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This is not a drill. The House is about to act to reduce federal funding and completely eliminate ALL public funding for NPR and PBS, so sayeth the Washington Post.

I don't know about anyone else, but I like that public radio and television is the one escape I have from corporate-owned media and commercials. And really, doesn't Congress have anything better to do than target "Sesame Street" and "Reading Rainbow"?

If you're as outraged as I am about this, then do something about it and sign this petition.




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Outraged at PBS losing funding? Sure. But NPR can't die a quicker, more painful death for my tastes.



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    Originally posted by It's False
    This is not a drill. The House is about to act to reduce federal funding and completely eliminate ALL public funding for NPR and PBS, so sayeth the Washington Post.

    I don't know about anyone else, but I like that public radio and television is the one escape I have from corporate-owned media and commercials.
Then maybe YOU should pay for it! (PBS hasn't been "commercial-free" for YEARS)

    And really, doesn't Congress have anything better to do than target "Sesame Street" and "Reading Rainbow"?
I've heard this before - oh yeah, a few years ago (The W). I'm pretty sure "Sesame Street" only gets a small part of their budgetary pie from tax dollars, but it's always the first example people use because it'll WHIP US INTO FRENZY BEHIND THE CALL FOR ACTION TO ehhh...maybe not.

I would suggest that signing an online petition - a moveon.org one, yet - is pretty close to the exact opposite of "doing something about it."



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The largest effect would be on the operation of the local stations, not the national programming. It would be devastating to areas like where I live and probably result in the demise of public tv and radio in western Kansas.

Zed is right, it hasn't been commericial free for years. As a side note, it's interesting how many shows cable stole from PBS. As the airwaves continue to change and expand, I think it is inevitable, particularly for tv, that Public broadcasts will disappear.

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Doesn't PBS get money other ways, though? Some cable companies have two or three PBS stations (PBS Kids, PBS You, and one other one, I believe) that I'd have to pay extra to get. Do these stations make money somehow? They're not "over the air" stations, they can only be picked up through the cable.

And I can't believe that the Sesame marketing machine is hurting. My nieces (a 3 year old and a 3 month old) have nothing but Sesame crap piled high in their toyboxes and dresser drawers.

Of course, I believe it is a little payback from those who say that public broadcasting leans a little too far to the left.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.23
    Originally posted by DrDirt
    The largest effect would be on the operation of the local stations, not the national programming. It would be devastating to areas like where I live and probably result in the demise of public tv and radio in western Kansas.>


I agree. Nationally, NPR will survive.

The real stations that will suffer are stations that are not NPR affiliates that rely on CPB money to keep them afloat. CPB has very specific requirements in terms of staffing and operation size (wattage, underwriting, etc) that impact whether or not said station is able to receive CPB funding.

Lots of station extended their non-CPB budget in order to secure CPB funding, and are now VERY dependent on CPB money to keep them operating out of the red. My guess is that while NPR and PBS will take a hit, they have more than enough underwriting to keep them going. It's the non-NPR affiliates (and the small market NPR affiliates), who will be hurt the most.



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The NPR station here is commercial free, and is a beacon of wonderfulness to listen to. But I suppose a certain segment of the population enjoys hearing annoying car salesmen lying about cars at top volume. Go capitalism!

Also, Zed, I do pay for NPR here, as do many, many other people. Every time there's a fund drive, I give money. To keep a station commercial free, you need government and public help, not just one or the other.





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There is a huge leap between a House Sub-Committee voting on the elimination of funding within 2 years of PBS/NPR and it passing the House and then getting through the Senate. Tough to see it getting out of the House, and if that somehow happens, it is very tough to find 60 votes in the Senate to get past what would be an almost automatic filibuster.
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I just can't wrap my head around the concept that providing television entertainment is one of the Constitutional functions of government. So I really can't be opposed to pulling government funding. Granted, if I were to prioritize a list of programs government spends money on that they shouldn't, PBS would probably fall on the low end of the list. Still, since it is rare for government to reduce spending (real reduction, not rate of increase reduction) in any area, well I guess beggars can't be choosers.

As far as NPR goes, ideally you don't want a news organization to have ties to government money. It creates a conflict of interest. In fact, it's that very conflict which is responsible for this very issue. Not that they would go this way, but NPR would have incentive to agree to provide more favorable coverage to certain politicians in exchange for these policians dropping this whole "pulling funding" issue. Of course, what passes as "free press" these days isn't any great shakes, but this does provide an example of why having a free press is important.

Now I really don't see why you HAVE to have government and private help to fund this, or anything for that matter. It should just be a matter of coming up with the right amount of funds. Theoritically, you can have any project funded anywhere from 100% all private to 100% all public and all points in between. It is easier to rely on public funding, since it's basically a forced donation, while private donations are voluntary. Still, it's not impossible. In this case, they will have to find a way to get current donators to donate more and find new donators. Certainly a challenge, and some stations may not succeed, but it's not impossible. And if the demand for public television is as great as some people will lead you to believe, then maybe it's not going to be as challenging as it first appears.

Now all that said, I really don't anticipate this passing all the way through. This seems to come up about once a year, and sparks debate, but it really never goes anywhere. I think this is more about presenting rhetoric that the right likes to hear than it is a serious push to actually change something.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.02
    Originally posted by ges7184
    Now all that said, I really don't anticipate this passing all the way through. This seems to come up about once a year, and sparks debate, but it really never goes anywhere. I think this is more about presenting rhetoric that the right likes to hear than it is a serious push to actually change something.


What this is really about is making public broadcasting "behave".



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