NPR, Congressman Trade Barbs Over Defunding Proposal
January 12, 2011 at 4:05 AM (PT)
Rep. DOUG LAMBORN's (R-CO) proposal to pull federal funding for NPR drew a response from the network and counterargument from LAMBORN TUESDAY (1/12).
In an e-mail to THE HILL, NPR responded to LAMBORN's proposal of two defunding bills by calling the legislation "an intrusion into the programming decision-making of AMERICA's public radio stations. His legislation will disrupt and weaken the free and universal public media system that serves 170 million Americans each month ... It seems ironic that Congressman LAMBORN who seeks to withdraw federal support for public radio, wants federal legislators in turn to assert control over how local public radio stations can make use of programming funds. This legislation would ultimately dictate the daily editorial schedules and news programs of nearly one thousand public radio stations across AMERICA."
LAMBORN responded in an e-mail to the DAILY CALLER, saying, "Within NPR, some bizarrely claim that my efforts are aimed at controlling and influencing the editorial content of NPR. Nothing could be further from the truth. I believe removing federal funding from NPR would give the news organization greater, not less, editorial freedom than they currently enjoy."