Taxpayers May Soon Be Relieved of Funding PBS & NPR

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) are joining forces in an effort to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).  The CPB is the nonprofit “steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting whose funded programs are distributed through National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).”  The organization is requesting a hefty $445 million advance for the year 2015.  The two congressmen have prepared letters, addressed to the heads of the appropriation committees, which state that defunding CPB “should be one of the easiest decisions to make.”   Finding things to cut, as the US is burdened with $15 trillion in debt, should not be difficult.

“CPB’s requested appropriation represents no reduction from its prior year appropriation level,” the letter declares. “While so many Americans are making sacrifices around the country to make ends meet, CPB appears unwilling to do the same.”

According to the two congressmen, the CPB’s taxpayer funded budget is out of control and has increased by almost 31% over the past decade.  They also point out that between 2001 and 2012 CPB’s funding took a leap from $340 million to $441.1 million.  Both men have long advocated for ending the taxpayer funding of public broadcasting. For instance, last March, Lamborn attempted to defund NPR by introducing a bill that passed 228-192 in the House, but stalled in the Senate. Similarly, Sen. DeMint, working in collaboration with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), introduced a bill that would have defunded CPB.

Examples, from the Media Research Center, of the “obnoxiously biased” programing from PBS and NPR:

Tavis Smiley –

1. PBS host Tavis Smiley insists America has a terrible Christian terrorist problem. In 2010, he told an author that Christians blow up people “every day” in the United States.

2. The narrator of a PBS series on Africa praises Moammar Qaddafi. In his 1986 series The Africans, Muslim professor/activist Ali Mazrui insisted Qaddafi offered “supreme ideals” to make Africans and Arabs “masters of their own destinies” against the West.

3. NPR reporter Nina Totenberg wishes Jesse Helms death from AIDS. When Helms insisted in 1995 that AIDS drew a disproportionate amount of federal funding, Totenberg was disproportionately mean-spirited.

4. PBS regular Julianne Malveaux hopes Clarence Thomas dies young of heart disease. On the talk show To the Contrary in 1994, panelist Malveaux proclaimed, “I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease.”

5. NPR’s foreign editor vows to “smoke out” American troop locations in Afghanistan. Weeks after 9/11, Loren Jenkins told the Chicago Tribune he had no desire to aid a lying Pentagon. He represented “history.”


Funding the CPB is no longer necessary,  according to DeMint and Lamborn, because the organization does not need the money:

“According to its most recently available tax filings, Director and President Paula Kerger received $603,403 in reportable compensation in 2010.”

And, former NPR CEO, Vivian Schiller, received $479,011 in compensation following her resignation after firing  Juan Williams last year.

“Certainly, thriving media entities that can afford to pay their executives such generous salaries should not be asking taxpayers to subsidize them.”


-Candice Lanier

  • http://DefundPBS/NPR/andEPA Jackie

    Defund PBS/NPR/ and EPA This would go a long way toward reducing Spending

  • Ray Zehrung

    I listened to NPR recently and it was so left biased that I was screaming at the radio in my truck. It was the only channel I could get in the middle of the desert near Death Valley recently.

  • Geoff Davey

    It would be my dream that PBS and NPR were eliminated completely!

  • Ralph A. LaPaugh

    I think they take their programming from Radio Berlin 1939!!!!!

  • Roni Walters

    Well, it’s about time!!!

  • Jack Boutin

    All they will do is take off the good things (e.g. Sesame Street, etc.) and leave the crap. Could work against the right when the media tells what awful people the Republicans are for taking off Grover!

  • Mary Brem

    Sink or swim. Just stay out of our pockets.

  • Joshua Forrest

    not gonna hold my breath on that.

  • Mary Brem

    Goodbye Grover. You are a POOR excuse for a mommie.

  • Becky Cassatt Whiteside

    It’s about time we !

  • Charles Tilly

    That’s good, don’t listen or watch their crap anyway…blah, blah, blah who cares.

  • Phil Trausch

    We’ll believe it when we see it but if it happens then…….YES!

  • Craig Nichols

    they should get their funding from the DNC, not the taxpayers!!!

  • Raymond Lussier

    Get rid of them, they stink.

  • Rob Welch

    I second that!!

  • Jerry Bird

    Guessing these too organizations will last 60 days with out our tax dollars! Way to go Senator DeMint and Representative Lamborn!!!

  • Andreas Shizas

    Sooooo, No more Master piece theater?

  • Guy Lundgren

    They too need to WORK for it!!

  • Phil Prentice

    If it was so good they could advertise!!

  • Gary Mitchell

    Hey, they are a non profit. There are plenty of those around. Just means more begging for bucks specials !!

  • Steve Robertson

    About time

  • Laurie White


  • Michael Fundaro

    My kids occasionally watch PBS and when i hear their solicitations for money I remind myself that my family actually pays taxes so i don’t need to pay any more.

  • James DeRuvo

    Holding breath ….

  • Robert Garay

    It’s time that this ” non-partisan”service pay it’s own way. Let Soros support it!

  • Barbara Roberts

    Hope so!

  • Brad Bumgardner

    I’ll miss antiques roadshow

  • September Roth

    They are supposed to be non-profit. If they have to beg for bucks possibly they will not have such a leftist agenda. Either way if they support the left let the left support them.

  • Marie Carole Aliotta

    Those $$$ should have been taken away from those free loaders years ago. What a scam they have going for them.

  • Kathi Jean Andrews

    Yes, do it NOW!!!

  • Maureen Farrell Bender

    They should be—-

  • Katie Rodgers

    I sure hope so—-about time

  • Steve Earl

    Just like any other business… let their patrons pay for it.. the problem is that, those that support it (them) are quite happy forcing the rest of us to support them. If they can’t stand, let them fall.
    Yes, I feel the same way about banks, public media, Big business, small business.. etc.

  • Resharin Posts

    Thank goodness!! It’s about time! They should get advertisers or subscribers like other media outlets instead of expecting me to pay for them even though I NEVER listen/watch either.

  • Colton Juliano

    eliminating funding for PBS? smh. just stupid. theres barely any funding to eliminate. theyre not campaign arms for the left, they EDUCATE americans… everyone saying “yay” is too uncultured to apreciate the programming other than news can go shove it and watch fucking fox (or should i say “Faux”) news.
    do not cut PUBLIC broadcasting services!!


  • Vladimir Nemchinov

    It’s about time. I’m tired of funding the dissemination of lies from the liberal progressives. But I suppose I’m too “uncultured”, “uneducated” and ignorant to come up with worn out, clever little inferences toward anything with which I may disagree. At least my spelling and punctuation were correct, with special thanks to the non-NEA private educators I had when I was younger. I have this amazing ability to reason and find the truth that the union education lackeys systemically discourage because they disdain anything that is incompatible with their warped world view. Ah well, looks like it’s time for this neandrolithic cretin to drag his knuckles back into his cave.

  • Cindy Haire