Those National Publics Radio (NPR) salaries that you and I subsidize with our tax money are found to be shockingly high.
When presidents of government-funded broadcasting are making more than the president of the United States, it’s time to get the government out of public broadcasting.
While executives at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR) are raking in massive salaries, the organizations are participating in an aggressive lobbying effort to prevent Congress from saving hundreds of millions of dollars each year by cutting their subsidies.
The so-called commercial free public airwaves have been filled with pleas for taxpayer cash. The Association of Public Television Stations has hired lobbyists to fight the cuts. Hundreds of taxpayer-supported TV, radio and Web outlets have partnered with an advocacy campaign to facilitate emails and phone calls to Capitol Hill for the purpose of telling members of Congress, “Public broadcasting funding is too important to eliminate!”
PBS President Paula Kerger even recorded a personal television appeal that told viewers exactly how to contact members of Congress in order to “let your representative know how you feel about the elimination of funding for public broadcasting.” But if PBS can pay Ms. Kerger $632,233 in annual compensation—as reported on the 990 tax forms all nonprofits are required to file—surely it can operate without tax dollars…
Meanwhile, highly successful, brand-name public programs like Sesame Street make millions on their own. “Sesame Street,” for example, made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales from 2003-2006. Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 in compensation in 2008. With earnings like that, Big Bird doesn’t need the taxpayers to help him compete against the Nickleodeon cable channel’s Dora the Explorer.
This vile public broadcasting bunch spent our money on “Lady GaGa Interpretations,” and fired Democrat tool Juan Williams for saying this on the O’Reilly Factor:
“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”
After firing Juan for speaking a truth, we heard that NPR CEO Vivian Schiller said of the firing:
Williams should have kept his feelings about Muslims between himself and “his psychiatrist or his publicist.”
TOTENBERG: I think he ought to be worried about what’s going on in the Good Lord’s mind, because if there is retributive justice, he’ll get AIDS from a transfusion, or one of his grandchildren will get it.
The message: don’t touch our new protected species, the Muslims.
You and I help fund NPR. Progressives are all over NPR. George Soros’ MoveOn.org and The Open Society Foundation raises millions for this far-left and dangerous organization – but apparently even Soros can’t make them successful enough to pay their own salaries. Let’s cut them loose and let them thrive or die. Our Congress needs to defund NPR now. Taxpayer funds should not be going to this hotbed-bunch of marxists. Dennis Prager has some thought on PBS as well.