Taxpayer-subsidized Broadcasting


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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Katherine Maher's Color Revolution.  [Scroll down]  The summer of rioting following the death of George Floyd, which ushered in the new DEI regime, was in many ways a domestic Color Revolution, advanced by progressive NGOs, media entities, and political actors.  A minor figure in these movements, a woman named Katherine Maher, has recently come to greater prominence.  Maher was involved in the wave of Color Revolutions that took place in North Africa in the 2010s, and she supported the post-George Floyd upheavals in the United States in the 2020s.  She was also the CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, and was just recently named the new CEO of National Public Radio.  At NPR, Maher has already been embroiled in controversy.  Longtime editor Uri Berliner, who has now resigned, accused her of left-wing bias and suppressing dissent.  Following these accusations, I did extensive reporting demonstrating that Maher has a troubling history of arguing against the notion of objective truth and supporting censorship in the name of democracy.  Now I have gathered additional facts that raise new questions about Maher's role as a regime-change agent, both foreign and domestic.

What's Katherine hiding from?  The NPR CEO has not made a single public appearance since April 9, when The Free Press published a bombshell exposé by Uri Berliner, a 25-year veteran at the network, alleging ideological bias at the institution.  Even today, when Maher was summoned by Congress to give testimony about whether NPR's news reporting was 'fair and objective,' she was a no-show. [...] Dear Katherine:  Some of us don't think that you are bringing trusted and reliable news.  It's hard to do by just listening to your radio network obsessed with race, gender, and woke ideology.  Many of us did not need that memo from Uri Berliner to reach the conclusion that NPR had gone off the rails a while back.  So get your act together and walk to Congress for a little chat with the people who will vote to fund your network.  Don't be surprised if many of them vote to defund you and compete in the real world with other stations.

NPR CEO Refuses to Testify Before Congress Today.  Katherine Maher, the embattled CEO and President of National Public Radio, bailed on testifying before Congress today in a hearing to examine the bias of the network.  [Advertisement]  Surprise, surprise.  She had a "scheduling conflict" but promised to testify at some unspecified date.  Perhaps in 2027, or maybe 2132.  Maher has been at the center of a controversy over how insanely biased NPR has become.  It has always been biased, of course, but in recent years, it has moved to the Left of Karl Marx — a particularly smooth-talking Karl Marx, I would have to admit.  [Tweet]  Controversy exploded after Uri Berliner wrote in The Free Press that the organization became obsessed with destroying Donald Trump and with identity politics, to the point that NPR gave up reporting and became little more than a propaganda outlet.  Welcome to the club, Uri.  NPR has been a cesspool for decades.  It just became more obvious in recent years.

NPR stands for National (white liberal) Radio.  NPR has been getting a lot of exposure lately.  Yes, we've learned that the leadership is woke and the listeners very white, liberal white that is.  In fact, the audience is so white that NPR is going out of its way to get nonwhites to tune in. [...] And the needle won't move by simply having people with Hispanic surnames or accents reading the news.  Hispanics are smarter than that.  It's not about the reporter's surname but rather the network's obsession with race, victimhood, and identity politics.  Have you heard an abortion story on NPR from the perspective that a life is being aborted?  I have not.  It's always talking reproductive "rights," whatever that means.  Have you heard a story about the breakdown of the black family and its impact on the black on black crime?  Me, neither.  Instead, it's like the NPR staff thinks that we are living in the Jim Crow era rather than 2024.

NPR Journos Suggested Reading Their Site to Prove They Are Unbiased — Big Mistake.  In the continuing wake of distemper caused by the revealing Uri Berliner column, the folks at National Public Radio continue to flail in self-defense.  While understandably dismayed by the accusations Berliner made, what has been apparent is that so many at this news outlet operate in a deep level of delusion.  They seem resistant to introspection on the matter, and their denials are amusingly empty; they are in an echo chamber and incapable of even finding the door.  Many of the rebuttals offered by the NPR journalists have run in one of two ways, and frequently both.

NPR Has a Trigger Warning on the Declaration of Independence.  National Public Radio has been in the news quite a bit lately.  A longtime employee blew the whistle on how the organization went fully left-wing activist after Trump won in 2016. For that, he was suspended and then quit.  Then their newest CEO was exposed as a liberal wingnut, as if we couldn't have guessed that.  Now Trump and others are calling for them to be defunded and that's a good thing because their lunacy keeps being shown to be worse than anyone even knew.  A twitter user with a good eye was recently looking at their archives and realized that they have placed a 'trigger warning' on the Declaration of Independence.

'Public' Radio isn't Dedicated to the Masses.  NPR has a "public editor" to monitor listener complaints and concerns, but as we all know, the majority of their listeners are going to complain they're not "progressive" enough.  In 2021, Public Editor Kelly McBride appeared on Brian Stelter's CNN podcast to praise NPR's decision to allow their journalists to go to (leftist) public protests so they can "bring their full humanity to work with them."  When Stelter asked about NPR's critics, McBride dismissed any conservative complaints about a leftist tilt because they are not "genuinely interested in improving NPR."  McBride claimed her job was to coach NPR "to achieve its own internally stated goals.  It doesn't help to be magnifying disingenuous criticism."  To balance NPR is to harm NPR?  NPR senior editor Uri Berliner wrote a bombshell expose for The Free Press, chronicling NPR's blatant bias on subjects from Russian collusion conspiracy theories to the Hunter Biden laptop.  NPR didn't report negatively on Donald Trump; they sought to "damage or topple Trump's presidency."  Is McBride going to find that this internally stated criticism isn't worth considering?

At last!
Rep. Jim Banks Introduces Legislation To Defund NPR.  Republican Indiana Rep. Jim Banks introduced legislation Friday to defund National Public Radio (NPR).  The Daily Caller first obtained a copy of the legislation, which is titled the Defund NPR Act.  The bill would cut off any federal funds to NPR.  An NPR editor, Uri Berliner, published a piece alleging the outlet has deep political bias and that the Washington D.C. bureau employs 87 registered Democrats and zero registered Republicans.  Berliner resigned after NPR suspended him for publishing the piece.  NPR's new CEO, Katherine Maher, has also made headlines as old tweets and clips of her show political bias.  Maher, who was hired in March, previously expressed support for President Joe Biden's campaign in 2020 and called former President Donald Trump a "racist" in 2018.  She has also described the First Amendment as "the number one challenge" to combatting "misinformation."

National Public Radio CEO Kathrine Maher's 1st Amendment Hatred Shows They Removed the Wrong Person.  The melodrama playing out at the tax-vacuum that is National Public Radio is entertaining to behold, but it is also a deeply significant event in the media environment.  The very fact that this story continues to evolve and play out beyond the usual 24-hour news cycle is proof that something seismic has taken place.  What we are beginning to see is that the reactions and the realities exposed at NPR are proving the revelations made by (former) Executive Editor Uri Berliner are spot-on accurate.  It has since been announced that Berliner — after being handed a one-week professional suspension — has decided to resign from his post at the network.

Elon Musk Calls NPR CEO 'One of the Worst Human Beings in America'.  National Public Radio CEO Katherine Maher has been thoroughly exposed as a radical in recent days as one of NPR's veteran editors — Uri Berliner — actually told the truth and revealed that the taxpayer-sponsored "news organization" is hopelessly biased toward the progressive viewpoint.  For this transgression, he was promptly suspended; he said thank you but take a hike, I'm resigning.  The highly publicized back-and-forth led inquiring minds to take a closer look at Maher's past, and what they found out is that she's a radical extremist who thinks the leftist narrative is more important than the actual truth and that those who don't stick to said narrative should be silenced in the name of "progress."  She has her right to these opinions — but she doesn't have the right to use our taxpayer money to foist them on the American public.

Veteran Editor Resigns from NPR, Says New CEO's 'Divisive' Left-Wing Views Confirm Bombshell Exposé.  Veteran editor Uri Berliner has resigned from NPR, days after the outlet suspended him without pay for writing an essay exposing pervasive left-wing groupthink at the public radio network where he worked for more than two decades.  "I am resigning from NPR, a great American institution where I have worked for 25 years.  I don't support calls to defund NPR.  I respect the integrity of my colleagues and wish for NPR to thrive and do important journalism," he said on X.  "But I cannot work in a newsroom where I am disparaged by a new CEO whose divisive views confirm the very problems at NPR I cite in my Free Press essay."  Berliner published a bombshell Free Press article on April 9, in which he detailed the "absence of viewpoint diversity" in NPR's newsroom.

NPR's queen of the Karens.  Sometimes, a person enters the public spotlight and is such an embodiment of an established stereotype that it seems impossible for him or her to be a real person.  If Tom Wolfe wanted to capture the essence of arrogant, alienated progressivism, he would reject NPR's new CEO, Katherine Maher, as too unbelievably on point.  The daughter of wealthy parents whose wedding was announced in the New York Times, Maher grew up in a wealthy white suburb of New York City before studying at the American University in Cairo, the Institut français du Proche-Orient in Syria, and finally New York University.  She then got internships with the Council on Foreign Relations and Eurasia Group in London and Germany before landing a job in New York City at UNICEF.  She had stops with the National Democratic Institute and the World Bank, among other global nonprofit groups, before rising to become the CEO of Wikimedia in 2019.  It would be impossible to create a resume of a person more disconnected from Americans and more intertwined with the wealthy, urban, globalist elite who run the largest banks, media companies, and nonprofit groups in the United States.  In other words, Maher has the perfect resume to run NPR.

All truth is relative, according to National Public Radio's far-Left CEO.  NPR's far-left CEO Katherine Maher:  "Our reverence for the truth might be a distraction that's getting in the way of finding common ground and getting things done."  [Tweet with video clip]

NPR CEO: You Better Believe I Partnered With Gov't to Suppress 'Misinformation' About Pandemic, Elections.  I think we've discovered the qualifications that got Katherine Maher hired to run Government Radio.  Christopher Rufo has done extensive digging into Maher's track record, none of which had anything to do with journalism until NPR made her its new CEO in January.  Maher did work at Wikipedia as its CEO during the pandemic and the 2020 election, where she took an active role in content control.  And by content control, Maher made clear in a remote address to the Atlantic Council in 2021, she means imposing censorship on any information or discussion to which the government objected on both topics.

NPR makes the case for its own defunding.  The NPR story gets more and more strange.  Some of us were hoping for a little reflection and maybe rebranding from a woke playlist to more bipartisan information.  Instead, the woke circled the wagons and shot back.  And poor Mr. Uri Berliner, who exposed NPR's monolithic leftism, is learning the hard way that you don't challenge the wokes without serious retribution.  Remember diversity at NPR is a one-way street going left.  So talk of defunding is in the air. [...] I don't care if NPR wants to pander to the wokes or preach their message.  We can turn off the radio or switch to something we'd rather hear.  We can go somewhere else and get more balanced information.  Unfortunately, our taxes are funding a portion of the NPR or PBS programming.  It forces us to finance something that we don't support and that's not right.  So introduce a bill to defund NPR and do it.

Your Hard Earned Dollars Shouldn't Go to Leftist Media Outlets.  NPR claims to be "an independent news organization committed to informing the public about the world around us." But for decades, NPR has been dedicated to attacking conservatives and carrying water for Democratic politicians.  Remember this from the 2020 presidential election?  "We don't want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don't want to waste the listeners' and readers' time on stories that are just pure distractions," NPR Managing Editor Samuels said in October 2020 about the outlet's lack of coverage on Hunter Biden's laptop.  "And quite frankly, that's where we ended  up, this was, a politically driven event and we decided to treat it that way."  Now, the taxpayer-funded outlet has a new CEO, Katherine Maher, and she's as far left as they get.  She encourages women not to have children for the sake of "climate change," wants to tear down America's free market system, supports car driving bans, openly hates white men and white people generally, promotes abortion, justifies looting as a form of reparations, and believes in erasing the terms "boy" and "girl."

With everyone having fun exposing NPR's leftist CEO, it's also time to expose NPR.  X/Twitter is overflowing with tweets exposing the lockstep leftism that defines NPR's new CEO, Katherine Maher.  She's in the spotlight because Uri Berliner, an NPR employee, wrote about what's long been obvious, which is that taxpayer-funded NPR functions as a branch of the Democrat Party.  However, Berliner just focused on a few political reportorial crimes that NPR committed (e.g., its anti-Trump bias, hiding the Hunter Biden story, ignoring COVID's lab origins, etc.).  What Berliner didn't touch upon was how radicalized everything at NPR is. [...] I've looked at the NPR site.  On the home page, you'll see some fairly straight news headlines, although I didn't dig into the content to discover probable bias in the reporting.  However, the real fun starts when you enter into its search engine any hot-button woke term — e.g., George Floyd, transgender, LGBTQ, Trump, racism, homophobia, white supremacy, masculinity, Gaza, etc.  Do that, and you will feel as if you've walked into a midnight confab in an Ivy League dorm, the one where cant-speaking students reinforce their worst Marxist ideas.  The Democrat lockstep at NPR, not just as to political matters but also as to every cultural matter, is staggering.

The new NPR CEO is the living embodiment of the Democrat party.  Last week, a moderate(ish) Democrat broke ranks with NPR, writing an exposé to protest that NPR was more ideologically extreme than even he could tolerate.  Uri Berliner described an outlet that receives significant funding from federal and state taxpayers but is completely dominated by hardcore, progressive Democrats.  He ascribed many of the problems to former CEO John Lansing, who was all-in on DEI and other woke policies, and expressed hope that the new CEO, Katherine Maher, a tech leader, would bring positive change.  That's unlikely.  Maher, 40, has embraced every extreme idea the Democrats have promulgated in the last 20 years.  Following Berliner's exposé, Maher wrote a public letter claiming that it was "profoundly disrespectful" to dare challenge NPR's integrity.  It's a very, very long letter that falls into a Shakespearean error:  "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."  Maher knows that everything Berliner wrote is true because Berliner backed it up with receipts:  that is, NPR's own reporting, which speaks for itself.

In True Journalistic Fashion, NPR Can't Take What It Dishes Out.  Has there ever been a more hypocritically thin-skinned occupation than journalism?  Day after day these relatively uneducated writers piously dish out opprobrium on those they don't like and then respond like whiny spoiled brats when anyone dares to criticize them.  The latest example of this involves Uri Berliner, a senior editor at National Public Radio who we learned on Tuesday was suspended without pay for having the temerity to complain that this taxpayer-supported enterprise had become hopelessly agenda-driven.  Berliner has worked at NPR for a quarter century and describes himself as a Sarah Lawrence College-educated child of a "lesbian peace activist mother" whose Spotify "listening habits are most similar to people in Berkeley."

NPR Punishes Senior Editor Who Blasted Network's Leftist Mindset and 'Angered' Colleagues.  NPR senior Editor Uri Berliner is reportedly facing consequences after publicly criticizing the outlet's progressive leanings.  According to a Tuesday article by NPR's David Folkenflik, Berliner has been suspended for five days without pay, a term that began on Friday after he penned an essay for the Free Press.  "It angered many of his colleagues, led NPR leaders to announce monthly internal reviews of the network's coverage, and gave fresh ammunition to conservative and partisan Republican critics of NPR, including former President Donald Trump," Folkenflik wrote. [...] The Breitbart article pointed to the fact that Berliner's essay cited examples of NPR's coverage that tried to damage Donald Trump's presidency, put a spin on the coronavirus "lab leak theory," Hunter Biden's laptop, and the 2016 Russia hoax "while harboring an obsession with DEI and progressive diktats."  [Tweet]

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All public funding of NPR, PBS, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, should be cut off immediately.  All FCC licenses for their affiliate stations should be changed to commercial licenses, like every other FM or TV station, and the "non-commercial educational" category should be eliminated.  Let them sell subscriptions if they have to, and sink or swim on their own.

NPR and the Death of Fairness.  Earlier this week on The Free Press, Uri Berliner dropped a bomb on the public media world with "I've Been at NPR for 25 Years.  Here's How We Lost America's Trust."  As discussed on the new America This Week, the longtime senior editor described how NPR fumbled three stories:  Covid, the Hunter Biden laptop affair, and the Trump-Russia scandal. [...] Berliner's piece was immediately swallowed, mangled, and regurgitated as new propaganda.  CNN media writer Oliver Darcy wrote "NPR faces right-wing revolt and calls for defunding after editor claims left-wing bias," establishing the format that this was not about factual impropriety, but about a "right-wing revolt" against claimed "left-wing bias."  The New York Times did much the same thing, saying "NPR is in Turmoil After It is Accused of Left-Wing Bias," adding that Berliner's piece generated "firestorm... especially among conservatives."  On cue, human error-vane Jonathan Chait chimed in to insist "The Media Did Not Make Up Trump's Russia Scandal."  But this wasn't about "bias."  It was about ethics, or a lack of them.

NPR, where all things are not considered.  [Scroll down]  Yes, the guys over there want you to believe that the criticism is unwarranted.  Like a good monopoly, and that's what it is, it does not listen to its critics.  It views people like Mr. Berliner, a self-admitted liberal, as one of those who ran away from the plantation to seek fame and fortune.  In the meantime, anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that NPR is out of touch.  The woke destroyed what used to be a decent network and the old "News Hour" at PBS that we used to watch every night.  For years, I've felt that NPR and PBS are about as relevant as public education.  They need to be privatized so that they fight for viewers or listeners like everyone else does.  According to the aforementioned article, NPR's audience has fallen off.  I was not aware of that, but it's not surprising.  NPR, like CNN, got bit by Trump Derangement Syndrome, and both have learned that the country is not as obsessed with #45 as they are.

NPR, the home of preachy males and females.  I spent several years in the 1980s working and living in Mexico City, and the NPR shows were available on my short-wave radio via Armed Forces Radio.  So I listened and enjoyed it a lot.  Yes, it was liberal, but the women were not preachy, if you know what I mean.  So hello National Public Radio (NPR), Senior Editor Uri Berliner.  He confirmed what everybody knew — that the newsroom is "woke hell" on a mission to destroy the Trump presidency or to keep him from reelection.

After Being Completely Exposed By Its Own Editor, NPR Responds in the Worst Possible Fashion.  On Tuesday, a 25-year veteran of NPR who still serves as an editor at the outlet thoroughly exposed the left-wing network's bias and its attempt to quash stories inconvenient to the Democratic Party.  In a self-written article, Uri Berliner laid out multiple examples of how NPR has heavily skewed its news coverage while allowing essentially no viewpoint diversity in the newsroom.  Some examples Berliner gave included the "news" organization's coverage of the COVID-19 origins, the Russian collusion hoax involving Donald Trump, and the Hunter Biden laptop story.

Senior Editor:  NPR Employs 87 Democrats in Editorial Positions, 0 Republicans in DC Newsroom.  Far-left National Public Radio (NPR) employs 87 registered Democrats in editorial positions but zero Republicans in the same positions in its Washington, DC, headquarters, NPR Senior Editor Uri Berliner wrote Tuesday.  Berliner, who admittedly leans left, wrote a scathing article about NPR's illiberal newsroom, slamming the taxpayer-funded network for refusing to address "a diversity problem" within the office.

How long before the brave NPR editor exposing the woke broadcaster gets shown the door?  There's more than a little bravery in the world of journalism.  The reporters who've died to bring us news from Israel and Gaza come to mind, but you see that kind of bravery every day.  Someone showed a special kind of bravery Tuesday that you rarely if ever see.  Twenty-five-year National Public Radio editor Uri Berliner wrote a devastating critique of the newly woke broadcaster's descent into the fever swamps of identity politics.  Berliner has put his career — everything he built for himself over decades — on the line to tell his colleagues they have lost their way.  Already he's being called a racist and all the other -ists and -phobes the progressive left deploys to destroy any journalist who speaks up.

Yet Another Example of Why Taxpayers Shouldn't Fund One-Sided, Woke Public Broadcasting.  A conservative president or Congress that does not defund public broadcasting does not understand what the moment requires — or, in the parlance of the day, they don't know what time it is.  Across the board, government must stop funding services set up with taxpayer money ostensibly to serve all Americans, but which cater only to one side.  NPR is a prime example of this asymmetry.  And because of its visibility, it's a good candidate for the first symbolic act of resolve by new leadership.  At this point, NPR doesn't even try to show good faith.  It expects conservative leaders to lack the backbone to take away the government teat — and sadly, this assumption is usually correct.  NPR, therefore, feels free to act brazenly as the imperial tribune of the permanent bureaucracy, amplifying the woke mindset of bicoastal elites.  NPR presents these views as truth — the "alternative facts" of the parasitic critical Marxist orthodoxy that, for the past three or four decades, has invaded the host of American cultural institutions.

Internal Democrat Worries Aired on NPR.  National Public Radio is a sandbox for the Left.  The "news" there is manufactured by leftists, for leftists.  You can find it easily in the latest interviews about the Biden reelection campaign.  The interviewers are clearly nervous that President Joe Biden's messaging isn't working.  It's not that Biden's incompetent; it's that voters are ignorant.  On the Jan. 9 "Morning Edition," NPR host Michel Martin interviewed Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison.  He worried that Biden's focus on "saving democracy" from the "far right" threat of Trump wasn't working.  In asking Harrison about Biden's campaign speech at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, she cited black talk show host Charlamagne tha God, who insisted this campaign will be a "race between the cowards, the crooks and the couch."  She summarized, "The couch is a viable opportunity for people who don't think that either candidate really speaks to their concerns, meaning that people can just stay home."

National Public Radio uses your money to peddle lies, hate and disease.  On August 11, 2023, On the Media broadcast "How the Times Covers Trans Rights," a forty-minute segment.  The host was Micah Loewinger.  Loewinger is an award-winning young journalist who focuses on the far right.  The segment's online site features a hand-made sign in pale blue, pink, and white, the colors of trans extremism.  The sign reads, "TRANS RiGHTS ARE HUMAN RiGHTS" [sic].  Accompanying text reports that "Over the past few years, the country has seen a surge of anti-trans rhetoric and legislation — primarily stoked by the Republican party and conservative pundits."  There have been, the text claims, "coded calls for violence."  This broadcast, from award-winning, taxpayer-funded media, disseminates lies about trans extremism.  These lies are not victimless, venial sins.  These lies are actively damaging the lives of thousands of vulnerable children.  These lies have been used to destroy the careers of educators who resist them.  These lies have been used to sever the bonds between parent and child.  A father has been jailed for resisting these lies.  A mother was arrested in front of her children for resisting these lies.  Female athletes have lost titles and scholarships.  Women imprisoned with men have been raped.  The lies disseminated by OTM are implicated in multiple deaths.

Is NPR Trying To Start A Race War?  The government-funded pundits at National Propaganda Radio (NPR) seem to have a toxic fixation with race.  On Tuesday, the outlet blamed the success of American country music on racial prejudice.  In a podcast episode titled "How racism became a marketing tool for country music," NPR brought on a historian to outline the myriad ways country music is a vehicle for white supremacy.  The host, Britany Luse, introduces the episode by previewing questions to Amanda Martinez, a country music historian at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  Luse wants to know "how country music became this symbol of racism" and why country music stars remain popular despite artists who currently lead the charts "peddling racist rhetoric today."

National Gaslighting Radio.  Did you know that it is a conspiracy theory that the elite is pushing for the proles to eat bugs instead of meat?  Not just a conspiracy theory, but one deeply rooted in White Supremacy.  So says NPR.  [Tweet]  Unfortunately, it is a conspiracy theory only in the sense that believing that the Biden Administration wants you to stop using gas stoves, use ineffective and expensive air conditioners, and ruin the venerable water heater.  It is a conspiracy, but hardly a theory.  What's amusing is that NPR has been a proponent of the "Eat the bugs, [...]!" movement itself.  A quick search of their archives finds several stories about the benefits of eating bugs, and there are countless examples of environmental extremists who are deeply concerned by cow farts wanting us to substitute animal protein with insect protein.  NPR is obsessed with the bug-eating controversy.  Earlier this year they did another story about this very subject, in which they simultaneously argued that nobody wants you to eat bugs, but also that you really should want to eat bugs and it is racism and colonialism to reject the idea.

On PBS, NPR Legal Reporter Claims Hunter Plea Deal 'Somewhat Harsher' Than Usual.  Hunter Biden, the controversial son of President Biden, announced he would pled guilty to two federal charges of tax fraud and a felony charge of gun possession last Tuesday, and that evening's taxpayer-funded PBS News Hour proved itself eager to move along, dismissing Republican accusations of a cushy plea deal from his father's Department of Justice, appealing to emotion by painting the President as a distraught father who deserves sympathy, not suspicion of possibly benefiting from his son's sordid business undertakings in China and Ukraine, even suggesting Hunter's plea deal was "somewhat harsher" than usual.

NPR Celebrates Father's Day With Story of Pregnant Dad Who's Actually a Biological Female.  It wouldn't be Father's Day weekend without the NPR wokes going out and finding a biological female who now looks like a dude and has two daughters.  "Navigating pregnancy as a dad," NPR teases its segment on Kayden Coleman, 37, who was "surprised to learn he was pregnant."  OK, I'll play along, let's hear how this trans dude got pregnant without a vagina.  Just imagine the wokes north of San Francisco driving their Subaru wagons to Whole Foods and nodding along as this story plays out on NPR's "All Things Considered."  The story, according to NPR wokes, goes something like this: Coleman stopped taking hormones to have "top surgery" and doctors told the biological female there was no way a pregnancy was in the cards when something crazy happened — Coleman was preggers.

Indoctrination And Godlessness: It Is Way Past Time To Defund Progressive Outlets Like PBS And NPR.  It is way past time to defund PBS and the hopelessly biased NPR.  You might be wondering why we are still supporting these progressive outlets with our tax dollars.  The issue goes beyond just having liberal or progressive leanings for many decades.  The programming on these publicly funded broadcast media outlets generally does not align with the biblical worldview, and they have practically become arms of the Democrat Party.  Thankfully, a few people are trying to do something about it.  Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt moved to cut funding for PBS, and Elon Musk's Twitter labeled NPR, "state funded media."  Similar to the gravy-train of federal funding to Planned Parenthood, for example, why should all Americans be forced to support anything with our tax dollars that does not align with our values?  We should have a say!

It's Time to Defund NPR.  Last week NPR or National Public Radio was in the news when Twitter, under the leadership of Elon Musk, tagged its account as "state-affiliated media[.]" Twitter's definition of "state-affiliated media" is "outlets where the state exercises control over editorial content through financial resources, direct or indirect political pressures, and/or control over production and distribution." [...] During the Trump Presidency, NPR joined the mainstream media to amplify every baseless hoax peddled against President Trump without an iota of skepticism.  They claimed Trump is racist and sexist, and they also claimed Trump's election unleashed a torrent of homophobic and transphobic attitudes.  Trump supporters were not spared either.  They also carried the deadly insurrection narrative to cover the protests of January 6, 2021, without any questions.  However, if NPR were independent it would have hired journalists who are either pro-Trump or known to be objective to get a balanced view.  But that didn't happen.  The Democrats seldom receive any criticism on NPR; if there is any, it is delivered in measured words with copious context.

For The Record, NPR Absolutely Is US State Propaganda.  American liberals are in an uproar over Twitter's recent labeling of National Public Radio as "US state-affiliated media", a designation typically reserved for state media from governments the US is trying to topple like Russia's RT, China's CGTN, and Iran's Press TV.  In an article titled "Twitter labels NPR's account as 'state-affiliated media,' which is untrue," NPR's Bill Chappell attempts to argue that his outlet does not deserve to have the same labels affixed to it as state media from naughty governments like Russia and China: [...] It is an interesting choice to spotlight NPR's CEO John Lansing while trying to argue that NPR is not state-affiliated, given that Lansing spent his pre-NPR years as the CEO of the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM).  USAGM is the US government narrative management umbrella that runs overt US state propaganda outlets like Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and Voice of America.

Twitter Slaps NPR With 'State-Affiliated Media' Label.  National Public Radio, known as one of America's most notoriously biased media outlets, earned a new badge on Twitter this week in a move that has already sent liberals screeching for their safe spaces and drawn applause from Americans who've long been irked by NPR's blatant anti-conservative — and often unpatriotic — programming.  Twitter users first started noticing on Tuesday night that NPR's official account has been labeled "US state-affiliated media."  [Tweet]  Musk shared Twitter's Help Center definition for state-affiliated media and said it "seems accurate" after Twitter slapped the label on NPR's account.

NPR [is now] labeled 'state-affiliated media' on Twitter, same as Russia's RT and China's Xinhua.  Twitter has made it official, National Public Radio (NPR) is now classified as a "US state-affiliated media" outlet on the platform.  It's a label that has traditionally applied to state-run media outlets in foreign autocracies, like Russia's RT and China's Xinhua.  Twitter CEO Elon Musk shared the company's guidance on state-affiliated media Wednesday.

Twitter labels NPR 'state-affiliated media' and the government-funded network squeals like a stuck pig.  Elon Musk's Twitter has provoked a spasm of media outrage by adding the works "state-affiliated media" to tweets coming from the main account of the indisputably federally-funded radio network.  To be sure, financially-beleaguered NPR receives lots of non-governmental funding, including donations from individuals and corporate advertising underwriting, but the organization misleadingly claims that "less than one percent" of its budged comes from the federal government in the form of grants.  Whole this may be true, NPR charges its local affiliates, which receive federal, state, and even local funding in some instances, for the programing it provides, so that state funding is, in effect, laundered through these local stations.  NPR is very unhappy about this label.

NPR Lays Off 10% Of Workforce As MSM Rendered Obsolete By Destroying Their Own Credibility.  It's always individually tragic when someone loses their job.  But this situation right here is not only in the best interest of America, but also is the direct product of the mainstream media destroying their own credibility by perpetually operating as unethical and immoral establishment propaganda machines with no regard for truth or objectivity.  They have done this to themselves.  According to NPR, they are laying off 10% of their workforce equalling more than 100 people after "an advertising shortfall of about $30 million."  As tragic as it is that people will lose their jobs, it's obvious why this is happening.  NPR lies, blatantly and with impunity.  Like this situation that literally just happened yesterday, where they blatantly lied to manipulate public perception in favor of the Left's LGBTQ agenda, and had to be put in their place by the public.

NPR Issues Correction, Admits There Is Evidence Proving Male Athletes Have Advantage over Females.  NPR issued an official correction following a story published Friday which argued "there is limited scientific research" supporting the idea that males have a "physical advantage" over females in competitive sports.  "Correction: An earlier tweet incorrectly stated there is limited scientific evidence of physical advantage.  Existing research shows that higher levels of testosterone do impact athletic performance.  But there's limited research involving elite trans athletes in competition," the outlet's official Twitter account noted on Sunday afternoon.  [Tweet]

NPR vs.  Masculinity.  In our culture's present moment of confusion about many basic things, you may well have been wondering what "masculinity" means.  Well, have no fear, NPR is here to give you the lowdown on how to properly think of this topic in 2023 in a podcast from their series LifeKit, which magnanimously offers the benighted populace invaluable "tools to help you get it together."

The Democrat-Media Insurrection Myth.  For example, NPR reported that contrary to the right-wing view that the mob was not armed "the alleged rioters ... did come armed ... with ... stun guns, pepper spray, baseball bats and flagpoles wielded as clubs" and someone "also allegedly planted pipe bombs by the headquarters of the Democratic and Republican parties the night before the riot and remains at large."  With regard to the pipe bombs "allegedly" planted, they were not at the Capitol, and, since no one knows who planted them, and since some were near the Republican headquarters, no one knows that they were planted by Trump supporters!  Too difficult for you NPR?  Since NPR is supported by taxpayer dollars it is supposed to be non-partisan, right?  Perhaps NPR can identify an insurrection somewhere in actual human history that was carried out with stun guns, pepper spray, baseball bats and flagpoles.

If NPR has advertising revenue, why is it taxpayer-subsidized?
NPR Suffers a 'Major Loss'.  National Public Radio will reduce its workforce by 10%, which means the termination of around 100 people.  Positions that are currently vacant will be eliminated.  The outlet reported that CEO John Lansing is attributing the move to a lack of advertising dollars, specifically in terms of its podcasts.  NPR has an annual budget of $300 million and its revenues could be short $30 million to $32 million.

NPR Touts Biden as 'Strong and Vigorous Man,' Hails His State Of The Union Lies.  On NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, host Scott Simon sounded like state-run radio as he touted Biden's latest physical showed "a strong and vigorous man" as Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley "openly played the age card" in her announcement.  NPR political analyst Ron Elving insisted "any kind of dissing of old folks is a risky strategy and likely to backfire."  Liberals parade around their hopes as "news." [...] And since NPR hates Fox News, they wrapped up with enjoying how the Dominion lawsuit against Fox ended with juicy revelations that hosts didn't believe in the election-fraud stories they were promoting after the 2020 votes were cast.  "Did it surprise you, Ron, that they just deliberately lied to their own viewers?"  Elving wasn't surprised, that "Some of these conversations among the Fox stars suggest they knew better, but thought it was their job to play to the sentiments of the people they perceived to be their audience."

It's time to defund most of the things the federal government does.
It's time to defund taxpayer-funded NPR over porn for kids.  Columnist David Marcus wrote an opinion piece for Fox News that was published on Monday [1/9/2023] calling for the defunding of NPR after it ran a disgusting and disturbing essay by author Maia Kobabe defending the "Gender Queer" graphic novel for children which displays graphic drawings of sex acts.  "As House Republicans overcome their differences and take power in the chamber there is an issue that they should take up immediately:  defunding National Public Radio.  We all know that the taxpayer-funded, so-called news outlet leans farther left than a NASCAR racetrack, but this week they ran a slanderous and frankly disgusting essay by the author of the controversial graphic novel for kids, "Gender Queer," that should absolutely end their funding," he asserted in his opinion piece.  "The essay, written by Maia Kobabe, is a woe-is-me tale about her book being taken off the shelves of many school libraries, mixed with self-congratulation for her supposed courage," Marcus added.

The Editor says...
The Republican Party has been talking about defunding NPR and PBS for at least 25 years, but it never happens.  They have also been talking about getting rid of Daylight Saving Time, which nobody likes, but it never happens.  Congress finds even the simplest tasks to be impossible.

NPR says bombs in Israel are "rare." They aren't, but the truth doesn't serve their narrative.  These are not "rare" events.  There are an average of more than one pipe bomb every day this year.  If NPR was doing its job, it would have known this information and reported on it way before deadly bombs exploded in Jerusalem.  And it is pretty obvious that the "rare" statement was meant to downplay Palestinian terror, and to avoid mentioning that this has been the bloodiest year for Israelis since 2015, and second deadliest since 2009.

NPR goes sick.  Recently, a friend told me about NPR broadcasting an abortion.  I thought that it was a joke or something from the Babylon Bee.  After all, who could be sick enough to broadcast or listen to an abortion?  Well, the answer is, NPR. [...] Not long ago, a story like this would have been rejected by the editor for being repulsive and not a news story.  However, the people running NPR are abortion activists and feel compelled to push the issue in such a grotesque manner.

No Matter How Many Times Biden Denies It, The U.S. Is Being Invaded.  A new poll finds that more than half of Americans think the U.S. is being invaded by illegal aliens flooding into the country.  And they are right, no matter what President Joe Biden claims, or how diligently the mainstream press tries to cover it up.  "More than half (54%) of Americans think it's at least somewhat true that we're experiencing an invasion at the southern border," according to the NPR/Ipsos poll.  That is a shocking finding, given the denials from the administration that there is a crisis at all, and the fact that the mainstream media will cover anything but the flood of illegal immigrants under Biden.  Of course, NPR tries to put a lefty spin on the results, casting them as the result of right-wing lies.

NPR sinks ever deeper into LGBTQ+ incoherence.  I used to be a passionate NPR listener, tuning in whenever I got into the car.  By the early 2000s, as it became more openly anti-Israel, I went looking for other things.  I found Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Prager, and all the others who develop ideas and allow political opponents to challenge them.  Won over by open and intelligent discourse, I abandoned forever the carefully packaged NPR indoctrination my taxpayer dollars helped support.  Still, it's occasionally helpful to tune in to NPR to get a sense of what the college-educated, leftist half of the country thinks matters — and one of those things is to use language to destroy clarity and, by that means, organized society.

NPR Wants to 'Queer' Youth:  Date Yourself, Redefine Sex, STIs Are Not 'Dirty'.  National Public Radio (NPR) used July 4 to broadcast a segment about "queer" sex education, which promotes masturbation, redefines sex, and denounces the "terrible lie" that sexually transmitted diseases make one "dirty."  The story is part of the left-wing media's "Life Kit" series, which it describes as "service journalism."  This report is titled, "The importance of inclusion in sex education."  NPR framed the story by connecting it to Florida's Parental Rights in Education law, which it called the "Don't Say Gay" legislation.  "More than a dozen states have proposed similar bills," the NPR host said.  "This could affect what students are taught in sex education.  For NPR's Life Kit, Lilly Quiroz explains the basics of queer sex education."  The NPR reporter interviewed a "sexuality educator," who also founded and performs at a venue called "Vulgar" in Mexico City.

NPR Lies Outrageously About Republicans on Your Nickel.  American taxpayers pay for National Public Radio, and what do we get for our money?  Increasingly hysterical and unbelievable Leftist propaganda.  This Thursday's Morning Edition Report was over the top even for NPR, with the far-Left organization's "Domestic Extremism Correspondent," Odette Yousef, claiming that fully 20% of Republican state legislators want to alter the Constitution itself, getting rid of the equal protection and due process clauses, reimposing slavery, and denying women the right to vote.  This is comic book-level vilification with no basis in fact whatsoever — and your tax dollars are paying for it.

NPR's strict masking policy encourages coworkers to tattle on violators.  National Public Radio is encouraging staffers to squeal on each other if they do not comply with the company's Draconian mask-wearing policy in the office.  According to a strongly-worded memo sent out Thursday, NPR employees are not only required to wear masks in the office, but if they see someone who isn't complying with the mandate, they are encouraged to correct their coworker or rat them out to higher-ups.  "If you notice someone who has forgotten their mask, you might tell them, "Hey, you forgot your mask," the memo said, adding they can also let a superior know so they can "remind" them or they can get human resources involved.  Repeat offenses could lead to the maskless offender getting fired.

Biden's Energy Department:  People Who Do Not Embrace Climate Change Are Spreading 'Misinformation'.  The latest narrative in the ongoing claims that policy disagreement amounts of misinformation now includes climate change.  Those who do not see weather as an existential threat are spreading misinformation — this time about solar and wind energy.  Taxpayer-funded National Public Radio (NPR) is jumping on the misinformation bandwagon with a story on Tuesday about Biden's Energy Department and other climate-change promotors warning that opposition to alternative energy is making headway because of people allegedly not telling the truth.  "The spread of misinformation about solar and wind energy is leading some states and counties to restrict or even reject projects," NPR said in introducing the piece that rejects any criticism of climate change or the radical policies to fight it like the Green New Deal.  "The Energy Department calls it a key threat to decarbonizing the grid."

Seattle-area Mazda drivers report radios are stuck on the local NPR station.  Seattle-area drivers of Mazda vehicles from 2014-17 have reported an unusual problem — their radios are stuck on the local NPR station.  KUOW-FM, the Seattle-area NPR station, confirmed it had been contacted by multiple Mazda drivers in the area who reported the HD Radio in the Mazda infotainment center of their vehicles was stuck on the station.

NPR Doesn't Care About Truth.  One signal aspect of the current historical moment is that prominent liberal news sources — the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and, here, National Public Radio — no longer make any pretense of being objective journalists.  They are left-wing activists, and proud of it.  When they are shown to be wrong on the facts — the Russia collusion hoax is perhaps the most notorious instance, although just one of many — they are unapologetic.  They served their masters, and were proud to do so.  What prompts this reflection is National Public Radio's fake news about the U.S. Supreme Court, as recapped by John Nolte.  NPR claimed to have a scoop, based on a single anonymous, and obviously highly political, source: [...]

NPR Reporter Erupts After Editor Criticizes SCOTUS Story Denied By Justices.  The National Public Radio reporter behind a story about face masks and the Supreme Court that the justices themselves have denied remained defiant on Thursday after one of NPR's own editors criticized her story.  Nina Totenberg, NPR's veteran legal affairs correspondent, had an intense reaction to NPR's public editor Kelly McBride saying the story "merits a clarification, but not a correction," without which NPR risks losing credibility with readers.

NPR's Fake SCOTUS Story Makes the Case Again for Why They Should Be Defunded.  Who were your sources, guys?  What was the process here at National Public Radio?  I only ask because, yet again, NPR is being thrown into the woodchipper for peddling fake news.  The story that set off a wave of controversy among liberal media circles is that Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sonia Sotomayor requested that other members wear masks amid the Omicron spike.  Justice Neil Gorsuch refused, causing Sotomayor to work from home. [...] Well, it was fake.  Columnist Mark Davis called out NPR, noting that SCOTUS had already announced that Sotomayor was working remotely before this media circus started.  And now the Supreme Court said the story is false.

Gorsuch, Sotomayor Push Back On NPR Story Claiming He Refused To Wear A Mask Despite Request.  Associate Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Sonia Sotomayor put out a joint statement on Wednesday denying a recent report that Gorsuch refused to wear a mask during oral arguments, forcing Sotomayor to participate in proceedings remotely.  National Public Radio legal correspondent Nina Totenberg claimed in a Tuesday column that Gorsuch refused a request from Chief Justice John Roberts that all justices wear masks during oral arguments as a result of Sotomayor's fears about the Omicron variant.  Sotomayor, who has diabetes, "has not attended the justices' weekly conference in person, joining instead by telephone" as a result of Gorsuch's refusal, Totenberg wrote.  "Reporting that Justice Sotomayor asked Justice Gorsuch to wear a mask surprised us.  It is false.  While we may sometimes disagree about the law, we are warm colleagues and friends," the two justices said.

NPR's Story About a SCOTUS Spat over Justices Wearing Masks Looks Like a Massive Pile of Fake News.  It seems even the most prestigious legal institution in the land is not immune to COVID, that is the politics of it all.  The Court did strike down the employer-based COVID vaccine mandate the Biden administration was pushing that was going to be enforced by OSHA. Yet, it didn't come before we all saw how wrong the liberal wing of the Court was on the issue.  I'm not talking about legal differences.  I'm talking about facts.  Justice Sonia Sotomayor claimed that 100,000 kids were hospitalized with COVID and on ventilators.  She also said Omicron was just as deadly as Delta.  Not true.  This is what happens when you only watch CNN or MSNBC all day.  These people are deciding the fate of millions in the workforce and four of them consumed, digested, and believed in pure science fiction.  Luckily, that OSHA mandate was struck down 6-3.  Yet, the COVID antics have not stopped.  There are reports that Chief Justice John Roberts ordered all members to wear a mask at oral arguments.  Justice Gorsuch refused which forced Justice Sotomayor to work remotely.  Now, here's where the red flag comes in — it's an NPR story.

National Public Radio has gone off the woke deep end.  I spent much of the 1980s and 1990s listening to NPR.  That's what informed people in my social and professional circles did.  It presented tidy seven-to-fifteen-minute segments that stated a newsworthy principle, interviewed reliable (Democrat-leaning) sources, and wrapped up the whole thing with a conclusion that politely supported Democrat policies.  It was only in the second half of the 1990s that I realized NPR was consistently lying about Israel.  That led me to suspect the rest of the content and saw me eventually switch from being a mindless Democrat to a much more thoughtful and informed conservative.  I probably last listened to NPR in the very early 2000s before I turned it off forever.  By then I'd discovered conservative radio and learned that conservatives, rather than listening to neat little segments with foreordained outcomes, got the benefit of three hours of Rush Limbaugh developing an idea or Dennis Prager politely forcing a leftist to clarify his thinking.

National Public Radio's Misinformation on Wildfires and Climate: Part 1.  Each day I attempt to synthesize curiously divergent views in the news.  In the morning I listen to National Public Radio (NPR) and in the evening I watch Fox News.  However, I'm increasingly disturbed by NPR's unbalanced reporting on wildfires.  With every wildfire report, NPR now adds climate crisis comment but ignores wildfire science.  I learned more about heat transfer and wildfires as a boy scout.  I also expanded my wildfire science as an ecologist researching California's Sierra Nevada ecosystems for 30 years and I must say an honest NPR would focus on the 3 major issues needed to minimize wildfire devastation.
  [#1]   Minimize human ignitions.
  [#2]   Improve ground fuel management.
  [#3]   Remove introduced annual grasses.
Politicians and media journalists that claim reducing CO2 will save us from bigger wildfires are only exacerbating public fears and promoting ineffective policies.

Why Have Advocacy Journalism When You Can Have Just Advocacy?  It was perhaps inevitable that the embrace of advocacy journalism (and rejection of objectivity in journalism) would eventually dispense with the pretense of the journalism part.  The point was reached by National Public Radio which took the controversial step this week to announce that its journalists can engage in protests and advocacy — the abandonment of a long-standing rule for reporters to avoid such causes or demonstrations.  The announcement comes on the heels of the Justice reporter for the New York Times calling all Trump supporters "enemies of the state."  New York Times reporter Nikole Hanna-Jones recently declared "all journalism is advocacy."  So that simplifies matters wonderfully for the woke.  After all, why have advocacy journalism when you can simply have advocacy?

Government-Funded NPR Faces Backlash After Trashing Declaration of Independence on July 4.  "Defund NPR" was trending on Twitter Monday morning after National Public Radio (NPR) criticized the Declaration of Independence on July 4.  "In this thread of the Declaration of Independence, you can see a document with flaws and deeply ingrained hypocrisies," NPR tweeted.  "It also laid the foundation for this country's collective aspirations — the hopes for what America could be."

NPR at 50 Years:  Still a Liberal Sandbox.  National Public Radio is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week in a classic way:  asking its fans for money.  A fundraising email gushes, "From covering the Vietnam War in 1971 to the COVID-19 vaccination effort today, and everything in between, NPR has delivered fact-based news and trustworthy analysis to millions."  Some of that "fact-based news" included "founding mother" Nina Totenberg's attempts to ruin Douglas Ginsburg's Supreme Court nomination (successful) and then Clarence Thomas' nomination (unsuccessful).  Years later, she did a syrupy sister act with feminist Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, hosting RBG celebrations at awards shows and film festivals.  NPR dismissed the pre-election story about Hunter Biden's alleged laptop as an example of "pure distractions" and then had to issue a correction to a January puff piece that had insisted the laptop story was "discredited by U.S. intelligence and independent investigations by news organizations."  If you're a conservative, you see NPR as a sandbox for liberals and object to your tax dollars going to that propaganda.  If you're a liberal, you love it dearly and fight any attempt to cut its federal funding.

Ben Domenech Fact-Checks NPR's Mara Liasson Spewing Lies About Georgia Voting Law.  Federalist Publisher Ben Domenech corrected National Public Radio's Mara Liasson on Fox News Tuesday when she claimed voting laws in Colorado and Georgia bear no similarity after Major League Baseball (MLB) moved their all-star game from Atlanta to Denver.  The baseball league made the decision last week to pull the summer sports event worth $100 million in local revenue citing Georgia's new elections law passed by Republicans which expands early voting and implements voter ID requirements.  Denver was announced the new host city Tuesday [4/6/2021].  "The Georgia law and the Colorado voting rules are not equivalent," Liasson said before Domenech interrupted NPR's political correspondent as she began to perpetuate misinformation.  "No, that's not true Mara and you can't get away with saying that, that is not true," Domenech said.  "They are very close in terms of proximity and you cannot get away with saying that... When you look at this Georgia law, it is extremely reasonable.  There is no case that can be reasonably be made that it represents Jim Crow in the south."  [Video clip]

NPR takes back the Hunter Biden story.  Well, who knew that Hunter Biden was going to write a book and talk about it on TV?  It caught NPR off base, and they had to issue the following statement [...] Okay, so they made a mistake.  Doesn't everybody make mistakes?  The problem is that this mistake was more than writing the wrong date on forgetting to sign the check.  In this "mistake," the Biden campaign was given a pass on the subject.  Biden operatives didn't have to answer detailed questions because NPR and others did it for them.  In other words, the Biden campaign could simply say several media sources had discounted the validity of the story.  Keep in mind that this "mistake" was made in mid-October, about the time it could have influenced a few voters.  The second problem is that every mistake made during the Trump years was always in the same direction.

Ken Burns Endorses Petition Demanding PBS Give Him Less Time Because He's White.  The problem here is a successful white documentarian in an age where the white part is a liability.  Demanding the suppression of a filmmaker because of his race would have been unacceptable a few years ago, but is now the new normal. [...] Umm guys, speaking as a taxpayer, most taxpayers want your entire parasitic industry funded by money stolen from taxpayers gone.  There's really some horseshoe stuff going on when documentary filmmakers who work with PBS attack it as taxpayers.  But the documentary filmmakers haven't actually bothered to research basic facts, like whom they're sending the letter to.

NPR issues stunning mea culpa after claiming Hunter Biden laptop story was 'discredited' by intelligence.  National Public Radio has corrected an online article that falsely asserted that documents from first son Hunter Biden's laptop had been "discredited by U.S. intelligence."  A book review of Hunter Biden's memoir "Beautiful Things" initially dismissed the documents first reported in October by The [New York] Post.  "The laptop story was discredited by U.S. intelligence and independent investigations by news organizations," the book review by NPR senior editor and correspondent Ron Elving initially claimed.  The correction on the Thursday article now says, "A previous version of this story said U.S. intelligence had discredited the laptop story.  U.S. intelligence officials have not made a statement to that effect."

NPR 'On The Media' Show Devotes [an] Hour to 'Slaying the Fox Monster' Talk.  National Public Radio has a serious, red-hot loathing of Fox News.  The latest demonstration was the February 5 episode of the very tilted weekly show On The Media, produced by WNYC-FM in New York and airing on more than 400 public radio stations across America.  The episode was boldly titled "Slaying the Fox Monster."  We like the hashtag #DefundNPR, but that means removing its taxpayer subsidies, which they always implausibly claim is some miniscule fraction like two percent.  These NPR people want Fox "radically ostracized."

Flashback: 41% of Democrats Said Violence May Be Necessary If Trump Wins.  Social media and the media operate using trends while ignoring and erasing everything that happened a year ago, a month ago, or a week ago. [...] NPR, like other media publications, never bother reporting on the level of Democrat support for violence.  That's a good reminder that our media literally operates like a propaganda service out of North Korea, China, or Russia.  And isn't even pretending to be anything else.  Democrat support for political violence may have dropped.  Not because Democrats have become more peaceful, but because they've taken power.  The Bolshevik support for political violence against the regime vanished the moment that they became the regime.  But even that's not clear.

Photojournalist for CNN-NPR Jade Sacker embedded with BLM/Antifa leader John Sullivan during siege on US Capitol while cheering "We Did It!" after inciting riot.  As soon as the siege on the Capitol took place every left winger I know was screaming about how bad boy Trump and all his riff raff followers had ruined yet another glorious day.  There was violence, there was chaos, people died, and according to them, it was all Trump's fault for "calling for violence."  Except he didn't.  Politicians and special interests groups have been marching on the Capitol for as long as I can remember and that's exactly what Trump asked everyone to do.  I listened to that speech at least a half dozen times and not once did I hear Trump even insinuate that the crowd should perpetrator what later ensued.  I didn't hear anything from him that I haven't heard dozens of times from a magnitude of speakers over various causes from that very spot.

Rep. Paul Gosar calls for NPR to be defunded over blackout on Hunter Biden allegations.  Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) is calling for National Public Radio to be defunded by the federal government.  The movement to defund NPR comes after the media organization announced that it would not cover the allegations against Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.  On Thursday [10/22/2020], NPR managing editor Terence Samuels declared that covering the news story about emails from Hunter Biden's laptop that was left at a computer repair store is a "waste" of time, and discredited the allegations a "distraction."  "We don't want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don't want to waste the listeners' and readers' time on stories that are just pure distractions," Samuels stated.

The Media's Shameful Hunter Biden Abdication.  In an interview with National Public Radio's public editor today, Terence Samuel, managing editor for news, explained why readers haven't seen any stories about the New York Post's Hunter Biden email scoop.  "We don't want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don't want to waste the listeners' and readers' time on stories that are just pure distractions," Samuel reasoned.  "And quite frankly, that's where we ended up, this was ... a politically driven event and we decided to treat it that way."  Samuel, sadly, speaks for much of the media, which has ignored or dismissed the emails out of hand.  In her 60 Minutes interview with the president (released preemptively by the White House), Lesley Stahl vigorously denies that Joe Biden is in the midst of a scandal.

NPR tweet
Yes, NPR really posted this.  "Waste of your time?"  "Not really a story?"  "Just a pure distraction?"  On the contrary, this is a bombshell that keeps getting bigger while the hack mainstream media runs defense for the Biden campaign!  One can't help but wonder, would they be singing the same tune if this were Trump Jr. instead of Hunter Biden, with all other details the same?  Of course not.  It would be the biggest story in the country.

NPR: We're Not Covering Biden Laptop Scandal Because It's 'Not Really' A Story, 'Pure Distractions'.  Taxpayer-funded NPR announced Thursday on Twitter that it is not covering the Hunter Biden laptop scandal because it's not really a story, which prompted widespread backlash online.  "Why haven't you seen any stories from NPR about the NY Post's Hunter Biden story?" NPR wrote on Twitter.  NPR then answered the question, writing:  "We don't want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don't want to waste the listeners' and readers' time on stories that are just pure distractions."  Almost instantly, the tweet sparked accusations of bias, which comes after one of Hunter Biden's former business partners said in a statement on Thursday that Hunter Biden allegedly asked his father, Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, to "sign-off" on his business deals.  The statement contradicts Joe Biden's public statements that he never spoke to his son about his son's overseas business dealings.

NPR Refuses to Report on Growing Biden Scandal:  We Don't Want to Waste Listeners' Time.  A tweet from the National Public Radio Public (NPR) Editor on Thursday — on the day of the presidential debate — explained why the taxpayer-funded news outlet has been ignoring the growing scandal surrounding former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, and the family's business dealings in China.  "Why haven't you seen any stories from NPR about the NY Post's Hunter Biden story," the tweet said.  "We don't want to waste our time on stories that a re not really stories, and we don't want to waste listeners' and readers' time on that stories that are just pure distractions." The tweet included the link to a newsletter written by Kelly McBride, who is with the Poynter Institute, the so-called gatekeeper for good journalism.

Antifa and BLM, the Democrat party's stormtroopers.  Not surprisingly, taxpayer-funded NPR has supported the not "peaceful protests" for months.  They have been touting that ludicrous book that defends looting and the destruction of private property.  They regularly use Trump's words out of context.  NPR lost its way long before Trump was elected, but it has been enthusiastically dragged into the anti-Trump fray.  Why taxpayers are forced to subsidize this particular branch of the Democrat party is not a mystery; taxpayers are stooges.  Throughout these past months of violent looting, arson, death, and destruction, NPR, like the rest of the leftist media, has misled their viewers and insisted these riots were "mostly peaceful." They absolutely were not.  They have caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, mostly to small businesses, many of them minority-owned.

LA Sheriffs:  NPR Reporter Arrested For 'Interfering' With Cops As They Tried To Control BLM Protests Outside Hospital.  A Los Angeles National Public Radio reporter was arrested early Sunday, Los Angeles County Sheriffs said, after she "interfered" with police trying to prevent alleged Black Lives Matter protesters from storming the hospital where two severely wounded L.A. County Sheriffs deputies were taken following a horrific ambush attack.  Saturday night [9/12/2020], two sheriffs deputies, a 31-year-old female and a 24-year-old male, were shot in what law enforcement officials are calling an "ambush attack," according to earlier reports from The Daily Wire.  The pair were sitting in their parked vehicle outside of a train station when they were approached by a suspect who opened fire without apparent cause, leaving the two deputies severely wounded.

NPR regrets elevating pro-looting anti-Semite.  National Public Radio is scrambling to do damage control this week after it promoted the views of a dangerously ignorant pro-looting activist who is also a gigantic anti-Semite.  In late August, NPR's Code Switch department published an interview with Vicky Osterweil, author of In Defense of Looting.  In the interview, Osterweil was given free rein to spout several major falsehoods, drawing little to no pushback from NPR.  "This Q&A with a provocative author did not serve NPR's audience," the newsgroup's public editor, Kelly McBride, said Thursday [9/3/2020].  "On top of being wrong about recent events, the author's characterization of the Civil Rights Movement is a distortion and oversimplification."

What does 'without evidence' mean?  President Trump spoke mildly in defense of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse on Tuesday, saying that the 17-year-old seemed to be defending himself when he shot three people, killing two of them.  NPR, fresh off of interviewing In Defense of Looting author Vicky Osterweil, had something stern to say about that, tweeting 'President Trump declined to condemn the actions of the suspected 17-year-old shooter of three protesters against police brutality in Kenosha — claiming, without evidence, that it appeared the gunman was acting in self-defense.'  Without evidence!  Cockburn tries to live an upright life these days, but he had to pause for a moment to be sure he had not mistakenly consumed peyote or some other mind-altering substance.  Without evidence?  The entire Rittenhouse episode was caught on tape.  You can watch both shootings on YouTube, along with lengthy dissections of what they show.  You can watch him get interviewed immediately before the shooting.  Without evidence?  Kyle Rittenhouse's night in Kenosha is one of the single best-documented shootings of all time.

National 'Public' Radio declares Kenosha shooter guilty before trial despite evidence of self-defense, sparks calls to Defund NPR.  Centrist taxpayer-funded outlet National Public Radio (NPR) has attacked US President Donald Trump for "defending" the shooter of three protesters in Kenosha.  Trump supporters have renewed a longstanding call to defund it.  NPR tore into Trump after he "declined to condemn" the actions of the 17-year-old Illinois resident who shot three protesters — allegedly in self-defense — amid ongoing rioting in Kenosha.  The news outlet jeered that Trump had claimed, "without evidence, that it appeared the gunman was acting in self-defense."  While the president also acknowledged there was an ongoing investigation into the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, who has been charged with six criminal counts including first-degree murder over his shooting three people during the riots in Kenosha, NPR focused on his refusal to pass judgement on the young gunman.

NPR Claims That Calling a Riot a "Riot" is Racist.  NPR published an article claiming that calling a riot a "riot" is offensive because it's "rooted in racism."  Yes, really.  The article was written by Jonathan Levinson for Oregon Public Broadcasting, the Portland NPR affiliate.  Portland has experienced 93 days of continuous rioting — last night was the first time in that entire period that the city has not seen unrest — but according to Levinson, merely calling a spade a spade is a racist dog whistle.  Levinson's argument for this position is vague to the point of being non-existent.  He appears upset that police are able to declare a riot and use crowd control measures to disperse violent BLM mobs.

Reclaiming Our Culture from the Left.  [Scroll down]  Can it possibly be done?  Not all at once.  But one step that could be taken now is the stripping of all federal funding from all universities and colleges that suppress all points of view that dissent from the leftist line.  Another is a thoroughgoing reform of primary and secondary school material, such that it once again tells the truth about our nation, which will naturally make students proud to be American.  PBS and NPR, as just two more leftist propaganda mills, should also lose all federal funding.  Let them survive on their merits if they can.  And as for the rest of them, the legal protections that all the social media giants to maintain a monopoly on the means of communication must also be taken away.

NPR Radio Ratings Collapse As Pandemic Ends Listeners' Commutes.  Broadcast ratings for nearly all of NPR's radio shows took a steep dive in major markets this spring, as the coronavirus pandemic kept many Americans from commuting to work and school.  The network's shows lost roughly a quarter of their audience between the second quarter of 2019 and the same months in 2020.  People who listened to NPR shows on the radio at home before the pandemic by and large still do.  But many of those who listened on their commute have not rejoined from home.  And that threatens to alter the terrain for NPR for years to come, said Lori Kaplan, the network's senior director of audience insights.  "We anticipated these changes," Kaplan said.  "This kind of change was going to take place over the next decade.  But the pandemic has shown us what our future is now."

Should taxpayers stop funding National Public Radio?  President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler suggested last week that it was time for the federal government to stop funding National Public Radio.  "They certainly are a sacred cow that needs to be slaughtered," Wheeler proclaimed.  NPR serves millions of listeners across the country but long has suffered complaints from conservatives that its content and hosts lean left.

EPA chief urges defunding of NPR, 'sacred cow that needs to be slaughtered'.  EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Friday bolstered the Trump administration's bid to defund NPR after an NPR reporter editorialized against him and said it was "unsettling" to interview President Trump's environment chief.  "It reinforces in my mind that NPR should not be publicly financed.  It's just ridiculous," Wheeler said after listening to how his 45-minute interview with Nora Saks of Montana Public Radio on Superfund cleanup efforts turned into an attack on the agency.

Yes, it's time to defund NPR.  Public media has long been defended.  Frequently it's pointed out that public funding for NPR is only about two percent of their federal operating budget, the same excuse we hear when Planned Parenthood pushes back against calls to defund it.  Just as frequently, right-leaning outlets seek to point out a clear bias in publicly-funded coverage.  But NPR's 'reporting' of Black Lives Matter protests has veered so far from bias and into demagoguery that calls to defund it should be taken more seriously.  When I say 'defund', I don't mean in the tortured nuanced way that Democrats and the media use it about the police to mean 'reform'.  No reform for NPR.  Defund it.  Completely.

Self-righteous vandals.  Violent left-wing activists have taken to styling themselves as antifa, short for 'anti-fascists', though their street-fighting tactics resemble nothing so much as the Brownshirt thuggery practiced by fascists themselves.  This did not stop NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson from likening these hooligans to the heroes of World War Two.  On the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, while America's cities still smoldered after days of riots and looting, Liasson took to Twitter to call the Normandy invasion the 'biggest antifa rally in history'. Dumb jokes are nothing new on Twitter.  For many liberals today, however, it's no laughing matter.  They really do think that America is fascist, at least whenever a Republican is in the White House, and so petty vandalism is actually a heroic act of resistance.  Knock the head off a statue of Columbus, smash the glass of every storefront on the street, and you're defeating Adolf Hitler all over again.  Such is the state of historical literacy and what passes for the moral imagination among many with comfortable perches in the national media.  You would think that if they had a problem with the establishment, they should throw the first rock at a mirror.  Spare the innocent shopkeepers who pay the price for antifa antics.  Plenty of them are black or immigrants themselves, if that's what matters to the worthies of NPR.

Peak Snobbery at NPR: We're 'Very Good at Educating the Overeducated'.  Lifezette pointed out his overheated take from overpaid NPR Saturday morning host Scott Simon to Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio last weekend:  "As I don't have to tell you, there were anti-stay-at-home protests in — right there in Columbus this week.  And I have to ask you, Governor DeWine, when President Trump calls on people in Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia — those are states with Democratic governors — to, quote, "liberate" themselves from lockdown, is that a call for insurrection?"  DeWine had to remind the agitated NPR host "Well, the people have every right to demonstrate."

NPR proves true AG Barr's claim the media is on a 'jihad' against hydroxychloroquine.  [Scroll down]  NPR illustrated perfectly [Attorney General Bill] Barr's assertion that the media is on a jihad against a medicine that is indeed proving to be a "game-changer."  This is utterly unprincipled behavior and consistent with everything we've come to expect from a media suffering from unmitigated Trump Derangement Syndrome.

A Howard Zinn Pandemic.  In the midst of a global pandemic, left-wing pundits and politicians spin the blame to comport with the propaganda coming from Communist China, the regime responsible for the virus's spread in the first place.  And as students are forced to take classes remotely, companies such as National Public Radio, Newsela, and the Zinn Education Project — with the assistance of U.S. taxpayers — are ensuring they get the left-wing version of current events along with their history lessons.

PBS and NPR Offer Journalism by Liberals for Liberals.  The enormous coronavirus stimulus package was festooned with goodies for key Democratic constituency groups including $75 million in "emergency" funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which offers grants to PBS and NPR stations.  That's on top of the half-billion Congress already authorized for the year.  They call it "public" broadcasting, but it's niche broadcasting by liberals for liberals.  Even during this self-isolation, PBS aired a documentary slashing the National Rifle Association, and NPR celebrated the 12th anniversary of then-Sen. Barack Obama's speech about toxic Rev. Jeremiah Wright.  The PBS heroine of the moment is White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, who [...] has been squabbling with President Donald Trump.

White House Responds To Seattle NPR's Decision To Stop Airing Coronavirus Press Conferences.  The White House criticized Wednesday the Seattle-area NPR station's recent decision to stop airing the coronavirus task force press briefings.  "It's not surprising, but also a failure of their duty to the American people, that some media outlets would choose to block their audiences from receiving accurate, up-to-date information on President Trump's whole-of-government approach to slowing the spread of COVID-19," White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere told Daily Caller.  "No other Administration has been as transparent and as accessible as this one, and we will continue to make sure this Nation hears from its leaders and top health experts during this global pandemic."

New NPR Foundation Chair Also Gave Cash to Dem Before Taking New Role.  Contribution records appear to show that the newly hired heads of the National Public Radio Foundation and National Public Radio (NPR) are liberal partisans.  So why does NPR continue to receive taxpayer funding?

New NPR CEO John Lansing Gave Cash to Dems Just Before Taking New Role.  National Public Radio (NPR) continues to reinforce the years-old case for why its taxpayer-funding should be pulled by hiring a partisan to head up the entire organization.  The new president and CEO of NPR, John Lansing, contributed $500 each to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Aug. 17, 2019, and Kentucky challenger for Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-KY), senate seat Amy McGrath (D) Aug. 15, 2019, according to Federal Election Commission records.  The records suggest he made his contributions just less than a month before NPR announced his appointment to head up the government-funded news organization Sept. 5, raising questions about conflicts of interest.  Lansing would assume his new role mid-October, according to NPR.

Liberal Organizations Contributed $43,817,937 to NPR from 2003 to 2019.  National Public Radio ("NPR") has historically been criticized for liberal bias.  Is it any wonder why, particularly when there's a money trail from liberal organizations bankrolling an already taxpayer-funded news outlet?  Ten liberal organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ($14,164,937), the Ford Foundation ($12,350,000), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ($7,000,000) the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation ($6,285,000), liberal billionaire George Soros' Foundation to Promote Open Society ($2,900,000), the Ploughshares Fund ($550,000), Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc. ($218,000), The Rockefeller Foundation ($200,000), the Craig Newmark Foundation ($100,000) and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc. ($50,000) have contributed $43,817,937 to National Public Radio (NPR) between 2003-2019, according to Foundation Directory Online data.  This raises major concerns over its liberal bias, especially given that NPR also receives federal funding.

NPR Beclowns Itself, Chapter 9,603.  Don't we have enough?  Why are we taxpayers funding another of a zillion far-left news organizations to the tune of millions?

NPR says babies aren't babies until they're born.  [Scroll down]  Doctors and nurses describe "how your baby grows and develops" during the first — and each subsequent — trimester for parents who are expecting.  They do not typically refer to "your fetus."  During ultrasounds nurses don't point to the screen and say, "Look at that thing there, your fetus is a boy!"  (Nor do they say, "I'm arbitrarily assigning the gender 'boy' to your fetus").

NPR book reviewer Annalisa Quinn Must Resign or Be Terminated.  You might think that an Amazon #1 bestseller — as Mark Levin's ninth book has become — would merit serious reviews from serious people.  Obviously, NPR's choice of Annalisa Quinn, a sometimes contributor to The New York Times, is immediately suspect. [...] The first two paragraphs of Quinn's review do not, of course, touch upon the book itself.  They are instead meritless and poisonous attacks on the author.  Excoriating the writer before even touching upon the content is the mark of an unserious reviewer.  Further, Quinn's characterization of Levin — in the very first sentence of the review — as "fringe" betray her inability to objectively review any book.

The Islamization of Minnesota Media.  The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the U.S. branch of HAMAS, a designated foreign terrorist organization; notwithstanding, CAIR has turned into the go-to source on all matters Muslim for much of American media.  In this, Minnesota media are not different than any other, only worse.  Much worse.  It's become evident that media outlets in the state, primarily the Twin Cities, increasingly refract each and every story about Muslims generally, and Minnesota ones specifically, through the prism of a CAIR press release or its invidious Islamic agenda.  One of the more mindless in this regard has been Minnesota Public Radio (MPR).  The usual caveats to MPR always apply:  taxpayer-funded promulgator of liberal narratives, comfort zone of the intellectually incurious, and whenever circumstances warrant.  It was still somewhat of a shock when Tom Weber agreed to serve as Master of Ceremonies for CAIR's 9th Annual Banquet in 2016 at the Minneapolis Marriott NW.

Here are the Most Egregious Fake News Stories of 2018.  [#21] NPR: Donald Trump Jr. committed perjury:  NPR published a report in November insisting that Donald Trump Jr. lied to Congress about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow because his statements conflicted with those of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.  However, NPR failed to realize that the piece of Trump Jr.'s testimony they quoted was about a different project.

How NPR Is Carrying The Dirty Water Of The U. S. Climate Assessment, Ignoring Complex Systems.  On November 26th, 2018, NPR released a dire headline:  New U. S. Climate Assessment Forecasts Dire Effects On Economy, Health.  The co-author of the assessment, Katherine Hayhoe, a long-time Union of Concerned Scientists activist, clarifies the assessment's conclusion in her interview with NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday by saying:  "Climate change is happening here and now."  It must be a new thing.  And it must be true, because the Climate Assessment is daunting, according to NPR it is, "the culmination of years of research by the country's top climate scientists.  It's well over 1000 pages touching on a daunting range of topics."  Conveniently, the NPR article makes no mention of the years that were studied, the methods used to accumulate and analyze the data, or the reliability of the forecasting models.  But there are two things we know for sure.  First, that the Assessment cost untold millions of taxpayer dollars, thanks to the lobbying efforts of John Podesta, Tom Steyer and George Soros' Center for American Progress (their senior fellow Andrew Light served as a review editor).  And second, blame for the economic damage the Assessment predicts will fall squarely on, drum roll please, greenhouse gas emissions.

NPR Blatantly Lies About Donald Trump Jr.'s 2017 Senate Testimony.  NPR falsely claimed that Donald Trump Jr.'s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September 2017 conflicted with an account given by a former attorney for President Donald Trump. [...] In fact, Senate investigators were asking Trump Jr. about a series of efforts to develop property in Russia, going back several years.  Reporter Phil Ewing (reporter Tim Mak contributed to the story) conflates one of those efforts with another separate effort.  That conflation results in the false news report.

Donald Trump Jr Responds to NPR Finally Retracting False Story About Him.  In another example of why Americans increasingly distrust the establishment media to present factually sound, unbiased news, NPR published a report Friday claiming that Donald Trump Jr.'s testimony to Congress conflicted with the current claims of Michael Cohen about the "Moscow Trump Tower" deal discussions taking place in 2016.  After a number of reporters from various outlets called out NPR for reporting what was a verifiably false claim, the network finally issued a correction and deleted its original tweet — but not before the false report had permeated social media and made its way to CNN.

When The Truth Gets In The Way.  [Scroll down]  NPR hadn't bothered to check the whole transcript in the research, writing, or editing phases of their "reporting," and neither did any of the so-called journalists who'd help spread the fake story once it broke.  It fit perfectly with the liberal narrative of the Trump family bring Russian puppets — no fact-checking was necessary, it had to be true because they'd wished for it be.  But the note should have been a complete retraction, as the entire premise of the story was wrong.  Everyone who read it in that 5-hour window, before the "note" was added, was lied to and believed that lie, likely spreading that lie to others to this day.  The lie always beats the truth with people who desperately want to believe it.

National Public Radio is a National Disgrace.  For decades taxpayers have funded the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), which operates National Public Radio (NPR).  Someone unfamiliar with NPR's programming might assume that the network, given its reliance on taxpayer funding, would attempt to represent a broad set of political viewpoints.  Unfortunately, NPR long ago abandoned any effort to fairly represent a wide spectrum of political opinion.  NPR's content instead appears solely focused on promoting progressive policies.  Its stories, covering topics as diverse as climate science and the Second Amendment, universally adopt adversarial positions against the right.  Furthermore, NPR operates as a de facto public relations arm for the Democrat Party.  Its massive distribution network promotes far-left policy positions by employing creative tactics that can and must be deconstructed by any intellectually honest listener.

Giggly NPR Promotes Obama-Biden Murder-Mystery Fan Fiction.  On Friday night [8/3/2018], National Public Radio broadcast the usual line about media hostility to the Trump White House: a "robust, free, critical discourse" by the press is "a fundamental tenet of our constitutional system."  NPR and other liberal networks fail to acknowledge how their "robust critical discourse" wasn't there when Obama was president.

NPR's Nina Totenberg Sees 'End of the World As We Know It' on New 'Hardcore' SCOTUS.  NPR Supreme Court reporter Nina Totenberg, best known in recent years as a buddy and cheerleader to "notorious" liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, did not disappoint her liberal audience in freaking out over the new Supreme Court vacancy.  Once again, every potential replacement for Anthony Kennedy promises a "hardcore conservative majority."

The Editor says...
Please tell me why National Public Radio still exists.

Here's what Congress is stuffing into its $1.3 trillion spending bill.  [Scroll down]  Public broadcasting:  Big Bird, "Antiques Roadshow" and "Masterpiece Theatre" can play on as lawmakers agreed not to cut funding for the nation's public television and radio networks.  Government funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will remain at $465 million — the same level as past years.  PBS and NPR draw most of their funding directly from member stations and viewers like you.

Trump proposes eliminating federal funding for PBS, NPR.  President Trump's newly proposed budget includes a proposal to end federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), part of a package that includes $300 billion in new spending overall.  CPB provides federal funding for PBS and National Public Radio stations.  "The Budget proposes to eliminate Federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) over a two year period," according to the proposal.  "CPB grants represent a small share of the total funding for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR), which primarily rely on private donations to fund their operations," it continues.

Report: Trump's Proposed Budget Nixes Federal Funding for NPR, PBS.  President Donald Trump's 2019 budget includes a proposal that would eliminate federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), according to a report.  The Hill reported that Trump's budget would cut funding for CPB — which funds public television and radio stations such as PBS and NPR — over two years.

Why are taxpayers funding nonstop, anti-GOP propaganda?  I was listening to NPR while driving today (keep your friends close and your enemies closer).  The show was called "1A", hosted by Joshua Johnson, and I listen to it on a semi-regular basis. [...] I encourage you to listen once in a while to gather intel on Democrat-Media talking points.  I also discourage you from contributing to any public broadcasting effort until such time that they offer equal represention of both conservative and liberal viewpoints.  And as far as taxpayers funding this one-sided tripe?  I say no.  We have The New York Times and Daily Kos for this kind of "reporting".  In any event, today's 1A featured another in a long series of Trump-bashing exercises, this time regarding the first of what will prove to be many, many memos on unlawful activities conducted by the Obama administration.

Time for Trump Makeover of Lib NPR and PBS.  This is a golden opportunity for President Donald Trump to drain the elitist media swamps and inject true intellectual diversity in the newsrooms of NPR and PBS.  Liberal bias at these Beltway institutions is notorious — from NPR legal analyst Nina Totenberg wishing AIDS upon Sen. Jesse Helms and his grandchildren as "retributive justice," to "Sesame Street's" Oscar the Grouch mocking Fox News on PBS, to top NPR executives slamming the tea party movement as "scary" and "racist" to the undercover journalists of Project Veritas.  If pushover Republicans can't bring themselves to fully defund NPR and PBS, can't they at least step up and advocate for hosts and editors who keep their hands to themselves and refrain from insulting the people in flyover country who keep their rackets afloat?  What better time, in the wake of liberal hypocrisy and sexual harassment self-implosions, to bring real balance to government-sponsored programming?

NPR And PBS, The Biggest Harassment Hypocrites.  The swift revolution against sexual harassment is ending the careers of a series of media "icons," left and right.  But perhaps nowhere is this hypocrisy more notable (and deeper) than at PBS and NPR.  These were the entities that made sexual harassment the boiling feminist issue when Anita Hill testified during Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearing in 1991.  Here's an easy question:  Why didn't this sudden spirit of self-discovery and investigation happen back then?  Or in any year since?  It could have happened when then-President Bill Clinton settled with Paula Jones in 1998, or even last year as these networks enjoyed reporting on sexual harassment scandals inside Fox News.  All along the way, it appears that very same sexual harassment was alive at both PBS and NPR.  And mum was the word.

NPR Erases Israel From Map Of Middle East.  Blatant anti-Israel bias like this is why NPR is referred to as 'National Palestine Radio' in my 'hood.

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.

NPR is graying, and public radio is worried about it.  As NPR came of age in the 1980s, its audience matured with it.  Three decades later, that is starting to look like a problem.  Many of the listeners who grew up with NPR are now reaching retirement age, leaving NPR with a challenge:  How can it attract younger and middle-aged audiences — whose numbers are shrinking — to replace them?

See How NPR Hacks Up Testy Interview with Ted Cruz.  NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is a big fan of President Obama, and when he interviews him, he helpfully sets him up.  In a recent interview on race relations, Inskeep added little prompts instead of questions.  That's not what Ted Cruz received on Wednesday's [12/10/2015] show.  Inskeep was blunt when discussing the new Trump idea of banning Muslims from entering America:  [Transcript omitted for brevity]  NPR posted the full transcript online.  What that demonstrated was that NPR and Inskeep routinely sliced out (for time and surely, for political convenience) Cruz whacking away at Democrats.

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Shutting Down the Liberal Leech.  Liberals believe that all tax dollars exist to further the liberal agenda not to improve the lot of Americans in general.  That's why our tax dollars fund National Public Radio and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Both organizations are nothing more than cash cows for liberal propaganda.  Hardworking Americans are forced under threat of imprisonment to give their money over to their liberal masters to fund the programming liberals like.  That's why huge amounts of taxpayer money goes to buy the votes of various supporters of liberal politicians.  Whether it's obscene teachers' salaries in Chicago, which are used to buy the support of the teachers and their union in spite of the teachers' total inability to educate minority children, or increasing welfare spending even though 64% of the "poor" in America have either satellite or cable TV, the liberal bureaucrats in D.C. view your hard-earned money as their property to be used to advance their causes.

NPR informs us of the latest forbidden word.  What would we do without NPR to monitor our use of language?  There are so many groups that can be offended, we need a federally-funded organization to keep us up to date on what words we've used our entire life, with no malice whatsoever, to discard.

The red state-blue state knowledge gap.  President Obama and his party prefer to think of Republicans as hayseeds who cling bitterly to guns and religion, but it turns out blue-state residents who get their news from National Public Radio aren't as tuned in to what's happening in the rest of the world.

Public Radio Station Lashes Out at GOP Congressman.  A staffer at a local radio station in upstate New York lashed out at a Republican congressman earlier this month, expressing hope that his Democratic challenger would win in November and telling the career Army officer to get a "real job."  "Someday (hopefully) he will be replaced by Sean Eldridge," wrote an employee of WIOX Radio to the reelection campaign of Rep. Chris Gibson (R., N.Y.) in a Sept. 18 email to Gibson aide Rebecca Shaw.  Eldridge, the husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, is the Democratic candidate in New York's 19th district, where he has lived for less than two years.

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.

Juan Williams biography:
Big Changes Coming to Fox News.  [Scroll down]  Another key player on The Five, longtime Democratic Party operative and liberal stalwart Bob Beckel, was fired on May 19.  His replacement was left wing writer and analyst Juan Williams.  If anyone could make a viewer miss Beckel's presence, it's Juan Williams.  Beckel, an acerbic but avuncular personality with a surprising degree of charisma, at least didn't take himself too seriously and his comments were usually brief and kept to a minimum, a fact that he joked about.  Williams is a skilled propagandist for the left, having cut his teeth at PBS, the Washington Post, and NPR.  And he takes himself very seriously.

It's Time for Juan Williams to Go.  I am willing to cut any opinion meister a lot of slack, but the last straw for me came on Friday March 9, when Williams appeared live in-studio with Shannon Bream on her nightly program Fox News@Night.  On Bream's program, Williams defended Democrats who have cozied up to Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam.  Incredibly, on Fox News@Night, Williams also defended Farrakhan himself.  The topic under discussion was the closeness of at least seven prominent Democratic politicians to Louis Farrakhan — in light of Farrakhan's history of virulent anti-Jewish and anti-white rhetoric going back more than three decades.

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.

5 Reasons to Stop Watching 'The Five' on Fox News.  [#3] The perpetually "surprised" Juan Williams still sits in the liberal chair.  Outside of politics, Williams seems like a nice guy, but his on-screen fake indignation, polling obsession, and regurgitated liberal talking points are guaranteed to make you reach for the remote as soon as he starts speaking.  His lack of preparation and/or apparent (or feigned) lack of knowledge about right-of-center views "from the people around this table," as he puts it, is striking in that there are prominent Republicans in his own close-knit, immediate family.  Back in the day, when conservatives slowly began emerging in the media, liberals used to dismissively claim that the right-wingers really didn't believe what they were saying.  Has the script flipped such that media liberals are now play-acting for a check?

Fox Should Take Corrective Action Against Juan Williams.  On a May 13 episode of Fox News's "The Five," political analyst Juan Williams claimed that Zionists couldn't be trusted to objectively criticize Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) regarding her recent comments about the Holocaust.  In the segment, responding to comments by Lisa Boothe about the Zionist Organization of America's previous criticism of Tlaib, Williams stated, "You want to put it in a box and say, 'Oh, everybody is this way or that way.'  And you are with the Zionists and the Zionists [interrupted] ... I'm trying to say, you can't trust the Zionists to go after Tlaib."  Williams is one of the network's "liberal" voices.  However, his comments regarding Zionists shouldn't go unpunished, in light of the network's recent decision to suspend Judge Jeanine Pirro for her comments regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).  At the very least, Williams should issue an apology for his misguided and offensive remarks.

Not black enough for PBS:
Juan Williams:  White PBS host took me off racism panel after learning I'm '100% Panamanian'.  Fox News co-host Juan Williams has accused a White PBS host of disinviting him from a discussion about racism in America after learning he's from Panama.  Mr. Williams, who co-hosts "The Five," made the comments while giving a virtual acceptance speech Tuesday during the CultureX Awards, in which he claimed he was snubbed from a PBS show addressing the George Floyd unrest last year because he's apparently not Black enough.  "Before I responded to the invitation, it was withdrawn," he said.  "The host explained that his research showed, and here I'm going to quote him, 'Juan's background is 100 percent Panamanian,' end quote.  The White host said he is a fan of my work on television, but my background didn't fit with a program about black protest.  How insulting.["]

Juan Williams truly believes Hillary can save Dems from midterms drubbing.  Fox News political analyst Juan Williams is ridiculously claiming that Hillary Clinton can save the Democrats from a bloodbath in the 2022 midterms by carping about women's rights after SCOTUS overturned Roe v Wade.  In a fevered, hallucinatory political wet dream, Williams evidently believes that Clinton is still the savior of the Democratic Party. [...] "Unlike most Democrats at a loss for a midterms message, Clinton knows how to deal with the far-right's bullying," Williams declared in a stupifying opinion piece for The Hill.

Juan Williams Lies on Hunter Biden Laptop Reaction: 'Nobody Said It Wasn't True'.  At the end of Fox News Sunday [3/20/2022], fill-in host Trace Gallagher set up a "quick back-and-forth" on the New York Times quietly admitting the emails on Hunter Biden's laptop were real.  Juan Williams preposterously said "nobody said it wasn't true."  That's obviously false.  Fox News has been playing 2020 clips of Biden on 60 Minutes saying it was a "smear campaign" and a "hoax" in a debate with Donald Trump.  Biden said it was "foul play."  Maybe Juan doesn't watch Fox?  Gallagher began:  "The New York Times comes out and says, hey, it's legit after all.  You know, Facebook was going to do a fact-check.  Never did it.  Twitter, never happened.  And you think nobody has apologized at all for this.  They were wrong across the media, Juan, and nobody has said, you know what, we screwed that up, it wasn't Russian disinformation."

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  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, 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: [...]

Common Core-aligned writing lesson on gun debate fuels claims of political agenda.  Common Core backers are sneaking a social and political agenda into nationalized curriculum, say critics, who now have new ammo in a writing lesson plan for teachers that they say gives a slanted perspective of the gun debate.  A study guide dubbed, "The Battle Over Gun Control," authored by KQED, a northern Californian affiliate of National Public Radio, and the nonprofit, taxpayer-subsidized National Writing Project, states that "moderate gun control" measures introduced following the Sandy Hook school massacre were deep-sixed by the "powerful political influence" of the NRA.  Second Amendment advocates say the wording, in supplemental material designed to help teachers plan instruction, frames the debate in a one-sided fashion aimed at influencing young minds.

The Facebook Wrath of Khan.  On May 5, 2016, London elected Sadiq Khan its new mayor.  Khan is a Muslim and the son of Pakistani immigrants. [...] I wanted to know what significant statements Khan had made about his own history-making place in society.  I turned to NPR.  In lieu of news, I heard a blast from a confetti cannon.  NPR journalists are nothing if not expert at using every feature of their voice to instruct the listener in the correct response.  Pauses, high pitch, sighs, monosyllables snippily clipped, all conduct the listener's progress as deftly and firmly as your tour guide at a super-max prison.  This day the NPR announcer was giddy.  Surely Khan's election was as worthy of unalloyed celebration as the rescue of a kitten from a well.  It was as if Mayor Khan had saved Britain from a long, dark night in which only — ew, yuck — Christians had held office.  Khan's election lifted some medieval curse.

Where did the money come from?
J-Street was paid by Obama administration to promote Iran deal.  J-Street received more than half a million dollars to advocate for the Obama administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran, it has been revealed.  The liberal Jewish group, which bills itself as "pro-Israel and pro-peace" but which critics say takes solely anti-Israel stances, was paid the money by the White House's main surrogate organization for selling the deal.  The Ploughshares Fund was named in an explosive New York Times profile of Obama aid Ben Rhodes, in which the President's chief spin doctor listed the central groups responsible for creating an "echo chamber" in order to promote the deal, even when the White House's official line didn't jibe with the facts.  According to Associated Press, the group's 2015 annual report details several organizations which received substantial funds to peddle the official White House line on the nuclear deal.  Among them was National Public Radio (NPR), which received a $100,000 grant to promote "national security reporting that emphasizes the themes of U.S. nuclear weapons policy and budgets, Iran's nuclear program, international nuclear security topics and U.S. policy toward nuclear security."

NPR: 'The Art Of Living At The Poverty Line'.  Meet a single mother who makes $16,000 a year and managed to fund a vacation at a Caribbean resort with an interest-free loan from one of the world's largest banks.  The report goes on:  an abusive husband; her kid tells how much fun he had playing with dolphins at that resort.  Meanwhile, pretty much all her expenses — child care, medical care, food, air conditioning, etc. — are taken care of by the government.  And she thanks God!  (How about thanking American taxpayers?)  She declares she has never taken welfare!  (She does not consider any of the above "welfare" even though our taxes pay for it.)

NPR + NYT: A Recipe for Cluelessness.  What happens when a National Public Radio host interviews a New York Times reporter on the subject of Venezuela's economic collapse?  You get a perfect storm of cluelessness.  The host is Terry Gross, the guest is New York Times reporter Nicholas Casey, and the program is Fresh Air.  Gross asks Casey about the utter disaster that Venezuela has become.  Casey understands the depth to which Venezuela has fallen — he lives in Caracas! — but he can't bring himself to offer an honest diagnosis.

Public radio is facing an existential crisis.  Some of the biggest radio stars of a generation are exiting the scene while public-radio executives attempt to stem the loss of younger listeners on traditional radio.  At the same time, the business model of NPR — the institution at the center of the public-radio universe — is under threat:  It relies primarily on funding from hundreds of local radio stations, but it faces rising competition from small and nimble podcasting companies using aggressive commercial strategies to create Netflix-style on-demand content.

Publicly Funded NPR Follows the Left's Lead, Closes Comments Sections.  Publicly funded National Public Radio has announced that it will be closing its comments sections in a bid to "move the conversation to social media," following the lead of many left-wing news sites in doing so.  In a blog post by NPR public editor Elizabeth Jensen, she said that although the decision is "sure to upset a loyal core of its audience," the company would now prefer to "let social media pick up the slack."

NPR, Uncorked on MSNBC: 'Right Wing Media' 'Brainwashed' People to Believe Lies.  The liberal media threw a proverbial hissy fit Monday [11/28/2016] in response to President-Elect Donald Trump's dubious claim that millions of votes were cast illegally.  While seeming pretend that Trump would be the first president ever to tell a lie, public radio host Bob Garfield went on a long winded tirade, on MSNBC's All In, railing against the "Right wing media."  "The people who get it and we at the mainstream media, you know, get the straight dope but about half the electorate is getting their information from other sources, none credible," he whined.  The ranting Garfield blamed the success of "right wing media" on what he called "330 million individual echo chambers," which he claimed helped to insulate people from news they don't want to hear.  He didn't seem to realize that his belief works both ways, especially when it's evident that left does not want to consider another perspective on nearly everything.

Trump Should End Government Funding of NPR's Biased News.  Is National Public Radio's (NPR) description of an Obama urban directive as something that merely "links [government] funding to desegregation" fake news?  Well, it's so slanted that if you had no prior knowledge of the program, and heard that depiction of it, you would just say to yourself, "sounds good to me."  But to many conservatives, including the man that President Donald Trump has nominated to be the new secretary of housing and urban development, Ben Carson, the Orwellian "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" is a tortured interpretation of the Fair Housing Act.  To them, coercing suburbs to build high-density, low-income housing in order to reflect the national racial makeup — even when there isn't a hint of discrimination — is an outrageous attempt to pursue the liberal dream of closing down the suburbs by changing their nature.

Five easy pieces [to add to the Trump agenda].  Since the early days of the Reagan presidency, right up to the present, National Public Radio (NPR) has been the voice of the left.  It pursues an unending and vicious editorial policy that attacks conservatives and Republicans.  It is incomprehensible that dollars raised through taxes from conservative and moderate Americans should be used to subsidize NPR's extreme liberal agenda.  NPR has the right to say and report whatever it wishes, but it should not have its efforts paid for by American taxpayers.  Any funding that goes to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting should be fenced so it cannot be used to underwrite NPR. This approach should have been taken years ago.  It should be structured as a cut in spending and put in reconciliation.

Another reason to defund NPR.  Marjorie Merriweather Post had Mar-a-Lago constructed in Palm Beach in the 1920s as a magnificent mansion, which she bequeathed to the U.S. government to serve as a winter retreat for the president.  After all, Jack Kennedy spent many a weekend at the Kennedy mansion in Palm Beach during his sadly brief presidency.  But Carter nixed that, and gave the mansion back.  Donald Trump bought it and now — lo and behold — it is a retreat for the president.  NPR does not like that.

After 8 Years of Campaigner-in-Chief Obama, NPR Accuses Trump of 'Permanent Campaign'.  After eight years of Barack Obama putting his office into permanent campaign mode while keeping his campaign machinery in constant operation, NPR is accusing Donald J. Trump of waging a "permanent campaign."  In a February 17 article, NPR's Ron Elving claimed that the American people are tired of presidential campaigns that last too long, but "Now, they are confronted with one that refuses to end — even after reaching the White House."

NPR Bungles Sea Level Rise Story (supposed threats to coastal military installations ignore science).  National Public Radio's March 31 "Morning Edition" program carried a "news" story claiming that rising seas threaten a number of U.S. coastal military bases.  The commentary was so laden with factual errors that listeners might have thought it was an early April fool's joke.  Unfortunately, it was not.  NPR remains so wedded to its belief that humans and carbon dioxide emissions are causing a fossil fuels-driven global warming catastrophe that its reporting has been compromised, and it is unable to think critically or report honestly without resorting to activist claims and fake news events.  Real journalism would have at least included passing references to alternative views and sources.  But they were absent in this story, which in truth is a splendid example of ignorance or deception — reader's choice.

Tax Money Shouldn't Shore Up Blatantly Biased TV and Radio.  A government $20 trillion in debt has just extended — not eliminated, as promised — funding for a public broadcaster that regularly infuriates and offends half the country.  The recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 not only gave the Corporation for Public Broadcasting its regular $495 million sweetsop, Congress also threw in another $50 million to upgrade its "interconnection system."  Yet again, it was a two-year "advance appropriation" for the CPB — a special arrangement designed "to provide a firewall of independence" from the government accountability that usually goes hand in hand with government funding.

Salary hikes, bonuses abound at taxpayer-funded WGBH.  Boston public broadcasting behemoth WGBH, facing potentially severe budget cuts by the Trump administration, awarded big pay hikes and bonuses to executives and staffers last year while reporting a $38 million loss, new reports show.  The taxpayer-funded nonprofit's CEO, Jonathan Abbott, got an $85,000 bonus in the 2016 fiscal year, boosting his annual compensation to $624,930, according to tax reports filed with the state attorney general's office.  WGBH gave out a total of nearly $300,000 in bonuses to 10 employees, including Abbott, according to their financial reports.  New on-air host Jim Braude earned nearly $364,000 in the 2016 fiscal year, reports show, while seven other high-ranking staffers and executives also topped the $300,000-a-year mark.

Fake news from Trump-hating NPR Update:  NPR says it was fake.  Taxpayer-subsidized National Public Radio is as shameless as CNN in its efforts to blame President Trump or his supporters for everything bad that happens.  Why wait for facts when the narrative was so blindingly obvious in the case of a stabbing attack on refugees in... Boise, Idaho? [...] So why would NPR leap to the conclusion that a Trump-supporter was the perp?  Everyone at all the best cocktail parties in Washington, D.C. knows that Idaho is populated by white racists, holdouts against the new emerging nonwhite majority of America, who have retreated to Whitetopia, as NPR itself instructed us.

'Bout Time:  Trump Budget Defunds Corporation For Public Broadcasting.  President Trump's newly proposed budget includes a proposal to end federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), reports Joe Concha of The Hill.  CPB provides federal funding for PBS and National Public Radio stations.

Why Are Taxpayers Subsidizing Get-Trump Propaganda?  The name "All Things Considered" would suggest a wide-ranging survey of viewpoints on today's issues.  That's the name of the taxpayer-subsidized nightly evening show that National Public Radio broadcasts to a national audience.  So it is particularly maddening when NPR broadcasts yet another segment featuring a discussion among three anti-Trump pundits who seem unable to consider anything that doesn't help NPR's quest to take down the president.  Before turning to impeachment, the segment began with NPR host Ari Shapiro, New York Times columnist David Brooks, and Vox writer Matthew Yglesias finding something nasty to say about the president visiting the troops in Afghanistan for Thanksgiving.  It was a perfect little echo chamber. [...] But Afghanistan was not what they really wanted to talk about.  The trio quickly pivoted to impeachment.  They used the segment to reassure listeners that the president had absolutely no defense against the charges against him.  Brooks repeated a variation of this same assertion three times.

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"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical."
Thomas Jefferson          

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.

'Torrent of Lies': PolitiFact's 100 Percent Anti-Trump TILT Underlined by PBS.  As we noted PBS tried hardest to support the Biden spin after their disastrous debate, on Friday night, the PBS News Hour strongly stuck to the Biden narrative that Trump lost the debate by unleashing a flood of lies.  PBS turned to the badly disguised Democrats at PolitiFact for analysis, whose post-debate analysis couldn't find anything Trump said was true.  They loaded 14 claims that were all rated as false.  PBS especially hated Trump's completely accurate argument that the Democrats favor abortion up until birth:  [Transcript]  As we've pointed out repeatedly, the 2020 Democrat Party platform opposes all restrictions on abortion.  Where they pretend that they stand by Roe's language about third-trimester abortions, in reality the Democrats pushed the "Women's Health Protection Act," which would repeal all state restrictions on abortion and allow post-viability abortions.  Then came their segment with PolitiFact's Samantha Putterman, who recounted their totally tilted evaluations, as PBS conveniently skipped over the three out of 11 occasions where they rated Biden as false.  [Video clip]

It Sure Looks Like Joe Biden Paid Off the Cookie Monster to Push White House Talking Points.  The scandal of the century is unfolding at this very moment, leaving political onlookers wondering:  Did Joe Biden collude with the Cookie Monster?  I know it seems like I'm joking, but only half so.  There's reason to believe that the President of the United States improperly gave money to "Sesame Street" only for the show's characters to begin repeating White House talking points.  Here's the post that started all this.  [Tweet]  For those that aren't familiar with the term, "shrinkflation" is the idea that producers (usually of food) are purposely ripping off consumers by keeping prices the same but lowering the amount of product they are providing.  Biden has recently made the battle against "shrinkflation" a major campaign issue, even putting out an ad during the Super Bowl complaining about it.  [Tweet]  You've probably figured out the problem by now.  The only reason "shrinkflation" exists is because of the inflation caused by the Biden administration's policies.  It's a way to not raise prices while covering the increased costs of production.  There's nothing nefarious about it.  It's simply evidence of the current president's failures.  That's what makes his embrace of the talking point so pathetic and misleading.

Did ABC Showrunners From The J6 Committee Produce The PBS 'Frontline' Propaganda Too?  PBS "Frontline" is out with a new documentary last week offering the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 the kind of graphic, vivid depiction of their work that the nine-member panel so desperately craved.  Last Tuesday, PBS published "Democracy on Trial," a nearly two-and-a-half-hour documentary chronicling the inner operations of the since-disbanded Jan. 6 Committee.  "'Democracy on Trial' traces the road to this unprecedented moment," the video's description reads, "and examines the implications of the historic criminal case unfolding in the midst of a presidential election year."  That last part is key.  Two years ago, committee staff worked with corporate media to gin up enthusiasm about the J6 show trial to get out voters for the midterms.  "They hope their recommendations to prevent another insurrection will be adopted, but also that their work will repel voters from Republicans who they say helped propel the attack," the Post reported at the time.  Now that former President Donald Trump appears to be on the cusp of another presidential triumph in November, the Jan. 6 documentary — which is at least partially funded by taxpayer dollars — came just in time to set the narrative again before the 2024 election.

PBS Frontline [is] 'Completely for Sale'.  Viewers have long known that taxpayer-funded PBS Frontline exhibits extreme bias against Republicans like Donald Trump, attempting to smear him and his supporters in documentaries like "Trump's American Carnage."  There's a reason why most Americans don't consider the likes of PBS or NPR to be objective.  But, in August, I discovered a video in which a longtime editor at PBS Frontline named Steve Audette explicitly admits to outright corruption in Frontline's journalistic practices.  When I brought this discovery to the attention of Jeff Clark, U.S. Assistant Attorney General from 2018 to 2021, Clark observed that "PBS's Frontline is completely for sale."

Oklahoma governor vetoes PBS funding over LGBT propaganda targeting children.  Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has vetoed taxpayer funding for the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA), the state network which carries Oklahoma's PBS affiliate, citing the public broadcaster's promotion of LGBT themes to children.  Fox News reports that Stitt vetoed legislation to renew OETA's status as the state's public broadcaster for the next two and a half years, meaning it will be dropped from Oklahoma television on July 1.

PBS Propaganda Dishonors Vietnam Veterans.  On March 28 — just two days before the congressionally proclaimed "National Vietnam War Veteran's Day" — PBS broadcast "The Movement and the 'Madman,'" gleefully depicting America's resistance to blatant international Communist aggression in Vietnam as moronic and portraying leaders of the so-called "peace movement" as heroes who saved the world from nuclear disaster.  The program was as absurd as it was shameful. [...] PBS did not even address why American involvement in Vietnam was so inherently evil.  Most of the substantive arguments it made seemed premised upon the reality that soldiers and civilians were dying — a common occurrence during armed conflicts and, certainly, a much stronger argument for abandoning our resistance to Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan during World War II, which claimed tens of millions more lives.  There was not a single reference to Hanoi's postwar publication of its official history — translated into English under the title Victory in Vietnam — documenting its May 1959 decision to open the Ho Chi Minh Trail and smuggle troops, weapons, and supplies through Laos and Cambodia into South Vietnam to overthrow its government by armed force.  Put simply, Hanoi demolished the claim by war critics that America was not resisting international aggression in Vietnam.

Ignoring Hunter Revelations, PBS Hypes Biden 2024: No 'Big Scandals'.  The weekly table discussion on PBS NewsHour between Washington Post Associate Editor Jonathan Capehart and New York Times columnist David Brooks spent some time on Friday discussing President Biden's upcoming re-election campaign.  Ignoring all the week's developments surrounding Hunter, Brooks claimed Biden's in a good spot, "There hasn't been any obvious gaffes, big scandals or anything like that."  Guest host Geoff Bennett also thought Biden is well positioned for 2024, "President Biden's allies say the fact that he's facing only token primary opposition from author Marianne Williamson and anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. really is a show of strength for him."

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PBS leaving Twitter after NPR departure.  PBS is the latest media company to say it's getting off Twitter.  The public broadcaster joined NPR in saying it is no longer interested in sharing its content on the platform, after owner Elon Musk slapped a "government-funded" label on its account, which carries more than 2 million followers.  "PBS stopped tweeting from our account when we learned of the change and we have no plans to resume at this time,"a spokesman for the outlet told The Hill.  "We are continuing to monitor the ever-changing situation closely."

Taxpayer Funded PBS Leads Coverage of Trump Case With Author of Anti-Trump Book.  Taxpayer funded PBS kicked off their coverage of the Trump case tonight by speaking to a woman named Andrea Bernstein, who is the author of an anti-Trump book.  PBS has always been liberal, but like most of the media, has gone to the extreme left in recent years.  It's fine if they want to do that, but they should not be allowed to do it using tax dollars.

PBS: 'Why Are So Many Americans and [GOP] Lawmakers Still Enthralled With Gas?'.  The Thursday evening edition of the PBS NewsHour devoted 11 minutes to the apparent foolishness... of cooking with gas.  Science correspondent Miles O'Brien condescendingly mocked anyone who would dare not throw out their gas stoves and purchase more expensive induction stoves, given the obvious health hazards of natural gas (a danger the liberal press learned about a few days go and won't stop shrieking over).

PBS NewsHour Anchor Judy Woodruff Puffed as 'Neutral and Objective'.  One of the silliest myths in TV newscasting is that objectivity is still a lodestar.  As PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff was wrapping up her last show in the anchor chair on Friday, pundits David Brooks and Jonathan Capehart both pretended Woodruff exemplified neutrality.  Do they think Republicans never watch this show?  NewsBusters has the truth on this.  You can watch her trash Trump's COVID record with Vice President Mike Pence.  It's nothing like the softness Woodruff has offered Hillary Clinton.  Or Joe Biden.  Or Adam Schiff.

PBS Warns Of Civil War Started By 'Christian' 'White Men'.  PBS took the democracy is in danger hysteria to new levels on Tuesday's Amanpour and Company as Hari Sreenivasan interviewed Prof. Barbara F. Walter to inquire on just how close the United States is to another civil war.  Walter, who wrote the book How Civil Wars Start, warned that all the pieces are in place for "Christian" "white men" to start one.  Sreenivasan began by accepting the premise that a civil war could break out and asked, "You have studied several types of societies who have been on the brink of, who've been in the middle of, a civil war, who've been after, who've survived after one.  How is America on that timeline?  How far along a timeline toward a civil war is the United States?"

This is Why Conservatives Can't Stand Paying for PBS.  The sound of Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson on Friday's PBS NewsHour underlined how there is no debate and no democracy on PBS.  They put on a RINO who says the GOP is simply awful, and the liberal on the panel says "Oh, I agree!"  Republicans pay taxes to be painted as awful for opposing the murder of unborn babies.  Gerson was the chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, a moderate Christian conservative.  Bush nominated Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the majority opinion overturning Roe vs. Wade.  He also nominated Chief Justice John Roberts, who joined that majority.  But now, Gerson rails against Republicans as unfit for governing.  PBS anchor Judy Woodruff vaguely referred to new polling results from their PBS/NPR/Marist poll that inflation is the top issue in the midterms, but a third of Democrats say abortion is "top of mind" as they prepare to go to the polls.  She asked Gerson "What does that tell you?"  [Video clip]

'Sesame Street's' Racial Justice Curriculum Begins With Infants.  The nonprofit behind the iconic children's show "Sesame Street" has created a "racial literacy" curriculum to expose young kids and their parents to key tenets of "anti-racist" ideology.  "Coming Together" by Sesame Workshop began in 2020 and is made up of videos, handouts, and children's books for parents to teach their kids the "ABC's of racial literacy," according to the nonprofit's website.  The program says children are "never too young" to learn about racism, which starts with infants because they begin to develop "preference for the faces of people from their own racial group."  These ideas resemble those put forward by "anti-racist" writers like Ibram X. Kendi, who released a children's picture book in 2020 after the death of George Floyd.  Titled "Antiracist Baby," the book encourages conversations with children about racism, especially for parents who think their child is "color-blind," The Harvard Gazette reported.

Ted Cruz tears into Sesame Street for 'aggressively advocating' vaccinating children under five.  Sen. Ted Cruz's war on Sesame Street resumed Tuesday after the Texas Republican saw that the fictional muppet Elmo had been vaccinated against COVID-19.  'Thanks, @sesamestreet for saying parents are allowed to have questions!  You then have @elmo aggressively advocate for vaccinating children UNDER 5,' Cruz tweeted.  'But you cite ZERO scientific evidence for this.'  Elmo, who's been a Sesame Street character for decades, is only age 3.

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The Republican Party has been talking about defunding PBS for decades.  It can't be done, for two reasons.  PBS is a sacred cow that nobody wants to touch, and the Republicans haven't defunded anything I can remember.

Yamiche Alcindor Seems Disappointed More White 1/6 Rioters Were Not Shot.  On Friday's PBS NewsHour, on her last day as the show's White House correspondent, Yamiche Alcindor sounded like she was possibly disappointed that more of the 1/6 Capitol Hill rioters were not shot by Capitol Police as she speculated that they would have been if they were minorities protesting peacefully.

PBS: Kids Are Justified in Feeling Panic Over Climate Change.  On Wednesday's show PBS NewsHour, anchor Judy Woodruff relayed results from a poll commissioned by PBS NewsHour and Generation Lab, finding that substantial percentages of children believe climate change will effect important life issues for them later on like having children or where they live.  The show then devoted eight minutes to the issue by showing a pre-recorded piece by correspondent William Brangham.  One high school student featured in the piece, Sofia Palau, recalled suffering from panic attacks, and having difficulty studying for the ACT because she kept thinking of the "impending doom."

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The main reason kids have any concern about the climate is that they've been soaking in alarmist propaganda dispensed by the public schools and outlets like PBS.  Today's world-wide average temperature is indistinguishable from 75 years ago.  There is no impending doom.  There is no crisis.  There is no emergency.  There is no reason to be afraid of carbon dioxide.  Many other things should be of greater concern than next year's weather.  Wasting taxpayer money on PBS, for example.

PBS President Vows to Get More Woke, Hires Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Executive.  PBS has fallen short on some aspects of diversity and is taking steps toward comprehensive change to be overseen by a new executive hired for the task, CEO and President Paula Kerger said. [...] Cecilia Loving joined PBS on Monday as senior vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, reporting to Kerger.  Loving has been serving as a deputy commissioner and chief diversity officer for the New York City Fire Department.

The 13 Percent National Anthem?  PBS stands for Public Broadcasting System.  We pay for it.  Our tax dollars fund it through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Department of Education, and others, which keep its left-wing executives extremely well paid.  On July 4, which most Americans still regard as Independence Day — a day to celebrate, ever since the very first fireworks display to mark America's birth in 1777 [sic] — the Public Broadcasting System played to a small sliver of 13 percent of the country who are black.  On a day when Americans come together to celebrate our country, PBS chose to divide.  How?  America's taxpayer-funded Public Broadcasting System chose to air Vanessa Williams singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing," a song some insist is the "black national anthem."  What is this, a separate national anthem based on race?  Are we going back to a cultural form of Jim Crow, PBS?  Many Americans noticed and were not pleased.  Most black Americans believe "The Star-Spangled Banner" is America's National Anthem.

'Love Is Love,' Says Director Of Sesame Street 'Family Day' Episode Which Stars Married Gay Couple And Their Daughter.  In an apparent celebration of "Pride Month," the beloved children's series, "Sesame Street" released an episode titled "Family Day," which featured a gay couple and their daughter.  "'Sesame Street' is celebrating Pride Month by going where it's never gone before," reported Yahoo!  News.  "This week, the iconic children's show dropped a very special episode called 'Family Day,' introducing two gay dads, Frank and Dave (the brother of Nina, who works as a bike store owner on the street), and their daughter, Mia."  "Sesame Street has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion," wrote Alan Muraoka, who plays "Alan," on Facebook.  "So I'm so excited to introduce Nina's Brother Dave, his husband Frank, and their daughter Mia to our sunny street."  "I am so honored and humbled to have co-directed this important and milestone episode," Muraoka added.

New residents on Sesame Street!  Family with two gay dads is welcomed to the classic children's TV show during Pride Month.  There's a new family moving to Sesame Street, and they continue to break boundaries by welcoming the beloved children show's first gay family during Pride Month.  The decades-long running show's recent 'Family Day' episode, which premiered Thursday on HBO Max and YouTube, features a family with two gay dads.  'Sesame Street has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion.  So I'm so excited to introduce Nina's Brother Dave, his husband Frank, and their daughter Mia to our sunny street,' one of the beloved show's actor Alan Muraoka, who co-directed the episode, wrote in a Facebook post.

Media Alarmism Is the Real Threat to Democracy.  [Scroll down]  Yet even the taxpayer-funded Public Broadcasting System rejects this obvious reality in favor of ridiculous conspiracy theories.  The PBS News Hour recently featured a story on its website titled "Some fear Republicans' post-Trump actions are eroding democracy."  This irresponsible piece of yellow journalism cites such things as the Arizona Senate's audit of Maricopa County's election data, Georgia's new election integrity statute, a stalled election bill in Texas, and the Jan. 6 "insurrection" as evidence of a coordinated nationwide Republican scheme to undermine traditional democratic conventions: [...] This tripe was published on your dime.  In fiscal year 2021, the federal appropriation for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting totals $445 million.

PBS Station Defends Drag Queen Story Hour For Kids Ages 3 to 8.  A PBS station in New York is defending its decision to air a children's program featuring a prancing drag queen.  The program features a drag queen named "Lil' Miss Hot Mess' promoting his perverted book [...]. The book features a drag queen with a blue mustache named "Cinderfella."  Sane adults see this as grooming, but PBS is defending the degeneracy as "performance art."

PBS children's show broadcast drag queen reading from her book, teaching kids to 'experience the magic of drag'.  Why are taxpayers funding broadcasts encouraging young children to question their sexual identities?  According to a report from the Daily Caller News Foundation, taxpayer-supported PBS partnered with taxpayer-supported WNET and the taxpayer-supported New York City Department of Education to present to a targeted audience of three-to-eight-year-olds a drag queen reading from her [sic] own book.

PBS Hemingway Docuseries Covers Up His Communist Connections.  "They Are Giving Hemingway Another Look, So You Can, Too... Lynn Novick and Ken Burns consider the seminal writer in all his complexity and controversy in their new PBS documentary series.  Could there be anything more subversive than turning a spotlight, in this moment, on Ernest Hemingway?" wrote Gal Beckerman in The New York Times this month. [...] Alas!  No hint of his communist sympathies and connections come across in this "frank" and "subversive" and "controversial" docuseries, which actually seems like it would be something that might have been produced by Hemingway's mass-murdering chums in Moscow or Havana 40 years ago.  Perhaps some of you weren't aware that declassified Soviet documents proved that Ernest Hemingway officially signed up with the KGB's precursor the NKVD as "Agent Argo" in 1941?

Can You Tell Me How To Guilt To Sesame Street?  The ever-popular children's show Sesame Street has added two new muppets, 5-year-old Wes and his father Elijah, to help teach the "ABC's of Racial Literacy" and racism in general.  The move represents a growing trend in children's programming to teach that the color of someone's skin is really, really, really important.  Which, sadly, is becoming truer every day.

Sesame Street Introduces 2 Black Muppets To Teach Racist White Preschoolers Stuff.  Sesame Street introduced two Black Muppets this week as part of its initiative to teach children "The ABC's of Racial Literacy."  According to the "Sesame Street in Communities" website, "racial literacy" is defined as "the knowledge, skills, and awareness needed to talk thoughtfully about race and racism; this naturally includes having a rich vocabulary including terms such as race, racism, prejudice, ally, upstander, and so on."  In addition, the site says, racial literacy means having "the ability to identify racism when it happens," "having strategies to counter or cope with racism," and "understanding the role racism plays in society."  [Video clip]

PBS journalist dutifully parrots White House's vaccine liePBS NewsHour's Yamiche Alcindor is working hard to promote the Biden administration's lie that there was no COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan in place when the president took office.  The White House "says they inherited no vaccine distribution plan," Alcindor said Tuesday, uncritically repeating an obvious falsehood.  "Now, [White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki] says Biden admin has increased amount of weekly vaccine doses going to states to 13.5M a week — a 57% increase since Jan 20.  Biden admin is also doubling supply to pharmacies: 2M doses going to them this week."  Earlier, during an appearance on MSNBC, the PBS journalist said, "The No. 1 thing that I hear from my sources when I say, 'how bad is it, is it worse than you thought it was when it comes to former President Trump's response to the virus?'  Literally 9 out of 10 times, they say it's worse than we could've ever imagined."  Her White House sources tell her the same thing that the White House is saying out loud?  Amazing.

PBS Fires Former Employee Following Project Veritas Video Exposing 'Hateful Rhetoric'.  PBS is distancing itself from a former employee featured in a Project Veritas video who appeared to defend violent attacks on the White House, proposed re-education for the children of President Donald Trump supporters, and praised the COVID-19 deaths of GOP voters.  "This employee no longer works for PBS," a PBS spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation.  "As a mid-level staff attorney, he did not speak on behalf of our organization, nor did he make any editorial decisions."  "There is no place for hateful rhetoric at PBS, and this individual's views in no way reflect our values or opinions," the spokesperson said.  "We strongly condemn violence and will continue to do what we have done for 50 years — use our national platform and local presence to strengthen communities and bring people together."  PBS did not clarify to the DCNF whether the employee was fired as a result of the video.  Project Veritas tweeted Tuesday afternoon that former PBS principal counsel Michael Beller had been fired.

PBS Fires Michael Beller After He Threatens to Take Republican Children & Put Them "Into Re-Education Camps".  PBS has fired Chief Counsel Michael Beller after he was caught on a hidden video recording stating that he supports the idea of taking children from Republican parents and putting them "into re-education camps."  "PBS has fired Michael Beller, a mid-level staff attorney who was filmed by Project Veritas calling for the children of Trump supporters to be 'put... into re-education camps.'" reported Matthew Keys.  "There is no place for hateful rhetoric at PBS, and this individual's views in no way reflect our values or opinions," said a PBS spokesperson in a statement.  In a conversation with a Veritas journalist, Beller explained his sinister plan for anyone who has ever supported Trump.  First, he encouraged Molotov cocktails to be thrown at the White House if Trump won.

Biden Supporter / PBS Principal Counsel - 'We'll go After Republicans - Take Their Children' - 'Put them in Re-Education Camps'.  Michael Beller, PBS principal counsel:  "We go for all the Republican voters and Homeland Security will take their children away... we'll put them into the re-education camps."  Beller:  "Enlightenment camps.  They're nice, they have Sesame Street characters in the classrooms, and they watch PBS all day."  Beller:  "Americans are so [...] dumb.  You know, most people are dumb.  It's good to live in a place [Washington, D.C.] where people are educated and know stuff.  Could you imagine if you lived in one of these other towns or cities where everybody's just stupid?"  [Video clip]

James O'Keefe Strikes Again:  PBS Counsel Michael Beller Caught on Video Promoting Violence.  James O'Keefe and Project Veritas scored another significant hit on the liberal mainstream media on Tuesday morning [1/12/2021].  Veritas recorded PBS Principal Counsel Michael Beller inciting violence against Trump supporters in a radical leftwing rant.

Reclaiming Our Culture from the Left.  [Scroll down]  Can it possibly be done?  Not all at once.  But one step that could be taken now is the stripping of all federal funding from all universities and colleges that suppress all points of view that dissent from the leftist line.  Another is a thoroughgoing reform of primary and secondary school material, such that it once again tells the truth about our nation, which will naturally make students proud to be American.  PBS and NPR, as just two more leftist propaganda mills, should also lose all federal funding.  Let them survive on their merits if they can.  And as for the rest of them, the legal protections that all the social media giants to maintain a monopoly on the means of communication must also be taken away.

Yamiche Alcindor Cements Her Place as Most Dishonest 'Journalist' After Cutting Trump Quote.  There are a lot of dishonest journalists out there, and I mean a lot of them.  To narrow it down is a bit like trying to split an atom.  Sure, it's possible, but man is it difficult.  Yet, PBS' Yamiche Alcindor continues to stand above the rest, both because of her penchant to outright lie, and her tendency to use her race as a shield.  Who can forget this classic on the recent rioting, of which Alcindor assured us there was no evidence they are anarchists.  Hilariously, she was then bombarded with pictures of people present wearing anarchist symbols.  [Tweet]  And here she is trying to cancel the black Surgeon General over an innocuous plea to not do drugs and alcohol.  Her shtick is to provide "context" while never defining who exactly she's talking about.  It's a cheap game some journalists play when they want to editorialize but want to pretend it's not editorializing.  [Another tweet]  Alcindor is attempting to up her game, though.  Yesterday, she purposely cut the context out of a Trump quote so she could proclaim it a "moment to behold."  [Yet another tweet]

PBS Adores Democratic Wives and Hates GOP Wives.  Fifty years after the Public Broadcasting Service launched, we're still seeing our taxpayer subsidies transform into Democratic donations during election years.  On Aug. 4, "PBS NewsHour" hatched a love-in with Dr. Jill Biden.  Anchor Judy Woodruff hit every Joe Biden campaign talking point with partisan perfection.  She began by reminding viewers of the Biden family losses, saying:  "He had lost his first wife and another child.  You were coming out of your own marriage.  You describe how daunting it was.  How did you do it?"  Then she recalled how Joe Biden's son Beau Biden died of brain cancer five years ago.  The interview ended on a light note about how, in March, Jill protected her candidate from two hecklers who jumped onstage at a Los Angeles event.  Woodruff joked, "So, my question is, has the Secret Service deputized you?"  The closest thing to a difficult question was still a softball. [...]

The Big Surge In Coronavirus Deaths Is A Media-Fed Myth.  Almost daily now we've been reading about how daily deaths from COVID-19 have reached record highs.  It's a scary prospect.  But the truth is the mainstream press is grossly misleading the public by misreporting the death counts. [...] According to PBS in Arizona, the state "on Saturday (July 18) set a record for coronavirus-related deaths reported in one day, with 147, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services."  The last story is particularly illuminating because the website the PBS article links to includes a chart of daily deaths in the state.  It lists only six deaths on July 19.  What's more, the chart shows that there have only been two days where deaths exceeded 65.  So where did that scary 147 number come from?  The same place all the other "surging" numbers come from.  Each day Arizona and other states file reports on how many people died from COVID-19.  It's not a measure of how many died that day.  In most cases, the people died days or even weeks earlier.  In fact, in Arizona's case, 106 of the reported deaths on Saturday resulted from a periodic review of death certificates.  None of those caveats made it into the PBS story.

Yamiche Alcindor Tries to Gotcha Kayleigh McEnany On Statues, Gets Schooled.  Yamiche Alcindor is at it again.  The PBS "journalist" who prides herself in letting her activism take center stage in her reporting decided to try out a new gotcha question today.  She asked Kayleigh McEnany about confederate statues and a Trump comment noting "our heritage," as if nothing else is going on in the country right now except Robert E. Lee memorials being destroyed.  McEnany was having none of it.

What Is Wrong With These Democrats?  [Scroll down]  A week or so ago, or a lifetime ago in fake liberal outrages and isolation time, PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor was cheered as a hero by her fellow reporters for "taking on" President Trump at the coronavirus task force briefing over something only other liberals and left-wing reporters care about.  Not because it's her job, it's not (it is not), but because it's her calling; it's all of their calling.  On Friday [4/10/2020], Yamiche was at it again.  After Surgeon General Jerome Adams made a plea to African-Americans to avoid smoking, drinking, and drugs because they are bearing a large part of the brunt of the pandemic due to a propensity to have the preexisting conditions that exacerbate the effects of the virus, Alcindor was ready to be offended.

Wuhan Virus Watch:  Surgeon General Attacked By The Perpetually Offended.  Good Friday's [4/10/2020] Coronavirus Task Force briefing created a fair amount of controversy, and none of it involved the virus.  While President Donald Trump is always the focus of the sessions, Surgeon General Jerome Adams pleas for the African-American community and other communities of color to follow the coronavirus guidelines were met with social justice scorn.

Racial warrior offended when the Surgeon General tells minorities that behavior affects virus risks.  PBS's Yamiche Alcindor has distinguished herself as one of the media figures most engaged in the "gotcha" game at COVID-19 press conferences, especially when she can work race into the issue.  On Friday, after the Surgeon General made a direct plea to minorities about behaviors that can protect them, she went on the attack.  U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams spent five minutes during Friday's press conference talking about the fact that COVID-19 is hitting minority communities especially hard.  His densely packed presentation began with his addressing minorities' predisposition to diseases that increase the risk from COVID-19, such as asthma, heart disease, and diabetes. [...] PBS's Yamiche Alcindor was among the assembled reporters.  Having heard the entire presentation, she didn't ask a question that would help anyone understand substantive issues.  Instead, she went for the "gotcha" questions: [...]

Conservative activist Brent Bozell slams $75M spent on public broadcasting in coronavirus bill.  One veteran media watchdog is not happy that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — CPB — received a tidy $75 million grant from the federal government as a part of the recent CARES Act, designated for coronavirus relief around the nation.  "We believe this was misguided.  Just as Amazon, Microsoft, Ford Motor Corporation, and Starbucks have given so generously to help in the fight against COVID-19, so should the CPB give," wrote Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, in an open letter to President Trump.

'If you don't like it, don't watch it!' Billy Porter hits back at critics of his Sesame Street appearance.  Pose star Billy Porter has responded to critics who are upset that he'll appear on the upcoming 51st season of Sesame Street.  Last week, the iconic children's television show shared several photos of the 50-year-old actor on set filming the 51st season, in which he re-wore the velvet tuxedo gown and jacket by designer Christian Siriano that he first donned at the 2019 Oscars.  This led to some backlash from critics who called it 'disappointing' and even signed a petition to get the episode pulled [...]

'Sesame Street' to feature a man wearing a dress.  What remains to be explained is why "Sesame Street" feels the need to have Taylor model his fashion in front of toddlers.  Perhaps it's for the same reason that a big kerfuffle was raised in 2013 over the "sexuality" of Muppets Bert and Ernie after a "New Yorker" cover intimated that the best buddies were gay.

Gay male actor Billy Porter to appear on "Sesame Street" wearing a dress.  Actor Billy Porter, known for appearing at public events wearing women's clothes of various styles, will reportedly appear on an upcoming episode of "Sesame Street" wearing a dress.  The iconic show for small children shared a series of photographs on its Twitter and Facebook pages with the actor on the set of the program.  The Twitter account thanked Porter for coming to the set, dubbing it "an iconic day with an iconic person."

An Emetic Day in the Neighborhood.  In pre-cable days, PBS was the only channel showing daytime programming aimed at anyone but low-I.Q. housewives.  Even so, I seethed and boiled with disbelief at this narcoleptically inane puppeteer and his just-regaining-consciousness-post-coma manner of speaking.  I did not yet know the word "condescending," but the way Mister Rogers' Neighborhood talked down to children as though we were stroke victims made me want to set cars on fire.

Why Are We Funding PBS?  Why are working Americans funding abusive liberals at PBS?  Back in November 2018 President Trump held a press conference following the 2018 midterm elections.  During the presser PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor accused President Trump of being the leader of the White Nationalist party.  Of course, the hateful anti-Trump media completely ignored this outrageous statement.  Trump immediately called her out — and then he called her a racist!

Is their is a reason behind Lamborn's passion to kill the CPB?  [Scroll down]  You can thank none other than Mr. Great Society War On Poverty; Lyndon Baines Johnson for signing the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 coupled with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) assigning certain TV channels and radio frequencies to be designated to be "educational" a decade earlier.  The Public Broadcasting Act had the support of many important people including Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers fame.  The big government types in America were just able to hide behind "educational television" to get some kind of government media going in the States.

Alabama Public Television refuses to air Arthur episode with gay wedding.  Alabama Public Television chose not to air PBS's Arthur episode that included a same-sex marriage.  In the episode, which aired nationwide May 13, Arthur and his friends attend their beloved teacher Mr. Ratburn's nuptials to his partner.  APT preempted the episode by showing a re-run of Arthur.

PBS Kids' "Arthur" features same-sex marriage in season premiere.  The long-running animation series "Arthur" on PBS Kids aired its season premiere on Monday and it included a blockbuster moment:  a same-sex marriage featuring the aardvark's teacher Mr. Ratburn.  Following the scene that shows the teacher and his husband Patrick walking down the aisle, Arthur is shown at the reception saying he cannot believe that Mr. Ratburn is married.

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Your tax dollars are paying for this left-wing propaganda campaign.

PBS airs anti-Pruitt documentary funded by environmentalist group backer.  A new PBS Frontline documentary that paints Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt as a tool for the fossil fuel industry received major funding from a group that has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to environmentalist activists like the Sierra Club.  The documentary, "War on the EPA," received major support from the Kendeda Fund, an Atlanta-based nonprofit focused on the environment and sustainability.  The documentary features interviews with numerous Obama administration backers, including Gina McCarthy, the former EPA administrator, and Betsy Southerland, a former EPA director making $250,000 who claimed earlier this year she resigned in protest because of the Trump administration's budget.

Budget Director: 'Big Bird' Is a Fat Cat, 'Makes More than Everybody In This Room'.  Big Bird doesn't need taxpayer handouts, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Wednesday [5/24/2017].  Testifying before the House Budget Committee Wednesday, Mulvaney defended the elimination of taxpayer funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting required by the White House's budget proposal.

Your tax dollars at work:
PBS Islamic Lesson Plan Encourages Students to Identify with Radical Jihadists.  A PBS high school lesson plan encourages students to empathize with young Palestinian terrorists who want to become suicide bombers to achieve martyrdom and suggests they would rather die because Palestinians have less land and are restricted.  The "Dying to Be a Martyr" multimedia lesson plan is available free of cost to teachers and students at PBS Learning Media, reports Justin Haskins at the Heartland Institute.  It utilizes videos titled "Martyrdom," "Suicide Bombing," and "Israel and Palestine," as well as internet sites and primary sources "to examine the roots of the Middle East conflict."  Students are asked to be able to understand "why individuals and groups sometimes turn to tactics of terrorism."

OMB Director Says Opponents of Defunding Public Broadcasting Face a 'Hard Sell'.  Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said at the White House briefing on Thursday the people who oppose President Donald Trump's proposal to eliminate all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting face a "hard sell."  Mulvaney said that whether Trump vetoes any appropriation that Congress sends him that includes funding for items he wants defunded — including CPB and the National Endowment for the Arts — is something that will be addressed "at the appropriate time."

How Would You Like Big Bird Served?  [Scroll down]  Politico asks, "Can Big Bird Survive Trump?"  Yes, Big Bird can, because Big Bird is Big Business!  Big Bird makes money!  Investor's Business Daily reports:  ["]Last year, Sesame Workshop had $121.6 million in revenues.  Of that, $49.6 million came in distribution fees and royalties and $36.6 million in licensing of toys, games, clothing, food and such.  In 2014, only 4% of its revenue came from government grants.  Despite being a taxpayer-supported nonprofit, however, Sesame Workshop pays its top executives fabulously well.  According to tax filings — the most recent of which covers 2014 — then-president and CEO Melvin Ming was paid more than $586,000 in salary and benefits in the nine months before retiring, which included a $37,500 bonus and $18,700 in benefits.  The year before that, Ming cleared $672,391 in salary, bonuses and benefits.["]

Way Past Time You and I Stopped Funding Public Broadcasting.  Almost $13 billion has been spent by Congress on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) since 1969.  The Heritage Foundation's "Blueprint for Balance:  A Federal Budget for 2017," proposes the complete elimination of the CPB, saving the taxpayers $445 million in fiscal year 2017.  The CPB funds public radio and TV.  Accuracy in Media, the oldest media watchdog group, has long argued for the elimination of taxpayer subsidies for public television and radio.

Mulvaney: 'We're Ending Federal Involvement With the Corporation for Public Broadcasting'.  The Trump administration will end federal involvement with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, according to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.  On a background call with reporters Wednesday [3/15/2017], Mulvaney said defunding public television and public radio, including National Public Radio, will not be immediate because of the nature of government contracting.  "We proposed ending funding, but technically what you'll see — it's an elimination — but you'll see an amount of money in the budget, and it is some amount of money that's necessary for us to unwind our involvement with CPB," Mulvaney said during the briefing on the administration's budget blueprint.  "So you won't see a zero next to it, but the policy is that we're ending federal involvement with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting."

Way Past Time You and I Stopped Funding Public Broadcasting.  The liberal media have always had an advantage over conservative media because of their billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies.  But now, if the Trump administration has its way with the budget, the liberal media may be reduced significantly in size.  "Public Radio and Television Stations Face New Threat of Budget Cuts" is the headline over a Wall Street Journal article about proposed Trump administration budget cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and public broadcasting.  These cuts "are being considered to offset the Trump administration's proposed increase in defense spending," the paper said.  Almost $13 billion has been spent by Congress on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) since 1969.

PBS Comes Under Fire For Anti-Gun, Anti-Campus Carry Film.  PBS has produced a new short documentary called "Guns on Campus," a look at campus carry at the University of Texas at Austin.  The film is set to air in conjunction with another PBS short film called "Tower," about the 1966 sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin.  While the documentary is made out to be a fair and balanced reporting of the facts, Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) are claiming otherwise.  According to the activist organization, PBS had very little interest in hearing the pro-campus carry stance.

Guess how much a CEO at PBS makes.  National Public Radio (NPR) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) are not-for-profit organizations.  What could be better than that?  They belong to the public, and they are nonprofit.  They are high-priority government programs.  During the 2013 government "shutdown," NPR was provided with $445 million while funds for clinical cancer trials under the National Institutes of Health were cut. [...] A premier PBS station is WGBH, which produces more than two thirds of the nationally distributed programs broadcast by PBS.  Several years ago, the Boston Herald published an article about executives' pay at the station.

Ken Burns, Pompous Poster Boy for Liberalism.  "Like the amputated limb felt long after it has been cut off, I miss Trayvon Martin," the famous orator said.  Who would utter such an elaborate expression of white guilt?  Try star PBS documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, gushing his way through a government-funded honor:  the Jefferson Lecture, the "nation's highest honor for intellectual achievement in the humanities," awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  One certainly hopes Burns will assuage his amputation-level grief by sending the entirety of the NEH's $10,000 cash prize for this lecture to Martin's mother.

PBS Dem debate moderators ignored Clinton Foundation subpoenas.  Once again, our taxpayer-funded broadcaster appeared to be in the tank for Democrats, specifically Hillary Clinton, as PBS and Facebook co-sponsored a Democratic presidential candidate debate last night in Milwaukee.  The very same day that the Washington Post broke the story that subpoenas have been issued to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, and to Hillary aide and longtime companion Huma Abedin, the two PBS moderators could not muster a single question on the matter.

The PBS NewsHour Boys: Dubya Is Lincoln, Today's GOP 'Horrendous' on Refugees, Islam.  The Public Broadcasting Service isn't really a representative of the Public, as everyone should know.  It's the defender of liberal elite opinion, no matter what the polls say.  This week, the polls are stacking up against President Obama on his ISIS policy and his Syrian-refugee policy.  But the PBS NewsHour stands with Obama and in horror at the current Republican Party.

Since Sesame Street is moving to HBO, can we go ahead and cut gov't funding to PBS?  Remember when Mitt Romney said that Sesame Street could survive just fine without the government funding PBS and liberals went insane?  Well, apparently you can add that to the list of things Romney was right about.

PBS: America's "Most Trusted Institution" and its Coverage of Islam.  [Scroll down]  It is with Islam too that PBS betrays its own reputation for trustworthiness and lack of bias.  To explain this, it would help first to see how PBS ended up, no doubt with the best of intentions, presenting to the American public a series of apologetics about Islam — all still available.

PBS's Rose Baffled Anyone Could Oppose Liberal Policies on Climate Change.  An adamant Charlie Rose, on Thursday night [9/25/2014], was astounded that there could be any opposition to the fight against climate change as he blurted:  "Where is the resistance?!  What stands in the way of something that clearly threatens the planet?"  During a discussion with the foreign minister of France, on his PBS show, Rose asked Laurent Fabius what "progress is being made" at Climate Week at the United Nations General Assembly.  In his response Fabius unveiled a new and improved politically correct term to be used by the environmental left as he told Rose:  "I don't speak about climate change.  I speak about climate disruption."  This made sense to Rose as he offered:  "[climate] change is too soft a word."

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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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 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.  "" 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.

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 (  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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