Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, has refused to allow two questions to be raised that were caused by concern over the idea of spending tax money to lobby for more tax money for "liberal" causes.
The questions had been prepared for the daily White House news briefing by Les Kinsolving, WND's correspondent at the White House, and the second most-senior correspondent on the beat.
He had prepared to ask, "This morning's Washington Times reports that NPR is using taxpayer dollars to pay $411,000 to a lobbying firm, Bracy Tucker Brown & Valanzano. Does the president believe it's fair that NPR be both tax exempt and tax-subsidized so extensively, including taxpayer financing for lobbying?"
He also wanted to ask, "Considering the very serious national financial indebtedness and huge majority of television and radio stations and networks that are paying taxes, why should NPR and CPB continue receiving this financial favoritism?"
Carney allowed NBC to ask seven questions, CBS to ask six, and AP, ABC and the Wall Street Journal to ask five apiece. But he refused permission for WND to ask any, for the fourth straight week.
The editorial there said NPR is using tax money to pay for lobbyists whose assignment is to convince lawmakers to give NPR more tax money.
"Despite outrage over the openly liberal network receiving tens of millions of dollars in subsidies while government deficits are at record levels, NPR brass have engaged a new lobbying firm to keep the spigots flowing," the Times said.
It cited the $411,000 NPR spent on "in-house" lobbyists during 2010.
"NPR has been under fire the past six months for its executives' actions and comments exposing their leftist agenda. In March, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller was forced to resign after her top fundraiser – NPR Foundation President Ron Schiller – was caught on video demeaning conservatives. An undercover video sting by James O’Keefe busted Mr. Schiller calling Tea Partyers 'scary,' 'seriously racist' and part of a 'weird evangelical' movement," the commentary said.
The editorial noted in the sting, "Mr. Schiller expressed his opinion that NPR 'would be better off in the long run without federal funding.'"
So the GOP in the House passed a bill that would prevent future federal funds from reaching NPR. Democrats in the Senate immediately struck back by locking the bill up so that it could not be voted on.
"This is bad government at work. In effect, taxpayer funds are used to hire fancy lobbyists to try to get more tax dollars to support the liberal agenda of the public broadcasting network. NPR needs to get off the dole. If it wants more money, it can hold more telethons for canvas tote bags and 'Les Miserables' DVDs," the Times said.