Letter from MRC President Brent Bozell to House Speaker John Boehner

The following letter was sent to Speaker of the House John Boehner on Thursday, October 20, 2011:

The Honorable John A Boehner
Speaker of the House
US House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Speaker:

Enough is enough. NPR must be defunded.

It has been exposed that NPR host Lisa Simeone has been acting as a spokeswoman for the radical Occupy D.C. group 'October 2011.' Regardless of the fact that NPR has recently terminated Miss Simeone, this is an outrageous violation of NPR's so called ethics rules, which specifically state that 'NPR journalists may not participate in marches and rallies involving causes or issues that NPR covers, nor should they sign petitions or otherwise lend their name to such causes, or contribute money to them.'

This is just the latest in a long list of abuses by this taxpayer subsidized leftist propaganda machine. It learned nothing from the public outrage when it fired Juan Williams in 2010. NPR is out of control, using taxpayer money to lend support to a sometimes violent and lawless mob set on crippling the financial backbone of our country.

NPR is not an objective, independent news broker. NPR is a shill for George Soros and other liberal funders, doing the bidding of these donors and acting in tandem with their political interests. And as you will see in the attached report, we have carefully documented such instances. NPR is a rogue operation which must be eliminated once and for all. It wasn't necessary, we can't afford it, and it continues to violate its own ethical standards of non-partisanship.

Mr. Speaker, taxpayer supported political operations like NPR have no place in our budget. With Congress preparing to make necessary cuts to federal programs, NPR is a no-brainer. Now is the time to act.


L. Brent Bozell III

President and Founder
The Media Research Center