National Public Radio
and taxpayer-funded radio stations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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
Juan Williams biography:
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
Christie Blasts Public Broadcasting as Soviet-Style. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey compared
government funding of public broadcasting to the olden days of the Soviet Union. He made this statement
before announcing a deal that will sell the state's public broadcasting network to New York's WNET, which was
first reported by MyFoxPhilly.com. Fox News reports that, "New York Public Radio will acquire four radio
stations under the agreement. At a press conference in Trenton, Christie said the government ought to
stay out of broadcasting, and the relationship in New Jersey should have ended decades ago."
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.
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
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
O'Reilly Asks PBS Star Tavis Smiley About His Hope to More Than Double the Minimum Wage. Never let liberals tell you that
left-wingers never get any air time on Fox News. On Thursday night [9/13/2012], Bill O'Reilly was honoring PBS host Tavis Smiley and
his Marxist friend Cornel West by having them on to discuss their "poverty tour." He began by saying "I applaud you both." But when
he asked Smiley and West for specifics, it included more than doubling the federal minimum wage level (currently at $7.25 an hour).
NPR Stations Air
Poison: Pro-GOP Women are 'Battered,' Romney's 'White Supremacist Ticket'. When conservative tax dollars support public radio stations across
America, what kind of programming gets aired? One radical show is "Smiley and West," which is distributed by Public Radio International. This
weekend, PBS star Tavis Smiley was too busy, so they replaced him with Julianne Malveaux — the loud-mouthed wacko who infamously announced on the
PBS show To The Contrary that someone should feed Clarence Thomas a lot of cholestrol so he dies young. So much for civility.
Forget Abortion! NPR Promotes The 'Rights'
and 'Souls' of Plants. As liberal reporters obsess and nearly faint in the waning days of the campaign that conservatives would dare to assert a right
to life for a human being conceived in rape, NPR.org offers a better idea: Plants deserve rights. The NPR headline: "Recognizing the Right of
Plants to Evolve."
Former NPR CEO: Get Off
Government Funding. NPR has had many political challenges since its government funding allowed it become branded as the
main source of radio news for upper-income liberals. Just last year, Mitt Romney declared he would end federal funding for public
broadcasting. But now it faces the suggestion from its former chief executive officer that NPR would be better off without the
government subsidy it's gotten since the 1970s.
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."
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...
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.
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: [...]
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.
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."
'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.)
+ 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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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").
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
someone mention Donald Trump?
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.
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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].
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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...
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.
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
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.
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.
'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.
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?
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
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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."
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
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.
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 [...]
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.
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."
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Editor says...
Your tax dollars are paying for this left-wing propaganda campaign.
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.
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:
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."
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."
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.["]
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.
'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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
PBS, I don't think there's a compassionate way to murder infants. Dear PBS, [...] As a
third rate, tax subsidized broadcasting outfit with a viewership in the single digits, I'd expect
you'd try your best to fly under the radar. There is, after all, no conceivable reason for you to
exist, nor is there a solid justification for spending tax money to keep afloat an irrelevant television
channel that has long since drowned amid a sea of a million other channels. Sure, you "only" bring
in about 40 million dollars a year in tax money, but why draw attention to the scam?
FCC May Allow Third-Party Fund[rais]ing on
Public TV. The Federal Communications Commission has announced the agency may liberalize its rules prohibiting noncommercial broadcasters
from raising funds for an entity other than the station itself if the fundraising alters or disrupts regular programming. The 2010 earthquake in
Haiti prompted commercial and public broadcasters to seek ways to raise emergency funds for the country. Although noncommercial educational
(NCE) broadcasters normally would be forbidden to participate, the FCC issued a public notice granting waivers to those broadcasters because of the
level of the tragedy.
The Editor says...
This sounds like another incremental step in the direction of commercializing "noncommercial" television stations. If they can
raise funds for disaster relief, why can't they raise funds for "Toys for Tots", or "Race for the Cure?", and (a few years later) why
can't they raise money for any commercial advertiser?
PBS helps to peddle White House propaganda:
First lady enlists Sesame Street to promote
healthy eating. Sesame Street's Elmo and Rosita joined Michelle Obama at the White House on Wednesday [10/30/2013] to announce that the
[M]uppets would start promoting fruit and vegetable consumption for kids. And companies will be able to use the beloved characters for free.
"Just imagine what will happen when we take our kids to the grocery store, and they see Elmo and Rosita and the other Sesame Street Muppets they love up
and down the produce aisle," [Mrs.] Obama said. "Imagine what it will be like to have our kids begging us to buy them fruits and vegetables instead
of cookies, candy and chips."
The Editor says...
Popeye used to squeeze open a can of spinach and practically inhale the contents, just before the violent conclusion of each of his cartoons.
So when I was six years old, I really wanted to eat raw spinach and hope for the same results. But after tasting it only once, I went back to
ice cream and candy. The so-called first lady apparently wants us to believe that young people choose snacks based on the packaging rather than
the taste. She fails to understand that we are not idiots.
'Sesame Street' to teach kids about when
Mommy goes to prison. It's brought to you by the letter P — for prison. PBS's "Sesame Street" is moving
from ABCs and counting numbers to offering its young viewers a bigger lesson in life: how to cope when Mommy or Daddy lands behind
bars. Called "Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration," the program is distributing "tool kits" to schools, community
centers and even jails in 10 states — including New York — starting today to help kids ages 3 to 8,
The Editor says...
Apparently they presume that Daddy is either a complete unknown or he's already in prison.
Remember This During the Next Pledge Drive.
From his taxpayer-subsidized perch on the PBS program "Moyers & Company" last week, [Bill] Moyers, never more comfortable than when
dissing America, said the American pledge of allegiance is "a lie — a whopper of a lie." Moyers, who began his public career
helping to make the world safe for that paragon of truthfulness, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and therefore pretty savvy about being economical
with the truth, elaborated on the pledge: [...]
First Couple hosts
celeb-filled concert amid sequestration. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will host a star-studded
roster of music legends April 9 for another glitzy installment in the "In Performance at the White House" concert series,
according to a White House press released issued Tuesday. [...] Though the White House notably canceled all visitor tours in March,
ostensibly due to sequestration, the First Couple's series of White House concerts — billed as "the nation's highest honor
for popular song" — manages to survive.
The Editor says...
This event will be televised on PBS, largely at the taxpayers' expense.
Feminists: Leave My
Boys Alone. This past week an episode of Sesame Street set off a firestorm of debate over whether a boy muppet
named Telly should be ashamed that his muppet friends caught him playing with dolls. In one corner "traditionalists" who
called out the episode as gender and sex confused. In the other "modern feminists" who were offended by almost everything
the traditionalists said and believe.
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.
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.
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.
Television Doesn't Mean Big Bird, It Means Islamist, Russian and Chinese Propaganda
. The federally-funded Corporation
for Public Broadcasting (CPB) funneled $27,580,113 into MHz Networks and its affiliates in fiscal year 2011. MHz Networks
is a division of Commonwealth Public Broadcasting, based in Richmond, Virginia, and distributes Al-Jazeera, the voice of the Muslim
Brotherhood, the Moscow-funded Russia Today (RT) channel, and CCTV, under the rubric of "Programming for globally-minded people."
Big Bird's producer
boasts well-padded retirement nest
. Far from being a pauper, Sesame Workshop, the company that produces the beloved
children's television program that has become an unlikely point of partisan bickering in the presidential campaign, has put away more than
$100 million in investments, including more than $20 million in hedge funds and $9.7 million in a private equity fund.
Big Bird Richer Than Mitt Romney
Big Bird makes more money than Mitt Romney, but is still on the government dole.
Sesame Street received
$1 mil stimulus bill grant — created "1.47" jobs
. Sesame Workshop, the independent nonprofit corporation that produces the
popular childrens' program Sesame Street, received a $1,067,532 stimulus bill grant in August 2010, via the Department of Health and Human Services.
The funding was to promote healthy eating according to the federal Recovery.gov website.
Time for Big Bird to fly the nest
Big Bird has been living rent-free on Sesame Street for 43 years. The popular Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) character is on the dole
because the left believes government should use taxpayer cash to support the arts. [...] Republicans aren't backing down. On Sunday, ABC's George
Stephanopoulos asked Romney campaign senior adviser Ed Gillespie whether it was a mistake to target the public TV network, which operates under
a $445 million federal appropriation for public broadcasting.
Sesame Street Is the 1 Percent
At Corporation for Public Broadcasting, according to the CPB's 2011 tax forms:
Patricia De Stacy Harrison, president and CEO $361,895
At PBS, according to 2011 tax forms:
Paula Kerger, president and CEO $669,260
Michael Jones, chief operating officer $477,296
Barbara Landes, chief financial officer, treasurer, and senior vice president $402,355
Katherine Lauderdale, senior vice president and general counsel, $381,855.
At Sesame Workshop, according to 2011 tax forms:
Gary Knell, president and CEO of Sesame Workshop until October 2011, $988,456
H. Melvin Ming, current president and CEO, $584,572
Big Bird, just another corporate welfare queen
CNN's Soledad O'Brien said, "my son was devastated when he heard that Big Bird might be killed." Bunk. As Sherrie Westin, vice president of
Sesame Workshop — which owns Sesame Street — had just explained to O'Brien, "The Sesame Workshop receives very, very little funding
from PBS. So we are able to raise our funding through philanthropic, through our licensed product, which goes back into the educational programming,
through corporate underwriting and sponsorship.
Big Bird's Creator A Big Obama Backer
. The woman who
founded the Children's Television Workshop, which created Sesame Street, is a maxed-out contributor to the Obama campaign and a significant donor to the
Obama-backing Priorities USA Super PAC, campaign finance records show. Joan Ganz Cooney contributed the the maximum $35,800 to the Obama campaign
and Democratic National Committee, plus an additional $30,400 that could be distributed by the "Obama Victory Fund" to state parties. She then
gave $50,000 to the Priorities USA Super PAC that is backing Obama's re-election.
Big Bird, Small President
Having been routed in the first debate, President Obama has found a comeback strategy: Fly Big Bird. Specifically, mock
Mitt Romney's call to cut federal subsidies for the millionaires at the Sesame Workshop and pledge to defend the Public Broadcasting
Service no matter how much money the Treasury has to borrow.
The actor who brought
Big Bird to life makes $314,000 a year
. Tax returns from PBS's Sesame Workshop show that the television show shelled out at least $314,072
for the actor behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. That makes Caroll Spinney, who has played everyone's favorite yellow-feathered friend since
1969, a true blue member of the One Percent.
Big Bird is a Democrat Dupe
. Sesame Workshop, which reported
revenue of $130,606,413, in 2009, says 35 percent comes from "corporate, foundation and government support." The latter includes the U.S.
Agency for International Development, the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Gary Knell, chief operating officer of Sesame Workshop from 2000-2011,
made a salary of $684,144. He is now the president and CEO of National Public Radio. Sesame Workshop President and CEO H. Melvin
Ming earned a salary of $447,885 in 2009. Direct government grants amounted to $7,968,918. Its Form 990 reported lobbying
expenses of $1 million a year, in order to keep the federal dollars flowing.
Big Bird Is Big Business
. The Children's Television
Workshop had created not just an immensely popular program, but a mountain of intellectual property that could be profitably mined for decades. Which is
exactly what they did. [...] The bottom-line: In 2011 Sesame Workshop took in $46.9 million in licensing income from Sesame Street
PBS: Re-Educating America's
Schoolchildren, Thanks to Your Contributions
. When most people think of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's education programs,
they remember the gentle Mr. Rogers welcoming children to his home, or documentaries offering exciting encounters with whales and other exotic
creatures. These shows still exist. But CPB today produces lessons that glorify the Black Panthers and riots and protests of the 1960s,
present rocker Patti Smith as a "patriot" for singing songs that condemn President George W. Bush, vilify Wal-Mart, and sanctify environmentalist
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.
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.
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
has introduced a downtrodden "food insecure" Muppet named Lily, whose voice sounds as if she's been
stricken with hunger-induced low blood sugar.
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.
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.
Columnist: Forget Ernie and Bert, Time for a Regular Gay Human Couple on 'Sesame Street'
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
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
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
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?
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
. 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.
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.
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
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.
. 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.
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."
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
. 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
. 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."
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
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
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."
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."
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.
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
. 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.
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.
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.
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.
. 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
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
: 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
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
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.
. 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
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
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
. "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?
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.)
Broadcasting: Time to Halt the Taxpayer-Funded Gravy Train
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
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
: 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.
. Any network in existence would happily fund Sesame
Street. Why should we?
A Liberal Boss For
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.
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
Peddles New Online Leftist Indoctrination to Children
. Built with your tax dollars, EekoWorld
is a whole complex of games, cartoons, and narrated stories aimed at young children on the "PBS Kids"
website. "PBSkids.org" is so heavily promoted during children's programming on PBS, that it was among
the first complex word sets that my son learned to speak. Whenever the third parent, I mean "the
television," would sing the PBS Kids jingle, "P-B-S Kids!" my little internet junkie would quickly add "dot
org!" Keep in mind that this was before Buster the Rabbit decided to teach the PBS kids about Lesbian
couples making children and maple syrup in the mountains of Vermont, so I didn't think anything about letting
the boy, now 4 years old, watch unlimited PBS, which I figure I've paid for already anyway.
Bear Lobby Mauls
. 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.
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.]
: PBS is still a liberal monstrosity transforming the hard-earned dollars
of many Bush-loving taxpayers into fire-breathing Bush-loathing programming.
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.
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.
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.
is no longer relevant — if it ever was — so cut it off
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
FCC Fines Worry
. 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
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
: 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
: The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds PBS and NPR, has an annual
budget of about $2.2 billion. More than $300 million of that comes from the American taxpayer,
according to the CPB Web site (www.cpb.org). Moyers' production company, Public Affairs Television, gets
paid by PBS, but it is unclear how much since PBS will not say.
PBS Under Threat From Competition
Critics say that PBS has compromised its mission over the last 30 years, squandering taxpayer dollars with
little thought to viewer accountability and becoming slaves to corporate underwriters and political correctness.
Close Sesame? A
Review of "PBS: Behind the Screen"
. As a hybrid government-foundation fiefdom, PBS may have
helped to correct some of the banality of Minow's "vast wasteland." Certainly it has broadcast fine
cultural and educational offerings. But many of its programs have carried a liberal bias. Even its
nature specials often take a particular environmentalist slant, without providing countervailing views.
Inevitably, PBS became an ideological combatant in the cultural war.
Congressional Testimony of Tim Graham
Director of Media Analysis, Media Research Center. Contrary to the assertions of congressional staff, this
left-leaning image of PBS and NPR is not a "myth," but an image that is both well-earned and well-documented.
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
: 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.
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
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.
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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