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MRC President Brent Bozell to NPR Oversight Committees: Vivian Schiller Resignation "Doesn't Change a Thing"

Alexandria, VA - Media Research Center President Brent Bozell sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate committees with oversight of NPR stating that PBS does not deserve a dime of taxpayer funding and that a government that is broke should not be in the business of funding a left-wing playground. This week, NPR's top fundraiser, Ron Schiller, unleashed a barrage of anti-conservative rhetoric in a hidden-camera expose at a business lunch in Washington.

Vivian Schiller, NPR President and CEO, resigned after news of Ron Schiller's comments spread. Bozell says her resignation does nothing to affect the many reasons to stop funding tax dollars to NPR.

A portion of the letter sent by Brent Bozell to Congress reads:

"In today's remarkably rich and varied communications environment - and today's dire federal fiscal straits - there is simply no reason to continue government funding for a Corporation for Public Broadcasting, especially a CPB that defines its role as establishing a 'firewall' against taxpayer complaints about biased or inaccurate content.

"It has been 44 years since Congress established the public broadcasting system, and the dramatic revolution in information technology makes the scarcity argument of the 1967 Act utterly obsolete. Congress's requirement for fairness in public broadcasting has been disregarded since the system's very first days.

"The resignation of Vivian Schiller doesn't change a thing about NPR. They are still a radical left-wing toy for the likes of George Soros and they still don't deserve a dime of taxpayer funding. A government that is broke should not be in the business of funding a left-wing playground."



The letter is being sent to:

  • Rep. Fred Upton, Chairman, House Committee on Energy and Commerce;
  • Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member, House Committee on Energy and Commerce;
  • Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, Chairman U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation;
  • Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation