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Is It Time To Withdraw Taxpayer Funds From National Public Radio And Public Broa

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    ThePeeDeeWildcatposted 7 years ago

    Is It Time To Withdraw Taxpayer Funds From National Public Radio And Public Broadcasting Service?

    With the nation's economy in shreds and after nearly a half century of taxpayer assistance, is it time for NPR and PBS to "man up" and seek commercial sponsors?

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    Longhunterposted 7 years ago

    Yes, this should have been done years ago. They should have to compete just like every other network.

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    Wayne Brownposted 7 years ago

    To the best of my memory, NPR has always had liberal tones. Most of the broadcasts remind me of a bunch of hippies preparing to sing Kumbaya. I hear Al Sharpton and his flock screaming for the government to do something through the FCC to shut down conservative talk radio yet I don't hear him calling for any action toward NPR. NPR should be maintaining its independence and its "public" personae by raising money through either advertising or its listener base.  The fact of the matter it, I don't think NPR has a large enough listener base to support the broadcasts if they had 100% participation. In the end, taxpayer money gets used to fund a liberal slant that amounts to nothing more than "government funded propaganda radio."  They have that is Russia too....WB

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    Old Empresarioposted 7 years ago

    Excuse me, but if it received more commercial sponsers (it already has a few), it would be like every other network we have. Don't you want something different? The purpose of a news organization is to uncover corruption in our government. NPR has about a 2% success rate at this. But the other networks don't uncover corruption because they ARE the corruption. Do you know anything about this campaign finance fiasco--the one that has been ruining my country for the past 50 years? Networks are conduits for money. Parties and candidates pay billions to the networks in order to get airtime and participate in debates. Therefore, the networks have no incentive to go after their own customers who are paying them. If XYZ Pharmaceuticals pays NBC millions to place an ad, do you think NBC would ever investigate the drugs produced by XYZ? Better yet, what if XYZ were a subsidiary owned by GE, which also owns NBC? I happen to find NPR to be very conservative--though not as conservative as the typical networks. When investigating the lobbying that took place in the TSA, NPR had as guests the TSA Director and the Rapiscan Washington regional VP. Do you think those are going to be the most objective people in the world to talk about the TSA contracting of the backscatter X-Ray? I don't see how reporting facts makes an organization "liberal". I just call it reporting facts.

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    HubCrafterposted 7 years ago

    "The economy is in shreds".
    "Is it time to man up"?

    Lol. Did NPR or PBS cause today's economic problems?


    Can we really look at life as if we were cowboys at a rodeo and just shout out...man up?

    I hope not.

    This whole American idea of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness...is that just for the folks who all have the same political ideas?

    No. It's not, is it.

    Maybe we all can just man up about the economy. Let's put the blame where it belongs...on the greed of Wall Street and their Bankers.

    Why look for scapegoats? If you really need someone to blame...let's put it where it belongs.

    Why offer Big Business a teflon coating?

    Remember the movie, Wall Street?...and Michael Douglas plays Gordon Gecko who says, "Greed is good".

    Well, greed is NOT good. And our economy is the result of not watching the henhouse. The fox got in there and tore things up.

    Lol. Now you want to take it out on NPR and PBS?

    Kind of misses the point don't you think?

  6. Danette Watt profile image84
    Danette Wattposted 7 years ago

    I heard a program on this topic just today on my local NPR station. It basically boils down to costing about $1.35 per person. I think that's a pretty good deal.

    Here's what I like about public radio (and tv, although I'm a radio listener) - it's dialogue, conversation, debate on the issues, not one person getting on a soapbox for two hours.

    It's educational. I learn something every day -- about what other people are doing, thinking, their experiences here and abroad.

    If you have never listened to NPR, I encourage you to do so. On my local station, there is a show on car repairs, cooking, a show that interviews musicians and authors, besides programs that have guests on to discuss the issues of the day that concern this country without dissolving into a shouting match.