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House votes to defund NPR

These final notes today. First of all, another item in the federal budget. The House voted to defund National Public Radio today. Just NPR specifically -- local stations will still get money from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

There's a catch, though. The bill that passed -- which, just to be clear, still has to pass the Senate -- says stations can't use that federal money to buy national programming from NPR or from APM, the company that produces Marketplace. Which makes one wonder if Congress has never heard that phrase about the fungibility of money: that a dollar, in essence, is a dollar is a dollar.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
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So if money is fungible what congress really needs to do is totally de-fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Kai, your comment was not smart. Basically rub congresses nose in the fact that the legislation to take your money will not work. It is this smugness that was getting them to target you in the first place and then you wave in their face what they really need to do to get you. Bright move.

I pay taxes, donate to NPR (and local radio & TV affiliates of public television & radio), and think that some governmental funding is entirely approrpiate for our democracy. NPR is hardly leftist; it presents well-researched and thoughtful programming. On the other hand, Fox News(not a news organization)and pundits like Beck and Limbaugh only spread falsehoods. Where does their funding come from? From corporations and the likes of the Koch brothers? These lies are not the way to have constructive, democratic discussions of the important issues of our day.

Since money is indeed fungible, why did Republicans bother to go through this charade? I just don't get it.

Anyone who has listened to Marketplace on a regular basis would have a hard time providing examples that indicate the show is the "Left's propaganda."

Marketplace provides a broad range of in-depth economic news coverage--distilling down complex business and economics to help a wider majority Americans understand how these complicated and often confusing topics impact our lives.

If this is considered "a small radical minority's propaganda," we have bigger problems than just NPR budgets.

This language is, I'm sure, deliberate: Conservatives do not object to the *existence* of NPR, or to stations' buying NPR programming if their donors are willing to pay for it. What they object to is using taxpayers' money to spread the Left's propaganda that they would otherwise be unable to pay for.

I think continuing to fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is a mistake because *we don't have the money*, but if the federal government is going to continue to fund "public" radio without paying for a small radical minority's propaganda, this is the way to do it.

GOP has had control of the house for about 3 months now...can anyone tell me what they have done to turn this economy around?

does cutting APM, PBS, NPR create jobs?

I am sorry but these attacks on NPR and now Marketplace are ridiculous. We have a problem of intellectual laziness in this country if this is what passes for a big important issue when 20 million are unemployed.

Marketplace isn't even political. It's like voting to make sure the public stays dumb.

Government by the people and for the people...no wonder things are so out of whack. People elect idiots and complaint when they get idiotic government.

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