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  1. Gainzo

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    #11 Jersey

    I'm all for cutting spending and reducing the deficit but why are the Republicans going after Public Broadcasting? In the grand scheme of things $430 million is a drop in the hat.

    More here: Public stations could lose a big supporter - The Boston Globe

    Didn't we all grow up on Sesame Street and the Electric Company? My kids watched Sesame Street, Arthur and a bunch of other shows back in the late '90's on WGBH.
     
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    It is viewed as a left wing spin machine, while in reality shows like Frontline and NOVA have been pretty unbiased and often do not paint a pretty picture of any administration..

    Some of this anger stems from the firing of Juan Williams, and this became somewhat of a flashpoint to jumpstart this movement.. now it has morphed into soemthing else they can demonize kind of like ACORN.

    If they are defunded they will survive as most of their contributions come from private citizens, and overall have been defunded slowly.. it will probably happen and they will emerge stronger.
     
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    Why does the government need to fund broadcasting?
     
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    If you want to make an argument for keeping them, or getting rid of other things, that's great, but the thinking behind the bolded part really has to go away.

    "only $430 million, so let's keep it" -- NO!
     
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    It's all politics, the democrats have been going after Talk Radio and Fox news for years.
     
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    I understand that but why cut Public Broadcasting funding when there are thousands of pork projects around the Country that cost a heck of a lot more than that.
     
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    Cut them both (the pork and this media subsidy). I think we are safe from the threat of insufficient programming options at this point. C-Span figured it out, why can't PBS?

    Also cut: farm subsidies (including ethanol), corporate welfare for Wall Street and Fannie and Freddie, "green energy" subsidies and subsidies for fossil fuels.
     
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    Why have the National Gallery, or the Smithsonian?
     
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    How is C-Span funded? Legit question as I have no idea.
     
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    CSPAN is funded by cable companies IIRC. PBS also makes tons of money with Sesame St Barney and Thomas the Tank Engine, they don't need public subsidies.
     
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    Good point!

    One difference is that there are not non-public alternatives for those services... at least that I know of... maybe they would raise to prominence!
     
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    CSPAN is funded like the awful public access shows seen on cable? Why do we pay for television? Why should we pay for TV?
     
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    Well you pay for cable if you choose to, otherwise just get an adapter for your set, while the gov is trying to force people to buy health insurance AFAIK there is no move to force people to watch ESPN.
     
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    If all the budget cuts were looked at as a drop in the hat none will be made ... we cannot keep printing money - we just can't.
     
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    Just think if we had the same passion for companies like Xe, Wackenhut and the rest of the defense contractors who continually defraud the government, but for some reason are forgiven and just get more contracts..
     
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    Because the government should not be funding a radical, ultra liberal broadcast station(s). I would love to see them defunded. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
     
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    Last time I checked, nobody forces anyone to pay for TV.
     
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    Yeah that.......

    Both those entities won't go away being defunded........ they'll just have to do it like the rest of the broadcast companies do..... No need to waste taxpayer $$ on them.
     
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    Some will be able to survive and some won't. The Globe article today made it clear that Boston's local stations will indeed be able to survive.
     
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    Simple. Republicans are all for cutting things that anyone to the left of them actually care about. Team Bush also did it's best to stamp out PBS after their Frontline series raped them on WMD and tWoT fraud about every other week.
     

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