National Public Radio had their first broadcast 48 years ago in April of 1971. The station operates on a completely non-profit basis and receives funding from the public. While NPR has a mission of acting in a non-partisan way, it has admitted at times to having a Liberal bias.
The organization is currently in a feud with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who yesterday released a strongly worded statement accusing NPR of bias. Today, Donald Trump retweeted a message from Conserative radio host Mark Levin, who wondered why the station still exists.
Levin tweeted, “Why does NPR still exist? We have thousands of radio stations in the U.S. Plus Satellite radio. Podcasts. Why are we paying for this big-government, Democrat Party propaganda operation.”
The President responded to the message, writing, “A very good question!”
A very good question! https://t.co/8z6uQLKz8M
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2020
The men were both off about their claims of where NPR receives its money from. The majority of its fund come from programming fees, grants and contributions from listeners.
Others on Twitter were happy to answer the President’s question. The best answer may have come from Twitter user Pe Resists, who noted, “That you seem to believe that NPR needs federal funding to survive just shows how ignorant you are. 2% of NPR’s revenue comes indirectly from the federal government, to finance educational programs which would otherwise not be produced.”
That you seem to believe that NPR needs federal funding to survive just shows how ignorant you are.
2% of NPR's revenue comes indirectly from the federal government, to finance educational programs which would otherwise not be produced.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) January 26, 2020