by George Leef
Wouldn’t it be tragic if the feds stopped funding NPR?
Adding to the already overpowering case against NPR is this sharp Examiner piece by Hans Bader of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He writes, “NPR receives taxpayer subsidies based on its false premise of objectivity and accuracy….But it routinely gets basic facts wrong, especially on legal subjects.”
Bader proceeds to demolish the claim made by NPR’s ombudsman, Edward Schumacher-Matos, that the First Amendment does not protect “hate speech” that makes fun of people’s prophets and gods — referring of course to the recent Charlie Hebdo massacre in France. Contrary to that assertion, American case law leaves no doubt that the government cannot censor “hate speech” such as the cartoons.
Never mind. NPR is more about the purveying of opinions than anything else. Facts such as case holdings, actual weather records, damage caused by Obamacare and so on can’t be allowed to get in the way.