Public Broad Casting

Public broadcasting. This is one of those issues on which mine very own Papa Bonk used to opine and I’d sort of squint at him and go “HUH?”

Because PB has argued for years that federal support for public broadcasting should be yanked. And, as of recently—even though that is the entity that taught me how to read—I’m rather down with him on that.

The problem with public broadcasting is that it ain’t. If you tune in to “All Things Considered,” you hear commercials just the same. And, as much as my conservagoat buddies want to argue that NPR is a great liberal media sanctuary, sorry, but it ain’t. NPR is nearly as corporate as CNN.

Not digging that idea? When’s the last time you heard Workers Independent News on your local NPR affiliate? Never? But I’ll bet you that you can tune in tonight to hear Marketplace. That is not the peoples’ media, friends. Sorry.

So the question is, with all of these Conservadicks seizing upon the opportunity of NPR’s firing of Juan Williams for speaking with his lizard brain, bitching about the nearly nonexistent federal funding of NPR, the question to me is, do me and PB throw in with them and call for an end to federal funding of NPR, even if the reason is absolutely wrong-headed and foolish and spearheaded by the likes of Prudence Palin?

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

2 thoughts on “Public Broad Casting”

  1. Right Brady, I still think that NPR is as good as everyone says it will find a market. No government support needed. It already runs commercials anyway. Ans the fact is that NPR is as much a mouthpiece for the interests of Corporate America as is Fixxed News.

    Do wwe throw in with Sara Palin and urge unfunding these weasels? Naa. Let that fool fight her own battles. My guess is that an assault on NPR will do more damage to the GOOP than it will to NPR.

  2. The point of public broadcasting is that should not be driven by the market and it should not be beholden to corporations and wealthy donors. Public broadcasting should serve the public by presenting news, information, educational and cultural programming that is not available on the commercial networks. We lost sight of that long ago. I would prefer we do something like the Brits used to do: create a separate tax levied on those who purchase TV and radio equipment or service and use it as a dedicated funding source for public broadcasting. Then we need to restrict it to that funding and get rid of the commercials and pleas for money from our listeners and viewers.

    Public broadcasting simply doesn’t exist in the US and while we had it for a brief period, it has been co-opted by the corporations and the conservatives and is no longer providing a public service.

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