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It’s not about the money

Okay, so NPR has sacked Juan Williams for admitting a perfectly unexceptional uneasiness when forced to share a plane with people who conspicuously display their Muslimness.

Of course, he was explaining why those feelings are wrong, but NPR has been itching to get rid of Williams for some time. A doctrinaire liberal who occasionally blurts out things that are not retarded, Williams has gotten a little too comfy being Fox’s pet lefty.


So anyway…blah blah blah…usual calls to defund NPR. It would be a nifty first nibble for our (pleaseohpleaseohplease) new Republican majority, but we’ve been teased with this so many times before.

Did you know, less than two percent of NPR’s funding comes from the federal government?

“Well, that’s easy!” you say to yourself, “why doesn’t NPR voluntarily divest itself of that 2% and save itself the ass-ache?”

Because, my reliable wingnut friend (and watch your language), lefties love, love, LOVE the idea of state-sponsored media. If they didn’t get that little two percent squidgen of tax money, they couldn’t look their friends at the BBC in the eye. They wouldn’t have the imprimatur of a public service, or the pleasure of making you pay for their services whether you like it or not. It would ruin everything.

In fact, if you look at NPR’s funding picture, it’s got ALL the things lefties love most. Taxes. Big grants from enigmatic groups with important-sounding names. Individual donations (hidely ho, George Soros!). Corporate sponsors (what we in the straight world call “advertisers”). And all the money they raise every single quarter by hectoring their customers and guilting them into paying “their fair share” for the privilege of listening.

Man, did I love yelling “no!” at my radio during pledge drives.

Remember, Dead Pool tomorrow. Six o’clock WBT, sharp. Be there or stay dickless!


Comment from Mitchell
Time: October 21, 2010, 9:05 pm

The only thing worth listening to on NPR is Car Talk. Those guys could TOTALLY do better on real radio and NPR would lose a big chunk of its audience.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 21, 2010, 9:42 pm

Car Talk is so not really something I expect to hear on NPR. I loved it, and I don’t give a shit about cars.

I use to listen to Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, just because it seemed to be on whenever I was going somewhere on a Saturday. Or was it Sunday? It would’ve been funny if it weren’t so tilted left.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: October 21, 2010, 10:09 pm

LOL… Fox just handed Williams a 3-year, $2 MILLION dollar contract….

Now waiting for NPR’s other Fox contributors to start rocking the boat in hopes of a similar deal…..

Comment from Mitchell
Time: October 21, 2010, 10:45 pm

I used to listen to Wait, wait too, but yeah it seems that nobody on the left ever says or does anything mock-worthy. Years ‘n years ago I would listen to A Prairie Home Companion from time to time. Unfortunately Ol’ Keillor got a rabid case of BDS and went completely off the rails. The last time I listened to him he had Randy Newman on as a guest who described his own political views as “somewhere to the left of Nicolae Ceauşescu”. Keillor just thought that was the funniest thing and laughed and laughed. I turned off the show and never turned it back on.

Comment from Mark
Time: October 21, 2010, 11:42 pm

Do you REALLY believe their figures for what they get from the taxpayers? After all, these were calculated by the same people who INSISTED there was NO PROBLEM with the sub-prime mortgages, ALL THE WAY UP THROUGH early 2008!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 21, 2010, 11:43 pm

As you might imagine, Keillor is a darling of the BBC.

And Ceauşescu? So middle of teh road? More like that bastard Enver Hoxha.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 21, 2010, 11:49 pm

Well, they’ve been consistently citing 2% for years and years, Mark. It may not be the total (some of those grants probably emanate from people like the NEA, for example), but that’s likely to be the only explicit federal monies. Or they’d have been caught out by now.

Comment from Mark
Time: October 22, 2010, 1:46 am

Caught by whom? The Feds? Yeah, right! The general public? They aren’t subject to FOIA. And even those organizations who ARE FOIAable have generally done an outstanding job hiding WHATEVER they want to hide…

Comment from Dennis
Time: October 22, 2010, 3:15 am

I think the 2% is straight-up money from Uncle Sugar. I believe we also match (through grants) a percentage of gifts from others. Not sure where I read that but I think it’s right. If so, that could bump up the total vig substantially.

Comment from Dennis
Time: October 22, 2010, 3:22 am

Don’t know why I didn’t do this first but, oh well: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101021094439AAhKKnC

It appears that the 2% may be bogus or for the entire organization as a whole, but I’m not interested enough to sort it out. Whatever, there’s no reason to maintain any sort of pipeline to them. Bastiches.

Comment from porknbean
Time: October 22, 2010, 5:02 am

Soros dumps a wad to hire a bunch of hack reporters for NPR, no doubt in his image, and voilà, a Fox (his target via the other wad he dumped at Hillary’s pet Media Matters) gets canned. How convenient.

Comment from porknbean
Time: October 22, 2010, 5:08 am

Thus the obvious reason why they all walk in lockstep. If I own you, you give up all control of your thoughts and opinions regardless where you may be.

Comment from Mike C.
Time: October 22, 2010, 9:14 am

Unfortunately, both where I live and where I currently work, public radio is the only normal radio station playing classical, and that’s all I listen to in the car. Except that RIGHT NOW is that damned fundraising crap, so I don’t get to hear much music.

“Car Talk” is fabulous, but I don’t often get to hear it.

Comment from Clifford Scridlow
Time: October 22, 2010, 12:45 pm

Mike C. –

If you have the capacity to listen online, try http://www.kmfa.org

Good folks and good music.

Comment from steve
Time: October 22, 2010, 2:06 pm

It is a bit more than the 2%, in fact, when one considers that they are given their broadcast frequency licenses for free.

But, in fact, the public funding is disproportionately valuable in the sense that….

Well….how much tougher would it be to muster all of that supercillious smugness in conversation, as people proudly announce that they listen to National PRIVATE Radio?

Comment from Formerly known as Skeptic
Time: October 22, 2010, 4:17 pm

From what I was reading the other day (hand-waving since I don’t have the numbers at hand), I believe the 2% number is for the National organization. But, as you see in the pie chart above they actually get the largest percentage of their funding from the member stations (fees, dues) and THEY get significant Federal funding.

Comment from gebrauchshund
Time: October 22, 2010, 4:32 pm

Test…test…time check, synchronizing with Weasel Blog Time

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: October 22, 2010, 5:17 pm

It gets better – viddy the NPR CEO suggesting that Williams needs psychiatric care. I consider that a positive step, demonstrating growth by the lefties.

Used to be you disagreed with them, you were stupid or evil, or maybe a combination of both. Now there’s a third option – insane!

Anyway, I know that it’s only a small chink of change going to NPR and PBS, as well as the NEA. I’d still like to see it all cut off just on principle. No taxpayer support for propaganda or the arts.

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: October 22, 2010, 5:23 pm

By the way, if anyone had Juan Williams in the dead pool, does this count?

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: October 22, 2010, 5:50 pm

I have a car-radio game I like to play with NPR. I’ll listen until they mention a liberal meme key word. It’s really gotten to be fun. Generally they can’t go more than a minute, and usually it’s less than 30 seconds.

To show how easy it is to win though, here are some headlines stolen from NPR.org’s home page

Influence Of Israel’s Leftist Peace Movement Wanes

A Son Grows Thankful For His Father’s Tough Love

Coming Face To Face With The President

Amid Reforms, Cubans Fret Over Food Rations Fate

Waiting To ‘Inhale,’ In A Polluted Atmosphere

Unemployment Rate Drops In 23 States

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: October 22, 2010, 7:51 pm

Less than 2% Where’d that endowment come from?

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Time: October 23, 2010, 11:48 am

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Comment from SDN
Time: October 23, 2010, 12:15 pm

The 2% is what the national NPR gets from Uncle Sugar. However, the local stations are funded separately; I think I saw an average of 60% of their funds are FedGov somewhere. So what: kill them all; O! will know its’ own. IOW, multiply that 42% from stations by .6, then add 2% to get a better approximation. Not to mention that the donations are tax-deductible. Fox doesn’t get that….

Comment from J2
Time: October 23, 2010, 1:08 pm

2%… i thought hmmmm?
then i read this:

and said: it figures….. just hiding how the US taxpayer actually is on the hook for their millions and millions and..

Comment from Guaman
Time: October 23, 2010, 11:02 pm

Yes, I said something this stupid – It was revealed in a sweep of federal expenditures for Guam recently that the FCC spends $15 million per year on this island with about 150,000+ residents. we have PBS and NPR available here. NPR (anecdotal information from a devoted listener) gets about $40,000 in donations and that’s not enough to pay the electric bill.

The mechanics of how money moves in your government isn’t exciting, but it may be found to be interesting if some intrepid reporter kind of person wanted to dig. I have neither the time nor the inclination.

Before one can whack this disgusting species from the federally funded forest of support for collectivist indoctrination, one needs to identify how it continues to exist.

Good luck to us fans of constitutionally limited government.

Comment from MrCaniac
Time: October 24, 2010, 6:46 am

Those local “public radio” stations get a large portion of their operating funds from Uncle Sugar, or their state/local government pimps. Most of those stations are “owned” by colleges or some foundation that gets major funding by governmental entities. It is nothing but a major scam. The ratings of public stations is so minute, that a spanish language sports station in Wheeling, WV would have a larger audience than public radio.
Don’t worry though, that public radio station will have state of the art broadcasting facilities that are rarely used because all of their programming is from NPR.

Comment from Mike
Time: October 24, 2010, 6:39 pm

If it’s really only a paltry 2 percent, then they shouldn’t miss it much, right?

Comment from porknbean
Time: October 24, 2010, 10:55 pm

Mike, it isn’t just 2%. It’s more like 30%.

From newsbusters –

But O’Donnell conveniently forgot to mention that about 40% of NPR’s budget comes from payments from its affiliate stations. And as MRC’s Tim Graham detailed here, those stations derive about 13% of their budgets from the feds. Getting a bit down in the weeds, that means that in addition to the 1-3% in direct funding, NPR is getting about 5% of its budget from federal funds directed to the affiliates and then funneled back to the NPR mothership.

don’t forget when such places as colleges/universities give them endowments, contributions, much of that money is taxpayer funds…….

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