Okay, enough is enough. Today right wing blow-holes like Eric Cantor are bloviating about how their felonious ambush faux journalist James O’Keefe brought down another so-called bastion of the liberal media, PBS as Vivian Schiller, former President and CEO of National Public Radio (NPR) resigned.
The right has been carping about federal funds in support of PBS/NPR for decades. In a now-famous 1969 appearance in front of the U.S. Senate, PBS’s soft-spoken, gentle child program host Mr. Rogers made an impassioned plea credited with temporarily saving the embattled network.
Despite the fact that Federal funds constitute a paltry proportion of total PBS funding, conservatives have groused roundly about it as if de-funding Public Broadcasting will solve the nation’s problems. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) distributes programming through National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Since 2001, CPB has received nearly $4 billion in taxpayer money (that’s over 10 years, folks). Considering that the size of our current national debt is $14 Trillion, this amounts to a pack of gum.
PBS raises most of its operating revenues by private and corporate donations. According to Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), “NPR boasts that it only gets 2 percent of their funding from taxpayers and PBS gets about 15 percent, so these programs should be able to find a way to stand on their own,” and while this may be disputable by those without a right-wing iron in the fire, I gotta’ agree with this brain-dead douche-bag for several reasons.
First, the right has had this chronic Public Broadcasting burr up its ass forever. It was festering back when I was a lowly local NPR station intern in the ’70s. It’s smoldered ever since…the right’s perennial old saw to drag out whenever they had little else to bitch about (like during Reagan’s reign, when they rode rough-shod over the captive nation, wreaking havoc). The commie, pinko public broadcasting service, a federally funded, one-sided, left-wing subversion of the American Way.
I used to say that we should let CBP/PBS/NPR stand on its own to shut the right up, already…as if that’s likely to happen. The media landscape has changed much since their early accusations of government-subsidized media bias actually had a shred of credibility…long before the death of the Fairness Doctrine, Rupert Murdoch’s perversion of cable TV, Fox News, Sinclair Broadcasting, ComCast, Clear Channel, etc., etc.
I now realize that de-funding Public Broadcasting won’t shut them up. Nothing will. No…the reason that Public Broadcasting should be on its own is so the right can no longer fuck with it. Without public funding, its management will be free to air programming it feels is best for us. No longer will creative program execs have to seriously entertain half-witted, lame-ass complaints about animated characters being homos or commies. The creative freedom alone will be worth its weight in bake sales and car washes.
The right has far too much on its plate. There are simply too many people to hate in this world. Let’s help them out by removing the “plank from their eye.” EVEN THOUGH 69 % OF AMERICANS FEEL THAT PUBLIC FUNDS FOR PBS SHOULD NOT BE CUT, halt the public funding of Public Broadcasting. Let it stand on its own legs…those of its listeners. Without interference from the tight-assed, hypocritical, mentally constipated twits that Federal funding permits, we all will enjoy a higher quality product.
They have their Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. We can certainly settle for Big Bird, American Experience, Frontline and Ken Burns. Polls show that Fox makes viewers dumber. I’m happy with my PBS…and will be happier yet if the right can lo longer fuck with it.
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