My colleague Rick has done a good job covering yesterday’s explosive revelations of bigotry, racism, and hatred nested within NPR’s elitist senior management. This has blown up into a very embarassing encore of the outrageous claim, made by the Washington Post some twenty-odd years ago, that evangelical Christians were “poorly educated and easily led.” NPR will pay dearly for this, as they well should.
But there was an even bigger revelation in these tapes. When discussing the complications associated with a government-funded non-profit accepting private funding, NPR exec Ron Schiller stated, “Well frankly, it is clear that we
would be better off in the long-run without federal funding. The challenge right now is that if we lost it all together we would
have a lot of stations go dark.”
When pressed further on the issue, particularly with respect to what would happen if the current Republican calls to severely limit or eliminate NPR’s federal funding actually went into effect, Schiller replied, “Yes, NPR would definitely survive and most of the stations would survive.”
So there you have it. By their own admission, NPR would be able to raise enough funding through corporate sponsorships and gifts from private endowments and member support to continue broadcasting. As with Planned Parenthood and many other partisan, agenda-driven organizations that continue sucking at the government teat via non-profit corporate organization, NPR really doesn’t need Federal funding. It’s just nice to get a free infusion of cash every year, without having to invest the time and effort required for private fund raising.
Expect to hear Republicans use this quote often in the next few months, as the Washington DC budget battles continue. And if you are serious about seeing the government get back in control of its spending, do your part by making sure as many of you friends as possible see the entire disturbing series of undercover interviews with NPR execs Ron Schiller and Betsy Liley, and that they understand that NPR’s own people are confident that the network will survive without your tax dollars in their pockets.
(While we’re on the subject of elitist liberals really being clueless bigots, you might also enjoy Joe Carter’s great take-down of Atlantic writer Nicole Allen, after she confessed last June to “being caught off guard” by Mike Huckabee’s “intellectual competence” because Huckabee is an evangelical Christian from Arkansas.)