Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) are joining forces in an effort to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The CPB is the nonprofit “steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting whose funded programs are distributed through National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).” The organization is requesting a hefty $445 million advance for the year 2015. The two congressmen have prepared letters, addressed to the heads of the appropriation committees, which state that defunding CPB “should be one of the easiest decisions to make.” Finding things to cut, as the US is burdened with $15 trillion in debt, should not be difficult.
“CPB’s requested appropriation represents no reduction from its prior year appropriation level,” the letter declares. “While so many Americans are making sacrifices around the country to make ends meet, CPB appears unwilling to do the same.”
According to the two congressmen, the CPB’s taxpayer funded budget is out of control and has increased by almost 31% over the past decade. They also point out that between 2001 and 2012 CPB’s funding took a leap from $340 million to $441.1 million. Both men have long advocated for ending the taxpayer funding of public broadcasting. For instance, last March, Lamborn attempted to defund NPR by introducing a bill that passed 228-192 in the House, but stalled in the Senate. Similarly, Sen. DeMint, working in collaboration with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), introduced a bill that would have defunded CPB.
Examples, from the Media Research Center, of the “obnoxiously biased” programing from PBS and NPR:
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1. PBS host Tavis Smiley insists America has a terrible Christian terrorist problem. In 2010, he told an author that Christians blow up people “every day” in the United States.
2. The narrator of a PBS series on Africa praises Moammar Qaddafi. In his 1986 series The Africans, Muslim professor/activist Ali Mazrui insisted Qaddafi offered “supreme ideals” to make Africans and Arabs “masters of their own destinies” against the West.
3. NPR reporter Nina Totenberg wishes Jesse Helms death from AIDS. When Helms insisted in 1995 that AIDS drew a disproportionate amount of federal funding, Totenberg was disproportionately mean-spirited.
4. PBS regular Julianne Malveaux hopes Clarence Thomas dies young of heart disease. On the talk show To the Contrary in 1994, panelist Malveaux proclaimed, “I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease.”
5. NPR’s foreign editor vows to “smoke out” American troop locations in Afghanistan. Weeks after 9/11, Loren Jenkins told the Chicago Tribune he had no desire to aid a lying Pentagon. He represented “history.”
Funding the CPB is no longer necessary, according to DeMint and Lamborn, because the organization does not need the money:
“According to its most recently available tax filings, Director and President Paula Kerger received $603,403 in reportable compensation in 2010.”
And, former NPR CEO, Vivian Schiller, received $479,011 in compensation following her resignation after firing Juan Williams last year.
“Certainly, thriving media entities that can afford to pay their executives such generous salaries should not be asking taxpayers to subsidize them.”