NPR Defunded By The House
March 18, 2011 at 3:13 AM (PT)
The House Of Representatives has voted largely along party lines to support H.R. 1076, which will "prohibit Federal funding of National Public Radio and the use of Federal funds to acquire radio content."
The bill passed by a 228-192 vote, with one lawmaker voting "present." No Democrats voted for it. Only 7 Republicans voted against the measure.
The vote is largely symbolic however, as the resolution is unlikely to pass in the Senate or be signed by President OBAMA.
The WHITE HOUSE released a statement strongly opposing the bill but did not issue a veto threat, writing "Undercutting funding for these radio stations, notably ones in rural areas where such outlets are already scarce, would result in communities losing valuable programming, and some stations could be forced to shut down altogether."
"At a time when other news organizations are cutting back and the voices of pundits are drowning out fact-based reporting and thoughtful analysis, NPR and public radio stations are delivering in-depth news and information respectfully and with civility. It would be a tragedy for AMERICA to lose this national treasure," said JOYCE SLOCUM, NPR's Interim CEO.
The legislation can be viewed here.
Another O'Keefe Video
The vote came on the same day as conservative activist JAMES O'KEEFE's latest video expose of NPR was released, purporting to reveal in a conversation between a phony Muslim donor and NPR Senior Director of Institutional Giving BETSY LILEY that billionaire supporter of liberal and DEMOCRATIC PARTY causes GEORGE SOROS donated to NPR before his OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATION gave $1.8 million in a publicly disclosed donation last year. The network has responded that SOROS' gifts were disclosed to the IRS, as did SOROS' group, and that press releases were issued for the donations at least as far back as 2000.