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Friday, March 18, 2011

This Just In: The U.S. House of Representatives Hates NPR

Posted By on Fri, Mar 18, 2011 at 2:01 PM


National Public Radio is good. Very good. They entertain us with such shows as This American Life, inform us with Morning Edition, and drop some musical knowledge on All Songs Considered. But the United States House of Representatives doesn't feel the same way: today it voted to cut off government funding for the non-profit radio organization.

According to Billboard, House Democrats have accused the Republicans of targeting NPR because of its "liberal bias," which was compounded by the station's firing of Juan Williams over some foul remarks made about Muslims (outrageous!) and an off-the-record video of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller criticizing the Tea Party Movement (gasp!).

Thankfully, the bill still has to pass through the Senate and the President's desk, and both the Senate and the President oppose the bill. And truth be told, this won't make much of a dent in NPR's operations: government funding is only about 2% of its annual revenue. Still, it's a pretty shitty gesture towards a news organization that does its job much better than most. Have you turned on CNN lately?

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