Thursday, March 17, 2011
Overheard on CNN.com: NPR in Republican crosshairs

 

Comment of the day: "During the Second World War, Winston Churchill’s finance minister said Britain should cut arts funding to support the war effort. Churchill’s response: ‘Then what are we fighting for?’ " --allanhowls

 

House to vote on bill that would stop NPR funding

 

The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would bar federal funding for National Public Radio -- a longtime target of conservatives irritated by what they consider the outlet's liberal bias. While the measure was expected to pass the GOP-controlled House, it is believed to have little chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate. Commenters responded in defense of the public broadcasting network.

 

LiberalNewz2 said, “I may not always agree with NPR but they are one of the last bastions of media that isn't beholden to corporate interests and we need to keep it that way.” rescue said, “The only thing NPR is guilty of is being pretentious at times, but a finer news source you will not find in the States.” Tetons101 said, “I believe NPR gives a little sense of community in the smaller towns across this nation. I say keep NPR speaking the truth!”

 

Many were angry about how the secretly taped video of an NPR fundraising executive was “edited.“

 

Mrelia said, “I was surprised to hear about those comments. I watched the edited video and was quite shocked. Then I saw the whole video with all the comments in their original context. Catching someone acting egregiously is one thing, manipulating their words to cause trouble is another.“ MeanOldMan said, ““Those tapes were so taken out of context and chopped up that even Beck commented on it. The remarks about the Tea Party folks was actually the guy quoting Republican sources. “

 

quisp65 said, “All news is edited. It's just liberals who say “OMG it's edited and it fools all the sheep.” BinaryTruth answered, “Untrue. Editing is what legit organizations do to fit content to their allotted time schedule. Doctoring tapes and news is what Republicans like O'Keefe do to lie.”

 

Some questioned why cutting off public funding was a problem. Kate2010 said, “Oh please, run some ads. People will survive without NPR.” Slag said, “They don't want the money. Why do you want to force it on them?”  quisp65 said, “It is a market that can survive on it's own, even its members say it. In a time of limited government fund: to pay for something that is not needed is ridiculous.”

 

But goodidea  said, “Our investment in NPR is incredibly small and the return is enormous.” alleygator said, “These same Republicans who want to strip NPR of its paltry funding recently voted to continue 46 billion in taxpayer subsidies to oil companies that are already drowning in cash. They also voted to continue subsidies to many corporations that are exporting American jobs to foreign countries.”

 

Tina Fey feels Gwyneth Paltrow's pain

 

Tina Fey expressed a moment of empathy for Gwyneth Paltrow: They are both high-powered working moms who sometimes miss their children.  But as Fey said, “talk about being a working mother” and “people eat your face.” Many wrote that neither Fey nor Paltrow had a right to complain.

 

Doonerist said, “They have help, lots of it. Not the same as your average person. And they take enormous amounts of time off. Also not like your average person.” Lynn542 said, “I like Tina Fey, but she chooses to do all this extra stuff, for which she is obscenely overpaid. She could probably just do her TV show and she would be fine. It's not like she's holding down two jobs working at McDonalds and cleaning houses!” DenizenKate said, “While I admire Tina Fey and Gweneth Paltrow as entertainers and working mothers, they both have two things I didn't have when I was raising my son: husbands, and money.”  animaguskatt said, “Both do make mothering easier. Not easy, but easier.” foxy87 said, “Tina's not whining; she's winning. Paltrow, however; definitely whining.”

 

Some were more forgiving. animaguskatt said, “They're just like us, only richer and better looking.” bowlproblems said, “Mo money, mo problems.”

 

Others wrote to express enthusiasm for Fey and her work. TexasBrett said, “Love her!” kazoshay said “Tina Fey is my idea of the perfect woman. even if she is 12 years older than me.” HollyJasHaw said, “ I want Palin to become president just so Fey can revive her on SNL weekly. SNL just isn't the same without ol' Sarah ‘shoot-em up’ Palin.”

 

Dad turns college admissions nightmare into comedy

 

 

It’s almost springtime, and college applications are in the air, or at least in the post. You might think our readers would agree that the process is difficult, for parents as well as for children. But an interview with a parent who wrote a comic memoir about the process brought a charge of “helicopter parenting” from many of our commenters.

 

Erinissuper said, “I have no idea what this guy is talking about. The college admission process is not very difficult. You fill out an application, submit your grades and recommendations, and then hope you make the cut. This myth that applying to college is complex and difficult is ridiculous.“

 

response2cnn said, “A typical example of helicopter parenting. My parents couldn't care less about my grades nor did they encourage sports or attend any of my varsity sports events. I still managed to get into an Ivy League college.”

 

Carlee77 said, “Call me when the dust settles from Choppah Pappa's copter blades.” kaosbear said, “They should put his parents’ names on the diploma as well.” JCizze said, “His kid will drop out after two semesters.”

 

Some had first-hand experience from the college perspective.  Serene1111 said, “The financial aid process can be troublesome for youngsters, no doubt, but I work at a college and some parents take things too far. They call for the kids and impersonate them to get access to their accounts and to do things for them.” VLBElder said, “My husband worked in a college admissions office. The people in the office made fun of the students whose parents came in and did everything for them. Do your kid a favor and let them do it. If you did your job right, they're capable of it.”

 

sigs88 agreed. “If your child cannot figure the process out on their own, you don't need a book on how to get them into college, you need a book on how to raise a competent child in the first place. “

 

As for the pain of that empty nest? That might be something to look forward to.  dybo said, “I remember my wife and I felt guilty dropping our son off at college as a freshman, and we drove home sort of depressed. After fifteen minutes we were just fine and yippy skippy.”

 

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

64 Comments
March 17, 2011
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I appreciate CNN, they get the news to the viewers far faster than the rest. But no one can compete with NPR, for what they are: their website is rich with information from literature, music, news, etc.

 

That's the great thing about America: we have so many outlets to obtain our news. Without NPR and PBS, we've lost the 'peoples' voice, and a functioning democracy.

 

The assault on the peoples voice, unions, Planned Parenthood is plain and simply class warfare - brought to you by all the greedy corporations with the assistance of the Republican Party.

 

And thank you, CNN, for posting the quote of the day. Beautiful.

March 17, 2011
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Liberals hiding behind Winston Churchil - over art no less.  The NPR problem is just part of what constitutes a definition of art.  When "Piss Christ" by Serrano was called "art" NPR applauded and defended it on the basis of freedom of expression. NPR is an elitist mind-set that has nothing but contempt for the values of the majority of our nation.  The systematic failure to recognize this flaw is the reason it is under attack.     

March 17, 2011
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Truth sometimes has a liberal bias - that puts NPR in crosshairs.

March 18, 2011
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NPR is very pro-education, and education is not what republicans want, because if people become educated, they begin to THINK, and they stop believing all the republican christian theoassininaties.  Republicans dispise the truth, they depend on the naive, uneducated ignorance of the masses to get themselves elected. 

March 18, 2011
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The ones who control the media control your mind. You can say whatever you want about NPR, or any of the other news outlets - the fact is that different points of view help fuel debate in a functioning democracy.

 

Do you just want corporate funded news? Where do you think their priorities are at? for us, working people? or for the corporations?

 

I have no idea how middle class, or poor, citizens vote rich. The Republican party will treat workers as a commodity - they already are - and their goal is to get this country back to a feudal system.

 

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March 18, 2011
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Wow Skywola, once again you prove the true ignorance of your political affiliation. The only uneducated individuals are those that must stereotype others to make themselves feel better. I would never stereotype you as a Gay Socialist Anti-American Tree-Hugger Nut-job.

March 18, 2011
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@2010jon - Are you saying its 'gay' to be educated? Wow!

March 18, 2011
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Seriously.  If not for the CNN comments so much would be lost in these articles.  I really wish CNN itself would put more effort into some of the details.  Like, for instance, the fact that the tapes O'Keefe worked with were doctored.

 

Why is it that when Republicans lie the media pretends what was said is the God's honest truth?  There is nothing more frustrating as a viewer than to know facts exist which would put the article in an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT LIGHT and yet, it is written without saying the truth:  James O'Keefe made a dishonest video because the results he got today were what he wanted, whether they were earned fairly or not.

 

CNN, what is journalism FOR if not that?  Why must comment writers on your articles fill in these gaps?

March 18, 2011
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@BinaryTruth - Great comment man. It's so obvious, but it doesn't get attention.

March 18, 2011
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OK, I am not sure which PBS people are talking about--but not the one on this planet. Listen to all the sponsored by this and that. Now how free of corporate influence is this?

 

I have listened to NPR news for 30 years.  This is not the same middle of the road NPR--this is one biased and arrogant group of people.  I score liberal on all the political quizzes, and I think the news these days is so far left of center that there should be an outfielder there.

 

I am all for arts and cultural events--but pull the news.  It reeks to high heaven.

 

Now as you look around, let me tell you which dog won't hunt when you send the hounds after me.

 

Truth is not liberal or conservative--it IS.  I am a liberal but I hear a lot of untruthful bias on NPR, as compared to say, BBC and Al Jazeera.

 

I am a Republican, but I have happened to have helped  scores of children get a real education.  And I am a PhD myself--so don't use the education argument.

 

Nor do I despise the truth.  I tell it, however the chips fall. I also have a great respect for the "masses" who made and maintain this country so that the rest of us can sit around and pontificate for a living. They put food on my table so I can sit here and discuss my puny beliefs.

  

Anything else, kids ?

 

--Brought to you by Private John Butler, 2nd VA Continental Line and his colleagues

 

 

 

  

      

March 18, 2011
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I don't understand why our government is wasting so much time on debating something that is so insignificant to the national budget (and deficit) in retrospect. Seriously, how much is the government saving compared to what those organizations are providing? PP, NPR, and PBS provide services to the nation. Should they be completely funded? Well, that's debatable since they probably can operate  by imposing small service fees. So they could probably afford to have funding slightly reduced, but defunding those programs entirely is out of the question. There are organizations that are far less deserving of government funding and/or tax breaks that the government should focus on instead (such as hate groups masquerading as churches or foreign countries). Our government can focus on those  right after they end the war, reduce the military budget, reduce/eliminate corporate welfare etc.

March 18, 2011
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NPR - He ONLY white man, not speak with forked tongue. We must save him, Kemosabe.

March 18, 2011
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@macktheknife:  Well since you mentioned “Piss Christ”, why don’t you look at it with an open mind?  Here are a couple of possibilities:  Ask yourself why do we look at urine as evil?  Did not the God that created us give us the ability to take in food and drink, and eliminate what is not needed?  What is not needed is not bad, or evil, it is simply not needed.  Is this process not a gift from God?  Granted, there are some sanitary issues in how we dispose of our waste (although urine itself is fairly sterile), but how does that translate into viewing it as something alien from God’s handiwork when he created us?  Could this be part of what the artwork can tell us?

 

Or, if you want to look at urine as nasty and evil, could this not be viewed as saying that Christ is immersed in the evil of the world?  If you look at all evil as being equal in that it separates us from God, then why is this any more upsetting that a crucifix being immersed in polluted air, except for your squeamishness about urine?

 

In other words, you may want to try being a Christian searching for meaning in the art.  You may find some personal growth if you open yourself to it.  You may find it brings you nothing, or you may find it brings you new insights.  But rejecting it because of what you learned pre-kindergarten does not seem the best approach.

 

March 18, 2011
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You're a Liberal in one paragraph, and the next you're a Republican? You don't even make an argument. You're post is just a self absorbed ramble.

 

Do some research and come up with an argument. That's the thing about Republicans (and I'll coin you as a Republican), no one communicates their point of view. Their is Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Michael Moore - and the list goes on and on - who have formulated a strong argument through tons of research.

 

Why aren't the people on the Right formulating research and presenting it in an educated fashion? One reason would be because they ALREADY OWN THE NEWS.

March 18, 2011
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Here I thought the whole purpose of this congress was about jobs. Guess NPR must have been holding jobs back with it's massive subsidy.  I am still waiting for the new congress to do something other than grandstand and operate on blind political motivation.

March 18, 2011
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...and sorry, my last post was directed at saylorscreek.

March 18, 2011
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NPR is an excellent independent voice providing informative information to the public.  Show me one piece of evidence that progressive and/or Democratic politicians are manipulating the content of NPR through the funding process.  You can't, because it does not exist.

 

OTOH, the Republicans are trying to silence this voice because they don't like some of the things it says.  If this were to succeed, it would be very dangerous for democracy.

March 18, 2011
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I have yet to hear an answer to a simple question. Where in the constitution does the Federal Government have the authority to fund a news organization? I feel confident in saying the founders of this great country of ours would be aghast that there is a budget item that gives money to a news organization. I am pretty sure they put the 1st amendment in there to make sure that any news organization could report on any news without fear of retaliation. Here we have a classic example of exactly the retaliation that was feared would happen. One segment of our population (namely Republicans) are very dissatisfied with a news organization they partially fund. If NPR is as great as all its boosters claim, they will have no problem getting funding to continue operations. If that means Farmville, Indiana will no longer have a local radio station, sorry, there is no Constitutional requirement that the Federal Government fund a radio station. In fact, the 10th amendment prohibits the government from undertaking such an endeavor. Maybe nobody noticed but we have thousands of little items the Federal Government funds that some people might think are nice things, but these thousands of little things each use up a little bit of money and before you know it, we are $14 trillion in debt and growing. How about we keep our Federal Government afloat by doing what the Constitution mandates and leave everything else to the States or the People like the 10th amendment says.

March 18, 2011
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I grew up on NPR. Thanks to my dad he mostly listened to "car talk". NPR IS AND WILL BE something I want my kid to grow up listening too. The information is valuable not just to him but to all Americans. Removing this would be similar to removing Baseball as a sport.

March 18, 2011
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@livfreeor: You're a Republican, let me ask you: Why does your party BEG the government to take your civil liberties away? You got your wish with the Patriot Act, now you're begging again to abolish unions and publicly funded media.

 

Do you know how much welfare rich corporations get from us working, middle class - not to mention the poor - citizens? You're right you don't know. And the reason why you don't know is because news outlets, such as FOX and CNN, have a priority to satisfy their sponsors. You're saying exactly what Rupert Murdoch wants you to say - you're brainwashed, but with a little help of getting a spectrum of information you'll soon be able to formulate your very own opinion.

 

And by the way, feel free to use paragraphs next time you post.

March 18, 2011
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@solrac503, you have never met me, don't know a thing about me but you say I am a republican, I want my civil liberties taken away, and I've been brainwashed by Rupert Murdoch.

 

I am not a republican, I think the Patriot act is disgusting, and nobody has brainwashed me.

 

I just had a simple question. We live in a country where there is an implied social contract between citizen and government. I'll obey your rules, you obey the Constitution.

 

Please can someone answer my simple question, show me where in the Constitution the Federal Government has authority to fund (partially or fully) a news organization?

 

March 18, 2011
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My goodness!  What's not to like about NPR?  It has a marvelous mix of programming.  Three of my favorites are The Story people from all walks of life speaking of personal experiences, Science Friday, and Car Talk.  As far as news and current events are concerned, I suppose one could infer "liberal" bias depending on one's point of view, but I don't hear it. I only know that NPR stays on top of what's happening in the country and in the world. To my ear they stick pretty close to "when, what, where, who, how, and why" and bring in diverse voices and perspectives. They've got some interesting local coverage, too. Wednesdays on my way home from work I listen on NPR to the School Board meetings broadcast live. Corporations only go where they can make money. If NPR brings coverage to underserved areas of the country, that alone makes them worthy to receive modest government support. Mostly, I, too, wonder why on earth Republicans are bothering with this. Their priorities seem really messed up. That's my own conclusion - I didn't hear it on NPR.

March 18, 2011
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@macktheknife: Prove it.

March 18, 2011
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Ok. So how about cutting the federal funding for advertising, etc. such shows/programs as Rush Limbaugh and FOX news?

 

Oh, that's right. The motion was made by the Dems and rejected by the GOP. 

 

What the Repulicans are trying to do is kill the Democratic candidates' political funding (union dues) and name from the ballots (kill public radio).  I thought such shenanigans were limited to the Middle East.  Guess I was wrong.  Looks like the GOP have learned a few things from the likes od Qadaffi, Hussein and Amadinijad.    America's future doesn't look so bright after all. 

March 18, 2011
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livfreeor:

 

I did some digging for you and found what you're looking for. I'd recommend doing your own research and not rely on a random user on a CNN message board.

 

In Leathers v. Medlock, 499 U.S. 439 (1991), the Supreme Court found that states may treat different types of the media differently, such as by taxing cable television, but not newspapers.

March 18, 2011
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We keep fearing Orwell's vision of the future while Huxley had it right that we'll ruin ourselves with the things we love.  We get so swept up in meaningless reality shows, happy-go-lucky pop songs, and our favorite new gadgets (OMG iPad 2 nowai!!!) that we ignore what matters.  I'd love to know the percentage of people in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that could locate either country on an unlabeled map.

March 18, 2011
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@Sonicblew:

 

Exactly, the best way to control the people is not by taking away what they want, but rather give them everything they want to make them content. Meanwhile, while we're playing with our balls of yarn, the government is attempting to take away everything that gives us power.

March 18, 2011
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@solrac503: You sound like a typical uneducted liberal who is making up stuff to put on the internet. Noone, is trying to get rid of unions, especially in the private sector. FDR was the first AFL/CIO president and the patron saint of the Democrat party and the labor movement. He personally spoke out against public sector unions citing that their ability to strike over wages wasn't good for the country for obvious reasons. The unions will be very much left in tact and still have arbitration. For this reason there are little if any federal unions today! Only a small number of state unions still exist. Just for your information Obama wrote a college thesis against publicly funded unions aswell. If you don't have anything factual or constructive to say, please don't don't say anything at all!!!!

March 18, 2011
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@ livfreeor:  “Where in the constitution does the Federal Government have the authority to fund a news organization?”

You mean like the Federal Register, CSPAN, Voice of America, White House Press Office, etc., etc.  Beyond the fact that NPR is not just a news organization, the Constitution gives the Federal Government the authority to raise revenue and spend it.  While the Constitution prohibits an establishment of religion, I don’t see where an establishment of a news organization, were that being done here, is prohibited.  Your 10th amendment argument thus also fails.

 

“I am pretty sure they put the 1st amendment in there to make sure that any news organization could report on any news without fear of retaliation. Here we have a classic example of exactly the retaliation that was feared would happen.”

 

So the Republicans threaten NPR, and then use that threat as a reason that threat, “defunding”, should be carried out?  It reminds me of when the Republicans demanded to extend the Bush tax cuts, which every company knew had been set to expire, and then blamed the Democrats for the uncertainty that ensued because the companies did not know what the upcoming tax situation would be.

March 18, 2011
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livfreeor:

 

Just to add something to that: The government provides funding towards certain types of news corporations. If they meet the criteria, the government provides them with funding, through our tax dollars - it is to benefit us. 

 

Hope that helps.

March 18, 2011
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@blucorsair:

 

Okay? So you're saying that because Democrats have spoken out against Public Unions, therefor, I should hold their opinion? And Republicans aren't attempting to abolish Unions? Amazing!!!

 

I profusely apologize that, 1) I didn't add 'public' to union, and 2) I'm not going to formulate an opinion on high powered democrats, with a corporate agenda. I've done a massive amount of research on the subject to get my opinion where it is today.

March 18, 2011
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And by the way: Obama, when he was campaigning, stated that if anyone attempting to interfere with unions - private or public - he would be walking with them hand in hand.

 

 

March 18, 2011
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I listen to NPR almost everyday and like 75% of the programming, but I in NO WAY think the radio station should be tax funded.  Why would I ever want to make someone pay for a radio station they don't like.  How horrible of a person would I be.  I like it.  I joined.  I paid for it.  End of discussion.

March 18, 2011
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page3d:

 

The problem with that is that, if we had to pay for the information that we wanted, instead of having a diverse range of news outlets, than our information and our ability to vote productively would be severely limited.

March 18, 2011
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This is moronic. It's taken out of context. He's pointing out that by taking government money they have to deal with government oversight which is restrictive. They fail to mention that in the next sentence he says without government aid a lot of smaller stations would go dark. The right wing Republicans consider NPR a bunch of "Commies". They want to cut funding at all costs. This is about political agendas, period. NPR is neutral but they give left wing people air time which makes them the enemy in their book. There are friends which are people that think like them and then there are enemies and that includes everyone else. If you aren't a right wing radical then you are the enemy to them. Remember this in the next election.

March 18, 2011
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For LIVFREEOR and all others wanting to know, "Where in the Constitution does the Federal Govt have authority to fund a news organization?"  First of all, NPR is not a "news organization." It's a non-profit radio network.  U.S. CONSTITUTION: Preamble setting out the framers' aims: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America."  Article I, Sect. 8, first paragraph:  "The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States, but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States." Congress is specifically charged with attending to the general welfare of the country. Period. No limitation is put on what that means. An informed citizenry being essential to a democracy, it is quite proper that Congress concern itself with broad, free access to information, not only for general welfare pursuant to Article 1, Sect. 8 but also in furtherance of other aims set out in the preamble: "to form a more perfect Union..." Hope this helps! The tussle over priorities is never ending but one simply cannot deny the legitimacy of the debate.

March 18, 2011
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Leave it up to the Republicans to try to stop funding of NPR. If they didn't they won't be able to get their message out. The Republican already have one TV outlet:  Fox News. Isn't that enough for them. Well, of course not. They wan't it all. Leeflea 51

March 18, 2011
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NPR is racist. Which is normal for democrats. Democrats gave us the KKK so what do you expect.

March 18, 2011
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oooga booga jiggaboo

March 18, 2011
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I do think shows like Science Friday are a real threat to the Republic and are exactly what our congress should be focusing their time on.  The last time I listened I almost impulsively joined the communist party just afterwards.  Thank God Republicans understand where the true threats to Democracy lie.

March 18, 2011
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Just when you thought they couldn't waste anymore time.

March 18, 2011
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Joe McCarthy. His reckless, unjustified and unconstitutional pogrom against communism was shameful and unAmerican. History knows his reign as "McCarthyism"; an epoch of unbridled character assassination, guilt by association, and jingoism at its very worst. If Joe could see us now, he would be so very proud.

March 18, 2011
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In crosshairs?  Wow, when the nut case shot Giffords there was a huge uproar about Sarah Palin having Dems in her crosshairs, yet CNN is posting this article with crosshairs.  NPR is slanted so far to the left that funding needs to be cut.  If NPR was fair and balenced, then I will not mind its funding.

March 18, 2011
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I really find it embarrassing that mostly right wingers cherry pick one or two examples of art they find offensive and project that onto all artists. Art is simply the putting into words, images or sounds one person's view of the world and often to make a point. Your personal understanding of the point is not necessary for it to be art and there is no such thing as "proper" art. The idea that art can and must be codified or controlled sounds a bit too much like the Soviet Union for my taste. There is a worth to supporting the arts and creating a system for artists to do their work and survive. Your not seeing that worth does not make it invalid, it just means you don't see it.

March 18, 2011
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I listened to NPR all day yesterday and they talked about urine AND poop all day in art.  Then they lectured about the moronity of a congress that takes away their money while ignoring Japan.  Then they played Pachabel's Cannon for awhile.  Then they ran VOTE DEMOCRAT messages.  I sent them $25.

March 18, 2011
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Just another reason to thoroughly despise Republicans...

March 18, 2011
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I'm with BMWuser.  Just when you think the the right-wing filth in this country can go no lower, they pull out a shovel and keep digging.  Keep funding CPB! 

March 18, 2011
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Listening to NPR makes me feel smarter. They aren't pretentious, they just refuse to dumb down. They just assume I'm smart enough to understand, and I love that they respect me that much.

March 18, 2011
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Teaparty Republicans have trouble with the truth. They talk of cutting waste. But look at what they do cut.. Education, Health, NPR, etc. See what they love to WASTE Tax Dollars on.. $ 53 BILLION on Oil Companies (those poor oil companies are just not making it without TAXPAYER Stimulus funds?); Over a TRILLION Dollars to those poor Wealthy (eg Koch Brothers,Wall Street Banks,etc.), Multi-National Corporations who just keep shipping American Jobs overseas using our TAX DOLLARS to do so. etc. etc. But these are the Republicans Conservatives True Goal destroy American JOBS both Private and Government.Where is the Republican Teaparty Jobs Bill?

March 18, 2011
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The vast majority of programming on NPR is wonderful and mainly Balanced. Unlike the rabble rousing Commercial stations which are mainly lopsided and full of half or zero Truths.NPR's Cultural, Educational and Community programes are widely viewed by those in local communities. This GAP is not FILLED BY ANY OF THE COMMERCIAL Stations. Keep on FUNDING it is a better place to spend MY TAX dollars than wasting it on OIL Companies, Wall Street or people like the KOCH Brothers. All of whom this Republican Teaparty Congress gives BILLIONS of our TAX dollars. A Total Waste of my Tax Dollars ZERO return.

March 18, 2011
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NO FUNDING FOR NPR. All these comments represent very poor arguments. If you want NPR funded fine, take out your check book and donate. NPR will not I repeat NOT go under if federal funding stops. You have the likes of Soros who will make sure of that. This is not a legitimate function of government. This is teh stupidity of the left. You equate federal fundig of NPR with education. Its not. Anyone who thinks so has serious problems on a very deep intellectual level. 

 

Also this is to Spinoff55 up above, your comments about Mcarthy indicate you were educated in the public schools which is to say you werent educated at all. Several historical studies have shown that Mcarthy was right all along about communists in GOVERNMNET. He did not go after the media. Perhaps you should undo all the damage the public schools did to your mind. Its left considerable damage.

March 18, 2011
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From RJ618: "Also this is to Spinoff55 up above, your comments about Mcarthy indicate you were educated in the public schools which is to say you werent educated at all. Several historical studies have shown that Mcarthy was right all along about communists in GOVERNMNET."

 

Methinks far better of a public school education after this misinformed and poorly written post :)

 

McCarthy?! Take a good look at the fair and balanced sources of the recent book, articles and comments that seek to restore him, and you'll see why we need NPR. (Goodness gracious, even the Republicans voted to censure him. One Republican Senator, Ralph E. Flanders stated, "Were the Junior Senator from Wisconsin in the pay of the Communists he could not have done a better job for them.")

 

One of the first posts criticized NPR via Piss-Christ. That's like overhearing someone still being upset over Jethro Tull winning their Grammy in the Hard-Rock/Metal category (slightly more recent than Piss-Christ). How about finding an example from this century, or even from the '90s. 

March 18, 2011
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I love some of the responses, especially the one about the Courts finding that the States can regulate Television. The same argument has been used with regards to the health care law, States force you to buy auto insurance, they can force you to by health insurance. Well I am pretty sure the Federal Government is not a state. This line of argument reinforces my argument that the 10th amendment applies, the states can do many things the Feds cannot.

 

And I love the argument that the Commerce clause gives the Feds authority to do anything. Again, I think our founding fathers (and mothers) would be aghast the commerce clause is being used being used in this way.

 

Just because something is good does not mean the Feds should provide it. And I love the arguments that NPR is so much more than News, So what!, I think broccoli is great, lets use tax dollars to buy broccoli and give it to people. Now please, start the yelling and screaming at me. Don't you see, it is using others people money for something I have no right too. Likewise Federal funding of NPR, CPB, or any number of other things. You're using peoples money for something you think is good but others don't think it's so good.

 

If you don't like Fox, don't watch Fox If you don't like CNN don't listen to CNN, likewise NPR or any other News organization, radio show, whatever. But don't make me pay for it with my tax dollars.

 

Did anybody notice we are $14 trillion in debt and in the best of circumstances in the next 5 years will be $16-$18 trillion in debt? It is abundantly clear that we don't want to pay for our government and we don't want to give up any of its benefits, even if they are tiny little things like a poetry meeting in Nevada or a Radio station. We are doomed.

 

March 18, 2011
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@livefreeor:

 

I'm not going to 'yell' at you, because I think you generally don't know the philosophies corporations use to control the US citizens.

 

Corporations are destroying the government, and controlling the population through individualism. So when people say "If I don't like it, why do I have to pay for it?" You're thinking as an individual, and not thinking about the people who depend on government funded news. So basically, through your individualism, the corporations succeeded in class warfare severely limit the information we get to form an opinion - which affects the way the population will vote.

 

You made a comment on 'broccoli'. Well, the thing is, YOU ARE PAYING FOR BROCCOLI, even though you might not eat it. And to go even further, there is corporate welfare (people paying taxes) to drop the cost of food. For example, you go to McDonald's and see the dollar menu; the reason why food is so inexpensive - especially compared to organic food - is because of corporate welfare: our tax dollars funding big corporations to depict the type of food our nation eats. 

 

I don't eat fast food, yet my tax dollars are going towards subsidies that bring down the cost of this food (and I would hardly call it food). Yet, I don't yell and scream to stop funding, because I know that the corporate welfare helps a lot of low income people to sustain themselves.

March 18, 2011
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Once again you make my point. I don't want subsidized broccoli, I don't want subsidized McDonalds, ConAgra, Monsanto, other corporations, ethanol, mortgages, or radio stations.

 

I am more and more convinced we are doomed because everyone wants to keep their little pet project because it is "good". Lots of things are good. We are $14 trillion in debt and growing. We can't afford everyones "good" little item. A million little goodies add up to a few $trillion dollars of debt. You won't give up you favorite item, my neighbor won't give up his, we don't want to raise taxes for them so we borrow. The day is coming when the bond buyers are not going to accept 2% interest, they will demand 20%. How are we going to fund anything if our entire budget is eaten up by interest on the debt?

 

I think everyone should pay taxes, flat 10%. the rich pay more, the poor pay less, everyone gets a benefit in government services, everyone pays for them. No deductions for anything. You gain $100, you pay $10 in taxes.

 

I give people way more credit than you do ("Corporations are destroying the government, and controlling the population through individualism."). I think people want something for nothing and they have been getting more and more of something without paying much. Do Corporations have way too much influence? You bet. Do unions? You bet.

 

I do not believe the commerce clause gives the Federal Government free reign to do anything. The Dept of Education should be zeroed out, as should Homeland Security and NPR. It has been way to easy to pass the buck up and say this problem is so big only the Federal Government can fix it. BS. If your schools are bad, fix your schools, don't make me pay for your schools. I am perfectly capable of letting my opinions be known to my local school if they aren't doing a good job. I don't need standards from the Feds to tell me how my schools are doing.

 

In this day with the state of communication we don't need a Government sponsored news organization. You don't like the news Fox gives, fine, watch MSNBC, CNN or the blog from some person in their pajamas. I don't care. If NPR is so great and is offering such a fine product then they should have no problem getting people to pay for the news they give through donations.

 

 

March 18, 2011
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We are not in debt. The Republicans and the Corporations are cutting your money to put into their pockets - but WE ARE NOT BROKE. It is a scare tactic they're using to trick you into giving up your rights.

 

 

March 18, 2011
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The thing that you need to take into consideration: The reason why America is so great didn't happen by accident. The reason why America is so great is because people like you and me - working middle class, the poor, the oppressed, etc - walked out into the streets and stood up to government.

 

Examples:

 

-Unions: our 40hr work week, women's in the work place, age restrictions on workers.

 

-Everyone can access news (but this NPR cut, would limit it)

 

-Ethnicity's can vote, run for office, etc.

 

Basically what you're doing is using the same argument the South used in the days of slavery: The South argued that they took care of their slaves, and that letting the slaves free would actually destroy themselves, through their own freedom.

 

Taking away the news, and creating a monopoly out of the news, will just keep us dependent on corporations. You really don't know a thing - and it's people like you that make me sick and worried about our political future.

 

Did you know that the Pentagon has built a social network software that they will use to influence peoples opinions? No you didn't because the news channels you use don't report on that; but if you didn't read The Telegraph, or any world news outlet - and some US Tax Dollar funded news outlets - you would not know 

 

That is the issue. You're taking away Free Speech, but thinking you're helping our debt - THEY TRICKED YOU.

March 18, 2011
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So basically we're at a situation where you and I have gathered information to form an opinion. I have gathered information from tons of research, through tons of media outlets, books, school, etc; And you have limited your research to corporate news outlets.

 

At this point we have millions of people, just like you and me, who also formulated an opinion - right now the majority of the US citizens share my opinion. At this point, in a functioning democracy, WE VOTE. Majority rules.

March 18, 2011
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"We are not in debt"? Wow. You know so much about me. Are you really my mother? You don't have a clue where I get my information from. You know nothing about me but yet you say so much about what I think and where I get my information from. Wow. How can you have a debate with someone when all one side does is tell the other side what that other side thinks? You don't know squat about me but you go on and on about where I get my info and what I think.

 

I know nothing about you, I haven't called you any names, told you where you get your info from, none of that. However, your comment that we are not in debt says volumes about your intelligence.

 

March 18, 2011
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The money, that is missing, is lined in the pockets of the rich. Companies are making MASSIVE profits (research that), while working individuals are taking hits. Make sense? It certainly doesn't make sense to me when they are taking socially funded programs, and putting it into the pockets of the wealthy.

 

If you want it your way, to take all socially funded programs, all you have to do is not vote, don't research anything, and just sit back and relax. Because they are counting on people like you not to know the full spectrum of what is actually going on.

 

Or how about,with what you proposed on removing ALL welfare - social and corporate - how about you step out into the streets and protest with your picket in hand. Let's see how many laughs you get.

March 18, 2011
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Wolf Blitzer they need to use my idea on the reactors, they need to start Dumping ICE instead of water

March 20, 2011
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are you kidding??  The picture being shown in relation to the bombing of Gadhaffi's compound is obviously a prop. Look at the two lights in the background that appear to be pointed at the statue of the fist. That statue is set up to look like it is grabbing an American missile or plane(notice USA on tail).

It is obviously a "staged" photo. Stop showing it and show some real photos of the damage.

March 21, 2011
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I have enjoyed NPR for over 20 years. However, the events of late have demonstrated that they take their money for granted and have lost sight of their core principles, especially at their highest ranks. They shouldn't get a 'pass' on this item; it's time for them to show some spine and shape up. If I want to listen to news that just soothes my political inclinations, let me choose to pay for it on my cable bill, versus using my tax dollars.

June 17, 2011
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Innovation

(Hallejah)!!  This is just an idea, but when it comes to innovation people tend to think to in-depth by letting pride give way to downfall. We must first imagine the world in our minds by keeping ideas simple. Patience is the key! In order for the world to rise together and not as separate entities we must incorporate imagination in education through the influence of light. Imagination is a gift and as human beings we must use our minds together so, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”. The world is so focused on capitalism that the unfortunate are left out; we also focus entirely on perception (media). America has a history full innovation which is hidden from youth today which is like diminishing that of the fruition  gospel, but if everyone became more aware of these facts and history it could possibly change the world creating a world whose fruition is right on path. Look at the youth in public schools imagination is lacking even private schools are success rate is dropping we have lost “SOME THINGS AMERICA”. We think those some things can be religious freedom and face-to-face communication. We digress, If we need energy why don’t we use what has been given from the skies like lightning. It a natural resource, but the energy will be substantial. Not only will lightning shift the world into Einstein’s theory of relativity (E=MC2) it will fuel the world to space travel. Einstein imaged that he was riding on a particle of light so why not use the lighting as an energy source. Why don’t we take all the pennies that we don’t use and convert them into copper obelisks and place them “High upon mountain tops”? It will be as if these obelisks are lighthouses which bring space craft “The Arks or Chariot” safely home but now they will be used as conductors that fuel the world. Every land on Earth has copper so every nation can have continuous growth towards a God Loving, United, and Social Society allowing humanity to prosper, and ascend into the Heavens. This will be a simple process but every nation must work together which will potentially create jobs we have a tedious journey before us. “Invictus” by William Earnest Henley is a great poem which will give us something to focus on as we enter this new world and epic journey. We must turn our faults into something to fuel humanity. By the way other people have had a Eureka as but we have a “Hallelujah”. We will shine like the stars in space allowing everything to go as planned. Praise the Lord and God above!! In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful!!

 

 

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