Tool of the Week: NPR, America’s Pravda


Empower Wisconsin | Oct. 26, 2020

It’s one thing for privately owned corporate media to be Biden corruption deniers, it’s an entirely different matter when taxpayer-funded public broadcasters refuse to cover the news. 

National Public Radio, of course, doesn’t see the point in reporting on allegations of influence peddling in hostile nations by Hunter Biden and his Democratic presidential candidate dad, Joe Biden, aka, “The Big Guy.” 

“We don’t want to waste our time on stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions,”  NPR Managing Editor Terence Samuels wrote last week on Twitter. Samuels was responding to the public network’s own question: Why haven’t you seen any stories from NPR about the NY Post’s Hunter Biden story? 

The story certainly isn’t a distraction to many of the U.S. taxpayers helping to pay public radio’s bill. 

NPR fancies itself as an “independent,” non-profit media organization, but anyone with a lick of sense knows this government-funded network has long been a liberal dispenser of the big-government agenda. It makes a lot of its money on dues and fees paid by member stations across the country, as well as donations from corporate sponsors. 

NPR claims that less than 1 percent of its annual operating budget comes in the form of taxpayer grants, but its members receive a boatload of money from the publicly funded Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Public radio stations use funding from those grants to “pay NPR and other public radio producers for their programming.” 

“Federal funding is essential to public radio’s service to the American public. Its continuation is critical for both stations and program producers, including NPR,” the media network noted in a 2013 overview of its funding sources. 

If Congress makes no change to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s “authorizing” legislation and fully funds the non-profit’s request, it could rake in more than a half billion dollars to provide grant funds to public TV and radio stations. About $115 million of that money would go to public radio station and programming grants. A big chunk of that money will help fund central collective, where the news is pressed and pureed into a drink easy for liberals to swallow. 

But it’s NPR’s sins of omission that are getting harder for conservatives to accept — and pay for. 

“Your organization is among a whole host of mainstream media outlets that have proven not to be dedicated to reporting unbiased news to the American people. While other outlets do not receive taxpayer funds, NPR does. Because of such willful neglect, NPR should not receive another cent from the taxpayers,” U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) wrote in a scathing letter to NPR president and CEO John Lansing.

A lot of conservatives feel the same way. They see NPR as an American Pravda for a liberal agenda, and they’re not happy about having to pay part of the tab. 

They see the NPR as a tool of the left. We do, too. 

NPR is Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week. 

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