NPR Funding - not so much

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Our National Public Radio makes a big statement by saying that it derives only a few percent of its operating revenue through Federal contributions.

Why then does it squeal like a stuck pig at the thought of this very minor revenue stream being taken away.

From The Hill:

NPR says it's 'imperative' that its federal funding not be cut
NPR said it's "imperative" that it receives federal funding in light of a recommended cuts by the leaders of President Obama's fiscal commission.

"Federal funding has been a central component of public radio stations� ability to serve audiences across the country," NPR said in a statement. "It�s imperative for funding to continue to ensure that this essential tool of democracy survives and thrives well into the future."

The co-chairmen of Obama's fiscal commission, Democrat Erskine Bowles and Republican Alan Simpson, proposed eliminating funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among other ideas, in their report on how to bring down the long-term debt in the U.S. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting assists NPR and PBS stations in their operations.

So which is it -- lots of funding (mostly hidden) or minimal funding...

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One thing I never see in the accounting for NPR -
The prime dial locations they get to use completely free, courtesy of the FCC. There are a strictly limited number of channels available on both the AM and FM bands, and in most locations with any population density they are full. In crowded urban markets whenever one comes up for a commercial station they sell at auction for hundreds of millions. And NPR gets to hog theirs up without paying a cent. Government funding in kind is still government funding.

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