NPR: If its audience is so much smarter, they can find their own way to keep it on the air.

NPR can go the way of AirAmerica unless their so much smarter audience can keep it afloat. And they need to be worried about defunding because that should be and might be at the top of Congress’ hit list.

After the firing of Juan Williams, a couple of weeks ago, because of statements he made that he felt uncomfortable when he saw people dressed in “Muslim garb,”  there have been loud calls for the defunding of NPR from the public and from Congressional members. NPR CEO Vivian Schiller said  “If defunding to public broadcasting were to occur, it would be devastating to public broadcasting. That’s a fact.”

While NPR headquarters only receives about 1 percent of funding from tax dollars, member stations receive about 9 percent of their funding from tax dollars, Schiller said. She said that the 9 percent NPR member stations receive from taxpayer dollars is essential for them to stay on the air.

“For small stations, and even for large stations, that’s a big chunk of their revenue,” she said. “It’s been a critical part of keeping those stations vibrant and, so, we take these calls for defunding very, very seriously.”

Then Schiller goes on to praise her smarter-than-the -average-redneck-hayseed-Fox-News audience member:

Schiller criticized cable news during the forum for what she sees as its partisan nature. [Let me renind the reader of this ‘non-partisan’ cartoon that was featured on NPR a while back.] She also praised NPR’s audience as more intelligent than other media audiences, citing the comment section of a one-year old story about the Colorado boy who was suspected to have flown himself up in a balloon back in October 2009 on its website as evidence.

Two of the posters to NPRs balloon boy blog (I love alliteration) calculated the weight. air speed, gravitational pull and lift (okay, not all that but close) required to get this balloon off the ground with a small child on board and they contradicted each other. But they did it in a polite and civil fashion, unlike posters on other blogs who do nothing but “yell at each other.”

But let me tell you, I went to it’s blog regarding the firing of Juan Williams and I posted on it. There were many  people there who were less than polite to each other over this topic. And there was some “yelling” between those who commented.
Schiller wants to paint her audience as more intelligent and elite. If that’s the case then they are intelligent enough to find the funding to keep it on the air without the need of our tax dollars.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/11/08/npr-chief-denounces-defunding-calls-in-speech-on-future-of-journalism/#ixzz14lORHa39

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6 responses to “NPR: If its audience is so much smarter, they can find their own way to keep it on the air.

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  • AFVET

    Great Post.
    I am intelligent, and continue to listen to NPR.
    I don.t contribute to the three local stations because there are many foundations that do.
    If you listen to them, they will tell you that they have many contributors to the effort of the liberal cause that they promote.
    At this point, I enjoy visiting the enemies camp.
    Soros just gave them big money to hire more reporters.
    One local station is under 20 grand and can’t continue much longer, so they say.
    My guess is that they will still be on the air until the people wise up and realize the effort to coerce the lemmings that donate to these stations are giving their money to an organization that is determined to eliminate the common sense of the people.
    Ask the people that are infected with NPR, PBS, and MSNBC if they ever spent any time looking or listening to FOX News, or conservative talk radio.

    Most of them will tell you no.

    • roxannadanna

      I listen to NPR too and I used to watch PBS.

      I loved Frontline and years ago they did a program that debunked ADD and ADHD, linking their charitable organization with Ciba-Geigy – the makers of Ritalin. CHADD (Children and Adults with Hyperactivity Disorder) was the recipient of over a million dollars from Ciba-Geigy. The PBS allegation was that this is a drug maker that has created a disorder to make money on. I happen to agree with that. And if I recall right, this show was done on the heels of the Columbine massacre. You can connect the dots there.

      If you had the time to watch the video that I posted last night from the National Inflation Association, they mention this same thing – creating a disorder, in this case “healthy eating disorder” – to provide a market for their drugs. Now you’re mentally ill if you want to eat healthy foods when before we weren’t smart enough to know what we should eat so we needed Michelle Obama to tell us what was healthy for us.

      This is a thing I really get on a soap box about.

      We have a society that is convinced (by advertising) that we need a drug for everything. If you’re shy (which used to be a charming character trait) you now need a drug for social anxiety disorder. We aren’t clean enough so you can now buy no soap that’s not antibacterial and in the process of its OVER USE, we have created monster bacteria that is resistant to almost all of our current antibiotics.

      Try to find soaps that aren’t antibacterial – it’s almost impossible.

      Rant off topic over. LOL

      And I like that you are keeping an eye on the enemy camp, Ron! Good on ya!

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