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Move To Defund NPR Rejected

November 18, 2010: The House has rejected a Republican push to block public stations from using their Corporation for Public Broadcasting grants to buy NPR programming, voting not to take up the matter. NPR receives little direct government funding, but would have lost a significant part of its funding with the end of CPB-funded programming purchases.

The attempt to block NPR funding came after a poll on the Republican YouCut website showed it as the top choice among respondents for a spending cut. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (VA) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) in a joint statement also cited NPR's abrupt firing of analyst Juan Williams -- a liberal commentator who also appears regularly on Fox News -- as proof of political bias at the public broadcaster. Williams was fired after he said on Fox that he gets "nervous" when seeing Muslims in traditional dress at airports.

NPR said in a statement that "good judgment prevailed as Congress rejected a move to assert government control over the content of news."

NPR called blocking stations from using CPB grants to buy its programming "an unwarranted attempt to interject federal authority into local station program decision-making."

(11/19/2010 9:31:57 AM)
We've heard all this hubbub before; the conservatives can't stand anything or anyone who disagrees with them, so they set about trying to shut it up. In this case, they use the rationale that CPB funding is an unnecessary federal expense that the vaaaast majority of The American People (in their minds) cannot tolerate. What Newt Gingrich discovered when he pulled this same crap back in the 90s after the Republicans regained the House was that many of his vaaaast majority had a deep appreciation for the high quality programming, including the news, found on public radio and public television.

- Paul Colley
(11/19/2010 8:23:33 AM)
What happened Abramoff. They let you out early?

- Phil
(11/18/2010 5:23:29 PM)
No worries .. Take that vote again in February 2011 & lets see that far Far FAR left wing disgusting piece a trash NPR be driven first to its knees .. and then, hopefully into oblivion !! YESSSSSSS !

- Jack

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