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    De-fund NPR and PBS

    Do you agree or disagree that we need to stop giving federal $$ to NPR and PBS? I'd like someone who disagree with the defunding, to give some good reasons why the taxpayers should be forced to give money to a radio and TV station.

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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    Of course. Partisan political outlets should be subsidized by taxpayers. Let George Soros do it.

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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    House Shamefully Votes to Defund NPR | Save the News $1.50 Per tax payer per year.

    NPR funded by tax dollars? 3.3 cents per taxpayer in the $100,000 tax bracket

    House votes to cut NPR's federal funding - Politics - Capitol Hill - msnbc.com Backs up the data from the second source (the $64 million public funding for NPR).

    My point is, the amount of money we each spend on NPR (I'm not sure about PBS, but I'm lazy, and will assume its not horrible worse than NPR's funding situation) is pretty minimal. I listen to NPR every morning on my way to school, and honestly, its worth the money my family puts into it in terms of tax dollars.
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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    My point is, the amount of money we each spend on NPR (I'm not sure about PBS, but I'm lazy, and will assume its not horrible worse than NPR's funding situation) is pretty minimal.
    The amount of money public sector workers make is pretty minimal in comparison to the amount corporations save on tax breaks. This means nothing to conservatives.
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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    House Shamefully Votes to Defund NPR | Save the News $1.50 Per tax payer per year.

    NPR funded by tax dollars? 3.3 cents per taxpayer in the $100,000 tax bracket

    House votes to cut NPR's federal funding - Politics - Capitol Hill - msnbc.com Backs up the data from the second source (the $64 million public funding for NPR).

    My point is, the amount of money we each spend on NPR (I'm not sure about PBS, but I'm lazy, and will assume its not horrible worse than NPR's funding situation) is pretty minimal. I listen to NPR every morning on my way to school, and honestly, its worth the money my family puts into it in terms of tax dollars.
    You can still listen to it. Defunding isn't going to shut them down as long as all the listeners and wealthy donors stay on board. Supposedly their listeners have a median income of 87,000. Or Gee... they could do like everyone else and get some advertizers.
    As far as PBS, Sesame Streets CEO gets a 900,000 salary. So I think people can stop crying that the Republicans are trying to kill Big Bird.

    Personally I don't want a dime of mine going to NPR.
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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    The fact is defunding NPR, PBS isn't going solve our deficit, nothing the politicians are doing right now is going to solve the deficit. Unless we tackle military spending, social security, and medicare our deficit will still be a problem.

    Also I don't know about NPR, but PBS does alot of educational programing that is used in schools, and I support federal money for PBS.
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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    PBS has one of the best, most balanced news shows period, and a bunch of PBS programming is simply excellent. For the low cost, I have no problem with the continued funding.

    For those trying to make this into a cost savings issue, for gods sake, look at something that actually matters, not tiny budget items. This is typical of too many conservatives, who go on and on about the deficit and spending, but either go after things that are tiny in relation to the problem, or who design bills they know will fail, just so they can say "hey look, we proposed cuts and they got blocked". If you want to get credit for being a deficit hawk, then come up with plans to cut spending that will get passed, and will matter. In other words, compromise some.
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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    This has nothing to do with balancing the budget. It is to punish NPR for having a mostly neutral (not conservative) news outlook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    This has nothing to do with balancing the budget. It is to punish NPR for having a mostly neutral (not conservative) news outlook.
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    Re: De-fund NPR and PBS

    First off, I think it important that everyone understand how NPR and PBS came into existance and how it has helped shape politics and education via it's listening expanding listening audience and viewership (NPR and PBS, respectively). Only then do I believe one can give a fair accessment.

    From Wikipedia:

    NPR, formerly National Public Radio, is a privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to 797 public radio stations in the United States of America. NPR was created in 1970, following congressional passage of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967. This act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which also created the Public Broadcasting Service in addition to NPR. A CPB organizing committee under John Witherspoon first created a Board of Directors chaired by Bernard Mayes. This Board then hired Donald Quayle to be the first President of NPR with studios in Washington D.C., 30 employees and 90 public radio stations as charter members.

    NPR produces and distributes news and cultural programming. Individual public radio stations are not required to broadcast all NPR programs that are produced. Most public radio stations broadcast a mixture of NPR programs, content from rival providers American Public Media, Public Radio International and Public Radio Exchange, and locally produced programs. NPR's flagships are two drive time news broadcasts, Morning Edition and the afternoon All Things Considered; both are carried by most NPR member stations, and from 2002–2008 they were the second and third most popular radio programs in the country. In a Harris poll conducted in 2005, NPR was voted the most trusted news source in the U.S.

    NPR manages the Public Radio Satellite System, which distributes NPR programs and other programming from independent producers and networks such as American Public Media and Public Radio International. Its content is also available on-demand via the web, mobile, and podcasts.
    No, NPR should not be defunded. IMO, it remains the most non-bias and most informative news source in the country. If Congress wishes to reduce the amount of funding it has received over the years to meet budgetary requirements (say, 10% reduction), I think most people would agree to that in this difficult economic times. But to totally defund NPR would be wrong. Why? Because NPR IS the People's radio station by law.

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