Sean Duffy Votes Against Defunding NPR

New Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) voted against defunding NPR. I’ve looked over his website to see if he is explaining his vote, but the only thing I see are a couple of headlines on voting to “rein in size and scope of Federal Government.” Perhaps it doesn’t matter since the legislation passed in the House; likely will not in the Senate, at least at this time.

Sean Duffy

I remember “back in the day” leading up to the November 2010 elections, when Sarah Palin endorsed Duffy as a “solid fiscal conservative.” Mmmmm. Maybe not, but I was excited about him then. He’s a former reality TV star, and a three-time world Lumberjack champion. He cuts his own wood and tends his own vegetable garden, and Sarah liked him.

Seven Republicans wanted to keep paying National Public Radio to shill for Democrats. Duffy isn’t the only freshman to do so. Chris Gibson (NY) and Rob Woodall (GA) put themselves on record for a ‘no’ vote, knowing, I’m sure, that the bill would pass anyway.

What is up with that? What freshman congressman wants a vote on the record for NPR, especially when the official story is that NPR brings in plenty by themselves, especially with these demographics:

New American (great article, please click to read it all):

NPR is widely regarded as an exclusive, elitist, and snobbish institution target marketing those with tastes similar to the left-of-center NYC Upper West Side schoolteachers, psychologists, social workers, college professors, and other white-collar bureaucrats who, like NPR, rely on the” tit of the state” (to quote Charles Krauthammer) and the coercive muscle of labor unions for their salaries and benefits.

According to market research, the typical NPR listener is white, upper-middle class (making above $90,000 per year), at least 50 years old, has a job in academia, education, human services, law, or other such fields, and holds at least one Masters degree or higher.

Four out of five NPR listeners would choose to drive an “eco-friendly” hybrid automobile, and almost half own cars that cost them more than $30,000. They are also 78 percent more likely to identify themselves as liberal, 97 percent more likely to belong to a country club, 68 percent more likely to use soy milk, 92 percent more likely to shop at Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus, and 56 percent more likely to hire a live-in housekeeper than the average American. NPR even once broadcast a segment entitled “In Defense of Elitism.”

NPR also has a strong, identifiable liberal bias in its broadcasting. In October 2010, NPR accepted a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Institute of George Soros, which has financed socialist uprisings around the world and other radical causes, and NPR’s former CEO, Ronald Schiller, accused Tea Party Republicans of being “racists” and “xenophobes.”

McDonald’s widow gave them $200 Million in 2003. You’d think that money would still be working for them today. American taxpayers give NPR no monies directly, but it gets about 2% of it’revenue through government grants, including and mainly from the Department of Education – which of course NEVER has enough money for our children.

Actually, I do kinda/sorta know why Duffy voted as he did. He says he heard from his constituents: some were happy, some were not, and he says the “vote I made was the right vote.” There you have it. Absolutely nothing about why his vote was the right vote. Just like a seasoned politician. The Lonely Conservative has the complete list of the 7 NPR-lovers.

  • I can tell you this, our local news media has been reporting about how many people in the North Country listen to NPR. No doubt trying to vilify those trying to defund it. In the meantime, I continue to pay for my Sirius subscription because I reject NPR, and I pay for NPR at the same time. Go figure.

    • LC, if you did not have Sirius, would you not have news?

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  • Ya know, some of Palin’s endorsements just haven’t panned out… This clown, Scott Brown… And people wonder why I don’t sing Palin’s praises…

  • Gotta say that I’m disappointed in Gibson after all the FenwayBucks I gave him. Could be a calculated move on his part to vote ‘no’ on something he figured would pass anyway (and likely wither and die in the senate)- but to what end? Is there a disproportionate number of NPR listeners in that district who were blowing up the phones prior to the vote?

    • Fenway_Nation, I think that’s the gist of Stanford’s comment. Apparently many in his district “rely” on NPR for news, and Harry Reid says NPR is the only station you can get in Searchlight, Nevada.

      Defunding them will not keep them off air. We know now that they have the money they need without taxpayer funding. Of course, taxpayer money is good to keep those $60,000 salaries coming.

  • Let me shed some light on the Sean Duffy NPR defunding vote. He did explain his vote in local media. The short version is many constituents in his district rely on public radio for news. Other local broadcast outlets would be affected as well according to Duffy. Regardless of whether that is true or not he did offer an explanation.

    My take as I commented at the Lonely Conservative on this same topic is this. It’s politics 101. Duffy most likely used the questionable strategy of voting against party when it does not affect the outcome to placate or appease liberal voters in his district. Wisconsin is after all a state leaning left for a long time.

    Problem is I don’t believe this is an effective strategy. Look how it worked out for Joseph Cao in the LA-2. So you might want to withhold judgment on Duffy for a time. Before this I have been troubled by my state’s current red hue. Not all freshmen have impressed to date. But I suppose it is early yet. But then the GOP is not impressing me at the federal level either.

    I hope this helped readers who may be interested. BTW, the local rags featuring Duffy’s remarks are in Hayward and Ashland Wisconsin within Duffy’s district. BTW2, Duffy is better than having Obey or Lassa in the seat. Ya, I know, small consolation right now.

    • Stanford, thanks for this an my apologies for getting here so late. I guess I see NPR as a moral issue. They don’t need our money and they are appallingly biased. Having said that, I hadn’t a clue that they were in some places, the only source of news.

      There is no way we should be funding them, and while it has taken us awhile to figure this out, we know it now. Maybe Duffy could find a way for other broadcasting, such as networks.

      I know I’m being cheeky. It’s true, it got defunded in the long run (at least in the House). I think the Senate has the bill but hasn’t voted. Reid said in the daytime there is no radio but NPR.

      They can afford to broadcast without us – that’s the bottom line. We’re just spending money to spend money and promote Progressives.

      Thanks much for the insider view point.