As the House Republicans roll out their budget cuts there has been some consternation over the Corporation for Public Broadcasting being on that list. While this cut would be essentially meaningless in a budgetary sense, it is a great sacrificial lamb for their bloodthirsty supporters. Most of the vitriol comes from the notion that Public Broadcasting is biased against the Right. Anyone who has actually listened to the news programs will find this far from true.
Unlike broadcast and cable networks, I find that PBS and NPR offer the most balanced view of issues and discuss these issues with THOUGHTFUL people on either side of an issue. No you don’t get the Anthony Wieners of the world, or a Beckian nut-fest, but you do get an actual adult conversation and exchange of thoughts during most programming. I’m sure most of the people who work in Public Broadcasting lean left, but they do a commendable job of balancing their news and interview shows.
Another concern of those on the Right is the inclusionary children’s programming. How dare anyone teach children to accept people for who they are? What kind of sick people would do that? We all know how dangerous Snuffaluffagus is and that damn Sid the Science kid teaching kids how to think logically, this dangerous indoctrination must be stopped.
All that said, I really do not think the government should be funding public broadcasting. From what I understand, only a small portion of Public Broadcasting money comes from the government. If this is the case then it should be relatively easy to find other sources of funding, especially with the popularity of the children’s and documentary programming.