NPR: Government Sponsored Radio is WRONG – Penn Point

November 21st, 2011

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  1. darththc says:

    You listen to npr so you know that npr hardly ever, almost never tows the government line and receives very little, I think 9% of their funding, from public money. Also their bias is minuscule as compared to any corporate media source from either side of the spectrum, in short it’s the fairest news outlet I know of. Like it or not, npr represents one of the last bastions of journalist integrity in modern media even if they do lean left. Which, as I mentioned, isn’t much as compared to the rest.

  2. SpacePopeIII says:

    To me the problem with the BBC and NPR is their bias. I think the point behind government news is to deliver unbiased news, and if it was funded JUST by the government then there should be no real bias. Where as say, if the CokeaCola corporation gave them money then they might have a reason to like Coke more than Pepsi (if they did a report on soda)

  3. MegaChairmanMao says:

    America deserved 9/11. Fuck all the US troops currently oppressing the rest of the world.

  4. dmbry says:

    But it’s not “the government” news, it’s the people’s news. Hence, public radio, paid for with public funds, not government funds (even if it’s distributed by them, it’s our money).

  5. MacabreManifesto says:

    Where’s my $10,000,000 a year? 🙁

  6. raptothecore says:

    I find it very odd that many of you conservatives/libertarians have no problems with private organizations giving you biased information, yet when the government does it you throw a fit. I say let both of them have a voice and you as a listener have a job to hear both sides of the story. In Canada we have a lot more media public media, however we still have private media to call B.S on public media scandals. Thank you Penn on another great video, you are truly someone who hears both sides.

  7. SwingingDickOfDoom says:

    NPR, CNN, PBS, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and the rest of them all have the same agenda. FOX aint perfect at all.. but atleast they offer another point of view. AND they are NOT using your tax dollars to spoon feed you thier point of view… NPR and PBS is very much like Radio Stallin and the NAZI radio.. When a government controls what you hear, and when you hear it, they can tell you what to think and when to think it.. RESIST GOVERNMENT MEDIA OUTLETS! Dont be a sheep!

  8. redbrest says:

    What the fucking fuck, Freedom is dead. The NWO is already running the show so it doesn’t really matter who funds radio.
    Things are no different in a dictator ship where government sponsored radio is expected and common.

  9. blahblahblah11129 says:

    Yep, publically funded news tends to do a pretty objective job of reporting facts and privately funded news like MSNBC, FOX, CNBC, CNN, pretty much all of them, then to be biased and dim.

    But then there’s wikipedia, which is not-government and is trusted as the ‘go to’ objective source. Depends. But no, state sponsored media is not some horrible un-American thing. I agree.

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  11. blahblahblah11129 says:


    Here, here. Doesn’t everyone think their politics lead to “Liberty”? What a monopolistic self description indicating profound a priori thinking. 2+2=4, I must be the ‘pro-liberty’ person! Oh yeah, and what is their “definition” of “liberty”?

    Hatred of law, society, recognition of anything bigger than themselves, short sighted selfishness, the belief they don’t have to contribute to society to be a part of it. And their ideas are dumb too and don’t work anywhere.

  12. MegaCabbageman says:

    One of the more pretentious political self-descriptions is “Libertarian.” People think it puts them above the fray. It sounds fashionable, and to the uninitiated, faintly dangerous. Actually, it’s just one more bullshit political philosophy-George Carlin

  13. scruncherg says:

    paper you are a joke. Exploitation is not exclusive to capitalism. Central planning is far more evil than capitalism. See china, cuba, USSR….

  14. KarateKidX says:

    If public radio were private, It just wouldn’t be public radio

  15. PaperComedy says:

    The free market doesn’t work because according to the free market All Things Considered is less important to the people than the Jersey Shore. The free market would work if everyone were like you, but unfortunately (I believe) humans are inherently evil, and capitalism has been abused by people like Rupert Murdock.

  16. MartinJWillett says:

    @Juhsayngul Because I have over three thousand subscribers (and hundreds more I have blocked) and I have looked at all their channel pages and I notice patterns in who people are subscribed to.

  17. icarus313 says:

    Yeah and again Penn’s criticism was nicely put and so measured compared to the blind vitriol against public funding that many republicans dole out, so I don’t mean to paint him with that brush at all. It’s just that, by and large, history seems to tell us that, in democracies, publicly funded media seem to do a pretty good job of reporting news in a proper journalistic manner.

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