Promoting Repressive Policies With Our Tax Money

National Public Radio is providing free advertising to the controversy-ridden and mismanaged Department of Homeland Security

By Roberto Lovato
Published on LatinoLA: December 3, 2008

Promoting Repressive Policies With Our Tax Money

As many of you know, National Public Radio has started providing free advertising to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), one of the most controversy-ridden, violent and mismanaged parts of the federal government.

Anyone that knows how sophisticated DHS has gotten about improving its bad image through media should recognize this for what it is: free PR for a repressive & scandal-riddeninstitution, PR paid for with our tax money-twice over. Not only are our taxes paying for the commercials bought by DHS, what's left of our tax money after the bi-partisan corporate bailout, goes to pay for part of NPR's (i.e.: the "Public" part of their name) ability to underwrite what are known as "funding credits."

Those of you listening to recent broadcast of Latino USA, the independently produced program probably heard the ads.

That even Latino USA, a show that NPR does not fund and that it casts into its scheduling ghetto as part of its institutional commitment to ignore Latino talent and programming, has to run the E-verify ads says much, much that is wrong with NPR.

Those of you as incensed as I am about this absurdity - how they have us paying for an agency and policies that kill and terrorize immigrants - and then use it to provide PR for that same agency - should make your voice heard here and by calling your local NPR affiliate. Ask them to yank the E-Verify Ads before February, when NPR's dangerous trial balloon is scheduled to end.

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