Jewish World Review June 27, 2005 / 20 Sivan, 5765
The real issue about PBS
Media coverage of the controversy over PBS wrongly focuses on issues of political bias while never raising the one fundamental question about federal funding of TV: Why should we use taxpayer money at all to produce shows that appeal primarily to the elite?
A Congressional committee slashed funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by 25% from $400 to $300 million. Amazingly, we've been paying as much money to public TV as we pay in UN dues another dubious investment, by the way!
The problem isn't leftist slant in one show or another; it's taking taxes from bus drivers and janitors to pay for shows for lawyers and stockbrokers, who could easily fund their favorites with their own tax-deductible contributions.
Federal funds cover only 15% of the total cost of public television a sum that corporations and philanthropists could easily replace once government is properly disentangled from the inappropriate endeavor of producing TV.
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