PBS belongs to the people (Sun Sentinel Oct 15)
Government funding of PBS (a private company) is complex and
cicuitous. A better example would be CPB, which does get a direct
government appropriation - and which funds PBS in several ways. Cutting
CPB would do the most damage to local public radio and television
stations, which get the lion's share of their appropriation.
real question is why these kind of subsidies are all dealt with
piece-meal and separately: why is no one saying cut all corporate welfare,
including payments, allowances and deductions for banks, airlines,
agribusiness, oil, gas, theaters, opera houses and PBS. The reason is,
we have gotten used to lobbyists convincing government to take our tax
dollars and give them to their mates or their pet causes.
and local public Radio and TV stations get a cut in their public funds,
they will find another business model, just as oil and gas companies or
agribusinesses would. Some local stations, especailly in smaller
communities, may go belly up. I doubt that many oil, gas and
agribusinesses will, though they may have to get up off their backsides
and work a little harder for their living.