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Published: 03/16/11

House to Consider Bill to Defund National Public Radio

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
House to Consider Bill to Defund National Public Radio

The House is set to take up a measure that would eliminate federal funding for National Public Radio, which has been tarnished recently by bad publicity and resignations. The bill by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) was considered by the House Rules Committee Wednesday. The Hill wesbsite quoted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) office as saying the GOP-controlled chamber would vote on the Lamborn bill on Thursday. "This is an exciting and significant step forward in the ongoing effort to protect taxpayer dollars from supporting programs that are fully capable of standing on their own....

Published: 03/9/11

NPR's Schiller & Schiller: Many Political Missteps on the Road to Resigning

By  Jill Lawrence - Politics Daily
NPR's Schiller & Schiller: Many Political Missteps on the Road to Resigning

In retrospect it seems inevitable. Take a hostile political environment, a red-hot spotlight and relatively inexperienced leadership, mix well, and you get tumult at NPR. Political naivete and tin ears are the threads running through the saga of Vivian Schiller, forced out as NPR's CEO on Wednesday, and Ron Schiller, no relation, who quit as NPR's top fundraiser on Tuesday. Vivian Schiller is widely credited for dramatic improvements in NPR's web presence and mobile applications, and she is a strong defender of NPR's journalism. But there's no ignoring the multiple embarrassments that are...

Published: 03/9/11

NPR CEO Vivian Schiller's Ouster May Be Last Straw for Taxpayer Funding

By  Andrea Stone - AOL News
NPR CEO Vivian Schiller's Ouster May Be Last Straw for Taxpayer Funding

WASHINGTON -- Republicans set on eliminating taxpayer funding of public broadcasting would be hard-pressed to write a better script than the recent comedy of errors that reached a dramatic climax today with NPR CEO Vivian Schiller's resignation. The public radio network survived efforts by conservative lawmakers in 1995 and 2005 to cut funding for what they have charged is an elitist mouthpiece for the left. But in the wake of a video sting by a right-wing provocateur that fit perfectly into that image, and in the midst of a debate on Capitol Hill to shrink the federal deficit, NPR's future...

Published: 02/14/11

A Fan's Case for Ending Federal Support to Public Radio and Public TV

By  Jill Lawrence - Politics Daily
A Fan's Case for Ending Federal Support to Public Radio and Public TV

At $430 million, public broadcasting is a tiny part of the $3.8 trillion federal budget. Still, it's time to end its role as a political football and a symbol of what government shouldn't be doing. It's time to find another way to help public broadcasting thrive. I say that as a huge fan. No one could love PBS and NPR more than I do. I'm a monthly contributor to local stations in my area and just last weekend I bought NPR's map pinpointing affiliated stations all over the country. My husband and I have "driveway moments" all the time, unable to leave the car until a story ends. One of them...

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