Tom Leppert Among Republicans Urging Congress to Withdraw NPR's Funding

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Who knew Leppert was so savvy with hashtags?
A couple hours after U.S. Senate candidate Tom Leppert tweeted what you see above, we contacted Leppert spokesman Shawn McCoy to find out why the former mayor supports eliminating public funding for National Public Radio. He said he'd talk to him and get back to us. We never heard back.

This morning, we asked McCoy for a statement, and again he said he'd get back to us. We've heard nothing yet. Two weeks ago, Ex-Mayor Tom caught fire for his anti-gay tweet about the Defense of Marriage Act and hasn't elaborated on that one either.

While Leppert's precise reasons for his stance are unknown, his tweet linked to yesterday's big story from The Daily Caller, which outlined the latest video by James O'Keefe. O'Keefe, the conservative activist and filmmaker responsible for the footage that killed ACORN, orchestrated a meeting between Ronald Schiller, NPR's senior vice president for development, and two people claiming to be members of a fictitious Muslim Brotherhood group who wanted to donate $5 million to NPR.

The video shows Schiller praising liberals, ripping conservatives and calling Tea Party members "seriously racist." As a result, Schiller resigned last night, and NPR CEO Vivian Schiller (not related to Ronald) quit this morning. Meanwhile, Jack Shafer of Slate downplayed the situation.

The U.S. House last month approved legislation that would eliminate federal funding for NPR beginning in 2013. The video has only strengthened the resolve of Republicans, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who issued a statement following the video's release.

As we continue to identify ways to cut spending and save valuable resources, this disturbing video makes clear that taxpayer dollars should no longer be appropriated to NPR. Not only have top public broadcasting executives finally admitted that they do not need taxpayer dollars to survive, it is also clear that without federal funds, public broadcasting stations self-admittedly would become eligible for more private dollars on top of the multi-million dollar donations these organizations already receive.

At a time when our government borrows 40 cents of every dollar that it spends, we must find ways to cut spending and live within our means. This video clearly highlights the fact that public broadcasting doesn't need taxpayer funding to thrive, and I hope that admission will lead to a bipartisan consensus to end these unnecessary federal subsidies.

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Bailey2405
Bailey2405

If it was not for Masterpiece Theater I would have no use for KERA. The Schillars let us know what they think of white, conservative Christains. How do you like the new age bs informercials they show during pledge week? I expect them to be permanent guests on Oprah. I can stand only a few celtic hours. It used to be only Pavoratti (sp), then 3 tenors, now they have to trot out 10 of them.

pak152
pak152

MIchael barone's column found here http://washingtonexaminer.com/...says it best

Montemalone
Montemalone

Brings up an interesting point.What will the wingnuts rail against when funding is finally cut for all the things that they currently rail against?It'd be worth eliminating health, education, and welfare just to see what happens next. Would we then have ever louder arguments for more defense dollars, and more wars? What else can we spend the money on?Congress already gets the best health care and retirement benefits in the world.

CitizenBruce
CitizenBruce

Leppert is disgusting. Whatever limited respect I had for him as Mayor, is completely gone. He is an awful man. I hope a real right-winger kicks his ass.I would rather have a real crazy ass as Senator than an opportunistic creep like Leppert.

Doug in DFW
Doug in DFW

Leppert has to know he can't win - perhaps he's making a play for a later political appointment. Someone has to get our uneducated kids to build Rick Perry's toll roads.

Guest
Guest

The government could fund NPR at the level it currently does (through competitive grants. NPR gets no money directly from the government) for about 170 years for the price of one Dallas Convention Center Hotel (not including interest). And I can't even imagine how long NPR could be funded just for the cost of bailing out Washington Mutual.

That's the kind of hard-nosed fiscal thinking we need in Washington.

Personally, I don't have any problem with eliminating government funding for industries that can survive and thrive without government funding. But unlike the guy who wants to be our Republican Senator, I think the same when we're talking about hotels or radio stations.

Taylor
Taylor

Tell you what, Tom. Let's have an election where the public votes No if they want to fund the NPR and yes if they want to cut them off. Then on the eve of the election you can lobby S. Dallas churches and make false advertising claims that by voting Yes you'll cost Dallas one billion dollars...it's not like anyone will check and by the time the bill comes due you'll have moved on to bigger and better things.

John Jay Myers
John Jay Myers

Learning that Leppert was running as a Republican was such a great thrill for me.The idea that a guy who used to be CEO of a company that builds hotels got a job as Mayor of a major city and then decides "What this city really needs is a hotel!" seriously? Hey don't laugh 51% of your neighbors fell for it also.

What's even funnier is that the Republicans may not ride him out of town on a rail for it. If they don't then that just shows you how bad the Republicans have gotten.

I look forward to being a thorn in Leppert's side, but judging from these responses, I am not the only one.

scottindallas
scottindallas

I think I'd like to see the public funding cut. NPR has moved right since Bush and the Iraq invasion and hasn't looked back. Perhaps by entirely cutting ties, they'll stop cozying up to the gov't.

gladnotsad
gladnotsad

Does anyone listen to NPR anymore,really? Aren't the programs and formats well.........dated and passe? The only way I know that they are still around is when things like this and the Juan Williams incident occur.

Lolotehe
Lolotehe

"Prairie Home Companion" is the kindest way to wake up on Sunday. Less jarring on the hangover than anything else.

Ed D.
Ed D.

PHC is from American Public Media, not NPR.

Informed Citizen
Informed Citizen

As long as Click-and-Clack have their Saturday Car Talk, NPR will be there for us. Looooove NPR.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

And let's not forget "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me".

Rico
Rico

Sam, you left out the part about Ron Schiller, then Senior VP for Development, acknowledging that NPR would be better off without federal funding. Sounds like TL agrees with him. I know why most commenters jumped on TL, but who are we to disagree with senior management at NPR?

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh

So you support TL's lack of substance in this? After all, he's not supporting anything that he has any final say on (he's not a member of the federal gov't) and he doesn't even bother to give a cogent reason for his talking point (unlike Schiller).

Agreeing with TL's position is pretty much irrelevant. The guy's sucking up for votes by leeching off of other people's views while presenting absolutely nothing of value to explain his own stance. He should've just had the common courtesy to retweet someone else's comment since, realistically speaking, he just ripped off someone else's talking point anyway.

Rico
Rico

Actually, I support Ron Schiller's statement on federal funding for NPR, although my reasons do not jibe with Schiller's. Whether TL agrees or disagrees or elaborates on his rationale (especially in a tweet) is irrelevant to me. You're a smart guy. I'm pretty sure that you're fully aware of TL's reason for his talking point.

Austin Morgan
Austin Morgan

Thank you, Mayor Leppert for bringing some common sense to the table. NPR has shown time and time again that they are unworthy of public funding. I'm glad to see Leppert is taking a stand on this because this is yet another example of the governments wasteful spending. They either need to balance out their programming, or say goodbye to the free money.

Syd_Nancy
Syd_Nancy

By balance, do you mean balance the truths with lies?

Montemalone
Montemalone

Probably more along the lines of Fox, where they balance the lies with lies.

John_McKee
John_McKee

James O'Keefe has been proven to be a lier, fraud and a criminal who tried to illegally tap the phones of a congresswoman, has ties to a white supremacist organization and I'm still not sure what his plan was with the CNN anchor on the boat was but it was beyond creepy and misogynistic and seemed to border on possible sexual assault. He is human filth and the idea that anyone would associate themselves with him, even for propaganda purposes is gross.

And for the record, everything the person recorded said about the tea party is arguably factually true and he had nothing to do with the NPR news organization.

Is Tom trying to run some sort of parody campaign?

Taylor
Taylor

You should see his interview on GMA. George Stephanopoulos was courteous to him until he coped an attitude, Stephanopoulos paused for a second, decided to school him on journalism and proceeded to rip him a new one. with harsh questions. It got so bad that another person with James (Forgot who he was) had to take over as everytime James made a claim Stephanopoulos would hit him back with something on his website that counter-acted him.

Haretip
Haretip

Well geez, how about a little journalistic effort here? Did you contact him to make sure his autocorrect feature didn't switch it from "defend"?

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh

Dear Tom,

Copying a talking point and trying to increase your own influence via hash tag diarrhea does not a politician make. You've got to actually be known on the national scene BEFORE trying to increase your visibility with such nonsense.

Lakewoodhobo
Lakewoodhobo

If he starts tweeting about "America and her allies" I will throw up in my mouth.

Guest
Guest

So, let's see what we've got so far on Leppert:

AGAINST: Public funding of private communications companies, and against allowing two people who happen to be of the same sex to marry.

FOR: Public funding and ownership of hotels to compete with privately owned and financed hotels. And massive public funding for unneeded roads through earmarks. And for massive public bailouts of banking entities when those companies' boards of directors don't adequately mind the store. And supports spending the highest amount of taxpayer funds on a less efficient downtown rail route in order to steer people toward his socialist utopia of a hotel.

So, once again, Leppert shows that he's a mixture of contradicting "beliefs" that add up to no coherent political philosophy at all.

jcs
jcs

Well, he introduced Sarah Palin on two recent visits to Dallas. So I guess that can help explain his political philosophy.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Leppert doesn't have beliefs. He believes in winning. If the Republican primary voters are dumb enough to forgive years of philosophical sins for a few tweets about how gay people are below the rest of us and the liberal media is out to get Meat and Potatoes Americans, then they deserve him. If by some longshot he won the primary and got elected, you better believe the Federal government would be at the service of his generous campaign donors.

crispinTx
crispinTx

Winning!

Does he have tigerblood too?

Coleman
Coleman

I love how, even out of office, Tom Leppert continues to be wrong on a pretty consistent basis.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I just love the out of office part. I hope it stays that way.

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

I guess Former Mayor Tom is more of a WRR fan. Isn't it publicly funded, too? Oops.

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

WRR is owned by the City but carries its own water. It actually makes a profit for the City.

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

Thanks for the clarification

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

He also hates cowboy poets and loves Jody Dean.

http://twitter.com/tomleppert

Almost as good as TheMayorCaraway.

http://twitter.com/TheMayorCar...

Maybe better.

Phelps
Phelps

Thank god we have federal subsidies for cowboy poets. Remember how cowboys never wrote poetry before the federal government started paying for cowboy poetry festivals? They just rode around on their cattle drives not thinking about anything all day and making inane tweets around the campfire instead of writing in moleskines.

space2k
space2k

Cool political position, dude! Next you'll be telling us that you want to make 'Merica proud again!

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