Debra J. Saunders

Lamborn believes that if Congress eliminates CPB funding -- the Senate just voted down a House bill that included the CPB cut -- then stations may have to change their business model, but "they still have every opportunity to continue on in the private sector and prosper, and I believe they would."

If they want to save a few bucks, public broadcasting execs might want to look at top salaries. According to the Washington Post, NPR President Vivian Schiller's salary was $450,000 last year -- plus a $112,500 bonus. PBS President Paula Kerger's compensation exceeded $630,000 in 2009. When you think about those poor rural stations scrimping on federal crumbs, those tony salaries almost make you want to cry.

Now it turns out, even some NPR biggies don't think the broadcaster should get federal funds.

Now, I am no fan of the smarmy tactics of conservative prankster James O'Keefe, the guy who pretended he was a pimp in order to discredit ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. If I ever shake his hand by mistake, I'll wash it right away.

But just as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has to live with comments he made on the phone to a left-leaning liar, NPR now has to live with O'Keefe's tapes. While trying to land a $5 million donation from the fictitious Muslim Education Action Center Trust, now-former NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller (no relation to the president) said NPR would be " in the long run ... better off without federal funding."

He also said, "In my personal opinion, liberals today might be more educated, fair and balanced than conservatives." I am sure he meant that, too.

Lamborn tells me that the O'Keefe videos increase the likelihood that Washington will cut the CPB cord because the videos show "the disarray at NPR."

That may be a polite way of saying that the tapes make NPR execs look like complete frauds -- the same way they looked when they very publicly fired Juan Williams. Vivian Schiller said the move had nothing to do with Williams' regular appearances on the right-leaning Fox News. Apparently, she believes the American public is stupid. Could that be because, until very recently, the American public very generously subsidized her perch?

Debra J. Saunders

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