Rep. Marsha Blackburn took to the House floor this Thursday during the debate over NPR's government funding and she basically laid out their game plan for rural areas that are going to be harmed by these cuts -- let them start over with new programming instead of airing NPR's content. Anyone else think that content that will be replaced by anything other than the equivalent of Fox "News" and right wing talk?
And she also took a shot at NPR's listeners who are apparently all rich, latte drinking snobby liberals who should be able to afford to keep the network on the air on their own... unless of course you consider those rural areas that are going to be hit the hardest by these cuts.
House Republicans continually cited the discredited tapes from James O’Keefe as a reason to cut off funding for the network during the debate and also pretended that this was done out of some deep concern for our budget deficit woes, even though they haven’t expressed similar concerns for busting the budget with illegal invasions that weren’t even put on the books or tax cuts for the rich.
Blackburn’s assertion that they did this because they have one iota of concern for the budget deficit is laughable. As the Democrats continually pointed out during the House floor debate, this was done purely for ideological reasons and nothing else. They want our public fed a steady stream of right wing propaganda and dumbed down with as little access to news that isn’t influenced by their agenda as possible, and this is just one more step in assuring that happens.
I'd say that Blackburn and her ilk should be ashamed of themselves for this, but they've long ago proven that they just have no shame.