This is proof the Democrats do not understand normal Americans. On Wednesday evening, Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA), offered an amendment to the NPR de-funding bill that would prohibit funds from any federal agency from being used to advertise on the Fox News Channel. According to the Fox News story:
McGovern voiced his displeasure with the NPR bill as he introduced his amendment, stating:
"We all know what's going on here. The reason this bill is before us is that a discredited, right-wing activist recently made a selectively-edited, 11-minute video of a two-hour conversation," he said. "But if you insist on going down this road, Mr. Chairman, then we should be 'fair and balanced' in the way we do it.
Congressman McGovern, where did you get your education? You speak as if taxpayer support of NPR and taxpayer-purchased advertising are synonymous. In case you honestly don’t know what the difference is, allow me to explain. Our tax dollars are used to purchase, or directly support, content on NPR. Our tax dollars are also used to advertise government services, opportunities, programs, etc. on commercial outlets.
Your "reasoning" indicates that you believe government services, opportunities, programs, etc., must be limited to a selectively chosen demographic, and access to them restricted from those who don’t fit that demographic. Wow. That sounds an awfully lot like the Democrat politicians during the Post-Reconstruction era in the South! But then again, it was the Democrat Party that gave birth to the Ku Klux Klan, wasn’t it?
You know (or should know) as well as I that whenever government "gives" funding to a specific organization, it holds certain performance expectations of that organization. Hence, whenever government advertises on a commercial media outlet, the expectation is that the media outlet will air the advertising content according to the agreed-upon contract.
So it follows that when government gives taxpayer dollars to "public" radio and television, there are certain expectations. I’ll admit I don’t know what those specific expectations may be, but herein is the danger in providing ongoing financial operational support to a media outlet. Government-controlled media has always been a principle tool of socialists of all stripes: dictators, tyrants, autocrats, and the like.
We don’t have that in America – or, at least we shouldn’t! Taxpayers should not be forced by government to provide operational support to any media outlet. Never mind that the Constitution does not authorize the federal government to confiscate personal income in the form of taxes to be distributed to government-financed media.
At least One Black American understands this. Why don’t you people understand? Or, do you just not care?