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Should We Take The Money Away From CPB and NPR?

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(2/27/2011 11:56:25 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Global warming is a theory AND scientific fact. Like, say, gravity.

NPR does NOT have a liberal bias--studies have repeatedly disproven that myth. It only seems that way because the overall media has such a clear conservative bias.

But that's not the point. The point is that public broadcasting is a tiny portion of the budget and it delivers excellent value for the money--it provides a useful service, it employs people, and it generates funds for a good cause from the private sector. Conservatives are just looking for a way to posture about cutting the budget without addressing the real problems that they have caused with deregulation and massive deficits.

- Brett Alan
(2/23/2011 9:05:34 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
When I look at the multi million dollar plants serving sparsely populate areas and hear defenses such as we have an obligation to serve I get upset. Private stations cut back in a recession and public broadcasting is unaccountable like other governement agencies. It is just not efficent.

The liberal bias flurishes because we do not held NPR accountable. Global Warming is a Theory not a scientific fact. NPR pushes their chosen "Academic Veiw" without a serious consideration of the consequencies of their actions or a look at opposing views. They snub people with opposing views or ignore them entirely. We do not need to fund this kind of conduct.

- Ron Davis
(2/23/2011 7:57:05 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
CPB threatens to sue civic clubs using a "Barney" costume. Jim Henson did not pass as a pauper. The public owns 0% of Kermit (Miss Piggy got it all in the settlement). "All Things Considered" is well produced owned solely by NPR. Affiliates MUST BUY an NPR dues membership before buying a program, both with tax money in a shell game.
CPB/NPR is a COMMERCIAL network that CHOOSES to serve a non-comm format. Sorry, no tax money. Write a bigger check to show your appreciation, instead.

- Richard Boekeloo
(2/22/2011 9:34:54 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Subscription Radio- how's that working out? Maybe ordering Public Radio via subscription service is what will add vitality to that service. I agree with the commenter that it will be the smaller markets that will suffer the most, not the bigger cities with their unless supply of listener contributions. What a waste of time by Congress. Every time the GOP has control of Congress they try to kill off public broadcasting. Where are the initiatives to develop jobs?
- Robert Jenkins
(2/22/2011 7:19:13 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Areas that will suffer the most from the defunding of the CPB/NPR will be rural areas where very little of the operating costs of these stations are covered by listener contributions. The conservatives think their cuts will hurt the big city NPR stations in LA, SF, NY, Chicago etc; those stations receive a tiny percent of funding from CPB and have no problem raising money to stay on the will be the small stations with few corporate underwriters in communities where few people donate to non-commercial stations that will be severely hurt, areas where the non-commercial may be one of only two or three stations in the area...just because people don't donate doesn't mean they don't support the programming. Also defunding CPB/NPR would seriously hurt jazz & classical music on the radio..there are no commercial jazz or classical stations in the country. The concept that the NAB likes to push is that radio is the last free medium and that philsophy should apply to the jazz, classical and other non-mainstream formats only heard on non-commerical radio. Also defunding CPB would kill off independent non-commercial stations like WWOZ in New Orleans that aren't NPR affiliates.
Finally Chuck says that govt. should never provide funds to a business that has free market competition. Here in CA the private utility company has a horrible safety record; their last accident destroyed 30 homes & killed 8 people; their public utility counterparts have a near perfect safety record.

- Robert Jackson

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