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An attempt by House Republicans to cut federal funding to National Public Radio was blocked Thursday by Democrats.

The defunding measure failed 239 to 171, with only three Democrats joining a united GOP faction, The New York Times reported.

The push was part of the Republicans' "YouCut" initiative, which lets voters pick what spending cuts they would like to see debated on the House floor.

Many Republicans called for an end to government funding of NPR after the network fired commentator Juan Williams last month over comments he made about Muslims.

After Thursday's vote, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who is set to become majority leader, referenced the Williams incident, The Huffington Post reported.

"To be clear, it is not the government's job to tell a news organization how to do its job," Cantor said. "But what's equally certain is it should not be the taxpayers' responsibility to fund news organizations with a partisan point of view."

NPR officials released a statement praising Thursday's vote, saying "good judgment prevailed."

"In an increasingly fractious media environment, public radio's value in fostering an informed society has never been more critical," the statement said. "Our growing audience shows that we are meeting that need. It is imperative for federal funding to continue to ensure that this essential tool of democracy remains available to all Americans and thrives well into the future."

According to an earlier New York Times story:

"NPR gets no direct money from the federal government for its $161.8 million annual budget. It does receive some dedicated grants from Corporation for Public Broadcasting for projects like covering the country's economic crisis; in fiscal years 2009 and 2010 combined, those grants totaled just over $5.2 million. NPR also gets occasional grants from from sources financed by the federal government. In all, NPR said those grants accounted for 1 to 2 percent of its income on average."
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NPR (Not Particularly Republican) as it has been called by many for years. I don't think the government should be funding any radio, TV or newspapers - its not the government's job!

November 19 2010 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am a Libertarian, and have major problems with Republicans and Democrats. NPR is politically biased to the left...NO DOUBT. They were even busted a few years back for making huge political campaign donations to the DNC. Is there anything else you need in the way of proof? FOX news has their shreiking voices, as does AIR America. But NPR should be the place where we can get both sides, as well as the 3rd or 4th side. Sorry but no it doesn't happen at NPR. They have betrayed the trust.

November 19 2010 at 2:23 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I am a political moderate and I find that NPR is most certainly a left leaning media outlet. They are clever in how they word their coverage and in how the interviewers "lead" the people they interview, making their coverage both insidious and underhanded. NPR should be retired from the air as they have become partisan to the point that taxpayers should NOT be funding them in any way. Even their name is now an embarrassment. Mark G. Comerford Denver, Colorado

November 19 2010 at 12:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
John Potterf

Let NPR run enough commercials to off set the loss of government funding

November 19 2010 at 11:31 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

First, I'm not a liberal or a conservative, I'm an INDEPENDANT. I like to hear and see what both sides have to say and hopefully produce. NPR provides that, unfortunatly many conservatives seem to take exeption to the fact that thier policies seem to be hurting the country. Not that the liberals aren't they are doing a bang up job of sinking us also. However, conservatives seem to have many more howling voices than the liberals do and if anything remotely liberal is being sound the conservatives pounce like jackals. BOTH parties need to clean house and trend toward the middle ,the wealthy and corperations are not spending and social programs are being exploited. Truth tends to hurt so those who are making a lot of noise usually felt the bite of truth. Keep up the good work NPR.

November 19 2010 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to procompdynamics's comment

The problem with BOTH parties is that they are way too far to the left. Can anyone name a current Republican that is more conservative than JFK? Ok, Ron Paul. Who else?

November 19 2010 at 10:42 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Well the US is offering 20 F-35 fighter jets worth $3 billion to Israel if they promise to stop building new settlements. Lets see, 5 million for something Americans use is cited as an egregious waste of taxpayer money, but a 3 billion bribe to a foreign power is OK? Yeah, no political bias there!

November 19 2010 at 9:43 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Paul MacLeod

if it's only 1-2 % of their income that is provided by federal money why do they have their panties in a wad, it's obvious they are a left wing organization and that is repugnate to many americans..and certainly not main stream america.. they said they have a large and growing audience .. I think this is bogus.. no one I know listen to their broadcasting, and on one I know wants to support it even with a little of their tax dollars.. so once again the democrats are barking up the wrong tree and contine to exhibit their total lack of " getting it"

November 19 2010 at 9:02 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

The country is broke and NPR can find private funding for its broadcasts. It should not come from the taxpayers. Especially, when it is increasingly becoming a liberal mouthpiece and does not reflect the country as a whole. The agenda the NPR promotes should be enough to get its base to contribute and keep it on the air.

November 19 2010 at 8:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Democrats are good at preaching when it comes to the rights of people only when it's convenient for them .Their associates, A.C.L,U and company don't seem too eager to jump on this one. How so amazing ! Can any of you leftists even begin to see the hypocrisy in this ?

November 19 2010 at 7:55 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

For those of you who think that NPR is worthless or leftist, go and take a journalism course and educate yourselves. In a world of instant and irrational judgements, NPR stands alone in its integrity and analytical approach to todays issues and stories. Not to mention it is the most educational programing on the air today. But some people are afraid to educate the masses and fill them with Fox news dribble and untruths instead that by the way are terribly fact checked. And on another front, public radio in this country receives less money from the government that any other public radio system on Earth. Check those facts...educate yourself...

November 19 2010 at 7:48 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Paul MacLeod

MIke...... you sir are a shill and not a very good one at that... no one is buying what you are selling. the fact that they recieve less money than any public radio station on earth is even more reason to cut them off... let them make it on their own..taking a journalism course will not support your rantings that NPR is not a leftist organization.. it most certainly is by their own admission.. ask Juan a far more reliable source than your spittle. and by the way I don't see that folks are comparing NPR to Fox or CNN or any other cable news.. the folks of this country have choices.. they can view and listen to a wide variety of channels from both sides of the isle.. there is no need for taxpayers to support even a small amount a left leaning station ... ever. now I have news for you,, you are the one who needs educating.. now get to it.. report back when you have it right and quit trying to sell your marxists views and illogical conclusions... journalism course my ass

November 19 2010 at 9:10 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Mike - I have a journalism degree and 15+ years in the business. NPR fails on all counts when it comes to objectivity.

January 07 2011 at 2:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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