Watercooler – DeMint Wants To De-Fund NPR
Here’s another moment of blatant political opportunism, brought to us by the junior Senator from South Carolina:
Sen. Jim DeMint, the conservative and increasingly powerful Republican senator from South Carolina, introduced a bill Friday to strip federal funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in the wake of National Public Radio’s decision to fire Juan Williams for comments about Muslims that he made on Fox News earlier this week…
… NPR does not receive direct federal funding for its operations, but it does benefit from allocations for programming from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the quasi-governmental agency that receives a federal appropriation from Congress — $430 million in 2010. In addition to direct outlays for programming, the CPB also allocates funds to public radio and television stations, which then send significant programming dues to NPR and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
What’s on your mind tonight?