[BREAKING] House Cuts NPR Funding

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UPDATE, MARCH 17, 12:41 P.M.: The U.S. House of Representatives just voted to defund National Public Radio (NPR). The matter now goes to the Senate.

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Mr. Rogers
ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 11, 7:58 A.M.: The president and CEO of PBS SoCal (formerly KOCE-TV/Channel 50), Mel Rogers, could not have known when he recently warned of government budget cuts to public television what loomed on the horizon.

Or, more accurately, who: Republican provocateur James O'Keefe.

O'Keefe, famous/infamous for raising his pimp hand to ACORN, grabbed headlines this week for duping NPR with actors posing as members of the fictional Muslim Education Action Center Trust--leading to some high-level departures from the public-radio network that is partly supported by government grants.

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James O'Keefe, frontin'
Then came the disclosure that the Muslim Education Action Center Trust fakers also met with PBS's senior vice president for development, Brian Reddington. It's unclear whether O'Keefe's cameras were rolling for that lunch to confirm PBS's spin: that Reddington had "profound concerns about the organization," which led the network to investigate and eventually cut off contact with the merry pranksters.

No matter. The NPR lunch did enough damage to embolden budget-shredders on Capitol Hill to call for gutting taxpayer funding of public radio and PBS, CPB and anything starring Elmo.

It makes Rogers look like Kreskin when he writes that the No. 1 source for educational programming for children, educational resources for teachers of the young and news for millions of people was endangered. The PBS allocation is tiny, but the impact will be huge, according to Rogers.

Here's a link to Rogers' letter. You'll also find it on the PBS SoCal page that lists the members of the board of the PBS SoCal Foundation, which owns the station. At the top of the list is the board's chairwoman, Jo Ellen Chatham.

Longtime Weekly readers likely know her more from her previous married name, Jo Ellen Allen. My colleague R. Scott Moxley put Jo Ellen and her late husband Eddie Allen through his journalistic Cuisinart when "Fast Eddie" found himself at the center of one of Orange County's most spectacular civil fraud trials.


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Jo Ellen Allen Chatham
This was a case that hit all the OC bases: colorful CIA spooks, jungle-torture allegations, right-wing politics, infidelity, brazenly deceitful financial schemes, crusty decorated Vietnam War generals--and a mainstream-media blackout from the MIA Orange County Register and barely there Los Angeles Times.

Surely, the dailies were not gun-shy due to Jo Ellen being dragged into the case. I mean, it's not like she was vice chairwoman of the Orange County Republican Party, vice president of the Orange County Taxpayers Association, a frequent candidate for local office, a frequent talking head on local and national television, and, most important, the go-to conservative female frequently filling their funny papers, one so conservative female she opposed equal rights for women.

Oh, wait a minute, she was those things!

Anyway, Chatham is one of those convenient conservatives who talks the choke-government-in-the-crib talk when it's government assistance for poor people, unwed mothers or those lacking healthcare. But touch a hair on the head of her precious, barely watched public-television station and she may as well change her name again, this time to Jo Ellen Guevara.

It's the same brand of conservatism radioman Hugh Hewitt employs when he opposes all tax hikes except those his fellow Irvine residents pay to support the schools his kids attend.
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Thom234
Thom234

Good. Let the Libtards go find funding somewhere else, like Al-Jazeera.

Dianesower
Dianesower

Why is it people like you support MobileExxon, Bank Of America, Citigroups, and countless others who pay ZERO in taxes? The elephant keeps them protected, while you and I pay for them. If that kind of concern makes me a liberal, so beit. I thought capitalism was something else. Apparently not.

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Dianesower
Dianesower

Bank of America, which we bailed out to the tune of $45 billion, Citigroup, Boeing, ExxonMobil, Wells Fargo, and General Electric, pay the government ZERO in taxes. Does nobody out there want fair taxing laws? I mean, this bit about taking from the bottom up is going to result in activity like we've seen in Egypt and the UK. It simply cannot be tolerated, even though the elephants in Congress have been bought and paid for by these and many other corportations.

ac20850
ac20850

No Milnert, Diansower and Ronnie HIT THE NAIL on THE HEAD. These shit for brains "Conservatives" scream about "ILLEGALS" not paying their taxes but support any and all tax breaks and loopholes for the mutherfuckin corporate gangsters to stick it to the ordinary american. They stuck taxspayers with the bill to bail out their filthy asses over the GREAT AMERICAN BANK HEIST.We' paid countless BILLIONS to fight BUSHS' Bull Shit Iraq war and these SELL OUTS constantly lobby the government to make it EASIER to send AMERICAN jobs to GODDAMN CHINA!! It must comfort Glenn Beck and Fat Fuck Limbaugh to know that people like 909Jeff and Mitchell will blindly worship them and their political views no matter how much they bend them over.

909Jeff
909Jeff

That was eloquent! Your prafanity laden rant shows us your education level... The world needs fry cooks too!

Whene you want to come back with some VALID remarks, maybe you can give us your disertation as to why companies with hundreds of thousands of employee's should have been allowed to fail. Make a case... you can argue greed, you can blame republicans... or you can also blame the democrats who took over congress in 2006. Barney Frank (Congressman fronmMA) was the chairman of the house committee of Financial Services. He was warned time and time again that Fannie and Freddie were in grave condition and he chose to do NOTHING! Geez Jeff I wonder why? Well lets take a look at who fannie gave money too

All Recipients of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Campaign Contributions, 1989-2008

Dodd, Christopher J S CT D $165,400 Obama, Barack S IL D $126,349 Kerry, John S MA D $111,000

So Bub, who just got caught with their hands in the cookie jar? Is it a coincidence that the last two Dem Presidential candidates are two of the top three recipients of pac money from what is essentially a government agency.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Let me ask who signs your paycheck?

Because if its a fortune 500 company than they probably benefited from some of the same loopholes. Then you blame the GOP. The Jackasses have ran congress since 2006 and they didnt close the loopholes. Do you ever wonder why? Because if these companies had to pay a multibillion dollar tax bill they would have to lay people off... They would have to abandon the programs they sponsor that generate billions in charitable contributions. Is that what you really want? Wachovia employs 120,000 people. Where would they have been had Wells Fargo not purchased Wachovia? and you want to reward Wells Fargo for saving all those jobs by not allowing them to write off losses?

Let me ask you this. Did you know you as an individual can write off certain investment losses? Should we take that away from the common folk as well?

Here is a snippet of the story linked from the Huffington post...

This tax season will be kind to Bank of America and Wells Fargo: It appears that neither bank will have to pay federal income taxes for 2010.

Bank of America probably won't pay federal taxes because it lost money in the U.S. for the year. Wells Fargo was profitable, but can write down its tax bill because of losses at Wachovia, which it rescued from a near collapse.

The idea of the country's No. 1 and No. 4 banks not paying federal income taxes may be anathema to millions of Americans who are grumbling as they fill out their own tax forms this month. But tax experts say the banks' situation is hardly unique.

"Oh, yeah, this happens all the time," said Robert Willens, an expert on tax accounting who runs a New York firm with the same name. "Especially now, with companies suffering such severe losses."

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Mitchell
Mitchell

Ever notice (I'm doing my Andy Rooney) how during the 'pledge break' season PBS programmes stuff like 'Celtic Woman', 'the Irish Tenors', or maybe "Downton Abbey', a 'Peter, Paul and Mary' retrospective, or occasionally 'Let's Visit Isreal'. PBS knows where its bread is buttered. The rest of the year, of course, its 'Calle Sesame' and documentaries like 'Puñetazo: Early Struggles of Latina/o Lesbianas/os on the Upper East Side".

Thom234
Thom234

gustavoarellano.....take it easy, people CAN makes observations without being a KKK member.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Always the dumb-ass racialist...

Garth Milnert
Garth Milnert

No, Mitchell hit the nail on the head. Sayin' like it is. Seems your PC racist arse doesn't like the truth the eh gusto? DEFUND THAT RACIST AND TREASONOUS FARCE OF A JOURNALISM OUTLET. NPR/PBS IS A TREASONOUS FARCE!!!

909Jeff
909Jeff

Ronnie,

Seriously? So Olberman, Madcow, and Matthews are right down the middle huh? You attack Fox yet you have filth in your own house. PBS... Gwen Ifill, Charlie Rose, Jim Lehrer are all poster children for the the liberal elite. Come back when you know what the hell your talking aboout.

Ronnie
Ronnie

Racist and Treasonous? How? By actually reporting the news as it is rather than sensationalizing it and wrapping it up in a neat little package of xenophobia for ass-clowns like yourself to slurp up like it was Ruby Red Mountain Dew?

Let me guess....if a news source isn't reporting the things that YOU want to hear, then it is racist/treasonous? Is that correct? As much as I detest the dribble that falls from the mouths of those on Fox News like shit falls from an ass, I would never say that they're guilty of treason.

Debaser
Debaser

PBS patronizes white people during pledge drives. I think Mitchell is merely observant, not racialist. The back end of his comment was hyperbole for sure, but there is some truth to it.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Mitchell and Debaser have valid arguments... About a month ago PBS had their grubby little hands out with a two hour long special on John Denver. Last year was the best of the Ed Sullivan show. Target demographic you ask? How about white middle class baby boomers. Calling a spade a spade does not make someone racist. Maybe your problem should be with PBS or NPR? But you would never call them out would you? Because they are platforms for the liberal agenda!

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