NPR Obscene Salaries: NPRs Paula Kerger $632000 Taxpayer Subsidized Salary

Those National Publics Radio (NPR) salaries that you and I subsidize with our tax money are found to be shockingly high.

Paula Kerger

By Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) writing for the Wall Street Journal:

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.”

The next revelation is NPR cron Nina Totenberg saying this:

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’ 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.

The Lonely Conservative is as incensed as I.

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  • I have to agree, Maggie. I listen to NPR and they are constantly harping on how the GOP wants to cut their funding. Given their actions, and how much money they are paying their execs, they shouldn’t be surprised.

    • A. They actually didn’t cover much of surrounding the bill that cut their funding. They did implore their listeners the two weeks surrounding the bill to contact their representatives if they personally found value in NPR broadcasts. It never struck me as whining.

      Remember when teachers, public employees, Planned Parenthood, NPR and PBS crashed the stock market, wiped out half of our 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, and paid no taxes?

      Yeah, me neither.

  • A. Qeli

    I think they ought to be allowed to say what they want on air, freedom of press, so to speak. But those obscene salaries to their executives, well, that is enough reason for me to want them off the government dole. Stop US funding for NPR and PBS, no question about it. And guess what, no donation from me any time soon. Why would I donate money to someone who gets paid multiples compared to me?

    • The folks that are getting paid multiples of you are high up on a national broadcast system. The folks at ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox are literally making ten times that amount. I realize in the context of what you or I make it is a huge salary, but in the context of what these people’s peers make it is a pittance. I completely understand your frustration with their salary, but how would you retain the talent you need to run this type of organization if you are going to be pay them literally less than a 10th of their peers?

  • You don’t seem to account for the fact that the government funding is about 5% to 15% percent of their funding, all of which goes directly (and is shown on the tax annual audits) to go directly into news funding. It doesn’t go to shows like Car Talk, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me or Its Only a Game. It goes straight to news reporters on site.

    Secondly, those “ridiculous” salaries you are talking about compared to ANY other broadcast network are literally a tenth of what would be earned. Follow the money and you will fairly clearly see it goes to putting together content.

    Lastly, you deceptively quote Nina Tonenberg. That quote is from 1995 in reference to Jesse Helms, and the quote was in reference to Helm’s previous statement about only homosexuals getting aids. Even with the context, it was completely out of line, but at least it made sense int he context of her argument.

    It also seems pretty clear that you don’t want Muslims to be protected in any way shape or form. So not only did you not do your financial homework, but its pretty clear you would be more comfortable with a broadcast company speaking towards your views instead of a viewpoint that does not make a general assumption that all devout Muslims are dangerous. So lazy and prejudiced… Nicely done.

  • E.S. Baird, the point is taxpayer money should be going to NPR. Taxpayer money should not go to the networks, although under Obama, that has happened.

    NPR is has a completely Left bias. Why should my money help them with their agenda?

    I in no way quoted Totenberg out of context. Get real.

    Juan Williams was fired for saying, in essence, he was sometimes nervous if he saw strange behavior by Muslims in an airport. That is an honest statement that has a pine. No one else is blowing up airplanes.

    Okay, I see your later comment that the government only funds 5% to 15% of NPR. They should not fund even 1%. I needn’t explain to you why I feel that way.