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'On Point' Mentioned In House Floor Debate

Debate in the House of Representatives today over National Public Radio.  House Republicans have scheduled a vote later today on a bill that would bar federal funding for NPR and prevent affiliate stations from using federal funds to purchase NPR programming.

Democratic Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts blasted the bill, praising the quality of programs distributed by NPR — including On Point:

In an era when "Edwardian drama" is the only way to characterize the way in which cable news deals with the public affairs of our country, there is an oasis of real news that begins with “Morning Edition”, goes right though the day to “All Things Considered”, which focuses on that most unusual of all subjects, hard news that the American people can use to make judgments about the affairs of our country and the affairs of the world.  It’s an oasis of information that is supplemented, yes, by “Lake Wobegon”, “On Point”, other programs that raise the cultural level but serve as a place where people—170 million Americans—can go to get real information.

UPDATE: The bill just passed in the House, 228-192.  (This doesn't mean it becomes law, as it still would need to pass in the Senate and be signed by President Obama.)

This program aired on March 17, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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