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    14 Trump's Budget Proposes to End Federal Funding for PBS and NPR

    Trump proposes eliminating federal funding for PBS, NPR
    By Joe Concha - 02/12/18 12:39 PM EST

    President Trump's newly proposed budget includes a proposal to end federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), part of a package that includes $300 billion in new spending overall. CPB provides federal funding for PBS and National Public Radio stations.

    "The Budget proposes to eliminate Federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) over a two year period," according to the proposal. "CPB grants represent a small share of the total funding for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR), which primarily rely on private donations to fund their operations," it continues. "To conduct an orderly transition away from Federal funding, the Budget requests $15.5 million in 2019 and $15 million in 2020, which would include funding for personnel costs of $16.2 million, rental costs of $8.9 million; and other costs totaling $5.4 million."

    In a statement in March 2017 after the first Trump budget proposed the elimination of CPB, the 50-year-old nonprofit characterized itself as “one of America’s best investments.” “We will work with the new administration and Congress in raising awareness that elimination of federal funding to CPB begins the collapse of the public media system itself and the end of the essential national service," CPB President Patricia Harrison said. “There is no viable substitute for federal funding that ensures Americans have universal access to public media’s educational and informational programming and services," she added.

    “The elimination of federal funding to CPB would initially devastate and ultimately destroy public media’s role in early childhood education, public safety, connecting citizens to our history, and promoting civil discussions — all for Americans in both rural and urban communities.”

    Responding to Trump's budget, the CPB's head said the cuts would hurt emergency alert systems and childhood programming, among other things. PBS CEO Paula Kerger said at a TV critics meeting last July that a number of PBS stations across the country are dependent on federal funding in order to survive. "PBS will not go away, but a number of our stations will," Kerger said on July 30. "There is no Plan B for that."

    Trump's budget requires congressional approval before it can take effect. Public broadcasting has survived previous presidential threats to cut its funding.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/media/37...ng-for-pbs-npr
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    Good!
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    Yes! More winning!

    The proliferation of various cable stations proves that if a station provides programming that people want to watch, they don't need public funds to do just fine. I'm SICK of taxpayer money going to fund what is essentially anti-America propaganda and bullschiff.

    If the liberals love that programming so much, they can support it through buying commercial time, supporting commercial sponsors, or direct donations.

    And we can certainly do without the amazingly accurately named "childhood programming"!!

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    Good news!

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    Quote Originally Posted by summerthyme View Post
    Yes! More winning!

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    I force myself to listen to NPR while driving. I would be very happy if I needed to find another way to learn how the opposition thinks. More winning is correct.
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    Wouldn't it be American to have a real investigative, informative, non-political and patriotic media?

    This is probably an "Art of the Deal" maneuver where PDJT makes the above a reality
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    GOOD!
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    Thirty years ago this would horrify me, today not so much; there is so much other media out there, both liberal and conservative being done by real (alternative) journalists that the only reason for a Public Broadcasting system today would be if it were REALLY public and something more in line with the BBC than what we called in the 1980's: "PBS - Petroleum Broadcasting Corporation."

    After the cuts under Reagan, and pretty much since that time; "Public Broadcasting" hasn't been, when you listen you hear all the name of every Big Corporate sponsor from Big Agra to Big Oil; I wasn't even aware that PBS still got any tax money anymore there were so many "sponsors" but they do still get some and unless there is a will among the American people/Administration to redo the whole thing and MAKE it a REAL public system paid for not by corporations (and desperate funding drives) but by tax dollars (and I don't think there is, and I'm not advocating it either); then dropping public funding and letting it sink or swim is probably wise.

    It isn't that I wish for ALL public support for "the arts" to be totally eliminated, but it should be done wisely and on a much small scale; PBS was great when I was a child when local PBS stations were pretty much the only place to watch nature documentaries or political debates that were not considered "commercial enough" for the "Big Three,"

    But now anyone who wants a documentary can watch Curiosity Stream or a whole bunch of cable channels if they have TV/Cable hook up; I will miss NPR if it totally goes away (they do some good stuff, but it does have a slant) but they are no longer the only "voice" that isn't corporate news, in fact, these days they are in many ways simply another form of corporate news - just listen to the "this program is brought to you by....list of multinational corporations."

    I'm sure the money can be better spent elsewhere even if was say to help retain art, music and theater in public schools or something.
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    I used (past tense) to listen to NPR, but took it with a grain of salt.
    But since the election, their biased and slant has gone way over the top. It is nauseating.
    I will read some stuff from obviously right and obviously left; somewhere there in the middle, in between the lines is the truth.

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    They wrote their own ticket - though really, public funding for PBS and NPR is minimal vs their total budget these days. When they decided to go bat-crazy liberal with their news and commentary instead of staying neutral, sooner or later they were going to get the axe.

    I have no use for NPR. Some of the state run public radio stations (I prefer Wisconsin Public radio over Minnesota) are tolerable, and have good regional coverage. I'm mixed on PBS. Do enjoy their Masterpiece productions and their science shows, but again, the national news coverage is horribly biased left.

    All of it can be funded through donations/private grants and foundations - not tax dollars.

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    Good, shut that communist socialist garbage down.

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    Their anti Trump venom is disgusting. They are our only classical music channel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WalknTrot View Post
    They wrote their own ticket ...Do enjoy ...their science shows....
    I used to like the science shows too (like NOVA), but for the last several years they have never missed a chance to promote the evils of the fake "Globull Warming". I immediately turn it off at that point.

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    I used to watch the nature, science and documentaries on PBS. Quit watching TV 18 years ago. Never could stomach NPR, or as I called it - NSR - National Socialist Radio.
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    More fake news getting the shaft.

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    Howie Carr (Boston area Talk Radio) used to work at WGBH (Boston area PBS), and I heard him talking about how they had a catered going away party; he asked who was leaving, and was told "one of the INTERNS"!

    How's that for no budget worries, since we all paid for it?

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    I welcome this good news. I hope Trump told Congress “make it so, or else”
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    Sesame Street brings in millions of dollars from merchandise etc. I'm sure they can take up some of the slack. OF course, my kids watched very little of it. Made for inner-city children but loved by the suburban moms. years ago it was alfready too PC for me. But I do love Cookie Monster!
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    I used to listen to NPR for the classical music, but haven't for a long time. I have CD's and the internet and can listen to anything I want without having to put up with NPR's left-wing slant on everything.

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    I know some libs that think PBS is the gospel...

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    NPR and PBS are the left's propaganda arms. Haven't watched/listened for decades, since I realized I was a conservative. The last NPR show I listened to had a black woman commentator who said that the Unibomber coverage was racist since they never called black criminals "geniuses." That was it, insane racist "victims" of reality allowed to spew this garbage.

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    I hope he can make it stick this time ...
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    I really hope he does... but I don't think it will ever happen. The RINO'S and Dems will make sure of that.
    Just like the no wall and repealing Obamacare.
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    We had a decent classical music station, Classical Vermont. They shut down/sold off because they couldn't compete against subsidized VPR/NPR. Now I get VPR/NPR classical on at least 2 stations that I know of, I'm sure I could find a couple more if I wanted. Can't even listen to it because on every break from the music it's all leftist fluff and social engineering.

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    Does anyone remember the Lux Radio Theater (sponsored by Lux soap, I believe)? I was just a kid (oh . . . very, very little, understand) when my parents used to listen to it and I learned about drama and "Broadway" shows. And wasn't there a kiddie program called "Let's Pretend" on Saturday mornings? I don't believe they were on any special stations back then either (?) How did they morph into Sesame Street and Prairie Home Companion? (And I used to listen to PHC when it was beginning . . . that was, after all, my life: church hot dish suppers w/potato chips and green jello, barn dance polka bands, and absurdly funny made-up sponsors) but it didn't take long for GK to cross over to the dark side of political commentary and his snide opinions - nor for me to turn it off.

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    Is this the same budget that kept the funding for Planned Parenthood in it??
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    Well, another step in the right direction!

    I never listen to NPR and the only time I watch PBS is when a Celtic Women special is on. But they run a donor-thon through the entire program...even with all the money they get from the government, they still need funds???

    My grandson was a huge Elmo fan, so I tuned into Sesame Street to see what was going on. When my kids were little, it was an hour program that taught things like counting, colors, phonics, etc. You know, stuff they needed going into kindergarten. The HALF HOUR show is now so chocked full of cultural diversity and kumbaya crap that they didn't seem to have enough time for the Count to do any counting. And Elmo? He made a 15 second appearance at the tail end of the program. How the heck can you build a fan base on that??? I wanted to make my grandson one of those fleece tie blankets for his second birthday since that was his party theme. Well, good luck with that! I could find no Elmo fleece anywhere at the time. I could buy Sesame Street fleece with all the characters at a jacked up price but he wasn't interested in the rest of the characters. Everything Sesame Street is copyrighted, so they control the cost and flow of the merchandise. Is that another cash cow for PBS?
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    They are a VERY biased news station!!! They should not be funded by "The People".

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    I've found that the really good programming comes on when they're drilling for money. And that means the commercial times about equal the time of the actual program. Don't expect the good stuff until the want more money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunny225 View Post
    Is this the same budget that kept the funding for Planned Parenthood in it??
    Still wondering if Trump kept the funding for the planned parenthood in this budget?
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    Sounds like yet another WIN from our friends at the Trump administration. NPR and PBS could become corporate sponsored media outlets, while keeping their (so far to the left it leans over)regular format. And they could stay in business at no taxpayer expense.

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    Good!

    Whenever I see NPR, I am reminded of a friend of mine who used to be a newscaster on NPR.

    She always referred to NPR as "New Palestinian Radio". V

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    Remove Sesame Street. Elmo’s puppeteer/voice, Kevin Clash wasn't prosecuted for his pederasty but he was forced out and he is unlikely to be the only Muppeteer pedophile.


    The faithful followers of all things NPR/PBS are likely to suffer issues when their programming sources are interrupted. Buckle up.


    Wouldn’t mind their license getting reviewed, either.
    Last edited by cjoi; 02-13-2018 at 06:12 PM.

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    PBS and NPR are cancers in the belly of America.

    Take away their funding and watch them rot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by summerthyme
    Yes! More winning!
    Actually it is not a win until the budget cuts actually happen.

    For now it is still a proposal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Sunday View Post
    Actually it is not a win until the budget cuts actually happen. For now it is still a proposal.
    Regrettably true - but hopefully someone will read the tea leaves (and forums) and have the courage to pay attention. Let their fans step up and pledge their support instead of just whimpering how unfair it would be to discontinue one or both of them (NPR and PBS).
    Last edited by Seeker; 02-13-2018 at 06:37 PM.
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    I thought Sesame Street was sold to a private concern about a year or two ago and is no longer a product of NPR?

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