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Posted on 01/20/2004 5:16:23 PM PST by Drango
‘We're in trouble; and he means public TV
Moyers' program an issue with McCain, Hollings warns
South Carolina Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings warned pubcasters that the upcoming Senate reauthorization of the Public Broadcasting Act will be a tough fight. "We’re in trouble," said Hollings, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee.
During a Jan. 11  luncheon at the National Educational Telecommunications Association Conference in New Orleans, Hollings suggested that public TV will take hits for the PBS series Now with Bill Moyers. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) views Moyers, the program's host and editor, as "the most partisan and non-objective fellow in journalism," Hollings said.
Republicans' goal is to reduce government and "public TV sticks out because of the success of commercial TV," he told NETA conference attendees.
McCain has frequently criticized public TV programs for bias and questioned the need for federal aid to the field. His press secretary did not return a call seeking comment.
Hollings praised station representatives for their dedication and professionalism in carrying out public TV's mission. "You folks have kept the faith, there's no question about it." Pubcasting's service to the nation lends credibility to his efforts, along with those of Senate Appropriations Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), to protect public broadcasting on the Hill, he said.
"The reauthorization is going to be tough, but we'll go in and tell the story that you've been telling," he added. The Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees CPB, is slated to take up the reauthorization in March, according to APTS, but a committee spokesperson said no hearings have been scheduled.
During the luncheon, APTS President John Lawson and NETA Chairman Deb Onslow saluted Hollings for his contributions to the field. During his 1959-1963 term as South Carolina's governor, Hollings backed the development of South Carolina Educational Television. As a senator, Hollings was a "progressive and forward-thinking advocate for the Public Broadcasting Act at its creation," Lawson said. "He has played an irreplaceable role in the direction and growth of public TV."
CPB Board Chairman Kenneth Tomlinson gave Hollings a replacement for the Ralph Lowell medal that was lost in a fire in Hollings' home. CPB had given the senator its highest public TV honor in 1988. Tomlinson described the senator as designated by the "Almighty" to lead the charge for public broadcasting on Capitol Hill.
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The reality is that last year, the house cut "public broadcasting " funds and Alaska's Ted "I'll spend it" Stevens added more to their budget.
PBS/NPR should be no different.
They commit tax fraud and are tax cheats. Why doesn't public broadcasting ever out this scandal?
Include NPR, as well. Let the libs fund it out of their donations 100% as a compromise.
But quit making me pay for it.
Defund ever last Roosevelt dime.
Today's Salon Stock Deathwatch (note the spike in the chart raising them from 4cents a share)
We don't need to pay for this.
Defund the taxpayer's contribution to leftist Pacifica too.
Pacifica got about $1.25 million last year in tax dollars. Freepers should ask our congress critters how much was spent to balance 'em...ZIP.
I will say that I have little use for the "scientific" and "historical" programming I've seen on Discovery, A&E, History channel, etc. A lot of biased things go on there and a lot of lies of omission. A lot of pseudoscience/paranormal/ufo/conspiracy programming airs there too. I choose not to watch them but at least I know that I don't pay for them (cancelled cable and they don't get tax dollars).
I imagine that somewhere in all the bureaucracy the producers of these documenaties are probably also getting some state or federal grants.
There are quality documentaries being made and they seem to be doing much better now on home video. I don't see where the government has a reason to be involved any more than "we" should be funding a deluxe package of Porky's films.
Punish them with fines (and jail time if suitable) and take away their 501(c)3 status. Remove their government contribution as well.
Well federal taxes seem the same to my wallet as state taxes. And TAX dollars account for about 41% of the "public broadcasting" ponzi scheme. A nickle would be too much IMHO
Should be far more so--the justification for the government sitting in judgement on what is said in church about government rests solely on the tax deduction argument. Enact a flat tax or a sales tax--either of which eliminates that deduction--and the rationale for outlawing chuch discussion of politics vanishes.
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