Bernie Sanders on why he supports funding for NPR, PBS

In an interview with CBSNews.com's Washington Unplugged today Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, weighed in on the fallout facing NPR, which has emboldened Republicans to pursue cutting off public funding for public broadcasting.

Sanders told CBS News congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes that public broadcasting supports freedom of the press, "To be honest with you, I worry concentration of ownership in media, where you have a handful of media conglomerates largely controlling what we see, hear and read."

Sanders continued, "To some degree NPR and PBS offer an alternative to that."

Cordes also asked Sanders about GOP Rep. Peter King's so called Muslim radicalization hearing scheduled for Thursday. "We have to be very vigilant about terrorism, no matter where that terrorism comes from but just to pick out one group I think is unfair," he responded.

Watch Sanders discuss NPR above, or the hearings, the budget and his new book ("The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class") below.

Watch Senator Sanders react to Rep. Peter King's (R-N.Y.) Muslim American radicalization hearing.


Watch Senator Sanders on reducing the deficit and balancing the budget.


Watch Senator Sanders open up about his new book, "The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class".

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