National Public Radio is in the cross hairs for elimination by a right leaning Republican House of Representatives. As a rule the two polar sides in Washington, and across the country, find any story that disagrees with them as wrong or "liberal".
NPR has been rated as the most balanced news service by independent researchers using scientific methods ranging from topics, to language to time sent on each side of an issue, followed by ABC and NBC. Fox is far to the right in these non--bias ratings, with MSNBC far to the left, CNN leaning slightly left, and NBC and CBS leaning to the right politically.
NPR CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned effective immediately on the heels of continued controversy at NPR. The release yesterday of a video showing vice president for development Ron Schiller harshly criticizing the Tea Party and saying that NPR would be better off without federal funding has strengthened calls on Capitol Hill for elimination of such funding.
Does NPR itself need Federal Funds. Probably not. But the stations across the country who carry NPR programming face major layoff or going of the air entirely without the help.
If NPR is cut, the US is the only industrialized country in the world not to support some form of non-commercial radio for its citizens.
There are no other easy sources for the revenue stations need. Nevada Public Radio would lose $400,000, KCRW in Santa Monica over a million and New York Public Radio over three million dollars used to run multiple stations and services in each location.
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