I called my local NPR station today and asked the friendly volunteer who took my call what percentage of the station's budget was spent on NPR news. After some time on hold while she researched this question, she said it was about 23%. I then told her that I would be deducting that percentage from my pledge as a way of registering my unhappiness with NPR, which as the good readers of this blog know, seems to have turned more and more into a propaganda machine. The station is affiliated with a university and is generally a great station, and I want to support it, but I can no longer conscience giving money for NPR's apparent mission of indoctrinating the upper classes.
I then pledged to the local community station, which plays no NPR programming, but does play such invaluable shows as Democracy Now!, Radio Nation, Alternative Radio, and Counter Spin, and added the amount deducted from my NPR pledge to my gift to them.
I know this will probably have little to no effect on NPR's behavior, as I and people like me are always beaten in contests of "voting with dollars",but it did kind of feel good to support my stations while making a statement critical of NPR.
I would like to thank Mytwords for letting me contribute to his valuable blog, and I will be listening carefully and posting as regularly as I can with my thoughts and observations on NPR's "reporting", Including, I hope, praise for them when they do a good job.
Thanks for the opportunity.