Here Are 5 INDISPUTABLE Reasons Why Trump SHOULD Cut PBS And NPR
As many conservative politicians have promised to do in the past, President Trump aims to cut federal funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funnels taxpayer dollars to the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR).
Both publicly funded agencies are well-known for liberal political agendas devoted largely to minority racial identity politics, Putin-bashing and other leftist bugaboo topics like global warming.
Generally, PBS and NPR federal grants support about 2 percent of their operating budgets. The vast majority of funding comes from viewers and listeners like you liberals.
In fiscal 2014, the federal budget included $445 million in operational support for CPB. Of that amount, nearly $225 million went to local public television stations and $70 million went to local public radio stations.
Project Veritas found in a recent undercover expose that NPR executives believe the agency "would be better off in the long run without federal funding."
With 98 percent of funding derived from viewer and listener support, it's not like PBS and NPR need the money from the federal government.
Cutting off the flow of federal support, moreover, would make these agencies 100 percent reliant on the public's largess, making privatization a feasible option in the long run.
For example, PBS mascot Big Bird recently flew the coup and found a more lucrative nest over at HBO.
Save for a few quality made-for-entertainment programs, PBS content is by and large mediocre and politically motivated. This is why conservatives have vowed to cut funding for decades.
What's more, the "exclusive quality" of politically unbalanced programming and content at PBS and NPR just aren't worth the public investment when you factor in conservative audiences.
These agencies would probably do better if they were in less agenda-driven private hands and offered programming with a balanced variety of different political viewpoints and perspectives.
As a publicly funded agency PBS is subject to quarterly fund-raising drives, which can be really annoying and disruptive from a programming standpoint.
PBS and NPR say that without viewer support they couldn't exist. Given that the lion's share of their operating costs are paid for by the public, what's another 2 percent and a few more "free gifts" to them anyway?
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