In the 2019 federal budget released on Monday, the Trump administration is proposing to cut federal funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB,) which disperses the money to liberally biased media outlets like PBS and the National Public Radio.
Although the CPB chooses to funnel money to publications with prominently left-leaning news content, in the form of grants, the CEO is arguing that these publications provide more than just news for Americans and even goes as far to say that it would be devastating.
“Americans place great value on having universal access to public media’s educational and informational programming and services, provided commercial free and free of charge,” said Patricia Harrison, the President and CEO of the CPB. “Since there is no viable substitute for federal funding that would ensure this valued service continues, the elimination of federal funding to CPB would at first devastate, and then ultimately destroy public media’s ability to provide early childhood content, life-saving emergency alerts, and public affairs programs.”
PBS expressed similar sentiments last year.
“PBS will not go away, but a number of our stations will,” said Paula Kerger, CEO of PBS. “There is no Plan B for that.”
Fortunately for the CPB and PBS, a similar proposal was ignored by Congress last year.
This new proposal would defund the CPB over a two-year period.
“CPB funding comprises about 15 percent of the total amount spent on public broadcasting, with the remainder coming from non-Federal sources. 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,” reads the proposal. “This private fundraising has proven durable, negating the need for continued Federal subsidies.”
The proposal also states that the CPB should instead rely on “increasing revenues from corporate sponsors, foundations, and members.”
Not to mention, the majority of Americans get their news elsewhere. So this begs the question: with the internet, are publicly funded networks really needed?
A favorite argument in support of keeping the CPB funded with tax-payers’ dollars is that it’s only .016 percent of the national budget.
But should Americans be forced to fund the production on these left-leaning media outlets, even if they are part of a right-wing party?
This is the same question we are asking when it comes to the abortion issue. Why are right-wing party members being forced to fund productions they don’t support or believe in?
Author’s note: Let’s face it, both PBS and NPR are heavily partisan and are mostly propaganda machines for the left, so they shouldn’t be funded by the government. Also, why should PBS and NPR be given federal funding to stay afloat? If these networks are struggling and rely on federal funding so much, it’s time to adapt and increase their revenue streams in other ways.
Editor’s note: This is part of the corruption of the left. Federal funds should not be used for leftist propaganda.