Most of the industrial democracies have some form of publicly funded news service. Ever heard of the British Broadcasting Company or the Canadian Broadcasting Company? In the U.S. it’s National Public Radio, a division of the Public Broadcasting System. The GOPers have been trying to defund NPR since they took over Congress — in 1994! Now they are feeling their muscle and they are at it again, and Jim DeMint will be leading the fight in the Senate. I would recommend that you call his office and tell him to shove it, but I think we know what that would accomplish. So I will ask you to read this post and let the Democratic majority in the Senate know how important NPR is to journalism and culture in this country.

House Republicans announced Wednesday they plan to force a floor vote on defunding NPR in response to the firing of analyst Juan Williams last month.

House GOP Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (Colo.) said that cutting funds to the publicly subsidized news organization was the winner of the conference’s weekly “YouCut” contest, in which the public votes online on spending items they want eliminated. …

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has said he will introduce legislation to defund NPR in the upper chamber.

NPR operates using both private and public money, though most of its revenue comes from non-public sources.

Read the whole story from The Hill right here: