Most of this wouldn’t have come to light, if npr, just let it go, maybe had a quiet heart to heart chat with Juan Williams. Can we do that? Nooooo, we have to have to make a huge production out of it…..
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.
Mark Browning of the American Thinker, a conservative online publication, made his calculations based on publicly available information on NPR’s website.
Some how that doesn’t surprise me. However a bit further down…..
A report by Congress’ research arm, released late last month, could only identify about 4 percent in public funding to NPR. That’s because NPR’s financial structure is so complex and opaque, an aide to Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., told FoxNews.com.
Why such a large gap?
Revenues for the local NPR affiliates stem from a number of sources, including 5.8 percent from federal, state and local governments, 13.6 percent from universities, and 10.1 percent from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, or CPB.
But Browning noted that the federal government provides 99 percent of CPB’s funding and asserted that more than 10 percent of the university funding is fueled by tax dollars based on the assumption that three out of four university-supported stations are publicly funded.
That adds up to 25 percent of taxpayer money for the NPR member stations.
The article goes on about how individual contributions are tax-deductible, thus subisidized. and in the end, PBS and some extent NPR are funded by the government some 41%
PBS and NPR does provide a service
- by providing broadcast radio and television services in to areas where there might be none.
- In times of national emergency, having infrastructure there to communicate with the public is important.
- Provides a platform for new talent, (on and off camera) to hone their skills before being trust into the harsh world of commercial broadcasting.
In the Sioux Falls area PBS has three, on the air HD television channels. Part of being able to hold on to their license is being able to send out information about weather related emergencies and PBS does the bare minimum by running a crawl, meanwhile other stations, opt to dump commercials ($$$), network programing, and whatever else might be on the air and go wall to wall with weather coverage. They do a much better job of informing the public than PBS does. In times of crisis do you turn on your television/radio or your computer?
Should NPR and PBS be defunded? Maybe not 100% maybe some of their operations need to be scaled back. What should congress do? What should our legislature do? Discussion?