A reader writes:
Your reader quipped, "At least there's one good thing to come out of this whole Juan Williams v. NPR mess: we've finally found a program that Republicans are willing to say they would cut." It's a decent dig, and Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin have made comments along these lines.
There's just one problem: NPR does not receive any direct federal funding for operations. Less than 2% of the budget is derived from competitive grants from federally funded groups such as the National Endowment for the Arts. Certain member stations receive some state and local funding, to the tune of about 5% of their funds. A detailed breakdown complete with audited tax forms is available on their website.
"Public Radio" no longer means "government funded," if it ever did.