Friday, March 18, 2011

The Government has No Business being in the News Business

  1. The vast majority of NPR's budget comes from donations, both from individuals and corporations.
  2. Those donors should be unhappy about any attempt to influence the content produced.  It's your station - much more so than Fox News or CNN.
  3. Since a small sliver of funding comes from the taxpayer, the government has repeatedly pressured CPB/NPR about its content, and has arguably succeeded in biasing that content over the years.
  4. The current debate is a clear sign of exactly that influence.
  5. The best way to eliminate that influence is to get rid of all government subsidies.  Cut the strings, cut the influence.  If you listen to NPR, you can afford to make this problem go away for good.

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