NPR, the mouthpiece for all liberal causes, is now going the way of Greece. The taxpayer-supported network has a deficit that has reached $2.6 million, and there is concern that it may not survive. NPR president Gary Knell said: “NPR has been withdrawing from the bank and we can’t keep doing that. We have to be at break-even or be in a positive position on an annual basis, or I can tell you at some point we’re going to have to turn the lights off.” Among items for consideration is the possible axing of its show “Tell Me More,” a show aimed at African Americans and other minorities.
The annual salaries of some of NPR’s “stars” don’t look as if they reflect a failing network: Robert Siegel makes $341,992, Rene Montage $328,309, Steve Inskeep $320,950, Scott Simon $311,958, and Michelle Norris $279,900.
NPR has been bailed out before; it had a deficit of $7 million in 1983. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting lent it the money to continue.
Its liberal bias is blatant, evidenced when its former senior vice-president of development, Ronald Schiller, was exposed saying that the Tea Party was scary: “not just Islamaphobic, but really xenophobic, I mean basically they are, they believe in sort of white, middle-America gun-toting. I mean, it’s scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people.” Schiller then asserted, “It is very clear that in the long run we would be better off without federal funding.” After Schiller was fired, possibly more for the fact that he had risked losing federal money rather than his liberal sentiments, his successor Vivian Schiller (no relation) quickly reset the clock, telling the National Press that while federal funding was only about 10 percent of NPR’s budget, it was essential.
How long before the taxpayers are fleeced again for this nonsense?