Skip to comments.After Shutdown: Administration Gives $445,000,000 to Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Posted on 10/04/2013 9:25:05 AM PDT by IbJensen
(CNSNews.com) - On the first day of the shutdown of the federal government, when members of the U.S. Senate were going to the well of their house to point out that the shutdown would prevent the National Institutes of Health from starting clinical trials for cancer patients and others facing possibly terminal illnesses, the administration was giving $445,000,000 to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, according to the Daily Treasury Statement. That means PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio and Sesame Street got a taxpayer subsidy during the shutdown, but not would-be cancer patients at the NIH.
The $445 million the Treasury handed over to CPB was more than the $119 million the Treasury paid on the first day of the shutdown in interest on U.S. government debt that is held by the public. It was also more than $171 million in Social Security benefits the Treasury paid that day. But it was less than the $592 million the Treasury paid for Veterans Affairs programs on the first day of the shutdown.
The $445 million the Treasury gave to CPB on the first day of the shutdown was also almost as much as the $471 million the administration gave to the entire Department of Health and Human Services that day.
CNSNews.com contacted a spokesman for CPB to ask for an explanation of why CPB got $445 million in taxpayer money on the first day of the federal government shutdown.
The spokesman suggested that CNSNews.com call the Office of Management and Budget--which is part of the White House--and responded by emailing to CNSNews.com two statements on CPB's website. The first pointed out that CPB is a private, not-for-profit corporation. The second said: For 35 years, decisions on the amount of federal support for public broadcasting have been made two years ahead of the fiscal year in which the funding is allocated. In other words, Congress approves the FY2013 funding level for CPB during the FY2011 budget cycle, its FY2014 funding during the FY2012 cycle, and so on.
Had this happened during GWB administration, the liberal press would be screaming to impeach GWB!
And yet, not a peep from the liberal press about what Barry did!
Pathetic, evil Obama regime!
Goes to show that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is an essential government employee.
I am not kidding.
The official propaganda arms of the DNC (PBS/NPR) must be funded.
The semi-official propaganda arms (ABCBSMSNBCNNBCFAUX) are willing volunteers...
Obammy giving WW2 vets the Big Bird.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if Cruz held another (SHORT HOPEFULLY, for his sake) filibuster on the Senate floor to chronicle Obama’s abuses of power before or after the shutdown. Other senators could follow, of course, if any (aside from Mike Lee) have the courage. Bob
Locking in a major propaganda arm, but I think CPB would have complied for free. Even CPB can’t spend nearly a half a billion all at once. Why the enormous cash dump?
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Quite in character.
Like Pelosi said, they’ve cut ‘to the bone’.
Sesame Street actors are worth tens of millions. They need to float another meme than “Romney/Cruz/et al want to kill Big Bird”.
Just called my congressman Steve Palazzo-the staffer’s reply to this was “niiiice” in a sardonic tone, and was anxious for the information-hope they can use it.
The propaganda machine drones on.
Then, I hope we can settle on the fact that PBS/NPR are part of their bones/basic structure and support.
Are you s*****g me?
These Senate asshats and Hussein flying monkeys are adding insult to injury!
If this doesn't light a fire under every informed, thinking and (non governmental) working American, nothing will.
This is so transparently an attempt to perpetuate the progressive propaganda media that it's impossible to ignore.
How do we force them to rescind that?
“If Public Broadcasting doesn’t do it, who will?”
My response would be, in most cases: Hopefully nobody!
The time given to actual programming in relation to their “ad free listing of their corp sponsors” and upcoming programs is about the same as network TV. Add to that the burden of their bi-weekly, monthly beg-a-thons and to be truthful, I’d rather have commercials.
Daily Treasury Statement
Current and Back Issues
These are ‘interesting’ to read.
Definite bookmark for researchers ;)