Let's just end the whole issue with federal funding to NPR once and for all: start federal funding for Rush Limbaugh's EIB network. That's fair.
One of the main arguments to keep NPR's federal funds rolling in is that the rural people wouldn't get the news. From Philly.com they say this:
"Democratic opponents called it an ideological attack that would deprive local stations, especially rural ones, of access to programs such as "Car Talk," "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition."Here's another example from WBEZ 91.5's website:
"Though many think NPR could live without government funding, that may not be the case for many stations that serve small cities and rural areas. If funds from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting were to go away, it is likely that some of these stations would cease operations."Let's get down to brass tax here. It's not about the rural areas. Most liberals couldn't care less about rural areas. What do they call it: FLY OVER COUNTRY? What did the NPR's Schiller say about the vast number of Americans: racists, uneducated etc. Now they are pretending to love those same people deep in America's heartland.
L. Brent Bozell over at Newsbusters said it much better than I could:
"In response, public broadcasters predictably cry that rural stations will shut down – as if NPR really cares about those people they consider uneducated, less-than-Christian, gun-toting hayseeds."NPR should be more honest about who they really are and who their number one competitor is: The EIB (Excellence in Broadcasting) network, or Rush Limbaugh. When they are talking about "rural" areas in the states they are really talking about Rush's penetration into the rural areas across the fruited plains. When they have 3-4 stations in big cities, their real motivation is to have a bigger presence than Rush Limbaugh.
But if my opening statement made you spit your coffee out of your mouth, good. Rush doesn't need federal funding anymore than NPR does. At least Rush is man enough to consistently remind us that profit is not a bad word as he does when he says, "Now we go to our obscene profit break..." If NPR mentioned PROFIT there would be a loud "Tsk tsk tsk" from all the big cities and their liberal listeners.
If NPR is really so great, let it truly compete with Rush. We'll see who will win.