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Public Radio Host Falsely Claims ‘Paucity' of Public Funding


Added 11-05-19 10:20:03pm EST - “NPR's Joshua Johnson claimed that a "paucity" of NPR's funding comes from tax dollars, despite the organization? stating that federal funding is "essential."” - Freebeacon.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Freebeacon.com: “NPR Host: Only a 'Paucity' of NPR's Funding Comes From Taxes”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

National Public Radio host Joshua Johnson claimed on Tuesday that only a "paucity" of NPR's funding comes from tax dollars, despite NPR having previously stated that federal funding is "essential" for public radio.

"The plurality of funding for all NPR stations comes from members. A paucity of the funding comes from tax dollars," Johnson said on 1A, rebuking a guest who suggested that tax dollars kept NPR from being a fully crowd-funded organization.

While Johnson was quick to downplay the importance of federal funding for NPR, the organization said on its own finance page that such funding is "essential."

"Federal funding is essential to public radio’s service to the American public," NPR said (emphasis in original). "Its continuation is critical for both stations and program producers, including NPR."

The organization's finance page states that it is funded by a mix of member donations and institutional grants, which NPR called an "important part of a diverse revenue mix that includes listener support, corporate sponsorship and grants."

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