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When national public radio NPR fired Fox News analyst Juan Williams last month some lawmakers propose withdrawing government funding for NPR.
Well that proposal failed to pass the house and meantime NPR claims only one or 2% of the budget is from taxpayer money but our next guest says that is not true.
Straight straight -- he's an English professor -- Johnson County community college near Kansas City mark Browning good morning -- you mark.
Okay see you put on your thinking cap and you realize that you know while NPR says it's probably one or 2% big deal.
-- some calculations and you've figured that NPR could be getting as much as 25 maybe 30% of their income.
25% the number I would would say is is reasonable.
In order to understand that you've got to.
Realize that they get 50% of their money from their member stations right and when they use that one to 2% thing.
They're always talking in terms of one to two point -- one to 3% pardon me.
Direct money from the federal government their very specific about that right.
And so you you wrote a great op Ed that was published in the New York papers.
This past week and you say okay so they get five point 6% from federal state and local funds 10% from the corporation for probably public broadcasting.
And it's something I know I thought about and this is brilliant.
They get 64%.
Of their funding from gifts from individuals and businesses and foundations and stuff like that we've got the pie chart up right now.
And all of that money -- -- -- tax deductible so you could argue that that is coming out of our pocket as well.
Right that's an excellent that the only -- if he part of of my analysis is just how much of that is.
Actually deducted in their -- subsidized by the government and then there's no way that I can know that there's no way that that NPR can know that that's where that.
25% -- -- maybe it's more like thirty maybe it's more like twenty.
But it's still a considerable amount.
No -- and it it it's much bigger than the one or 2% here's what NPR spokeswoman -- Christopher told foxnews.com.
Said quote you could argue that a small.
On quantifiable percentage of that support filters in directly to NPR wanna find that amount is imperfect and impossible math.
You agree with -- It's impossible well it not mean technically yes it's I can't put an exact you don't 45 point 3%.
But it's obviously more than 123%.
And -- I I would say 2030.
I just when he five as I thought a reasonable conservative number.
Okay and professor it in your op Ed you wrote that ultimately because the -- channel does.
Lean to the left alternately what they should be if they're gonna continue to do that it they need to be labeled as what they are recognize it for what it is a 501 C four.
On par with moveon.org.
Or the National Rifle Association -- it -- And it but yeah I believe bait -- They've catered to a particular segment of the all of the population and if they're not gonna represent the entire spectrum of the population.
Than they -- Oughta be so.
Categorized label it as such all right interesting stuff that professor we thank you very much for joining us -- from Kansas City.
Thank you you --
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