The newly elected Republican majority hasn’t been sworn in yet, so the Dems are blocking as many reforms as possible.
House Democrats on Thursday rejected a GOP proposal to cut federal funding to National Public Radio, which has been under fire ever since it sacked Juan Williams last month.
The proposal, which was the winning entry this week in YouCut — an anti-government spending program started by House Republicans earlier this year — failed by a vote of 239-171.
Of course, National People’s Radio spun it as if it were a validation of their credibility:
NPR praised the outcome, saying “good judgment prevailed as Congress rejected a move to assert government control over the content of news.”
“The proposal to prohibit public radio stations from using CPB grants to purchase NPR programming is an unwarranted attempt to interject federal authority into local station program decision-making,” NPR said, referring to its parent organization, Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Which in this case, is a blatant lie. The government doesn’t “control” NPR under any circumstances. What we want is for the government to stop using our tax money to support this propaganda outlet.
……YouCut is an online contest that allows Americans to vote for the items they want slashed from the federal budget. That NPR proposal received 63 percent of the vote, the highest percentage for a proposal since the program began in May.
“When NPR executives made the decision to unfairly terminate Juan Williams and to then disparage him afterward, the bias of their organization was exposed,” House Minority Whip Eric Cantor and Doug Lamborn, who authored a bill this year to defund NPR’s parent company, said in a joint statement Wednesday.
Shit, their bias has been on open display for years.
“Make no mistake, it is not the role of government to tell news organizations how to operate. What is avoidable, however, is providing taxpayer funds to news organizations that promote a partisan point of view,” they said.
“Eliminating taxpayer funding for NPR is precisely the kind of common sense cut that we have to begin making it we want to fundamentally alter the way business is conducted in Washington,” they said.
With Democrats still in charge of the House until the end of the year, the proposal was doomed to fail. Lamborn’s legislation to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) , introduced in June, hasn’t made it out of committee.
But when Republicans assume power in January, they are expected to go after NPR’s federal funding with a vengeance.
Speaking of NPR’s role as a propaganda tool, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller, wants to “re-invent journalism” to her own specifications:
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. With now-former NPR analyst Juan Williams suitably splattered across the evening news after politically incorrect comments he made on Fox News, Schiller can return to her real passion – the creation of a national network to ensure that in the future, you get your news from the government in general and NPR in particular.
……Schiller, a former New York Times executive, is one of a few dozen power players working with the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and a leftist group called Free Press to “reinvent journalism.” That’s how the FTC describes it. The FCC calls what they are doing the “Future of Journalism.” Free Press, a think tank funded by leftist billionaire George Soros, among others, calls it “the new public media.”
It’s all the same thing, a plan to take over local news coverage from for-profit television, radio and print media, which Schiller and her friends claim is in danger of extinction. These “friends” get together regularly with the heads of the FCC and FTC to brainstorm the details in government and congressional meetings. These meetings include the leaders of all the country’s public broadcasting outlets, including PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and American Public Media.
The very leftwing shills who object to “a move to assert government control over the content of news”, want to be in charge of a state-owned media.
NPR is a raving, hypocritical shit bag of wonderfulness.
Note to Republicans: Take the same approach as Queen Nancy did with ObamaCare:
“We’ll go through the gate. If the gate’s closed, we’ll go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in……”
Except I wouldn’t bother to go through all that. I’d just do the same thing to the Dems, as they did to the American people; Lock them out. Refuse to allow them participation, input, say-so, or debate. Take your cue from the electorate, and use the bulldozer of the Constitution to plow through every single socialist mandate rammed through by the Dem autocracy.
See you in January.