Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The NPR Shell Game With Tax Payer Money

Updated on 6/20/11 to reflect fiscal year 2009 data

NPR is still reeling in the aftermath of their utterly unjustified and totally hypocritical firing of Juan Williams. Senator Jim DeMint has promised to introduce legislation calling for an end to taxpayer funding of NPR. Predictably, NPR is not entirely honest in admitting their taxpayer funding.

Expect a delay before this video starts.
NPR CEO Vivian Schiller
dancing around taxpayer funding:

Click here to exhaustively expose the shell game NPR plays in what could be described as a money laundering scheme involving CPB.

Technical Note: The above embedded video clip is the same clip presented in the above link. In the above link, the embedded video clip may not function properly (might not start). To get around this, right click over the video, then click on “Play/Pause”.

Here’s my abbreviated version
describing the NPR shell game:

First, note that CPB is entirely funded by money stolen from the taxpayers.

Money stolen from taxpayers flows to CPB, then to the NPR affiliate stations and then to NPR. Over the last 5 years, 40% of NPR revenues came from “Station Programming Fees” provided by their affiliate stations. Now, let’s examine where these affiliate stations get their money.

From NPR’s own web site
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Click the image to view the source

These are the sources of the 30.7% of NPR radio station funds stolen from taxpayers in fiscal year 2009:

1) 5.8% directly from federal, state, and local governments.

2) 10.6% from CPB (which gets all it’s funding from taxpayers)

3) 14.3% from Universities - These are universities which host NPR member stations and pay a licensing fee to NPR. You can bet your life that these are all state universities and that the funding for their NPR radio stations comes exclusively from the taxpayers.

That brings us to 30.7% of NPR radio station funding stolen from taxpayers. Of course, one can only wonder what portion of the 6.6% listed as “Other” was also stolen from taxpayers.

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