"I love the poorly educated." (Donald Trump quote)
PBS and NPR were created because in nations like Japan and Britain, there are
government-owned national channels (NHK and BBC) that provided news coverage,
entertainment and cultural programming with a mission of promoting a common
national culture, and American government leaders did not want to be left out of
having their own national communications system. But soon enough the news and
programming divisions within these organizations declared that they would be
"independent" of the political views of the Federal government, meaning
left wing. Whatever the rationale for PBS and NPR 50 years ago,
when there were only three national commercial networks, in 2017 there are
hundreds of sources of video news and entertainment seen via television, and
many more available on demand through the internet. PBS carries commercials.
All of the other channels for TV and radio are self-sustaining financially.
There are great programs about world affairs, history, and science from
Discovery Science, National Geographic, and others. Television drama has never
been better. The Federal government does not subsidize those channels, and
there is no need to subsidize PBS and NPR.
Something I haven't seen in the reporting or comments yet, but PBS only
receives 7% of its funding from taxpayer dollars. NPR only gets 1% of its
funding from taxpayer dollars.They will survive, and if enough
people feel strongly enough to dig into their own wallets to donate to these
organizations, they won't have to cut anything from their own budgets.Just a thought.
Yet another push by conservatives to dumb down America.Comparing
Rush, Sean or any other drop out conservative entertainer to PBS shows it has
already worked on a many, and the quest to create more "poorly educated"
continues on the right.We spent $720 Million Each Day on a war for
profit in Iraq, but if we spend 450 million on Corporation for Public
Broadcasting it's not worth it. So to put it in perspective, we
aren't willing to spend half a days cost of war for a Full Year of quality
public broadcasting, seems so republican, in their hatred for anything not
turning a profit.Sad, pathetic people.
I didn't know Tommy and the gang with this old house were east coast
liberals who push there agenda on us.
Interesting responses by subscribers. I am fully enmeshed in the arts as is my
family. This is a concern to me. But the money has NOT gone where it should
go. I did not vote for Trump but he has it right to cut this funding. IPBS and the likes of NPR are certainly geared to promote a liberal
agenda. To suggest as one subscriber herein says... that PBS and NPR are
"unbiased", "centrist" and "honest reporting" just shows
how brainwashed that people become when spoon fed a liberal leftist agenda by
these programs over the years. There seems to be no discernment if they
honestly feel this way.I think the time has come to let the liberals
pay for liberal programming, conservatives pay for conservative program and not
tax the rest of us to provide doses of what they want us (and themselves) to
hear. Yes, there IS an elephant in the room. Let's be honest.
And it has to go.
This should finance alot of meals on wheels, and help the poor.
I hope Big Bird, when North Korea fires a nuke, can reach up and catch it and
throw it back.When does the "ordinary folk" get to sit in
the concert halls in New York, London, etc. along with he "suits" and
"designer dresses" that usually attend these programs we see on PBS ?
The point being that it is usually the well-healed that gets to these expensive
events subsidized by tax payers. Let's see how popular these programs are
among the well-healed when they are asked to bare the real brunt of the cost at
the theatre, museum or wherever.
@ Gary OI'm not surprised that you find PBS and NPR to be the
unbiased truth. And I'm not going to try to talk you out of that. But
recognize that many do not agree with that assessment (even Jeffrey Dvorkin of
NPR has stated that they have a liberal bias). Even if NPR and PBS
were the absolute model of fairness and unbiased truth, it simply is not fair to
compel people who have differing views to financially support an ideology they
disagree with. Nobody wants to silences them. Nobody is going to
take them away from you. We just don't believe in state sponsored news and
entertainment. PBS and NPR should rely on their own merits, not taxpayers'
Say No,I agree with you wholeheartedly, so I assume you hold the
republicans responsible for the lack of budget reduction for the last four years
since the controlled both houses? If we look at the number of years of
republican control of both houses 10 of the last 16 years, control was divided
for for 4 years and the democrats had control for two years. I guess most of
the responsiblity for the debt is on the republicans
Sesame Street was developed for pre-school children.To help them have the
basics BEFORE entering K-12.It has prove vital for 50 years.Not to mention NOVA, NATURE, and all the other Scientific documentaries
PBS broadcasts.This Trump developed proves once and for all, that Republicans really and truly are ANTI-education.While stupid
shows like "The Apprentice", "The Voice", "America's
Got Talent" and "Fox News"are all Trump and his ilk are
The legitimate media. Not in the US. Not the NY Times, Huff Post, ABC, CNN,
NBC, CBS, Wa Post. The Main Stream Media is no longer reliable.
Hey Harrison Bergeron -"Government funded news and entertainment
that supports a specific ideology is characteristic of autocratic regimes."
. . . But it's not characteristic of either NPR or PBS.You
think that PBS and NPR contribute to "a specific ideology "because they
work to promote the general welfare by making facts available to everyone?They are not "contributing to a specific ideology." They are
performing a public service.It's not their fault that so many
of the preferred "Conservative" assumptions run completely contrary to
reality.Face the facts. Accept the facts. Don't try to
suppress them.Suppressing facts is characteristic of autocratic
Hold on, my liberal friends. The budget is a Congress thing. Presidents always
submit their wish list. Who better than the Executive branch to tell Congress
what it costs to enforce their laws.Congress is the problem, failing
to do THEIR job year after year, ignoring their constitutional mandate and
managing with continuing resolutions. And here we are $20 Trillion
in the red. If government were to save $1 BILLION A DAY for 50 years they could
fix that problem.So, don't blame Trump here; blame the
theatrics of "shutting down government" for this whole mess. Look in the
I hope the funding gets cut for at least NPR.I have a long list of
complaints, but, some "top of the list things are":1- Most of the
news/talk programs are very liberal and I can't name a conservative program
on there right now. 2- Then there was the "story core " incident
(Friday's at 6:25am, KUER) where for two years 25% of the stories were
about LGBT relations; hardly a reflection of my values and hardly balanced and
reflective of society. I complained and stopped listening for awhile. 3-
To this day, when I do listen to a program about politics, they refer to the
President as Trump, NOT Mr. Trump or President Trump. Any President deserves
better respect from the news anchors and reporters. Not that I support him but
show some respect.4- Their reporting on most incidents are from their
liberal point of view, not reporting the facts, not honest at all.Just to
list a few things but enough for me.Listen to BBC instead
The problem with PBS and NPR is not the amount of taxpayers' money they
get, but that they have become liberal propaganda outlets. Taxpayers should not
have to fund PBS and NPR anymore than they should have to fund Rush Limbaugh and
Sean Hannity. Government funded news and entertainment that supports
a specific ideology is characteristic of autocratic regimes. In America, while
everyone has First Amendment protection, none should be elevated above the rest
using the tax revenues of all.
Let's be honest.... Actual tax dollars that fund PBS have already been cut
dramatically over the years yet it never disappearedSecond...
I've got about 150 channels on my TV... We got your Netflix ... We got your
Hulu... We got your YouTube... Do we need a government subsidized TV network...
Of course not... But all these arguments tell us one thing ... Nobody and I mean
nobody in DC cares about the deficit
It has little to do with money... he detests honest reporting. Demolishing PBS
eliminates many unbiased, centrist news sources - which means fewer stories he
has to ignore and/or deny. Tragically ironic that he brands real news
"fake" while subscribing to total falsehoods calling them
Hey at long last -"Maybe it is time for the Democrat party to
directly support one of its' PR wings?"It's
interesting you should say that. And you're right.Those who
speak the TRUTH are good for Democrats, and terrible for Republicans whose
beliefs are rarely supported by fact.Great point!
Trump is scrooging every nickel he can out of American institutions. The arts,
the sciences, the environment. Is he giving it to health care or services for
people? No, those are cut, too. It's all going to the biggest line item at
the trough already, the military. Our budgetary allocation pie chart is looking
more and more like that of North Korea. And those institutions, PBS, the
arts and sciences? Trump knows a poorly educated electorate is easier to
control. He loves the poorly educated. He knows he can tapp (sic) into their
psyche and make them fear anything. Even their microwave ovens. But he
loves the rally. He knows he's not taking it from us. We're giving it
Trump hates the legitimate media. And so do his Trumplings.The
legitimate media is staffed mostly by honest folks with integrity.They just aren't Trump's kind of people.
I always thought Sesame Street was kind of hokie... but I learned by numbers and
letters.Sponge Bob is a much better source of educational material
for today's youngsters.
Cutting these programs are just to prove your chops that you are a true fiscal
conservative, but really it is like cutting your toenails and claiming that
you've lost weight.Couple this with the expensive and
controversial wall and I think his true feelings about spending becomes
Of course Trump wants to cut PBS, he does not appreciate honesty.
Maybe it is time for the Democrat party to directly support one of its' PR