Free Speech Alliance Members Applaud House Hearing on Leftist Tilt at Tax-Funded NPR

May 7th, 2024 5:20 PM

The House Energy and Commerce Committee's Oversight Subcommittee is holding a hearing on Wednesday morning to address the political tilt of taxpayer-subsidized National Public Radio. NewsBusters Executive Editor Tim Graham is one of the experts who will testify. 

Members of the MRC-led Free Speech Alliance sent a letter to committee chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) applauding the hearing and insisting taxpayers "should not be compelled to pay for a politicized media outlet whose primary objective is to undermine American ideas and ideals."

The letter argues PBS and NPR have made a mockery of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, which mandates “objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature.” Therefore, "NPR must not be rewarded for its unlawful behavior and anti-American objectives."

Signatories include MRC founder and president Brent Bozell, Young America’s Foundation President Governor Scott Walker, American Values President Gary Bauer, and American Principles Project President Terry Schilling. 

The letter is below: 

Dear Chair McMorris Rodgers,

We applaud your decision to investigate National Public Radio (NPR). Its politicized leadership and programming have once again been brought into the spotlight, but its history of biased reporting is legendary. It long ago abandoned even the appearance of abiding by its statutory mandates in favor of pursuing a leftwing agenda. 

Taxpayers should not be compelled to pay for a politicized media outlet whose primary objective is to undermine American ideas and ideals, including our First Amendment free-speech rights as well as the economic system that creates the wealth that NPR feeds off of. 

It is critical that this hearing expose NPR’s unlawful conduct and how its leadership and reporters have used its resources to pursue political outcomes. 

For its entire existence, NPR and its sister organization, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), have made a mockery of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, which mandates “objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature.” NPR must not be rewarded for its unlawful behavior and anti-American objectives. Many argue that no media outlet should be subsidized with US tax dollars, but NPR has certainly lost the moral authority to demand our continued support. 

We encourage you to thoroughly investigate how NPR uses its talent and resources in contravention of the law. The Committee should determine the following: 

  1. With thousands of alternative media outlets now available to the public, has NPR outlived its usefulness?
  2. Are NPR’s hiring practices designed to prevent diversity of viewpoints in its programming?
  3. Has NPR used its power, reach and resources to interfere in elections, including the 2020 and 2024 presidential elections?
  4. Half of Americans are conservative or lean right in their political views; how does NPR attempt, if at all, to address the interests of this swath of Americans?

In 1967, Congress determined that funding NPR and PBS, both entities under the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), was necessary since there were only three broadcasters on television and only a small number of news-oriented radio stations across the country. Today, the internet has allowed countless alternative news sources to flourish. There are tens of thousands of online media sites and countless podcasts where the public access news daily. 

Black-and-white televisions have been replaced with 5G technology and most radio stations now have apps to compete with audio streaming services. Why should taxpayers continue to finance PBS and NPR now that there’s CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Spotify, Pandora, Sirius XM, iHeart Radio, Amazon Prime, Apple Music, and countless others? 

Thank you for holding this important hearing. We look forward to learning how the Committee intends to reform NPR and the role taxpayers play in funding its operations. 


L. Brent Bozell III

Founder and President

Media Research Center


J. Christian Adams

President and General Counsel

Public Interest Legal Foundation


Saulius “Saul” Anuzis


The American Association of Senior Citizens 


Brent Baker

Vice President for Research and Publications

Media Research Center


Gary L. Bauer


American Values


Ryan Bomberger

CoFounder & Chief Creative Officer

Radiance Foundation


David N. Bossie


Citizens United


Floyd Brown


The Western Journal


The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.

Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs

President Ronald Reagan


Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II


Elaine Donnelly


Center for Military Readiness


Steven Ertelt



Kevin Freeman


NSIC Institute


Mark J. Fitzgibbons

President of Corporate Affairs

American Target Advertising


Lady Brigitte Gabriel

Founder & Chairman

ACT For America


Paul Gessing


Rio Grande Foundation


Tim Graham

Executive Editor



Mike​​​​ Gonzalez

Angeles T. Arredondo E Pluribus Unum Senior Fellow, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy

The Heritage Foundation


Mike Hill 

Former Member 

Florida State House


Phil Kerpen


American Commitment


Kelly M. Kullberg

General Secretary

American Association of Evangelicals 


Jim Lakely

Vice President & Director of Communications

The Heartland Institute


George Landrith


Frontiers of Freedom


John Pierce 


National Constitutional Law Union


Richard Manning


Americans for Limited Government


Josh Manning

Deputy Managing Editor

The Western Journal


Mr. Edward Martin


Phyllis Schlafly Eagles


James L. Martin


60 Plus Association


Christie-Lee McNally


Raven Strategies


Cleta Mitchell, Esq.


Election Integrity Network


C. Preston Noell III


Tradition, Family, Property, Inc

The Honorable George K Rasley Jr

Managing Editor


Khadine L. Ritter, Esq.


Eagle Forum of Ohio


Craig Shirley

Chairman and CEO

Shirley & McVicker Public Affairs


Terry Schilling


American Principles Project


Cameron Sholty

Executive Director

Heartland Impact


Dan Schneider 

Vice President for Free Speech

Media Research Center


Jon Schweppe

Policy Director

American Principles Project


Sharon Slater


Family Watch International


Sean Spicer


The Sean Spicer Show


James Taylor


The Heartland Institute


Tim Throckmorton 


Lifepointe Ministries


Kristen A. Ullman


Eagle Forum


Governor Scott Walker


Young America’s Foundation


Gavin Mario Wax


New York Young Republican Club


Deborah Weiss, Esq., 


Vigilance, Inc


Tim Wildmon


American Family Association