While there is plenty of fat and waste in government, it's important to emphasize that government operations cannot always be assessed on a simple profit and loss basis; there are many critical cases where the government steps in precisely because the free market can't or won't.
Why is the truth about the latest anti-NPR video not in the mainstream media -- and not on NPR? Why do we have to count on newer news sites -- conservative, liberal , or neither-- to learn this crucial information?
The stations' interests and NPR's interests are no longer aligned. That is the elephant in the studio. Schiller tried to improve the stations' lot, but in the end, the stations will fear a stronger NPR.
Over the past two decades, I fear that we have reached a tipping point, where our top scientists are spending a larger and larger portion of their time raising funds and less and less time devoted to science.