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Cut the Corporation for Public Broadcasting because of federal debt?

March 9, 2011


” NPR receives about 2 percent of its budget each year from the federally funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting and federal agencies — but public radio stations that purchase NPR’s programming receive more federal dollars and send some of that money back to NPR in fees. In fiscal 2008, for example, grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting accounted for about 10 percent of public radio stations’ revenue. The stations got about 6 percent of their revenue from other federal, state and local government sources.”  (source:, “public radio finances”)

Pardon the blurriness, but this chart is from NPR’s internal financial reporting for fiscal year 2008 and shows that about 10% of NPR’s revenues come from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

“The House continuing resolution, which passed the lower chamber on Feb. 25, cuts funding by $86 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, only a portion of which goes to NPR. And polls have shown that the public supports sending taxpayer money NPR’s way.” (from the Huffington Post, March 7, 2011)

Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell weighs in on the topic:

But the real money in the entitlements, it’s Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid. And unless we do something about those, you can’t balance the budget. You can’t fix the deficit or the national debt by killing NPR or National Endowment for the Humanities or the Arts. Nice political chatter, but that doesn’t do it.

… in closing, this truly insightful thought, a comment on a Frum Forum post:

The argument I keep hearing is something along the lines of “well . . . its a start”, but I don’t buy that. It isn’t a start . . . its a stall. If I make $1,000 a month, and I have a $700 mortgage, a $450 car payment, and spend $0.50 on bubble gum, cutting out the bubble gum isn’t addressing the problem…

source: Frum Forum article “Powell: Cutting NPR Funding Won’t Fix the Deficit”, originally posted on Jan 24, 2011 with commentary by reader “busboy33 at timemarker Jan 24, 2011 at 9:42 am

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