NPR may finally lose its public funding

 April 22, 2024

It appears that National Public Radio (NPR) is in jeopardy of losing its public funding. 

The Washington Examiner reports that "multiple pieces of legislation" have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to do just that - defund NPR.

This comes as the outlet is being accused of essentially being the propaganda arm of the Democratic Party.

It, of course, is not the first time that NPR has faced such a claim, and it is not the first time that the outlet has faced calls for it to be defunded. But, this time, things are looking fairly serious.

What's going on?

This latest call for NPR to be defunded comes after a recent editorial from Uri Berliner. Berliner was a longtime editor for NPR, but he has recently decided to move on. He, however, decided to go out with a bang, exposing the bias at NPR, and this is what has set off the latest attempt to defund NPR.

"Berliner penned a piece in the Free Press that criticized NPR’s coverage of Russiagate, the COVID lab leak theory, Hunter Biden’s scandalous laptop, embrace of the theory of systemic racism, and accused the organization of downplaying antisemitism following Oct. 7," Fox News reports.

Fox continues, "Berliner also wrote that registration records in 2021 showed an astonishing disparity between Democrats and Republicans in the NPR newsroom in Washington, D.C., and that staffers were out to hurt the presidency of Donald Trump."

In addition to all of this, Berliner also went after NPR President and CEO Katherine Maher for her far-left bias. Berliner even accused Maher of disparaging him.

The legislation to defund NPR

According to the Examiner, multiple bills have been introduced to defund NPR.

Per the outlet, "House Freedom Caucus Chair Bob Good (R-VA), Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), and Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY), introduced similar legislation to prohibit federal funding for NPR, including barring local public radio stations from utilizing money from federal grants to 'purchase content or pay dues to NPR.'"

All three individuals have released statements on the matter. The most hard-hitting one has come from Banks.

He went after Maher, saying:

NPR’s new CEO is a radical, left-wing activist who doesn’t believe in free speech or objective journalism. Hoosiers shouldn’t be writing her paychecks. Katherine Maher isn’t qualified to teach an introductory journalism class, much less capable of responsibly spending millions of American tax dollars . . . It’s time to pull the plug on this national embarrassment.

At the time of this writing, it is unclear how much support there is in Congress to defund NPR.

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