- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 31, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

NPR Senior Vice President Dana Davis Rehm’s Wednesday letter to the editor, “NPR funds for programming, not lobbying,” is an insult to the collective intelligence of the public, but it is to be expected from a self-proclaimed “public” entity.

Money is fungible. If you obtain money from the taxpayers, you can designate it for programming and then have more funds left for lobbying. There is no getting around the fact that, no matter the source, the more money that comes in, the more funds are available for lobbying.

At this point NPR/PBS is nothing but a public nuisance, a leech on the throats of taxpayers, who are fast approaching financial insolvency. If NPR had any commitment to the public good, it would have found a way to unplug from public funding long ago. Instead of screaming for more money during a time of national financial crisis, it would actually be educating the public on the financial mess the country is in.

So which is it, NPR? Do you want to fund Barney or bring another 30 million people into the health care system? NPR picks Barney.

SAMUEL BURKEEN

Reston

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