Coburn, DeMint Introduce Bill to Defund NPR, PBS

Coburn, DeMint Introduce Bill to Defund NPR, PBS

By Doug Powers  •  March 5, 2011 10:21 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Quick note: Apologies for the slow posting the past couple of days. I’m “on the road” and haven’t gotten in as much time for a little writing as I originally hoped — which is merely an admission that I’ve failed miserably at the art of simultaneously blogging while playing blackjack.

The Republican vendetta against Elmo stampedes onward, so cue the cartoon aardvark human shields one more time:

Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill Friday to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which doles out federal funds to radio and television stations.

DeMint said it “should be an easy decision” to halt taxpayer money for public broadcasting while the nation is “on the edge of bankruptcy.”

He pointed out that the bipartisan debt commission convened by President Obama suggested ending the subsidies.

The pair focused on NPR and PBS, two major recipients of public media dollars — particularly on the salaries of media execs at both outlets, including the nearly $1 million a “Sesame Street” president takes home each year.

An additional tidbit from CNS News:

DeMint and Coburn also noted that in 2010, NPR accepted a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Foundation, backed by liberal financier George Soros, to hire 100 reporters. Additionally, NPR has an endowment of over $200 million, they said in a news release.

Imagine the outrageous outrage if Republicans were fighting for public funding for a radio network supported in part by Roger Ailes.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

**Written by Doug Powers

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