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Public Broadcasting in the Cross Hairs

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The Republican Congress has voted to eliminate federal money for public broadcasting, including $94 million the Corporation for Public Broadcasting gives to public radio stations, which then help to fund NPR.  Republicans see NPR as too liberal, and felt vindicated when NPR fired Juan Williams for comments on Fox News. Now, in an ambush interview, an NPR fundraiser called Tea Party conservatives anti-intellectual racists, and NPR's president has been ousted. Is NPR really biased? Is it ready for damage control? What about public stations that need federal money but don't even carry NPR News?

Credits

Guests:
Jill Drew - Columbia Journalism Review, Alicia Shepard - National Public Radio, David Boaz - Cato Institute, Eric Alterman - The Nation, Maxie Jackson - National Federation of Community Broadcasters

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Karen Radziner, Sonya Geis