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GOP senator eyes legislation to defund ‘propagandist’ NPR after suspension of whistleblower

Fox’s first appearance: Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) announced that the bill was passed in the wake of news that she had suspended an editor who made headlines for exposing the content of National Public Radio’s (NPR) programming. will propose new legislation that threatens to cut the agency’s federal budget. Partisan uniformity in newsrooms.

Tennessee Republicans are considering various legislative options to accept federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which would fund NPR in the form of grants. She specifically seeks to prevent NPR from profiting from public funds because of what her office characterizes as left-wing bias.

“Mainstream media is bent on taking down strong conservatives at the mercy of the left, and NPR is leading the charge,” Blackburn said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “It makes no sense for Americans to be forced to fund a propaganda left-wing news outlet that refuses to represent the voices of half the country. NPR should not receive our tax dollars.”

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Sen. Marsha Blackburn cuts funding to National Public Radio after the station’s newsroom was suspended after its editor revealed that the station was made up mostly of Democrats. I am considering doing so. (Getty Images)

Blackburn previously considered cutting government funding to NPR in 2011, when he was a member of the House of Commons. At the time, the Republican-controlled House passed a bill that would cut $50 million from the CPB.

“It’s time to get this money back.” According to reports from Blackburn he said at the time.

According to the nonprofit’s website, CPB is “fully funded by the federal government.” The organization provides funding in the form of grants to both NPR and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). The grant to NPR will be used for international stations and the distribution infrastructure that provides content to all public radio stations.

Veteran NPR editor Uli Berliner was recently suspended without pay from NPR after publicly criticizing his employer. The suspension was announced on Tuesday but reportedly began last Friday. NPR media reporter David Folkenflick. The group reportedly told Berlin on Thursday that his punishment was a final warning and that he would be fired if he violated NPR’s policies regarding employees seeking permission to work for other news organizations.

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Uli Berliner

Berliner said he published the essay after several attempts to personally express his concerns to leadership. (JP Im/Wire Image)

“I love NPR and feel it’s a national trust,” Berliner said in an interview with Folkenflik. “We have great journalists here, and if they voiced their opinions and did the great journalism that they can, this would be a much more interesting and fulfilling organization for our listeners.”

NPR’s senior business editor said he made several attempts to air his concerns before choosing to publish the essay in the magazine. free pressbut they did not listen to the organization’s leadership.

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NPR pushed back on concerns about ideological imbalance within its newsroom. (Getty Images)

In a scathing review of his employer’s ideological homogeneity, Berliner notes that there are “87 registered Democrats in editorial positions” at the company’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and “zero Republicans. None. ” he revealed.

He said this lack of viewpoint diversity permeates the station’s coverage, including former President Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016 election, President Biden’s son’s laptop, and Hunter Hunter’s coverage. Biden and the theory that COVID-19 was caused by a lab breach in China.

A spokesperson for Rep. Ronnie Jackson (R-Texas) said he is pushing a bill in the House to defund NPR that he has introduced on multiple occasions, including this Congress.

Mr. Jackson has been actively seeking more co-sponsors for his bill and is urging House leadership to consider it following recent events.

Congressman Ronnie Jackson

Jackson is pushing to defund NPR starting in 2022. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Rep. Andy Ogles (R-Tenn.) similarly issued a statement to Fox News Digital saying, “I believe Congress should have oversight of NPR, especially in light of the recent whistleblower allegations and subsequent suspension.” Told.

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“Taxpayers fund NPR, and it should be a source of funding that provides a truly neutral and balanced perspective,” he said. “That can only be accomplished through a politically diverse staff, otherwise it is nothing more than a propaganda machine for the Democratic Party.”

“Senator Cassidy has been clear that Congress should end public funding for NPR,” a spokesperson for Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana) said in a statement. “Our office is considering options to do so.”

NPR had no comment in time for publication.

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