Should Government Fund Public Broadcasting?

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  1. lady_love158 profile image55
    lady_love158posted 7 years ago

    http://m.newsbusters.org/

    I believe this is a total waste of taxpayer money especially give the high salaries paid to the executives. These stations rely on donations as well as government money so they can survive without taxpayers help.

  2. BillyDRitchie profile image61
    BillyDRitchieposted 7 years ago

    Um, in a word, NO.  If the stations truly have anything of value to offer, they should sell advertising (like 95% of other stations do) and actually be able to compete.

    It is the same reason why the National Endowment for the Arts should be eliminated.  Why should artists that can't survive in the free market be propped up by government?

    1. John Holden profile image60
      John Holdenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      But the problem with that is that the commercial interest influences the content, no big deal if it's game shows but if it influences the News then that is a big deal!

      1. BillyDRitchie profile image61
        BillyDRitchieposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Then perhaps you can explain why government supported operations such as NPR and PBS have a decidedly liberal slant?  It's not okay for commercial interests to influence the content but it is okay for government interests to influence the content?

        You lost me, John......

        1. John Holden profile image60
          John Holdenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I honestly don't know, perhaps your country is more liberal than you are smile

          1. BillyDRitchie profile image61
            BillyDRitchieposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            My country can't help but be more liberal than I am!

            1. profile image46
              ShortStoryposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              The country as a whole is much, much more conservative than NP-freakin-R

        2. Jeff Berndt profile image90
          Jeff Berndtposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Facts are liberal? No, that's not it...
          Maybe it's that conservatives don't care as much about facts?

          Or maybe it's just an imagined liberal slant, since it's different from your conservative worldview, and different can't possibly simply mean "not conservatively biased?"

          1. profile image46
            ShortStoryposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Or maybe there most certainly is a liberal slant and you can't see it because you are yourself liberal and therefore see such bias as 'fact'?

            1. lady_love158 profile image55
              lady_love158posted 7 years agoin reply to this

              That goes without saying! Lol! NPR is sooo liberal they fired Juan Williams just for working on Fox!!

        3. kerryg profile image85
          kerrygposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Reality has a well-known liberal bias. tongue

          1. BillyDRitchie profile image61
            BillyDRitchieposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Let me guess, you're a liberal.....no, wait, liberals don't like being identified as liberals.....my bad.....

            1. kerryg profile image85
              kerrygposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              It's a joke, dude. Haven't you ever watched Colbert?

              1. BillyDRitchie profile image61
                BillyDRitchieposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Actually, no....sorry about that.....

  3. wormdo profile image56
    wormdoposted 7 years ago

    I believe it depends on what the station broadcasts. I don't want my tax money paying for some silly reality tv show, but I would support it being used to fund interesting documentaries or quality drama pieces.

  4. lady_love158 profile image55
    lady_love158posted 7 years ago

    We all know why NPR and PBS have a liberal slant... the huge infusion of cash from America's favorite liberal George Soros! This is another reason why public money shouldn't go into broadcasting. In fact if it wasn't for public money being funneled by unions and lobbies by public entities democrats wouldn exist especially in their current socialist form.

    1. Jeff Berndt profile image90
      Jeff Berndtposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      They also get grants from Archer Daniels Midland, the Ford Foundation, Edutopia (George Lucas' foundation) Wal-Mart, and Starbucks.

      You wave George Soros around like he's the devil or something, and anything he touches must be evil.

      It's making you sound like a nutjob. You might want to tone down the crazy talk if you want people to take you seriously.

      1. lady_love158 profile image55
        lady_love158posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        He is the devil! He hates America!

        1. Jeff Berndt profile image90
          Jeff Berndtposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          "He is the devil! He disagrees with me!"

          There, fixed it for you.

          1. lady_love158 profile image55
            lady_love158posted 7 years agoin reply to this

            http://ricochet.com/member-feed/George- … orld-Order

            In his own words America is oppressive and stands in the way of his goal of a new world order... there is no way to misconstrue this... he is the enemy of America... but if course you libs and democrats want what he wants so you like him... no surprise there!

  5. Jeff Berndt profile image90
    Jeff Berndtposted 7 years ago

    Total federal spending in 2010? $3,456,000,000,000.
    Total federal funding for the corporation for public broadcasting? $430,000,000.

    That's .000124% of the federal budget.

    Way to take on the big issues.

    1. lady_love158 profile image55
      lady_love158posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Its sooo small they should have no problem making it up... heck Soros could just write them a check!
      For us Americans every little bit helps! We could use that money for something else like lowering the deficit.

  6. barryrutherford profile image78
    barryrutherfordposted 7 years ago

    If you want the public to be influenced by 'shock jocks' who want to go to War with anyone or any  Nation they find disagreeable.  Or take a considered NPR view such as Jim Lehrer Newshour who disseminate the issues calmly... Need I go on ?

    1. lady_love158 profile image55
      lady_love158posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      They can continue to do what they do without OUR money... if the public likes what they gave to offer the public will support them with their donations.

      1. barryrutherford profile image78
        barryrutherfordposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        The Jim Lehrer Newshour to the best of my knowledge is supported by public donations & philanthropies.   The Murdoch Press with many of its tax-loss making companies is equally suported by the Taxapayer by not paying tax legally by offseting  the actuaL tax it pays geenerally by the loss making companies...

    2. earnestshub profile image89
      earnestshubposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      We get Jim in Australia and his considered views are a breath of fresh air after watching the shock jocks vying for the biggest "story"  to grab the early news spot.
      I'm waiting on Beck to link Obama with all the natural disasters in the world next.

      The Australian ABC and UK's BBC knows how to do news. They get experts from varied  backgrounds to offer informed opinion, then leave you to do the dissemination.

      1. KFlippin profile image60
        KFlippinposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        "The Australian ABC and UK's BBC knows how to do news. They get experts from varied  backgrounds to offer informed opinion, then leave you to do the dissemination."

        And neither of these two news sources have USA in front of their name or funding their pocketbook......imagine that.  Federally funded news in the USA is decidedly liberal, decidedly biased, and for the most part quite boring in their presentation of "informed opinion" (ha) as well.

  7. Len Cannon profile image87
    Len Cannonposted 7 years ago

    It's... public broadcasting. public.

    That's... I.

    if the government doesn't fund it then it is private broadcast.

    goodbye cruel world

 
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