my rebuttal was included in the broadcast.

Omdud:  NPR changing abortion language.  NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard wrote last week about how her news organization, along with several others, categorize the opposing sides in the abortion debate.  She noted how a listener was surprised to hear an NPR correspondent describe those opposing abortion rights as pro-life — a term that isn't used by most major news organizations.  Now, Shepard follows up that NPR will no longer use politically charged terms like "pro-life" and "pro-choice."

The Editor says...
If I may be allowed to state the obvious, removing the word life de-personalizes the issue, and inserting the word rights manufactures a right where no such right exists.  George Orwell saw this coming years ago.

More disgrace at NPR.  I no longer listen to NPR and I certainly don't read its website.  So I missed the idiotic animated political cartoon, "Learn To Speak Teabag," which apparently ran on NPR's website for two months.  The cartoon portrays a stammering representative of the Tea Party movement as having no arguments to make about Obamacare other than to repeatedly label it "Socialism" and to accuse its supporters of being Nazis.

NPR Teabags America.  Just in case any conservatives continue to question the endemic condescension, bad faith, and elitism pervasive among political leftists, a cartoon recently published by National Public Radio (NPR) will extinguish all doubt.

NPR:  No apology for 'Tea Bag' attack cartoon.  National Public Radio executives say there will be "no apology" for an animated cartoon on the network's website that has angered thousands of conservatives.  The cartoon, entitled "How to Speak Tea Bag," by satirist Mark Fiore, will remain on the NPR site, executives tell NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard.

The Editor says...
The people at NPR can say whatever they like on their web site, as soon as they stop accepting government subsidies and rely entirely on voluntary support.  But as long as taxpayers' money is keeping them afloat, the taxpayers have every right to object.

NPR Bias Shines Through.  NPR brass reacted negatively after veteran reporter Nina Totenberg consistently referred to White House Chief of Staff as Rahm Emanuel by his first name only. ... This was no rookie mistake by Totenberg and NPR reacted quickly to make it clear that all reporters need to use both the first and last name of their subjects.

Survey:  NPR CEO Made 1.3 Million Bucks a Year.  The public-broadcasting-insider newspaper Current passed along a survey from The Chronicle of Philanthropy on executive compensation at large nonprofits in 2008.  The salaries can be higher than the current presidential salary of $400,000 (and the current congressional salary of $174,000).  The list includes national executives and leaders at large stations like WNET (New York), WETA (Washington), WTTW (Chicago), and KCET (Los Angeles.) ... It's always worth remembering these numbers at pledge-drive time.

Is NPR Skipping Over the Murder of Private William Long?  Just like audio offered on the National Public Radio website, NPR transcripts in Nexis do not include top-of-the-hour newscasts.  But a quick Nexis search finds there is no mention of the Monday shooting of Private William Long at a Little Rock recruiting station by a Muslim convert. ... Meanwhile, Nexis lists NPR has aired seven full stories or interview segments on the Sunday shooting of late-term abortionist George Tiller.

We are all Marxists now.  National Public Radio's Juan Williams, appearing on Fox News Sunday, insisted repeatedly that "supply is at an eight year high" as proof that the oil companies are cheating us.  He kept repeating the phrase, as if that would make it a more sensible statement.  It didn't. … Frustrated by his inability to convince others of his nonsense, Williams then insisted that there is no connection between supply and demand.

Further Proof NPR Caters to Extreme Left:  Even when they try to go a little toward the conservative side of the debate, they get lambasted by their audience, angered that they had the temerity to air conservative views.  Of course, the only reason they would get such a rude reception from their own audience is because they have garnered only a far left listenership as a result of their far left programming.  After all, if they had a balanced listenership they wouldn't get deluged by angry emails when they aired conservative content.

PBS, Pay your own way.  My cable company made me a remarkable offer:  They want to add a new channel to my cable subscription — and you will pay for it.  The channel will have liberal news, highbrow entertainment and a variety of educational programming.  Sounds insane, and yet the channel isn't new.  It's called PBS.  Public broadcasting is a classic example of welfare for the well-off. … I enjoy PBS, but it hardly seems fair that the government demands you buy it for me.

Public Broadcasting:  Time to Halt the Taxpayer-Funded Gravy Train.  For years, the government-owned Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and in turn National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) have been the recipients of large public handouts.  Tax dollars from wealthy, middle-income, and lower-income Americans have gone to subsidize programming whose audience is disproportionately upper-income.

The age of the State-Owned Mainstream Media is upon us.  The biggest winner within the SOMSM realm has been NPR.  Not only does public radio get a steady stream of government revenue, but it also gets lots of tax-deductible cash.  Most profoundly, the $200 million that NPR received from the estate of Joan Kroc has enabled public radio to play in the big media leagues.  "We're probably the only major national news organization on a growth curve," says spokeswoman Andi Sporkin.  "We're on a hiring binge, expanding bureaus, expanding beats."

Saving public broadcasting:  Public broadcasting has been so successful and popular that it's now ready to spread its wings and fly on its own. … Let's be clear about some of the figures that have been tossed about.  In 2003, CPB received a $363 million dollar federal appropriation which was a 45 percent increase in just four years.  The 2006 budget calls for $400 million.

Movement Grows to Push "Public" Broadcasting off the Taxpayers' Dole:  Americans who have long resented having their hard-earned dollars confiscated to fund the trashing of their values on "public" broadcasting could get relief.

The Other Liberal Radio Network.  The stories about the bankruptcy of Air America, the liberal radio network, usually tried to compare its success, or lack thereof, to the ability of conservatives to get on hundreds of radio stations.  Air America has 89 affiliates, compared to Limbaugh being on 550 stations and Hannity on 515.  But the left-leaning National Public Radio has 800 affiliates and claims an audience of 26 million.  It, of course, is federally-financed.

More Bias from Public Broadcasting.  While conservative radio hosts are on hundreds of radio stations, taxpayer-supported public radio has 800 affiliates.  Its bias, usually presented as objectve journalism, has a real impact on people.  Its recent treatment of the controversy over the launch of Al-Jazeera English is a case study of how the bias is displayed on a daily basis.

NPR and PBS are Too Conservative, Say Liberal Lawmakers:  Wednesday House hearing on federal funding for the taxpayer-run Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio turned into a debate between subcommittee Republicans and Democrats about news reporting and overall programming bias.

 Editor's Note:   If you stand far enough to the left, everybody will appear to be on your right.  If everybody appears to be too conservative, you must be a liberal extremist.

The Case for De-Funding Public Broadcasting:  There was a time when non-commercial public broadcasting may have offered an alternative that people couldn't find elsewhere.  With the rise of cable television and talk radio, however, U.S. taxpayer underwriting of television and radio is no longer needed.  The public should not have to subsidize public broadcasting through tax dollars or tax breaks.  People have access to hundreds of cable channels and radio stations and networks.  Also, satellite television and radio are available.  There's no need to force taxpayers to pay for programming they do not want or enjoy.

NPR Repeatedly Describes Far-Left Islamists as "Conservative".  When it comes to ideological labeling, the media standard is to presume that the bad guys are the conservatives or the ones on the right.  How else to explain "hard right" and "conservative" communists when communism is on the far left?

A Battle Over Programming at National Public Radio.  Executives at National Public Radio are increasingly at odds with the Bush appointees who lead the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  In one of several points of conflict in recent months, the chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which allocates federal funds for public radio and television, is considering a plan to monitor Middle East coverage on NPR news programs for evidence of bias, a corporation spokesman said on Friday [5/13/2005].

National Public Radio Criticized in Congressional Hearing:  Members of Congress Thursday [2/28/2002] demanded that the president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting explain questionable reporting practices by National Public Radio.

NPR Bigots Ignore Sharpton's Candidacy:  The Democrat party establishment would rather ignore the embarrassing White House wannabe Al "Tawana Brawley" Sharpton.  So would its media stooges, including the taxpayer-funded leftist drones at NPR.

Time for National Private Radio.  Congress has tried before to tamper with the subsidy to federally funded radio.  The attempt stands as one of the signature failures of the fabled Republican-revolution-that-wasn't, away back there in the dreamy days following the election of 1994.  "If the Corporation for Public Broadcasting still exists in two years," Newt Gingrich said then, referring to the government agency that funds public radio, "then we will have failed."  Ten years later, Gingrich is gone but NPR survives. … A chief reason for the failure was the bureaucratic flow chart of public radio — a system of funding that would have puzzled Rube Goldberg. … The intricacies and indirections of the system might lead a skeptic to think they were designed precisely to frustrate any congressional attempt at privatization.

Privatize PBS and NPR.  PBS became the object of outraged citizens when it broadcast a blatantly anti-Boy Scout documentary called "A Scout's Honor" in 2001.  And last December, "Mohammed:  Legacy of a Prophet" was more an infomercial for Islam than an objective documentary.  To a greater extent even than PBS, NPR has become a mouthpiece for the radical left.  Conservatives have their talk radio and Christian stations while liberals occupy the mainstream media.  But the radical Left has found its home at NPR.

NPR's Kroc-pot bubbles over:  National Public Radio is not only a broadcast boutique operated by and for liberals, it's now flooded with more cash than it could possibly ever need, thanks to a liberal philanthropist.

Rep. DeLay Condemns NPR for Anti-Christian Smear:  A high-ranking House leader Thursday led a series of attacks on National Public Radio for slandering a Christian group.  While five lawmakers raised the issue on the House floor, a congressional subcommittee confronted NPR's top brass.  Some of the congressmen questioned whether the taxpayers should continue to subsidize NPR's left-wing propaganda.

Public air wars:  The hearing's purpose was to grill Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, Corporation for Public Broadcasting president, about hiring two consultants in his campaign against liberal bias on the airwaves.

In praise of honest liberals:  I almost drove off the road when I heard it, the shock was so great.  I really should have known better than to be listening to the "news" on National Propaganda Radio instead of the classical music station.

Obama, Justice Thomas and Col. West: On Morality.  A white liberal friend of mine is sure in his own mind that Justice Clarence Thomas is an intellectual lightweight.  Why?  Has he read any of Thomas' Supreme Court opinions?  No.  He's never bothered.  But he's heard about Justice Thomas on NPR.

This ... I Disbelieve.  Whoever runs NPR, aka National Platitudinous Radio, can't have read Walker Percy's The Moviegoer.  Or if they have, they must have missed the definitive dissection he performed on an old radio program called This I Believe, an Edward R. Murrow special that NPR recently revived.

Public Media Bias and Climate Change:  Taxpayer funded public media has consistent left-wing bias regardless of the party in power.  Mission statements claim balance, but this is never the case.  Remove the funding and these agencies fail.

CRS: Public Broadcasting gets 15 percent of its funds from the taxpayer.  At the request of Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., the non-partisan Congressional Research Service has produced a short report on how much NPR and PBS together receive from the taxpayer via the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  The answer for the current fiscal year (2011) is $430 million.  Federal funds make up about 13.7 percent of the revenue from public broadcasting.  By comparison, about 24.4 percent comes from "viewers/listeners like you," with the remainder coming from business and foundation grants.

FCC Commissioner Wants to Test the 'Public Value' of Every Broadcast Station.  American journalism is in "grave peril," FCC Commissioner Michael Copps says, and to bolster "traditional media," he said the Federal Communications Commission should conduct a "public value test" of every commercial broadcast station at relicensing time.  In a speech at the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York on Thursday [12/2/2010], Copps also said station relicensing should happen every four years instead of the current eight.

White House: NPR, Public Broadcasting 'Important Priorities'.  National Public Radio and its parent organization are "worthwhile and important priorities" to receive federal dollars, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday [3/9/2011] after the head of NPR resigned over a politically embarrassing undercover video.

NPR hates you.  When the tape was aired, Mr. Schiller issued a statement that his offensive language was "counter to NPR's values" and, incredibly, "not reflective of [his] own beliefs."  NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller, who is an ideological sister but not a blood relative of Mr. Schiller, rushed out a statement saying his remarks were "contrary to what NPR stands for and are deeply distressing to reporters, editors and others who bring fairness, civility and respect for a wide variety of viewpoints to their work everyday."  Does any thoughtful person believe either of these announcements?  It is extremely doubtful that anyone — including the flacks who wrote the statements, the lawyers who signed off on them and the people in whose name they were released — believes a word of them.  Both Schillers are now out of a job and the public broadcasting damage-control effort is in overdrive.

NPR Media Reporter Folkenflik: Vivian Schiller Didn't Quit She Was Fired.  Not many people were surprised National Public Radio announced that President and CEO Vivian Schiller had resigned, the day after the release of an undercover video sting showing a former top NPR executive vilifying grass-roots conservatives and questioning the need for continued federal funding for the organization.

DeMint on NPR CEO ouster: it's about taxpayer money, not her.  Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, said National Public Radio CEO Vivian Schiller getting "ousted" doesn't absolve NPR from federal funding cuts.  "The issue about taxpayers funding public broadcasting isn't about who gets hired or fired, it's about two simple facts:  we can't afford it and they don't need it," DeMint said in a statement.

NPR President Resigns.  Schiller's departure, while welcome, does nothing to correct the politicization of the NPR organization.  Schiller's resignation means that the MSM must cover the story, much as Van Jones's resignation broke the MSM blockade on the revelations of his self-proclaimed communism.  I think it is time to refer to NPR as "scandal-plagued NPR."

NPR's CEO Vivian Schiller Is Out; NPR Should Be, Too.  NPR raises nearly $800 million a year; the federal government's support accounts for only 10 percent of its budget.  The now-ousted Schiller claimed in a speech last week that it needs those federal dollars to "leverage" its private support, but that's absurd — chances are the common knowledge of its federal funding somewhat depresses its fundraising possibilities.

The End of NPR.  The most outrageous thing about [Ron] Schiller's diatribe is not its bigotry, but its lazy cluelessness.  There isn't a mind-numbing morsel of liberal conventional wisdom he hasn't fully digested.  He even characterized the Tea Party as a band of "fundamentalist Christians" who are "fanatically involved in people's personal lives," a caricature no one who had even the slightest contact with the Tea Party would believe.  They're fiscal conservatives whose primary issue is uncontrolled federal spending.  Schiller appears to understand very little about the world his network is charged with covering.

Last Straw For NPR?  It's bad enough that taxpayers are forced to support a left-wing media outlet long since rendered obsolete by the Internet.  Now we learn NPR is seeking booty from terrorist sources.

Letting it all hang out, &c.  Have you read about NPR? ... An NPR executive denounced the Tea Party to two people he believed to be with a Muslim organization.  He said, "They believe in sort of white, middle America, gun-toting — it's scary.  They're seriously racist, racist people." ... I feel sure of one thing:  If [James] O'Keefe et al were on the left, not on the right, dedicated to embarrassing and exposing conservatives, they would be hailed as heroes of investigation, transparency, and truth.  They would have won every award under the sun by now.

Push to Defund Public Broadcasting Heats Up.  NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller may have hoped her departure would help placate budget cutters and public radio's critics on Capitol Hill, but instead they stepped up calls to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Public radio is indeed popular, Republicans say, and it should be able to fund itself.

Secret Foreign Money At NPR.  NPR made a big deal of trumpeting their refusal to accept this fat donation.  "The fraudulent organization represented in this video repeatedly pressed us to accept a $5 million check, with no strings attached, which we repeatedly refused to accept," their official response declared.  As it turns out, they were lying through their teeth.  NPR was not only happy to accept millions from the men posing as Muslim Brotherhood operatives, it volunteered to help them avoid government scrutiny by remaining anonymous.

Barack Obama, America's first NPR president.  If proof were needed that some people at the top of National Public Radio despise the public then it was provided last week.  In a delicious sting carried out by the young conservative troublemaker James O'Keefe, Americans were offered a glimpse of the different plant a certain class of liberal inhabits.  For the uninitiated, NPR (officially, they've actually dropped the radio bit as they pursue digital expansion) is viewed a little bit like the BBC is in Britain, only much more so:  Left-leaning, worthy and a more than a little self-satisfied.

Peeling Back The Onion That Is 'White, Liberal, Elite' NPR.  With National Public Radio in danger of losing its federal funding and former top official saying Tea Party people are "racist, racist", NPR board member Sue Schardt recently said the organization had "unwittingly cultivated a core audience that is predominately white, liberal, highly educated, elite."  As Instapundit says, "I'm not so sure it was all that unwitting."

The Protocols of the Elders of NPR.  As well they should, Nation Public Radio is backing and shuffling fast to cover the public humiliation of the promulgation of a video showing NPR execs playing funding footsie with two putative donors masquerading as representatives of a Muslim Brotherhood front group.

Opposing viewpoint:
NPR Videos Are Not What They Seem.  It looks like James O'Keefe's Project Veritas may have some 'splaining to do after an analysis by The Blaze reveals some selective editing of the recently released NPR videos.  The most damning video was the one where now former NPR executive Ron Schiller was quoted as calling the Tea Partiers as racists.  However a further look at the raw footage shows that Schiller was actually discussing what an Republican Ambassador was saying.

All things reconsidered.  Liberals in general, and NPR in particular, know one of only two reactions to any event.  They are either appalled (which was their go-to reaction in the ACORN scandal) or offended.  That is pretty much what they do.  And many liberals do not have room left on the bumpers of their Volvos for any more stickers airing their pious indignation.  They are currently suffering from "appalled fatigue" due to Republican efforts to de-fund them.  The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, of which NPR is a part, gets $430 million a year from the government to cover inane subject matters better left alone.

Juan Williams says...
It's Time to Defund NPR.  I'm not being vindictive when I say that NPR leadership had become ingrown and arrogant to the point that they lost sight of journalism as the essential product of NPR.  People like Schiller and Ellen Weiss, the head of news for NPR, who made it her life's work to fire me, came to think of themselves as smarter than anyone else.  They felt no need to answer to any critic.  No other point of view had any importance to them.  They came to personify anti-intellectual resentment and arrogance in journalism.

House votes to cut NPR funding.  NPR receives about $90 million in federal funding annually, but the Congressional Budget Office calculated that the net savings from defunding the network would be zero.  Democrats seized on the CBO analysis and ridiculed the GOP for trying to silence popular public radio programs like "Prairie Home Companion" and "Car Talk" for their own political reasons.

The Editor says...
Nobody is saying those shows won't be on the air after federal funding is cut off.  They'll just be packed with commercials.

Harry Reid: 'I Love NPR'.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), interviewed Tuesday on National Public Radio, began with an endorsement of the liberal media outlet:  "I love NPR," Reid told host Michele Norris right after she introduced him.  Reid went on the show to discuss the debt-ceiling deal that Obama signed on Tuesday [8/2/2011].

Techniques for Untruth.  As the 2012 election season lurches into full activity and the presidential darling of 2008 looks increasingly beatable, members of the Obama campaign team, also known as the mainstream press, realize there's much work to do keeping their man in the White House.  Two recent NPR stories display some techniques available to journalist-activists, allowing them to misrepresent truth while at the same time maintaining an appearance of objectivity.

NPR Picks Sesame Workshop CEO as President.  Even as House Republicans plan to zero them out, National Public Radio has picked a new president with Democratic Party connections on his resume. ... The Washington Post mentioned [Gary] Knell is "a former counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee when it was chaired by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.).  Before his stint in Washington, he worked as a legal adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) during Brown's first term, and for Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.)."  NPR has a long history of Democratic party men as presidents.

NPR prepares for a new reality.  By selecting someone with virtually no newsroom experience but a long history of both defending the federal funding of public media and raising money, NPR signaled that the battle ahead will not be about journalism, but about survival.

Totenberg: 'Don't Make Me the Spokesman for the White House'.  There was a truly marvelous exchange between syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer and NPR's Nina Totenberg on Friday's "Inside Washington."  When Krauthammer pressed her on why President Obama didn't embrace the Bowles-Simpson plan to reduce the budget deficit, Totenberg replied, "Don't make me the spokesman for the White House," leading him to deliciously ask, "What would be new about that?" ... For those not getting the joke, Totenberg like so many on NPR has a long history of carrying Obama's water.  Nicely done, Charles.

Time to Cut off NPR.  National Public Radio continues to define itself in every way as a taxpayer-funded nest of leftism.  NPR couldn't just supportively report on the Occupy Wall Street protests.  A fire-breathing spokeswoman for the "Occupy D.C." protests against capitalism was also an NPR host.

Michele Norris steps down as husband joins Obama team.  NPR host Michele Norris is temporarily stepping down from the afternoon news show "All Things Considered" because her husband has taken a senior role in President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart

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The Public Broadcasting Service

More than fifty years ago, the FCC set aside certain television channels for noncommercial educational television.  Perhaps the hope was that something good would come from television, even if all the other channels degenerated into endless streams of soap operas, game shows and sitcoms.  But in the last several years FCC rules have been relaxed, and these "noncommercial" stations run "enhanced endorsements" which are actually just TV commercials.  Many PBS stations also run self-serving telethons to raise money by guilt-tripping their gullible local viewers, even though there is plenty of money coming from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Here's an interesting tidbit of information:  PBS has 26 stations in the top six television markets, and a total of 216 stations in the top 100 markets.*  Analyzing the justification for this number of PBS affiliates is left to the reader as an exercise.  If you can't understand the need, perhaps your Congressman could provide an answer.  When you inquire, you might remind him or her that running a television station isn't cheap.  The electric bill alone amounts to a small fortune every month.  And since PBS stations are ostensibly non-commercial, they rely on taxpayers to pick up the tab.

PBS Airs Documentary Promoting Late-Term Abortion.  Pro-life leaders are blasting the tax-funded television Network PBS for airing a documentary September 1 that glorified murdered late-term abortionist George Tiller while portraying as heroes the small handful of abortionists who continue the practice of killing pre-born babies during the third trimester of pregnancy.

Taxpayer-Funded PBS to Air 'After Tiller' Late-Term Abortion Film.  On Labor Day, taxpayer-funded PBS is scheduled to air the documentary After Tiller, a film that extols the work of late-term abortionists, aiming to evoke empathy for them and casting them as saviors and heroes of women.  However, American Life League, the nation's largest grassroots Catholic pro-life education organization, is demanding that PBS cancel its Labor Day showing of the film.

Dear PBS, I don't think there's a compassionate way to murder infants.  Dear PBS, [...] As a third rate, tax subsidized broadcasting outfit with a viewership in the single digits, I'd expect you'd try your best to fly under the radar.  There is, after all, no conceivable reason for you to exist, nor is there a solid justification for spending tax money to keep afloat an irrelevant television channel that has long since drowned amid a sea of a million other channels.  Sure, you "only" bring in about 40 million dollars a year in tax money, but why draw attention to the scam?

FCC May Allow Third-Party Fund[rais]ing on Public TV.  The Federal Communications Commission has announced the agency may liberalize its rules prohibiting noncommercial broadcasters from raising funds for an entity other than the station itself if the fundraising alters or disrupts regular programming.  The 2010 earthquake in Haiti prompted commercial and public broadcasters to seek ways to raise emergency funds for the country.  Although noncommercial educational (NCE) broadcasters normally would be forbidden to participate, the FCC issued a public notice granting waivers to those broadcasters because of the level of the tragedy.

The Editor says...
This sounds like another incremental step in the direction of commercializing "noncommercial" television stations.  If they can raise funds for disaster relief, why can't they raise funds for "Toys for Tots", or "Race for the Cure?", and (a few years later) why can't they raise money for any commercial advertiser?

PBS helps to peddle White House propaganda:
First lady enlists Sesame Street to promote healthy eating.  Sesame Street's Elmo and Rosita joined Michelle Obama at the White House on Wednesday [10/30/2013] to announce that the [M]uppets would start promoting fruit and vegetable consumption for kids.  And companies will be able to use the beloved characters for free.  "Just imagine what will happen when we take our kids to the grocery store, and they see Elmo and Rosita and the other Sesame Street Muppets they love up and down the produce aisle," [Mrs.] Obama said.  "Imagine what it will be like to have our kids begging us to buy them fruits and vegetables instead of cookies, candy and chips."

The Editor says...
Popeye used to squeeze open a can of spinach and practically inhale the contents, just before the violent conclusion of each of his cartoons.  So when I was six years old, I really wanted to eat raw spinach and hope for the same results.  But after tasting it only once, I went back to ice cream and candy.  The so-called first lady apparently wants us to believe that young people choose snacks based on the packaging rather than the taste.  She fails to understand that we are not idiots.

'Sesame Street' to teach kids about when Mommy goes to prison.  It's brought to you by the letter P — for prison.  PBS's "Sesame Street" is moving from ABCs and counting numbers to offering its young viewers a bigger lesson in life:  how to cope when Mommy or Daddy lands behind bars.  Called "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration," the program is distributing "tool kits" to schools, community centers and even jails in 10 states — including New York — starting today to help kids ages 3 to 8, organizers said.

The Editor says...
Apparently they presume that Daddy is either a complete unknown or he's already in prison.

Remember This During the Next Pledge Drive.  From his taxpayer-subsidized perch on the PBS program "Moyers & Company" last week, [Bill] Moyers, never more comfortable than when dissing America, said the American pledge of allegiance is "a lie — a whopper of a lie."  Moyers, who began his public career helping to make the world safe for that paragon of truthfulness, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and therefore pretty savvy about being economical with the truth, elaborated on the pledge: [...]

First Couple hosts celeb-filled concert amid sequestration.  President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will host a star-studded roster of music legends April 9 for another glitzy installment in the "In Performance at the White House" concert series, according to a White House press released issued Tuesday. [...] Though the White House notably canceled all visitor tours in March, ostensibly due to sequestration, the First Couple's series of White House concerts — billed as "the nation's highest honor for popular song" — manages to survive.

The Editor says...
This event will be televised on PBS, largely at the taxpayers' expense.

Feminists: Leave My Boys Alone.  This past week an episode of Sesame Street set off a firestorm of debate over whether a boy muppet named Telly should be ashamed that his muppet friends caught him playing with dolls.  In one corner "traditionalists" who called out the episode as gender and sex confused.  In the other "modern feminists" who were offended by almost everything the traditionalists said and believe.

Misguided PBS Program Gets the Facts Wrong on Acid Ocean Alarm.  On December 5 the PBS NewsHour showed a segment titled "Endangered Coral Reefs Die as Ocean Temperatures Rise and Water Turns Acidic," with Hari Sreenivasan reporting.  The story discussed the recent loss of Florida coral reefs and the possible impact on recreation and tourism if reef degradation continues.  But PBS wrongly told viewers reef degradation was due to warmer ocean temperatures and "ocean acidification," both allegedly caused by human carbon dioxide emissions.

Nancy Pelosi's photo trickery enhances her caucus.  Stunts for photo ops are, of course, old hat in Washington and elsewhere.  Although PBS claims to be non-political, somehow Big Bird usually manages to appear alongside Democrat congressmen when they stage a photo op to denounce proposed cuts to the network's budget.

Misguided PBS spreads acid ocean alarm.  Scientists, environmental groups, and the United Nations promote the fear of ocean acidification.  According to claims, man-made emissions of carbon dioxide are absorbed by the oceans and converted into carbonic acid, thereby changing the chemical balance of the oceans.  The basic concept of acidification is correct, but hugely exaggerated.

Whitewashing Pedophilia at PBS:  Another victim has come forward and accused the voice of Sesame Street's Elmo of engaging in pedophilia.  Kevin Clash, the 28-year voice of Elmo, has resigned from the show after another alleged victim has come forward, this time in court. [...] Pedophiles notoriously enter professions that give them access to children.  Like a fisherman with a lure, they rely on puppets, football tickets, candy, balloons, toys and worse to attract victims.  Did Clash's "achievement" of the PBS "mission for 28 years" have a darker side?  It seems strange that his employers would tout his good work.

After This Election, Does PBS Deserve Public Funding?  [Scroll down]  Even Sesame Street seems a bit too collectivist, too universalist, too dovish for many viewers.  Teaching kids to share and get along is well enough, but indoctrinating them into the purported dangers of global warming and the supposed evil of the profit motive crosses the line.  And that is what many viewers believe Big Bird and company are up to.  Even if public television and radio did make an effort to represent the values of the taxpayers who fund them, is there anything in the Constitution that remotely supports the idea of funding public media?  Just the opposite is true.  The doctrine of enumerated powers makes it clear that the federal government has no role in funding media.

Climate of Doubt about PBS's Objectivity.  This is just one more reason to defund PBS.  If a "journalistic" organization cannot even provide some level of objectivity, why should the taxpayer be forced to support it?

Heartland comments on Frontline 'Climate of Doubt'.  It appears host John Hockenberry spent enough time with global warming "skeptics" to know we are sincere, honest, and effective, but not enough time to learn we are right on the science.  Rather than examining the scientific debate directly [...] he decided to rely uncritically on the claims of a few alarmists pretending to speak for "climate science."  That choice ultimately makes "Climate of Doubt" a biased and unreliable guide to the scientific debate.

Public Television Doesn't Mean Big Bird, It Means Islamist, Russian and Chinese Propaganda.  The federally-funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) funneled $27,580,113 into MHz Networks and its affiliates in fiscal year 2011.  MHz Networks is a division of Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, based in Richmond, Virginia, and distributes Al-Jazeera, the voice of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Moscow-funded Russia Today (RT) channel, and CCTV, under the rubric of "Programming for globally-minded people."

Big Bird's producer boasts well-padded retirement nest.  Far from being a pauper, Sesame Workshop, the company that produces the beloved children's television program that has become an unlikely point of partisan bickering in the presidential campaign, has put away more than $100 million in investments, including more than $20 million in hedge funds and $9.7 million in a private equity fund.

Big Bird Richer Than Mitt Romney.  Big Bird makes more money than Mitt Romney, but is still on the government dole.

Sesame Street received $1 mil stimulus bill grant — created "1.47" jobs.  Sesame Workshop, the independent nonprofit corporation that produces the popular childrens' program Sesame Street, received a $1,067,532 stimulus bill grant in August 2010, via the Department of Health and Human Services.  The funding was to promote healthy eating according to the federal Recovery.gov website.

Time for Big Bird to fly the nest.  Big Bird has been living rent-free on Sesame Street for 43 years.  The popular Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) character is on the dole because the left believes government should use taxpayer cash to support the arts. [...] Republicans aren't backing down. On Sunday, ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked Romney campaign senior adviser Ed Gillespie whether it was a mistake to target the public TV network, which operates under a $445 million federal appropriation for public broadcasting.

Sesame Street Is the 1 Percent.  At Corporation for Public Broadcasting, according to the CPB's 2011 tax forms:
     Patricia De Stacy Harrison, president and CEO $361,895
At PBS, according to 2011 tax forms:
     Paula Kerger, president and CEO $669,260
     Michael Jones, chief operating officer $477,296
     Barbara Landes, chief financial officer, treasurer, and senior vice president $402,355
     Katherine Lauderdale, senior vice president and general counsel, $381,855.
At Sesame Workshop, according to 2011 tax forms:
     Gary Knell, president and CEO of Sesame Workshop until October 2011, $988,456
     H. Melvin Ming, current president and CEO, $584,572

Big Bird, just another corporate welfare queen.  CNN's Soledad O'Brien said, "my son was devastated when he heard that Big Bird might be killed."  Bunk.  As Sherrie Westin, vice president of Sesame Workshop — which owns Sesame Street — had just explained to O'Brien, "The Sesame Workshop receives very, very little funding from PBS.  So we are able to raise our funding through philanthropic, through our licensed product, which goes back into the educational programming, through corporate underwriting and sponsorship.

Big Bird's Creator A Big Obama Backer.  The woman who founded the Children's Television Workshop, which created Sesame Street, is a maxed-out contributor to the Obama campaign and a significant donor to the Obama-backing Priorities USA Super PAC, campaign finance records show.  Joan Ganz Cooney contributed the the maximum $35,800 to the Obama campaign and Democratic National Committee, plus an additional $30,400 that could be distributed by the "Obama Victory Fund" to state parties.  She then gave $50,000 to the Priorities USA Super PAC that is backing Obama's re-election.

Big Bird, Small President.  Having been routed in the first debate, President Obama has found a comeback strategy:  Fly Big Bird.  Specifically, mock Mitt Romney's call to cut federal subsidies for the millionaires at the Sesame Workshop and pledge to defend the Public Broadcasting Service no matter how much money the Treasury has to borrow.

The actor who brought Big Bird to life makes $314,000 a year.  Tax returns from PBS's Sesame Workshop show that the television show shelled out at least $314,072 for the actor behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.  That makes Caroll Spinney, who has played everyone's favorite yellow-feathered friend since 1969, a true blue member of the One Percent.

Big Bird is a Democrat Dupe.  Sesame Workshop, which reported revenue of $130,606,413, in 2009, says 35 percent comes from "corporate, foundation and government support."  The latter includes the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Gary Knell, chief operating officer of Sesame Workshop from 2000-2011, made a salary of $684,144.  He is now the president and CEO of National Public Radio.  Sesame Workshop President and CEO H. Melvin Ming earned a salary of $447,885 in 2009.  Direct government grants amounted to $7,968,918.  Its Form 990 reported lobbying expenses of $1 million a year, in order to keep the federal dollars flowing.

Big Bird Is Big Business.  The Children's Television Workshop had created not just an immensely popular program, but a mountain of intellectual property that could be profitably mined for decades.  Which is exactly what they did. [...] The bottom-line:  In 2011 Sesame Workshop took in $46.9 million in licensing income from Sesame Street.

PBS: Re-Educating America's Schoolchildren, Thanks to Your Contributions.  When most people think of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's education programs, they remember the gentle Mr. Rogers welcoming children to his home, or documentaries offering exciting encounters with whales and other exotic creatures.  These shows still exist.  But CPB today produces lessons that glorify the Black Panthers and riots and protests of the 1960s, present rocker Patti Smith as a "patriot" for singing songs that condemn President George W. Bush, vilify Wal-Mart, and sanctify environmentalist Rachel Carson.

DeMint and Lamborn: Defund NPR and PBS.  Two conservative lawmakers are teaming up to urge appropriation leaders in the House and Senate to defund the Corporation of [sic] Public Broadcasting (CPB), which is asking for $445 million advance for FY 2015.  This week, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) prepared letters for the heads of the appropriation committees, saying defunding the entity "should be one of the easiest decisions to make," while searching for cuts in a government $15 trillion in debt.

Sesame Street Muppet Pitches Government Dependence: Free Food at School.  A "food insecure" Muppet is helping to promote a national "Food for Thought" campaign that teaches poor families to seek out nutritious food and to eat on the taxpayers' tab.  At the National Press Club on Thursday [12/8/2011], Lily the Muppet — who worries about her family not having enough money to feed her properly — pitched free food at school.

Malnourished Muppets and the Indoctrination of America's Children.  After an extended interlude, America finally has another liberal buzz phrase to add to the country's politically correct vernacular:  "Food Insecurity." ... Sesame Street has introduced a downtrodden "food insecure" Muppet named Lily, whose voice sounds as if she's been stricken with hunger-induced low blood sugar.

PBS alters transcript to hide Obama gaffe.  At one point Mr. Obama made a major gaffe; he identified Abraham Lincoln as the founder of the Republican Party.  Lincoln did not join the Republicans until 1856, over two years after the party was founded.  The first Republican convention was held in Ripon, Wisconsin in 1854.  Such a gaffe would have brought huge amounts of ridicule and derision on George W. Bush, but in the case of Obama the media yawned.  Actually, they did more than yawn; government-funded PBS has altered the transcript of the President's speech, removing the offending comment.

Online push for Bert, Ernie to have gay wedding on 'Sesame Street'.  An online campaign to pressure the producers of "Sesame Street" into having lovable roommates Bert and Ernie get married is gathering steam.

It's not educational TV, it's indoctrination TV.
WaPo Columnist: Forget Ernie and Bert, Time for a Regular Gay Human Couple on 'Sesame Street'.  In Friday's [8/12/2011] Washington Post, Metro section columnist Petula Dvorak dismissed the half-serious campaign by gay advocates to have the Muppet characters Ernie and Bert get married.  She said preschoolers should see two new human characters on the educational PBS show:  a gay couple.  "Preschoolers will get this," she insisted.

PBS Facing Station Defections.  The Public Broadcasting System (PBS), which has been fending off Congressional threats to its public funding, is facing new threats to its future as stations contemplate leaving the PBS system.  Last year longtime affiliate KCET in Los Angeles announced its intention to not renew its contract with PBS, citing the burdensome dues that had risen 40% to $7 million just as the economy soured and donations to the station dropped.

Hungry Muppet to appear on "Sesame Street".  A new poverty-stricken Muppet will highlight the issue of hunger struggles on an episode of "Sesame Street", the show said in a statement on Tuesday [10/4/2011].  Pink-faced Muppet Lily, whose family deals with food insecurity, will join Big Bird, Elmo and other favorites on a one-hour prime-time special...

The Editor says...
This is obviously political propaganda masquerading as "educational" television for children.  This one Muppet apparently goes around hungry all the time, so I suppose we're all supposed to feel sorry for him (or her, or it) and demand that Congress pass more legislation.  As long as they're engaging in political theater, why not introduce a Muppet who has asthma because of a nearby coal-fired power plant, and another Muppet who goes into convulsions whenever he's near a peanut butter sandwich?  How about a Muppet with a racial chip on his shoulder, and a Muppet who has no idea who his father is?  Pretty soon, the show will be indistinguishable from South Park.

Occupy Sesame Street.  The No. 1 food issue for children in low-income families is obesity.  From the CDC:  "The CDC has introduced the four-year Childhood Obesity Demonstration Project, which aims to prevent obesity in children 2 to 12 who are included in the Children's Health Insurance Program.  The $25 million project, funded under provisions in the Affordable Care Act, will look for ways to promote healthy, active living and seeks to involve families and communities."  So why is Sesame Street adding a new character Lily to represent malnourished kids who don't know where their next meal will come from?

PBS Shows Will No Longer Be Ad-Free.  PBS will soon end its long-standing practice of airing entirely commercial-free programming, one of its largest selling points to both viewers and sponsors.  At the network's annual meeting held this month in Orlando, executives told member stations that shows like Nature and Nova will feature four commercial breaks beginning this fall, with the longest uninterrupted stretch of programming coming in at just under 15 minutes, the New York Times reports.

PBS Facing Station Defections.  The Public Broadcasting System (PBS), which has been fending off Congressional threats to its public funding, is facing new threats to its future as stations contemplate leaving the PBS system.  Last year longtime affiliate KCET in Los Angeles announced its intention to not renew its contract with PBS, citing the burdensome dues that had risen 40% to $7 million just as the economy soured and donations to the station dropped.

The Muppets' Spendthrift Lobby.  Sen. Jim DeMint, R-N.C., has taken particular aim at CPB and its corporate offspring, PBS, noting on his blog that in 1967, when CPB was created to "facilitate the development of public communications," there were only a handful of television stations with limited viewing choices.  Now we have hundreds of channels running through our cables, bouncing off our satellite dishes and dancing on our iPads.  There is no reason why lavishly successful offerings like "Sesame Street" couldn't succeed on their own.  The fact is, many of the offerings on PBS, television's answer to Air America, don't deserve airing, much less a public subsidy.

Why Is PBS Linking to Fake Biographies of Conservatives?.  Politicians and pundits are again debating the wisdom and necessity of American taxpayer support for public radio and television.  Both Juan Williams's firing and alleged comments by National Public Radio's executive Ron Schiller have raised real questions about political bias.  It seems that the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has a similar problem.

Arthur and Elmo Are Not a Rationale for Government Broadcasting.  Back in the 1960s, when there were few television channels to choose from, there might have been an argument for "educational television," as PBS was generally known.  But in an era when the vast majority of Americans have access to literally hundreds of channels of every possible variety of programming, there is no need for Washington to fund a privileged liberal-leaning network.  Where once a local PBS station was the only place where a quality kids' TV show like Sesame Street could be found, there are now a number of such alternatives on basic and premium cable.  Indeed, popular shows like Sesame Street and Arthur are successful commercial enterprises on their own and require no subsidization.

The Editor says...
Cable and satellite are not the only competition. Numerous companies distribute educational TV programming for children on VHS or DVD.

Move on, Big Bird.  A subsidiary of New York City's PBS station, Channel 13, has agreed to pay back nearly $1 million after the US attorney filed a civil grant-fraud lawsuit.  Prosecutors charged that the Educational Broadcasting Corp., which produces programming for Channel 13, "made false or fraudulent claims" and "submitted false statements" regarding $1.2 million in federal grants between 2001 and 2008.

Will Big Bird ever leave the government nest?  It takes a certain panache to clobber not just your opponent but also the moderator.  Yet that's what the killer Mormon did when he declared that he wasn't going to borrow money from China to pay for Jim Lehrer and Big Bird on PBS.

Big Bird can make it rain on his own.  [Scroll down]  Almost instantly, defenders of PBS and "Sesame Street" took to Twitter to suggest that Big Bird was going to lose his job, and the big yellow puppet became the fourth highest Google search term that night.  It would be difficult to find anyone who would say they don't like "Sesame Street."  Everyone likes "Sesame Street" — generation after generation grew up on it and remember it fondly.  But does that mean taxpayers should pay for it?  Do taxpayers even need to pay for it?  All signs point to no.

The Only Puppet In America On Welfare is Multi-Millionaire Big Bird.  Like any entitled welfare addict, if you want to hear some squealing from Big Bird, all you have to do is hint that after decades of being on the government dole, maybe it's time to get off the taxpayer teat and take care of yourself.

Tavis Smiley of PBS:  'We're All Working For Barack Obama'.  Chris Matthews won't be working alone.  Back in November, the Hardball host said it was his job to make Barack Obama's presidency a success.  Today, another TV journalist expressed a similar sentiment.  Tavis Smiley has declared that "we're all working for Barack Obama" and that "we have to help make Obama a great president."

Ronald Reagan: The 100-Year-Old Racist?  Ronald Reagan "tortured" blacks.  Tavis Smiley, the PBS television host, once said this about the former president.

Kill Big Bird.  Congress can save a quick $420 million a year by zeroing out the budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  It's a needless drain on the public coffers that has outlived its usefulness.  President Johnson saw the Public Broadcasting Act as a means of lending government support to arts and education programming, an element of his vision of the Great Society.  That was in the days when the big three networks dominated television and AM radio was in its heyday.

PBS Wages War On Pro-Lifers.  The Public Broadcasting Service recently announced it will not allow new religious programming on their taxpayer-subsidized airwaves.  The handful of stations that have shown a Catholic Mass or Mormon devotions will be allowed to continue, but the other 300-plus stations have been instructed to avoid any kind of evangelism.  Welcome to Barack Obama's new world order.

PBS board approves compromise on religious programs.  The board of the Public Broadcasting Service says the handful of PBS stations that carry religious services or devotionals can continue showing them, but cannot add new programs defined as sectarian — that is, "placing one religion above all others."

Why Should So Many Americans Feel Threatened by Business?  [Television] has offered several decades worth full of negative stereotypes and sleazy plot twists involving businessmen.  As long ago as 1987, a controversial PBS documentary called "Hollywood's Favorite Heavy:  Businessmen on Prime Time TV" (hosted by movie legend Eli Wallach) pointed to the tendency of major networks to portray corporate executives as felonious, ruthless, blackmailing, violent, lecherous, unfaithful, greedy and, frequently, murderous.  The program cited studies at the time showing that on fictional network series (including dramas, soap operas, and even comedies), no occupational group so frequently committed major crimes so frequently as wealthy business leaders.

PBS, Bill Moyers, and AIG.  [Scroll down]  Well, as of today, the hounds are loosed.  In the world of Barney [Frank] and Andy [Cuomo] everyone has a right to know who gets public money of any kind and how much.  So, what's up with PBS, NPR and its parent Corporation for Public Broadcasting?  Are they the AIG of the media?

New PBS outrage.  Our federally-funded propaganda broadcaster is dispensing with any pretense of nonpartisanship in a new documentary.

KBYU may lose its PBS affiliation.  A handful of Public Broadcast Service television stations — including Brigham Young University's KBYU-TV — face the possibility of losing their affiliation if PBS votes this summer to punish those whose programming includes religious shows.  In KBYU's case, the continued broadcast of BYU devotionals could result in the loss of signature PBS fare like "Sesame Street," "Barney," "NewsHour" and "This Old House."

Wright Speaks for the Left.  The Rev. Wright's decision to allow himself to be interviewed by Bill Moyers was, from his perspective, an excellent one.  It is difficult to imagine a less challenging, more fawning, interview.  How bad was it?  Given that one of the most egregious of the Rev. Wright's statements was his charge that the American government developed the AIDS virus and inflicted it on black Americans, one assumed that the first major reporter to interview Wright since the comments were made public would ask him about it.  Not Bill Moyers.

The PBS Foundation:  These days, "PBS" often stands for "Pretty Bland Stuff" … Yet the rap against PBS has always been its biased public affairs programming.  Aside from the nightly "News Hour" with Jim Lehrer, most PBS news programs are little more than left-wing agitprop.  The ominous sound track on the PBS series "Frontline" typically signals yet another tale of corporate malfeasance and political intrigue.  The human interest stories on "Independent Lens" and "P.O.V." are politically correct lamentations on social oppression or celebrations of "diversity."

How Taxpayer-Funded Broadcasting Is "Surging" Left Under Democrats.  The Democratic takeover of Congress in 2007 quickly made one definitive change in the national media infrastructure. ... In previous years with Democratic control of Congress, PBS has played a more activist role within the media, dragging the rest of the national media further to the left and spurring more aggression and ill will against conservative and Republican leaders.  Just as 2007 has been a year for a "surge" of troops in Iraq, it's also been a year of "surging" activism within PBS.

Honoring Independence at PBS:  The potentates who run the taxpayer-subsidized Corporation for Public Broadcasting have an exquisite sense of timing.  To honor America's 232nd birthday, PBS is bracketing our nation's anniversary with a three-part documentary on the horrors of warfare in the 20th century.  Regrettably, nearly two-thirds of the series is a dubious assessment of American motives and methods during and after World War II.

A John Edwards infomercial via PBS.  The nebulous project is a transparent pretext to maintain the ex-senator's entourage (and his face on TV free-of-charge) while he plans his next political move.  Edwards invokes the usual saccharine platitudes and failed public-policy prescriptions, albeit superficially acknowledging some of the shortcomings of past governmental "Wars on Poverty".  Notably absent is any indication of a selfless charitable donation from the Edward's own considerable wealth.

House retains public broadcasting funds.  The House Wednesday evening [7/18/2007] overwhelmingly rejected President Bush's plan to eliminate the $420 million federal subsidy for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  The move to kill subsidies for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which make up about 15 percent of its budget, was launched by Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo.

PBS Chief Denies Public TV is Liberal.  It is another case of the liberals not admitting to what they really are:  a bunch of liberals promoting a liberal agenda.  They call their liberal media "mainstream" in denial of their true nature.

Back to Bias Basics at PBS.  [Kenneth] Tomlinson is long gone, and Democrats now control Congress.  But another step was necessary for the re-emergence of classic PBS propaganda:  the return of Bill Moyers.  He was back to full-time fulminating duties on April 25, with a special titled "Buying the War."  The entire thesis of this 90-minute taxpayer-funded lecture?  The national media were willing cogs in the neoconservative machine that took America to war.

PBS Telling Teachers to Violate First Amendment, Group Says.  A packet for educators issued by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in conjunction with the NOVA program "Judgment Day:  Intelligent Design on Trial" encourages teaching practices that are probably unconstitutional, a conservative organization stated on Tuesday [11/13/2007].

Moderate and Radical Muslims:  the Confused PBS View.  In 2006, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) commissioned Islam vs. Islamism for a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) series, "America at the Crossroads" — with a $675,000, taxpayer-funded grant.  But in February, Washington D.C. PBS affiliate WETA, discarded the documentary as too "alarmist," effectively declaring it inappropriate for the entire PBS network — and taxpaying viewers nationwide.  It is troubling that a single PBS affiliate can control a decision with such significant national import.

Too Fine for PBS.  I have to admit the first thing that attracted me to Martyn Burke's "Islam vs. Islamists" was that PBS had suppressed it. … PBS's initial explanation was that the film was not good enough, aesthetically.

Politicizing PBS.  Isn't it time to take the "public" out of the Public Broadcasting System?  For years, PBS has been a politi cal football -- thanks primarily to the fact that the bulk of the network's cash comes not from "the support of viewers like you" but from the federal budget.

The Dark Side of PBS:  The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has reminded us again of why we don't want our tax dollars going into this left-wing outfit.  Its Frontline documentary about the events leading up to the war in Iraq was an absolute model of liberal media bias.  From the absurd title, "The Dark Side," to the dour images of Vice President Cheney and the other villains of the piece, to the complete one-sided nature of the arguments and the cast of characters.  It made the argument for an end to taxpayer funding of PBS.

The Dark Side of PBS, Part 2.  The PBS Frontline documentary, "The Dark Side," about the events leading up to the war in Iraq, was guilty of some of the same charges it leveled against Vice President Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.  These officials were accused of manipulating information in order to get us involved in Iraq.  But PBS itself manipulated information to make the administration look bad, even dishonest.

The Case for De-Funding Public Broadcasting:  There was a time when non-commercial public broadcasting may have offered an alternative that people couldn't find elsewhere.  With the rise of cable television and talk radio, however, U.S. taxpayer underwriting of television and radio is no longer needed.  The public should not have to subsidize public broadcasting through tax dollars or tax breaks.  People have access to hundreds of cable channels and radio stations and networks.  Also, satellite television and radio are available.  There's no need to force taxpayers to pay for programming they do not want or enjoy.

What public broadcasting is and isn't:  [PBS is] liberal.  It just is.  To say it isn't is just plain batty.  The shows we associate most with PBS are run by liberals … and they tend to tackle questions from a liberal perspective.  The people who run PBS are liberals.  The decision-makers are liberals, and — contrary to funhouse logic of PBS's left-wing critics — the fact that these executives sometimes opt to put conservatives on the air doesn't change that fact.

The film PBS doesn't want you to see.  The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and its flagship stations (including Washington's WETA) have frequently allowed the public airwaves to be used to promote a variety of agendas with which as much as half the population strongly disagreed.  These have included many hour-long documentaries and other programs featuring vitriolic critiques of our government and its leaders, disparaging portrayals of our country's policies and values and flattering portrayals, if not effusive endorsements, of those who share such sentiments.

Climate of Fear:  From Nuclear Winter to Global Warming.  This year is the 25th anniversary of Carl Sagan's Cosmos series on public television, a landmark in the public's awareness and interest in science issues.  Sagan achieved a degree of celebrity few if any scientists today enjoy, particularly among the bon pensants who tend to treat anything produced by PBS as holy writ.  It is a fitting time to look back at the genesis of today's climate debates, for Sagan became one of the first politicizers of fear of catastrophic climate change.

PBS Gets Religion.  Ronald Reagan used to say that he didn't leave the Democratic Party; the party left him.  Apparently that's how lots of liberals feel about PBS. … One viewer gripes that the network is "validating the new Right Wing Evangelical perspective that has become oppressive in this country."  Another wants the shows banned because "schools and governments are prohibited from promulgating superstitious dogma."

PBS's Brand of 'Civility'.  PBS station managers made a big push last year to drive any trace of "sectarian" Christianity out of the taxpayer-funded broadcasting system, banning any church services or religious lectures that appeared on a handful of stations.  They ultimately compromised and banned any new church programming.  But on at least one program, PBS sounds like it's declaring war on Christianity, including smears on Christianity that are not based on reality.

Public TV Does Not Belong In the Minnesota Constitution.  "This proposed Amendment is absurd," said David Strom, President of the Taxpayers League of Minnesota.  "Putting the arts, zoos, and public television into the Constitution doesn't make any sense at all."  "Essentially we are creating a Constitutional right to Public TV.  Is this the 'Elmo and petting zoo' right that our Founding Fathers fought so hard for?  The 'interpretive dance and performance art' right?"

Wither Public TV?  There's really nothing on PBS that you can't imagine on any number of cable networks, such as Bravo or A&E or Discovery or the National Geographic Channel. … PBS is at this point basically an upscale, government-funded, highbrow version of the mindset behind pretty much every major television network except for Fox News.

AIM Denounces Public Broadcasting for Breaking Federal Law.  Accuracy in Media (AIM) editor Cliff Kincaid has urged Kenneth Tomlinson, chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to open an immediate investigation into how public broadcasting engaged in illegal lobbying against the proposed $100 million cut in federal funding of public TV and radio.  Mr. Kincaid cited 31 USC § 1352, which prohibits the use of federal funds to engage in lobbying activities.

The $50 Billion New Socialist Media.  While the McChesney show has a very small listening audience, its format and themes may give us some insight into the kind of "new media" we could expect from passage of the $50 billion "Public Media Trust Fund," a Free Press proposal which is supposed to be financed by a tax on home electronic devices.  This would be on top of the $8 billion from taxpayers that has been provided to the CPB for public TV and radio since 1967.  (The CPB currently receives about $400 million a year.)

Public Broadcasting:  Time to Halt the Taxpayer-Funded Gravy Train.  For years, the government-owned Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and in turn National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) have been the recipients of large public handouts.  Tax dollars from wealthy, middle-income, and lower-income Americans have gone to subsidize programming whose audience is disproportionately upper-income.

TVC Condemns PBS For Tax-Payer Funded Attack Against Boy Scouts:  "If a heterosexual young man wanted to be a Girl Scout or Brownie leader, most people would be concerned about his sexual intentions," said TVC Chairman Rev. Louis P. Sheldon.  "We should have an equal concern for homosexuals when they indicate a desire to be Boy Scout leaders.  Men who wish to have sex with men should not have access to young boys."

Saving public broadcasting:  Public broadcasting has been so successful and popular that it's now ready to spread its wings and fly on its own. … Let's be clear about some of the figures that have been tossed about.  In 2003, CPB received a $363 million dollar federal appropriation which was a 45 percent increase in just four years.  The 2006 budget calls for $400 million.

Squelching Public Broadcasting.  Any network in existence would happily fund Sesame Street.  Why should we?

A Liberal Boss For Liberal PBS The ultra-liberal Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has a new boss, and the head of the tax-funded network is a perfect choice for the left-leaning network — she's a certified member of America's ultra-liberal elite.

It's time for public broadcasting to go private.  "Sesame Street" is one of the most popular children's programs in history — so popular that licensing fees from "Sesame Street" dolls, toys, clothing and other merchandise are the main source of income for the organization that produces the show. … Children's programming that has an audience does not need taxpayer subsidies.

PBS jousting:  The question of a left-wing tilt in public television is in the news again, this time posed by the man who runs the federal agency that funds public broadcasting.  Veteran journalist Ken Tomlinson, board chairman at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, has raised the ire of public television executives by having the temerity to suggest some of the documentary and other news programs aired on PBS are often lopsidedly liberal.

PBS, Recruiting for Islam.  What would be the best way to convert lots of Americans to Islam?  Forget print, go to film.  Put together a handsome documentary with an original musical score that presents Islam's prophet Muhammad in the most glowing manner, indeed, as a model of perfection.  Round up Muslim and non-Muslim enthusiasts to endorse the nobility and truth of his message.  Splice in vignettes of winsome American Muslims testifying to the justice and beauty of their Islamic faith.  Then get the U.S. taxpayer to help pay for it.

PBS Analysts Ridicule Eminent Domain Concerns of Conservatives.  During PBS's coverage Wednesday [9/14/2005] of the Senate hearing with Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, analysts ridiculed the concern of some conservative Senators over the Supreme Court's recent eminent domain ruling and mocked the role of naive talk radio hosts.

PBS Peddles New Online Leftist Indoctrination to Children.  Built with your tax dollars, EekoWorld is a whole complex of games, cartoons, and narrated stories aimed at young children on the "PBS Kids" website.  "PBSkids.org" is so heavily promoted during children's programming on PBS, that it was among the first complex word sets that my son learned to speak.  Whenever the third parent, I mean "the television," would sing the PBS Kids jingle, "P-B-S Kids!" my little internet junkie would quickly add "dot org!"  Keep in mind that this was before Buster the Rabbit decided to teach the PBS kids about Lesbian couples making children and maple syrup in the mountains of Vermont, so I didn't think anything about letting the boy, now 4 years old, watch unlimited PBS, which I figure I've paid for already anyway.

Bear Lobby Mauls First Amendment.  One of the arguments in favor of public broadcasting was that public TV would be independent and willing to take risks.  But New Jersey public television has yanked a documentary because it upset the animal rights movement.  The film, titled, "Bears:  Too Close for Comfort," could possibly have saved lives by alerting people in New Jersey to the very real threat posed by black bears, some weighing 500 pounds, on the prowl for food.  Marauding black bears in the state are attacking people, including young children.

Public Broadcasting:  Your Tax Dollars Fund Liberal Bias.  When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, the bill included language insisting that fairness and objectivity should be observed in "all programming of a controversial nature."  These words were routinely ignored on PBS television broadcasts and NPR news programming.  In 1992, Congress toughened that language, and public broadcasters still ignored it.  How have PBS and NPR displayed a liberal tilt over the years?  [Numerous examples included.]

"Alleged" tilt at PBS:  PBS is still a liberal monstrosity transforming the hard-earned dollars of many Bush-loving taxpayers into fire-breathing Bush-loathing programming.

The PBS Attack on Wal-Mart:  PBS's Frontline spent most of its Tuesday night November 16 program attacking Wal-Mart and blaming it for killing American jobs, contributing to the trade deficit and helping put Rubbermaid out of business.  The program titled "Is Wal-Mart good for America?" featured correspondent Hedrick Smith saying the U.S. is "like a third-world country" because we import so many goods from China compared to what we ship them. ... The bottom line on taxpayer-funded PBS was that Frontline was out to get Wal-Mart.

Is Wal-Mart good for America?  On Tuesday [11/16/2004], the Public Broadcasting Service ran a scathing attack on Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, on its "Frontline" series. ... In short, "Frontline" presented a one-sided hit piece disguised as objective news reporting.  Everyone responsible for it should be embarrassed for this grotesquely unfair case of taxpayer-financed liberal propaganda.

DOE Director Calls PBS to Account for Pro-Homosexual Cartoon.  The new U.S. Secretary of Education [has] denounced the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) for spending public money on a cartoon with homosexual characters.  Although the episode, which has not yet aired, focuses on an animated bunny named Buster and a visit to a maple sugar farm in Vermont, it also features a lesbian couple and their children.

Big Bird Doesn't Deserve Big Bucks From Uncle Sam.  A spokesman for a media watchdog organization says it is hard to justify why the Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio, two very liberal media outlets, continue to need federal tax dollars to stay on the air while other broadcasters have to compete in the marketplace.

Excellent!
PBS is no longer relevant — if it ever was — so cut it off.  PBS and National Public Radio are, of course, relevant to their small but well-educated and affluent coterie of viewers and listeners, and they are certainly relevant to those who produce their shows, take their money or use them to promote their invariably politically correct causes, but their wider relevance in today's world is questionable at best.

Moyers Ends With a Silly Whimper, Not a Bang.  Bill Moyers is retiring from his subsidized perch at PBS, most recently on the weekly liberal hour known as Now.  To mark the occasion, Moyers told the AP that he will end by uncovering the major story of our time, the media's conservative bias:  "We have an ideological press that's interested in the election of Republicans, and a mainstream press that's interested in the bottom line."  Ridiculous.

FCC Fines Worry Broadcasters.  Worried about big fines from the government, PBS is carefully monitoring the content of its shows for profanity, nudity or anything that may be deemed indecent, the nonprofit network's chief says.

Unplug Moyers, PBS.  This is a guy who is wrong about everything.  Even when he's right, he's wrong because of his evil motivations.  Who is this man?  It's Bill Moyers, the political activist masquerading as a journalist and living the comfortable, taxpayer-subsidized life at PBS.

Another Pro-Gay PBS Summer:  Some things in life you can count on.  The sun will come up.  The Washington Redskins think they have another winning team this year.  And in those lazy, hazy days of summer, PBS will take your tax dollars and air another offensive agitprop film promoting the righteousness of homosexuality.

Talk is expensive when it comes to Bill Moyers:  The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds PBS and NPR, has an annual budget of about $2.2 billion.  More than $300 million of that comes from the American taxpayer, according to the CPB Web site (www.cpb.org).  Moyers' production company, Public Affairs Television, gets paid by PBS, but it is unclear how much since PBS will not say.

PBS Under Threat From Competition:  Critics say that PBS has compromised its mission over the last 30 years, squandering taxpayer dollars with little thought to viewer accountability and becoming slaves to corporate underwriters and political correctness.

Close Sesame?  A Review of "PBS:  Behind the Screen".  As a hybrid government-foundation fiefdom, PBS may have helped to correct some of the banality of Minow's "vast wasteland."  Certainly it has broadcast fine cultural and educational offerings.  But many of its programs have carried a liberal bias.  Even its nature specials often take a particular environmentalist slant, without providing countervailing views.  Inevitably, PBS became an ideological combatant in the cultural war.

Congressional Testimony of Tim Graham, Director of Media Analysis, Media Research Center.  Contrary to the assertions of congressional staff, this left-leaning image of PBS and NPR is not a "myth," but an image that is both well-earned and well-documented.

CPB Exposed:  By law, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is required to insure balance in all "programming of a controversial nature," but CPB refused to undergo a study of its content.  A study released by the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) shows why:  there is no balance on PBS.

PBS And The 'Remarkable' Ted Turner:  Al Gore went to Harvard with Erich Segal, the author of "Love Story," so he knows that being in love with the planet Earth means never having to say you're sorry when your doomsday pitches are massively, dreadfully wrong.  But shouldn't PBS and other media outlets be held accountable when doomsday predictions they've facilitated from 15 or 20 years ago fail to materialize?  Liberalism is so impressed with its own brilliance that results apparently don't matter.

Taxpayer-financed Journalist: Arrest Bush!  "Lying" about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, holding detainees at Gitmo, and prosecuting the saintly matron of all things domestic, Martha Stewart.  Those are just three reasons taxpayer-financed journalist Bonnie Erbe finds for filing criminal charges on outgoing President George W. Bush and his dastardly underlings.

PBS's latest infomercial.  In May I reported that PBS stations were airing medical programs that weren't adequately reviewed or vetted by either the local station or parent PBS corporation.  My concern was that publicly funded stations were broadcasting questionable medical claims, made by Daniel Amen, M.D., about unproven methods for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease, without properly warning viewers the information was controversial.

FCC's Chief Diversity Officer Wants Private Broadcasters to Fund Public Broadcasting.  Mark Lloyd, newly appointed Chief Diversity Officer of the Federal Communications Commission, has called for making private broadcasting companies pay licensing fees equal to their total operating costs to allow public broadcasting outlets to spend the same on their operations as the private companies do.

Somewhat related...
NJN Signs Off Forever.  State-owned television network New Jersey Network will permanently go dark Friday, after more than a year's fight against Gov. Chris Christie and the N.J. Senate's decision to get out of the television business. ... Christie decided a year ago that state funds should not be used to run a television station, which has been reporting news to the area for the past 40 years.

The Editor says...
There are plenty of other television stations, even if these stations go off the air, which they didn't.  Television stations change ownership all the time.

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