The main topic in the interview of Saxby Chambliss by Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) on Friday was the U.S. senator’s involvement in a deficit reduction movement in Washington.
“Shared sacrifice” was the phrase that kept coming up. But toward the end, the exchange took this turn:
O’Hayer: “Since we’re talking about funding and we’re on an NPR affiliate, I can’t let you go without asking you what you think about the idea of defunding NPR.”
Chambliss:”If you look at NPR versus particularly the overall public broadcasting issue, NPR doesn’t generate income like the public broadcasting side does.
“You know, an awful lot of conservatives listen to NPR. It provides a very valuable service. Should we maybe think about a reduction in that? Again, I think the sacrifice is going to have to be shared by NPR as well as others. But I think total elimination of funding is probably not the wisest thing to do.”
That’s significantly different from what Georgia’s House Republicans are saying. U.S. Rep. Tom Graves recently made the defunding of National Public Radio a topic of a fund-raising letter. He wrote:
”I never listen to NPR. As I travel across Georgia, I tune in to hear Glenn Beck or Rush, Hannity or catch the news or just relax to good ole country music. NPR is too snooty for my taste.
“The politically correct drivel that passes for entertainment on NPR doesn’t appeal to me. Plus I’m probably like you and I believe that NPR is rightfully under fire from conservatives for firing Juan Williams for having the audacity to be conservative and appear on NPR’s most hated rival, Fox News.
“Whether NPR is on the air or not wouldn’t matter to me except for this cold hard truth: They’re funded with your tax dollars and mine….
“The NPR types like to project the image of being all lovey-dovey, but when it comes to negative campaigning, they’re cruel, relentless, personal and fueled by a self-righteous disdain for anything and anybody conservative.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider