Posted by | October 22, 2010 12:11 | Filed under: Top Stories

Cries by conservatives that NPR should be defunded because of the firing of Juan Williams shows a misunderstanding of where the money comes from.

And though NPR is widely seen as publicly funded, the majority of its funding does not come (even indirectly) from taxpayers. NPR doesn’t receive direct federal funding for operations – the largest chunk of its money comes from program fees and station dues, as NPR’s finances page lays out.

If you add up the two indirect sources of federal money – grants through CPB and member station dues – taxpayer dollars still appear to add up to less than ten percent of its budget. And while that’s not negligible, it’s a lot less than many people seem to think.

NPR lays it out in its website.

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