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Stinging NPR

Recorded on March 10, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

When other countries provide broadcasting, we call it propaganda. When our government provides broadcasting, we call it NPR—National Public Radio.

NPR got stung when their chief fundraiser was caught on video denouncing the Tea Party as racist, fanatic, weird and xenophobic. NPR's president had to resign. But the big question is whether our tax dollars will keep subsidizing NPR, which has plenty of money from other sources, including liberal billionaire George Soros.

NPR gets taxpayer money through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which likewise has tons of money without any government subsidy, and likewise is criticized for leaning to the left. They also get special budget treatment; their taxpayer money is appropriated a year in advance.

In this time of deficits, and with lots of modern media available, it's time to end taxpayer dollars for public broadcasting.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.