Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Time To Defund NPR and PBS Of Taxpayer Money

If there is any doubt why NPR and PBS, then this should dispel any notion that NPR and PBS should be defunded.
From the Wall street Journal: Vivian Schiller, president and chief executive of NPR since January 2009, stepped down just hours after a video showed the head of NPR's fund-raising arm making disparaging remarks about the Republican Party and tea-party activists to men posing as prospective donors, and suggesting NPR would be better off without government funding. That executive quit Tuesday.
The pressure on NPR intensified Wednesday as the conservative activist behind the video, James O'Keefe, said he planned to release additional damaging materials about the radio network on Thursday.
NPR Chairman Dave Edwards said the scandal had become such a distraction that "it hindered Vivian Schiller's ability to lead the organization going forward." That opinion was not shared by Ms. Schiller, according to a person familiar with the matter. The board ultimately decided she needed to resign....
In the video that surfaced Tuesday, Mr. Schiller, the head of NPR's fund-raising arm—who is no relation to Vivian Schiller—and a colleague are shown meeting two men in a café pretending to be from the fictitious Muslim Education Action Center and offering a donation of as much as $5 million to NPR because of what they describe as "Zionist coverage" by other news organizations.
In the video, Mr. Schiller said the GOP had been "hijacked" by groups hostile to Muslims. One of the "Muslim Center" men asked, "The radical, racist, Islamophobic, tea-party people?" Mr. Schiller responded, nodding, "And not just Islamaphobic but really xenophobic. I mean basically, they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America, gun toting. I mean, it's scary. They're seriously racist people."
Ms. Schiller said she watched the video released Tuesday shortly after it was posted online and was "shocked" and "incredibly disturbed by some of the things Ron said."
First, I don't think that Ms. Schiller was shocked by what Mr. Schiller said. (no physical relationship between the two Schillers- just a philosophical relationship)
Aside from that, why do taxpayers still need to fund NPR and PBS. For the most part, they have high quality shows that people will listen to. I actually listen to several shows on NPR- Prairie Home Companion, Car Talk, Whose Line Is It Anyways etc. As far as PBS is concerned, I don't watch it too much, except for some concerts.
PBS and NPR have to come out the Ice Age and accept commercials because they already do accept advertising. They will say "this segment is brought to you by..." So, if they accept this kind of advertising, why not accept commercials that last 30-60 seconds?
Further, it's not right that the government has control of a network of radio and television stations and they compete against private companies/radio and television stations.
Now, back in the day when there were many areas of the county not covered by commercial radio and TV stations, you could have justified public radio and TV. But now, with the advent of satellite TV, cable TV, Internet and the expansion of commercial stations, you just don't need the government run PBS and NPR.
So, now is the time to defund NPR and PBS as it is not needed anymore.

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