Reid on Defunding NPR: Remember the Iditarod!
11:00 AM, Mar 18, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Harry Reid is deeply concerned about the House vote yesterday to defund National Public Radio. The Senate majority leader wants to know: Where will Americans in the Lower 48 hear about sled dog racing? From the Hill:
Never mind that NPR's disgraced fundraising executive admitted that public radio could survive without federal funding. Never mind that a private cable network, the Discovery Channel, aired a 6-part series all about the Iditarod back in 2008. Never mind that citizens of Searchlight have numerous other media options, from cable TV to satellite radio to high-speed internet access, from which they can have their news and entertainment needs met. Harry Reid is fighting to keep subsidizing public broadcasting on terrestrial radio just like he'll defend subsidizing cowboy poetry.
Relatedly, Bill Frezza at Forbes wrote last week why NPR should be supported by private donors instead of the taxpayer.
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