House Republicans Move to Defund NPR

Several House Republicans are introducing legislation to prohibit federal funding for National Public Radio (NPR) following the suspension and resignation of an editor who revealed overt levels of partisanship in the company’s newsroom.

Reps. Claudia Tenney of New York, Jim Banks of Indiana, and Bob Good of Virginia  are set to introduce legislation to end federal funding for NPR, including barring local public radio stations from utilizing money from federal grants to purchase content or pay dues to NPR. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., reportedly also is considering options to sever federal funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which gives NPR grants.

“American taxpayers should not be forced to fund NPR, which has become a partisan propaganda machine,” Tenney said Friday in a news release. “My legislation, the Defund NPR Act of 2024, ensures no federal funding is used to perpetuate the media bias that has taken over NPR. As a former newspaper owner and publisher, I understand the importance of nonpartisan, balanced media coverage, and have seen first-hand the left-wing bias in our news media. These disturbing reports out of NPR confirm what many have known for a long time: NPR is using American taxpayer dollars to manipulate the news and lie to the American people on behalf of a political agenda.”

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