Republican Introduces Legislation to Defund NPR

Republican Introduces Legislation to Defund NPR

Republican Indiana Rep. Jim Banks unveiled legislation on Friday aimed at defunding National Public Radio (NPR).

The Defund NPR Act, obtained first by The Daily Caller, outlines a plan to terminate federal funding to NPR, effectively cutting off financial support from the government.

A piece published by NPR editor Uri Berliner raised concerns about the outlet's alleged deep political bias, highlighting that the Washington D.C. bureau employs 87 registered Democrats but no registered Republicans.

Following the publication of this piece, Berliner resigned from NPR after being suspended by the organization.

The recent appointment of NPR’s new CEO, Katherine Maher, has also sparked controversy due to old tweets and clips revealing political bias. Maher, who assumed her role in March, has previously shown support for President Joe Biden's 2020 campaign and referred to former President Donald Trump as a "racist" in 2018.

Maher has also expressed views on the First Amendment, describing it as "the number one challenge" in combating "misinformation."

Rep. Banks criticized Maher's leadership, stating, “NPR’s new CEO is a radical, left-wing activist who doesn’t believe in free speech or objective journalism. Hoosiers shouldn’t be writing her paychecks.

Katherine Maher isn’t qualified to teach an introductory journalism class, much less capable of responsibly spending millions of American tax dollars,” before introducing the Defund NPR Act.

(DAILY CALLER OBTAINED) -- ... by Henry Rodgers

He further emphasized, “NPR was a liberal looney bin under the last CEO John Lansing, and it’s about to get even nuttier. It’s time to pull the plug on this national embarrassment. Congress must stop spending other people’s hard-earned money on low-grade propaganda.”

The legislation has garnered support from entrepreneur Elon Musk, who commented that it was "great" to see Rep. Banks introducing the bill.

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