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Tax-Payer Funded NPR Quits Twitter After Being Labeled ‘State-Affiliated Media’

Tax-Payer Funded NPR Quits Twitter After Being Labeled ‘State-Affiliated Media’

NPR’s website literally says, “Federal funding is essential to public radio’s service to the American public and its continuation is critical for both stations and program producers, including NPR.”

National Public Radio (NPR) quit Twitter because the platform labeled the tax-payer funded outlet state-affiliated media:

“The downside, whatever the downside, doesn’t change that fact,” NPR CEO John Lansing said in an interview. “I would never have our content go anywhere that would risk our credibility.”

In an email to staff explaining the decision, Lansing wrote, “It would be a disservice to the serious work you all do here to continue to share it on a platform that is associating the federal charter for public media with an abandoning of editorial independence or standards.”

Um. You are state-affiliated media since you get money from the government, NPR. Even if it’s a small amount, you receive money from the government.

Under the About tab, NPR’s website says: “Federal funding is essential to public radio’s service to the American public and its continuation is critical for both stations and program producers, including NPR.”

NPR literally says it’s important to get federal funding.

NPR tries to brag about its nonprofit and private status. How does that work when you get money from governments on all levels? It’s disgusting:

From the late 1980s, NPR generated increasing amounts of its revenue from charitable donations and licensing fees, though a significant portion of the fees come from private local stations which receive funding from CPB and state and local governments. Presently, NPR receives funding for less than 1% of its budget directly from the federal government, but receives almost 10% of its budget from federal, state, and local governments indirectly.

NPR even tries to justify the federal money and why it shouldn’t go away:

These station programming fees comprise a significant portion of NPR’s largest source of revenue. The loss of federal funding would undermine the stations’ ability to pay NPR for programming, thereby weakening the institution.

Elimination of federal funding would result in fewer programs, less journalism—especially local journalism—and eventually the loss of public radio stations, particularly in rural and economically distressed communities.


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Dolce Far Niente | April 12, 2023 at 11:10 am

“eventually the loss of public radio stations, particularly in rural and economically distressed communities.”

Weirdly, radio signals can be heard in rural areas while still being broadcast from urban areas. It must be a very special kid of racist wavelength that federal radio uses.

    They are just afraid that in the small market areas the lefty narrative won’t have any traction. The lefty narrative can’t make any money that’s why they need government to give them hand outs.

      Andy in reply to Martin. | April 12, 2023 at 11:48 am

      Strangely the same space where Rush Limbaugh and Dave Ramsey grew their empires.

      REMEMBER: that stupid drunk of a rat Boehner had the opportunity to defund the cancerous outlets when he was Squeaker – er – Speaker. But he didn’t, likely having an extortion rope around his balls.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to Dolce Far Niente. | April 12, 2023 at 3:45 pm

    Meanwhile, the feds are systematically shutting down HAM spectrum repeaters hosted on public land.

    It’s like they’re bugged by folks not reachable by the broadcast, central message — while folks reaching each other with what they want to say they want.less of.

    henrybowman in reply to Dolce Far Niente. | April 12, 2023 at 5:20 pm

    It’s practically a Grand Old Conspiracy.

    alaskabob in reply to Dolce Far Niente. | April 12, 2023 at 9:05 pm

    Rural and distressed communities may have commercial radio stations in the area .. but then it’s “choice” or “nobody wants commercials”. Been there and seen it happen. They are the anointed since they have government funding. NPR provides services for which stations pay them.. so more funding gets back to them.

If the Republicans have any backbone (I know, I know) they will cut funding to NPR, PBS and to the National Endowments of the Arts and Humanities.

    Martin in reply to Eric R.. | April 12, 2023 at 1:54 pm

    I would love to see it. But they have had many many chances and they never pull the trigger.

    CommoChief in reply to Eric R.. | April 12, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    IMO that’s way down the list of priorities simply due to the ‘they tryna kill big bird y’all’ bunch of BS that gets spewed every time they try. It is past time to eliminate the program dollars but there are bigger fish to fry before we spend political capital on this. Lots of political pain for relatively little financial gain to the budget deficit.

    This isn’t about “backbone” – it’s about corruption. The GOP is in on the scam.

    Say, where’s Rona Rino Romney these days?

    She’s awfully quiet for the GOP Chairwoman. But then she’s probably squirrled away in her country club, planning how to lose the 2024 election.

They will be back. Its only a matter of time. Crack whores and crack are never separated for long.

E Howard Hunt | April 12, 2023 at 11:33 am

It was one of the first institutions to become totally feminized. Every single male voice broadcast sounds unmistakably gay.

An excellent start.

Now run them out of the college/university radio stations they have been abusing as boot camps for indoctrinating woke media operatives.

NPR- not made of stern stuff.

Conservative media has gone through the wood chipper to not be banned from twitter and was still throttled, silenced, shadow banned, put on secret lists for mis-information, constantly put on detention for imaginary crimes and still used the platform.

NPR gets a label which is accurate, well earned, deserved and quits.

The impact will be interesting, because their audience are the ones who actually use the platform. Whereas I think the only reason conservative outlets use the platform is to gain eyeballs to audiences they don’t reach.

To me NPR is something people either follow or don’t. Most don’t- they have their niche. So I don’t think this is a good move for them.

    Paula in reply to Andy. | April 12, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    “NPR- not made of stern stuff.”

    Nor, for that matter, is Howard Stern.

    Val63 in reply to Andy. | April 13, 2023 at 11:56 am

    Let the free market decide – if the listeners value the content, there’s wealth available to keep it afloat through the funding drives.

    Unless it’s ‘affirmative action’ for liberal/progressive causes (could maybe make that argument)…but then wouldn’t be ‘objective programming/reporting’ or unique enough to need direct govt funding, There’s also all the other media outlets that are effectively the marketing and PR depts for liberals/progressives, so how/why is NPR/PBS different?

MoeHowardwasright | April 12, 2023 at 11:55 am

“I’m taking my microphone and going home”! He said to no one in a 50 mile radius.

They ego-banned themselves!

Musk has done more to expose NPR as a tool of government then any Republican in DC who campaigned to cut their funding.

As I am a fan of classical music, I can’t quite find a way to support NPR’s classical stations without contributing to their leftist agenda.

SeekingRationalThought | April 12, 2023 at 3:12 pm

No surprise here. NPR and its affiliate always hide from the truth. They couldn’t live with themselves, otherwise. What a bunch of sell-outs.

healthguyfsu | April 12, 2023 at 3:27 pm

Don’t take the money if you don’t want your credibility to be called into question.

Remember the “vocal fry” froogy voiced news actors and how NPR told its listeners to check their privilege and learn to love fry-voiced omnisexual xe/xem girlz and boyz?

    henrybowman in reply to Tiki. | April 13, 2023 at 1:27 am

    If you haven’t yet watched Tucker’s skewering of NPR on YouTube, you’ll want to. Complete with oodles of snippets of meaningless NPR woke program material, and the observation that “all the people behind the microphones talk about themselves, of course, because that’s the most important subject.”

BierceAmbrose | April 12, 2023 at 3:52 pm

“State-affiliated media. Proudly inflicting on bringing you what your betters want you to hear since before the glorious regime took power.”

Why so shamed they fled? Say it loud; say it proud!

NPR will be back on Twitter – as if a traditional progressive news drama show can remain aloof during the 2024 presidential campaign season.


In their defense, NPR is only a state propaganda outlet when Democrats are in charge. When Republicans are in control, they are the opposition propaganda outlet.

JournoLism is the Fourth Leg of a Fascist State.

That’s a tragedy. I know a ton of farmers doing another 16hr day putting in corn that listen to NPR. Seriously, Tons!

When haven’t they been known as “National Pinko Radio?”