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May 04, 2005

State Television

In a piece in Slate, Jack Shafer argues that liberals ought to reconsider their support of federal funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which pays for 15 percent of the Public Broadcasting System. I agree. For years, PBS has been generally liberal, and liberals, believing that programming "quality" required government, have supported it politically. Now the Corporation is in Republican hands. The Bush people want PBS to be more conservative and the liberals are hollering about censorship. Ho, ho, ho. The liberals are acting as if PBS it were their property, and it isn’t. It is a quasi-governmental entity, the closest thing we have in America to State Television.

I like some of the programming on PBS, and am not suggesting that it be shut down or even that it be made conservative. It simply ought to be freed of the umbilical cord connecting it to politics. It should survive through ad revenues, grants, support from “viewers like you”—but not money voted by politicians. Thoughtful conservatives have said this for years. The Bush people now give liberals cause to join them.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at May 4, 2005 05:40 PM



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