Folkenflik allowed for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to say NPR doesn't need federal funds, but that's not an evaluation of NPR's professionalism. It implies Republicans are indifferent to a liberal political slant.
Most Republicans do want to focus simply on how NPR is an unnecessary federal expenditure because it's truer today than ever. In response, public broadcasters predictably cry that rural stations will shut down -- as if NPR really cares about those people they consider uneducated, less-than-Christian, gun-toting hayseeds.
Anyone who looks at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant budget knows the government offers scads of money to multiple NPR and PBS stations in urban areas. In the Baltimore-Washington TV market, there are three stations -- why three? -- that took almost $7.5 million in "community service grants" in 2009. The $4 million-plus given to D.C. superstation WETA is more money than TV stations receive in 19 states.
The public radio situation has even more pots in the fire, with three D.C. stations -- why three? -- and four Baltimore stations -- why four? -- taking another $2.2 million in 2009. If poor rural stations were so precious to CPB, couldn't they limit themselves to one station per market?
And why is allegedly suffering NPR building a 330,000-square foot headquarters in downtown D.C. right now, complete with roof terraces, a fitness center and a theater for live performances?
But NPR is also in denial about how evolving technology has ruined the argument of "scarcity" of news. Take NPR anchor Michele Norris asserting on Sunday's "Meet the Press" that if Republicans defunded the CPB, people in small towns in Indiana would no longer have news.
"These are small stations where people don't necessarily have access to news because a lot of the news stations and radio have fallen away. Take the state of Indiana. We just heard from Gov. Daniels. If public broadcasting went away, there are people in small towns, small stations, that would not have access to news."
Apparently, people in small-town Indiana don't have television, cable, satellite, newspapers or access to the Internet. Everyone's on a starvation media diet of nothing but NPR.
These are about the most insulated and arrogant elitists anywhere. No wonder George Soros likes them. Fine. Take his money. Do his bidding. Leave the taxpayer alone.