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House Votes to Defund NPR

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By Doug Powers  •  March 17, 2011 08:30 PM

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This probably will never see the light of day in the Senate, but it’s a nice bit of chin music for those who have been crowding the taxpayer-funded plate for far too long and a reminder of one of many things that could hinge on the 2012 elections.

Fox News:

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted 228-192 on a bill to defund National Public Radio, the vast public radio network whose leadership has been questioned after a series of executive decisions about programming, staffing and reporting bias.

Seven Republicans broke with House leadership and voted against the package. One GOP member, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, voted present.

Republicans voting against defunding:

Sean Duffy — WI
Chris Gibson — NY
Richard Hanna — NY
Steve LaTourette — OH
Patrick Tiberi — OH
Dave Reichert — WA
Rob Woodall — GA

Here’s Dem Rep. Anthony Weiner prematurely eulogizing Click & Clack (if taxpayers don’t fund NPR who will teach us how to fix our cars?) and resorting to joke names like “Heywood Jabuzzoff.” A conservative congressman by the name of Craven Moorecuts disagrees with Weiner:

Meanwhile, a Democrat wants to defund Fox News from getting any federal advertising dollars. I agree that the GOP should call the bluff and address it — except for all media outlets. If they’re going to root out unnecessary, senseless, redundant or just plain stupid expenses wherever they exist, include an examination of the money government spends on advertising.

Update: And the NPR hits keep on comin': Wobegon lefty Garrison Keillor will retire in 2013. Wait, Garrison Keillor’s still on the air? In any case, Keillor’s departure is expected to save or create many jobs at Sominex.

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