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.