Democrats Reject GOP Proposal to Defund Far Left NPR
The Pelosi House today rejected a Republican proposal to defund the far left National Public Radio.
The proposal failed 239-171.
FOX News reported:
House Democrats on Thursday rejected a GOP proposal to cut federal funding
to National Public Radio, which has been under fire ever since it sacked Juan Williams last month.
The proposal, which was the winning entry this week in YouCut — an anti-government spending program started by House Republicans earlier this year — failed by a vote of 239-171.
NPR praised the outcome, saying “good judgment prevailed as Congress rejected a move to assert government control over the content of news.”
“The proposal to prohibit public radio stations from using CPB grants to purchase NPR programming is an unwarranted attempt to interject federal authority into local station program decision-making,” NPR said, referring to its parent organization, Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
“In an increasingly fractious media environment, public radio’s value in fostering an informed society has never been more critical. Our growing audience shows that we are meeting that need,” NPR said. “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.”
YouCut is an online contest that allows Americans to vote for the items they want slashed from the federal budget. That NPR proposal received 63 percent of the vote, the highest percentage for a proposal since the program began in May.
“When NPR executives made the decision to unfairly terminate Juan Williams and to then disparage him afterward, the bias of their organization was exposed,” House Minority Whip Eric Cantor and Doug Lamborn, who authored a bill this year to defund NPR’s parent company, said in a joint statement Wednesday.