Rich Galen

"Well frankly," he said, "it is clear that we would be better off in the long-run without federal funding. The challenge right now is that if we lost it all together we would have a lot of stations go dark."

Problem is … you can't think Schiller is an ass for saying what he said about the Tea Party and then think he is a genius for saying what he said about federal funding.

Schiller's opinion of Tea Partiers is not so different from what many of the GOP in the U.S. House (and probably all of the Republican freshmen) believe to be the standard coffee cup opinion of most NPR staffers.

I have no idea if that is true, but I would bet whatever is in my wallet that is the prevailing view of most.

I know, like, and respect a significant number of reporters and executives at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Public Radio, and the Public Broadcasting Service. As I wrote at the top of this column, I want to be in favor of some level of public support.

But, they are making it awfully hard to stay in love. You are free to disagree.

On the Secret Decoder Ring today: Links to Sesame Street, Auburn University, and the Christian Science Monitor piece on Schiller. Also a Mullfoto which validates my double-glasses issue of a couple of weeks ago and a Catchy Caption of the Day.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at