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  • Lamborn Introduces Bills to Defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

    02/06/2017 10:50:33 AM PST · by Drango · 47 replies
    House.Gov ^ | Jan 31 2017
    Congressman Lamborn released the following statement following his introduction of two bills, H.R. 726 and H.R. 727, to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and National Public Radio (NPR): “Republicans and the new Administration need to demonstrate that we take our fiscal responsibility seriously. American taxpayers do not want their hard-earned dollars funding superfluous government programs just because that is the way things have always been done. That’s why I have reintroduced two pieces of legislation to permanently defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio. CPB received $445 million during Fiscal Year 2016, and this money...
  • Rupert Murdoch just bought National Geographic [media up in arms]

    09/10/2015 11:38:18 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    Salon ^ | September 10, 2015 | Jack Mirkinson
    Rupert Murdoch just bought National Geographic. Here’s the problem everybody should be talking about. The media was up in arms yesterday at news of Murdoch's high-profile acquisition. Here's what you should know. The news that National Geographic has now been placed in the hands of Rupert Murdoch prompted a predictable outcry, roughly akin to what happens in the movies when the clearly evil tycoon takes the orphans away. A bastion of popular science is now controlled by a very prominent climate change denier who, despite his company’s assurances of editorial integrity, has spent decades interfering with the independence of his...
  • Race Alone Doesn't Explain Hatred Of Obama, But It's Part Of The Mix (NPR)

    05/13/2014 11:01:39 AM PDT · by Drango · 81 replies
    NPR ^ | 5/13/14 | Allen Greenblatt
    It's a fact of American life that a good share of the electorate is , and even of President Obama. What's less certain are the reasons why. For some Democrats, the explanation is simple: race. In recent weeks, West Virginia Sen. , Mississippi Rep. and former Florida Gov. have all said racism is the driving force behind Republican resistance to the president. Republicans, unsurprisingly, say their disdain for Obama is based not on the color of his skin, but on the content of his policies. "If any white Democrat had pushed through a billion-dollar stimulus plan and a takeover of...
  • Theologians Challenge Bart Ehrman's 'Sloppy' Scholarship in 'How Jesus Became God' With New Book

    04/25/2014 7:48:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/25/2014 | Nicola Menzie
    Bart Ehrman, prolific author, New Testament scholar and former evangelical Christian, says it took him eight years to research and complete his new book, How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. Yet, a group of fellow scholars responded in their book, How God Became Jesus, by claiming that the Christian-turned-agnostic's "sloppy" scholarship on Jesus' divinity leaves much to be desired. Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, says his research reveals that Jesus, a first century Galilean, never claimed to be God, and that it...
  • After Shutdown: Administration Gives $445,000,000 to Corporation for Public Broadcasting

    10/04/2013 9:25:05 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 37 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/3/2013 | Terrence P Jeffrey
    ( - 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...
  • NPR Host: Constitution 'Like Tinkerbell...Only Alive As We Collectively Decide'

    04/24/2013 6:01:18 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 50 replies
    Breibart - Big Journalism ^ | 4-24-2013 | Larry O'Connor
    Peter Sagal, host of NPR's highly entertaining "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me," is planning a new PBS special on the US Constitution. In an interview with Politico, Sagal explains that he will be using the show to "educate" Americans about our government's framing document . The tax-payer funded show, "Constitution USA with Peter Sagal," sounds harmless enough: … We talked to people who were basically living the Constitution whether they wanted to or not, as opposed to the usual array of pundits or activists who have opinions about it. But as Sagal reveals his personal views of the constitution, a...
  • Communist and Islamist Propaganda on Public Media

    12/14/2012 4:33:52 PM PST · by Drango · 9 replies
    Corporation Public Broadcasting ^ | 12/14/12 | Joel Kaplan
    Communist and Islamist Propaganda on Public Media U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, wants to know if it is true that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is funding the distribution of Al-Jazeera, which he calls the voice of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Moscow-funded Russia Today (RT) and CCTV, which he calls the official propaganda arm of the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party. "Does the CPB use federal funds to broadcast foreign propaganda in the U.S., such as CCTV and RT?" Rep. Rohrabacher asks in a letter to...
  • Vulture Capitalism (Do we really need Public Broadcasting?)

    10/10/2012 7:13:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/10/2012 | The Editors
    The Obama campaign apparently is being run by a humor-deficient would-be Jon Stewart: On Tuesday, it launched an ill-advised attempt at snark in an advertisement featuring Big Bird. How bad was the ad? Even the yellow fellow himself was embarrassed, and Sesame Workshop, the multimillion-dollar enterprise with the $1 million–a–year president behind Sesame Street, asked that the ad be taken down. Even President Obama’s amen corner in the media was aghast: ABC News’ Terry Moran pronounced it the work of a campaign “in panic mode.” Somebody should remind Barack Obama that he is, for the moment, president of the United...
  • Confirmed: Big Bird ad a flop across the entire political spectrum (BigBird a Bain investor?)

    10/10/2012 12:48:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 10, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Put this another way. When your campaign strategy loses Matt Lauer, Chris Matthews Bob Shrum, and earns four Pinocchios from the Washington Post, where exactly does that leave you? In a fine, feathered mess, that’s where. Lauer interviewed Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs this morning on Today, and asked, “Is that the kind of political ad that a campaign releases when it feels that it has ideas and solutions on its side, or is that the kind of political ad a campaign releases when it simply wants to get attention?” As if on cue, Gibbs insists that Mitt Romney declared...
  • A Modest Proposal For Our Big Bird-Brained President

    10/10/2012 4:09:51 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 10/09/2012 | IBD Staff
    Subsidies: With the economy faltering and Middle East unrest rising, President Obama acts as though the biggest issue facing the country is Mitt Romney's alleged threat to "Sesame Street." We have an idea for him. According to a recent tally, Obama brought up either Big Bird or Elmo 13 times in speeches since last week's debate, in which Romney promised to end federal support for PBS and NPR. That compares with zero mentions of how he plans to revive the economy, and no references to Libya. And he's now running an ad featuring Big Bird. If Obama is going to...
  • Gov. McDonnell "slashes" PBS budget - 16%

    05/03/2011 1:29:22 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 8 replies
    RICHMOND – Gov. Bob McDonnell is clipping Big Bird's wings. McDonnell has used his line-item veto authority to cut state funding for public broadcasting, calling it “a smart, practical budgeting decision to make Virginia government smaller and more efficient and save taxpayer dollars.” McDonnell’s veto will reduce the funding that lawmakers had approved for educational programming and radio reading services by $424,000, or about 16 percent, in the fiscal year that begins July 1.
  • Public Broadcasting’s Proxy War Against the Taxpayer

    04/29/2011 1:36:08 PM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson · 1 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | April 28, 2011 | Walter Hudson
    In the great state of Minnesota, we have something called the Legacy Amendment which increased our state sales tax to create a slush fund for all kinds of extraneous goodies related to "outdoor heritage, clean water, parks and trails, and arts and cultural heritage." The result has been increasingly odious lobbying efforts to claim a slice of that taxpayer pie. Legislators can't seem to give the money away fast enough. As the state wrestles with a $5 billion budget deficit, funds raised by the Legacy Amendment go to such essential items as paying a science-fiction writer $40,000 to speak to...
  • Welfare for the Well-Off - The case against government subsidies for public broadcasting

    04/12/2011 9:04:33 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 6 replies
    Reason ^ | April 12, 2011 | A. Barton Hinkle
    The local public radio station, WCVE, is in the midst of its spring fundraiser. As someone who tunes in most mornings, I kicked in some bucks for the good of the cause last week. And if you pay taxes in Virginia, you did, too. Gov. Bob McDonnell tried to have it otherwise. He sought repeatedly to slash state funding for public broadcasting, but was gainsaid by the General Assembly—which trimmed appropriations for public radio and TV by only 10 percent. During debate on the governor's budget amendments last Wednesday, Del. Jennifer McClellan, a Richmond Democrat, displayed an Elmo doll on...
  • In Tight Times, PBS Leans on Pledge Drives

    03/14/2011 6:12:01 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 38 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 14, 2011 | Elizabeth Jenson
    If it feels as though Suze Orman and the cast of “Les Misérables” have taken over your local public television station, you’re not dreaming. The current pledge drive comes to an official end on March 20...and the baby boomer concerts, “Laugh-In” retrospective, doo-wop groups and self-help gurus will go on hiatus. But in a few short months, those programs and similar ones will be back. Since 2005, the average amount of time PBS member stations devote to on-air pledge drives has increased by 9 percent...Some stations now devote a full 10 weeks a year to the special shows. Driving the...
  • Freep a Poll! (Fox news. Time to defund Public broadcasting?)

    03/09/2011 2:11:25 PM PST · by dynachrome · 16 replies ^ | 3-9-11 | Fox News
    Is it time for Congress to defund public broadcasting? Maybe -- After seeing all those PBS games, toys and books, I wonder if they really need my money. No -- They offer programming that can't be found anywhere else in America. Yes -- From Elmo to Ken Burns, public broadcasting is a marketing machine. It doesn't need taxpayer support. Other (post a comment).
  • Your Tax Dollars at Work. No, Really!

    03/01/2011 5:44:36 AM PST · by Stoutcat · 1 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 02-28-11 | Stoutcat
    Dear Congress, I don’t ask for much. I live quietly, I take care of myself, I donate to charities, I work hard and save my money. I don’t expect to see a dime of the funds I have paid into Social Security and Medicare when I retire, because I know that money is already all gone. It’s okay, I’ll probably get by without going on the dole, even thought my 401(k) is not nearly what it used to be… But since you’re looking for ways to cut spending here and there, I hereby request three small cuts. Oh, I know...
  • House Cuts Govt Funding for Public Broadcasting (Ba-bye Big Bird!)

    02/19/2011 3:15:17 PM PST · by tobyhill · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/19/2011 | by Beth Sullivan
    Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D) says he knows there's a need to cut back, but doesn't understand why the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) got the ax. During a Saturday interview with Fox News, Blumenauer lamented, "It is unfortunate we are zeroing in on this little piece." The House of Representatives voted to eliminate the CPB's funding as part of a government spending bill that was passed in the early hours of Saturday morning. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting provides support for ventures like National Public Radio (NPR) and PBS, home of "Sesame Street." Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., says the...
  • Cut public broadcasting now--New Congress needs to axe obsolete subsidized programming

    01/14/2011 5:07:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January, 14, 2011 | Editorial
    One of the first orders of business for the new Congress is to defund public broadcasting. Last week, Rep. Doug Lamborn, Colorado Republican, introduced legislation to do just that. He immediately came under fire from National Public Radio (NPR) for his "intrusion into the programming decision-making of America's public radio stations." To hear the taxpayer-subsidized broadcast suits talk, it's as though Mr. Lamborn was attacking the First Amendment itself. National Public Radio claims taking away federal money "would ultimately dictate the daily editorial schedules and news programs of nearly 1,000 public radio stations across America." This argument is inconsistent and...
  • The Year of Right-Wing Terrorists?

    12/22/2010 12:50:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 4+ views ^ | December 22, 2010 | Brent Bozell
    There is some very dangerous -- as in red-hot incendiary -- hatred going on, and it's being advanced by the national news media directly. The panel of judges for the Media Research Center's Best Notable Quotables of 2010 found that theme time and time again while selecting the year's worst reporting and punditry. PBS talk-show host Tavis Smiley won "The Poison Tea Pot Award for Smearing the Anti-Obama Rabble." On May 25, he was interviewing author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a bold critic of radical Muslims -- at the risk of a fatwa against her own life since 2004. Ali said...
  • Let Public Broadcasting Die

    12/14/2010 2:17:23 AM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 21 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | December 13, 2010 | Walter Hudson
    While channel surfing a couple years back, I stumbled upon a program on Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) called Lost Twin Cities. It was a fascinating documentary of the oft-changed architecture and infrastructure in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul metropolitan area. I was impressed. So I coughed up the cash to become a member of TPT in exchange for the program on DVD. That is to say, I saw value in a particular product and was willing to pay a price to obtain it. The following year, TPT called looking for more money. However, this time they had no product I...
  • NJN employees receive layoff notices as N.J. moves station workers off payroll (public broadcasting)

    11/16/2010 6:25:09 PM PST · by La Lydia · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Star-Ledger ^ | November 16, 2010 | Peggy McGlone
    TRENTON — State officials issued layoff notices to 130 workers at the New Jersey Network today, marking the latest step in the dismantling of the public television and radio network. It was the most visceral signal yet that NJN, which has served New Jersey for 41 years, is on its death bed. If nothing dramatic happens before Jan. 1, the network could go dark. Last March, Gov. Chris Christie proposed ending the state subsidy to NJN and cutting its employees from the state payroll, saying New Jersey could no longer afford to be in the television business. Though the outlook...
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting Got $533.3 Million in U.S. Tax Dollars in 2010

    10/26/2010 10:48:46 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 25, 2010 | Penny Starr
    Congress awarded the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) $533.3 million in fiscal year 2010, $420 million of which was distributed to public radio and television stations in all 50 states and U.S. territories, according to the CPB Appropriation Request and Justification report. Taxpayer money for the CPB is allocated through the Department of Commerce. According to the CPB report, 583 public radio and television stations nationwide received $420 million in FY 2010. For example, KQED TV in San Francisco received $3,734,192 and KCET TV in Los Angeles got $4,066,328 that year. WAMU, the public radio station in Washington, D.C., received...
  • Rep. Doug Lamborn: Touch Choices on Spending for Public Broadcasting

    06/17/2010 9:39:52 AM PDT · by NetRight Nation · 10 replies · 187+ views
    NetRight Daily ^ | June 17, 2010 | Rep. Doug Lamborn
    Government spending is out of control and President Obama’s method of throwing more money at our economy is not working. Federal spending cuts need to start somewhere, and there is no better place than a program that can survive on its own. American taxpayers are subsidizing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to the tune of over $420 million dollars in 2010 alone. CPB is the parent company of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the National Public Radio (NPR) radio networks. CPB has requested $608 million for their next funding cycle that begins in 2013. Congress continues to appropriate...
  • Inspired by Saul Alinsky, FCC 'Diversity' Chief Calls for ‘Confrontational Movement’ to.......

    08/26/2009 7:57:48 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies · 2,297+ views
    Inspired by Saul Alinsky, FCC 'Diversity' Chief Calls for ‘Confrontational Movement’ to Give Public Broadcasting Dominant Role in Communications Wednesday, August 26, 2009 By Matt Cover ( – Mark Lloyd, chief diversity officer of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), called for a “confrontational movement” to combat what he claimed was control of the media by international corporations and to re-establish the regulatory power of government through robust public broadcasting and a more powerful FCC. Lloyd expressed his regulatory call to arms in his 2006 book, “Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America” (University of Illinois Press). In the...
  • FCC’s Chief Diversity Officer Targeting Private Broadcasters

    08/13/2009 3:43:19 AM PDT · by Man50D · 29 replies · 1,937+ views ^ | August 13, 2009 | Matt Cover
    Mark Lloyd, newly appointed Chief Diversity Officer of the Federal Communications Commission, has called for making private broadcasting companies pay licensing fees equal to their total operating costs to allow public broadcasting outlets to spend the same on their operations as the private companies do. Lloyd presented the idea in his 2006 book, Prologue to a Farce: Communications and Democracy in America, published by the University of Illinois Press. Lloyd’s hope is to dramatically upgrade and revamp the Corporation for Public Broadcasting through new funding drawn from private broadcasters. The CPB is a non-profit entity that was created by Congress...
  • “Impartial” PBS journalist wants Democrats to politicize the census

    03/09/2009 7:23:46 PM PDT · by slomark · 12 replies · 625+ views
    Taxpayer-funded PBS journalist Bonnie Erbe has some advice for Democrats: politicize the 2010 Census, then use the biased numbers to jam pack Congress full of left wing wackos. “Depoliticize the Census?” PSB “journalist” she wrote in her blog at US News & World Report. “Surely they jest!” “The Census is part of the spoils of victory.....
  • Justice Dept.'s Hiring Tactics Illegal, Report Says (And guess who NPR runs to for a quote)

    07/28/2008 1:18:28 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 4 replies · 175+ views
    NPR ^ | 7/28/08 | Ari Shapiro
    An internal Justice Department investigation released Monday has concluded that senior officials broke the law by hiring immigration and other officials based on partisan considerations. The report — issued by the inspector general and the Office of Professional Responsibility — culminates an investigation that lasted more than a year, stemming from the firing of seven U.S. attorneys in one day in 2006. The report focuses on some of the senior officials in the circle of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Specifically, the report names senior counselor and White House liaison Monica Goodling and Gonzales' chief of staff, Kyle Sampson. Both...
  • CBC Unplugged (Canada's Conservative Gov't prepares to move against leftist public broadcaster)

    09/13/2006 6:13:53 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 24 replies · 954+ views
    Western Standard ^ | Monday,11 September 2006 | Cyril Doll
    CBC Unplugged The CBC 'won't look much like it does today' when this government's done with it. Here's a sneak peek of what the Tories may be planning The Western Standard Cyril Doll - Monday,11 September 2006 There are few cultural events broad enough in their appeal and sufficiently potent in resonance to unite Canadians coast to coast. Christmas almost gets there. Canada Day? Not quite. But each Saturday night at 7 p.m., from October until April, there's one event that brings together Canadians from St. John's to Victoria. Since Foster Hewitt first shouted out to radio audiences, "Hello,...
  • Hollywood Angry Over PBS Nominee

    07/15/2006 6:37:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 37 replies · 2,004+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/15/06 | NewsMax
    Much to the dismay some members of the taxpayer-supported Public Broadcasting System (PBS) bigwigs and Hollywood's far left entertainment community, President Bush has nominated a staunch conservative to serve on the PBS board just a year after another conservative was forced to resign as board chairman because he was accused of injecting partisanship into the agency. Warren Bell, an ABC sitcom producer who the Los Angeles Times reports describes himself as "thoroughly conservative in ways that strike horror into the hearts of my Hollywood colleagues," also contributes to the online edition of the conservative National Review magazine. Getting necessary approval...
  • Money Changes Everything: how a quarter-billion dollars has changed NPR (Barf Alert!)

    03/19/2006 2:07:39 PM PST · by Greg o the Navy · 6 replies · 450+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 19, 2006 | By JACQUES STEINBERG
    WASHINGTON — To Jay Kernis, senior vice president of programming at National Public Radio and a founding producer of "Morning Edition," the darkest moments in the network's 36-year history probably came in 1983, when it was just days away from running out of money and had to be sustained with emergency transfusions from its member stations and from federal grants.
  • Canada Public Broadcaster Caught Airing Perverse Teen Sex Episodes

    02/06/2006 4:38:46 PM PST · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 1,019+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 2/6/06 | erry Vanderheyden and John-Henry Westen
    OTTAWA, February 6, 2006 ( – “Naked Guy,” “Dog Balls,” and “Ball Waxing,” are archived sample clips of sexual programming available from Canada’s publicly-funded broadcaster, the CBC.  A CBC television program called Nerve, which formerly aired after school at 5:30pm Mondays, is described by blogger Joel Johannesen as a means to promote as normal such things as transsexualism, homosexual lifestyles, sado-masochism, same-sex “marriage” and a pre-occupation with anything sexual.On line archives of the show highlight some of the bizarre examples of the former program.  Two shows in particular are sexual kinkiness involving what Johannesen estimates are teen males.  One is a...
  • 20 Organizations and Authorities Blast PBS on "Breaking the Silence"

    11/07/2005 7:12:31 AM PST · by RogerFGay · 18 replies · 2,171+ views ^ | November 06, 2005 | Stephen Baskerville, et al.
    MND EXCLUSIVE The following is an *exclusive* advanced copy of a letter sent to Pat Mitchell, the President and CEO of PBS. The letter, signed by 20 interested individuals and organizations, confronts PBS on its recent broadcast of "Breaking the Silence." November 2, 2005 Pat MitchellPresident & Chief Executive OfficerPublic Broadcasting Service1320 Braddock PlaceAlexandria, VA 22314 Dear Ms. Mitchell: PBS at one time enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for accurate and high-quality documentary programming. It is therefore not only sad but shocking to see a respected media outlet lower itself and journalistic standards with “Breaking the Silence: Children’s Stories.” This...
  • New Orleans' Oak Trees Devastated (NPR Report)

    09/08/2005 6:40:35 AM PDT · by plain talk · 82 replies · 1,560+ views
    NPR ^ | Sept 8, 2005 | NPR
    Part of New Orleans's southern charm comes from its green canopy of live oak trees. Many of those trees have been standing in water for more than a week, depriving their roots of oxygen. (this is lead-in. Audio .wav file of the report at NPR site)
  • Cindy Sheehan Cuts & Runs, Leaves NPR Host Dumbfounded

    08/30/2005 11:33:27 AM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 194 replies · 8,338+ views
    NPR Talk of the Nation ^ | August 30, 2005 | NPR
    Rush transcript of NPR's Neil Conan, speaking by phone with Cindy Sheehan: NC: Very nice of you to be with us today. CS: [cheerfully] Oh, thank youuu! NC: I know that you were, uh, out in California last week because your mother was ill. How’s she doing? CS: Um, she’s doing better. They’re trying to keep her from having another stroke. And if she doesn’t have another stroke, she should be able to recover. NC: That’s good news. Now, tell us, a little bit about your son, Casey. CS: My son Casey was an amazing human being. He was gentle,...
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Ten Most Harmful Government Programs

    07/29/2005 9:27:09 AM PDT · by hinterlander · 28 replies · 1,664+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | July 29, 2005 | Human Events
    A panel of 36 distinguished public policy experts and scholars—ranging from Nobel laureate Milton Friedman to Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly to former House Majority Leader Dick Armey—has selected the Internal Revenue Code as the No. 1 item on this year’s Human Events list of the Ten Most Harmful Government Programs. The programs elected by our judges don’t just cost money, they also attack our values and corrode the spirit of liberty that makes America the greatest nation. As in previous years, we initially asked our judges to nominate programs for the list. The judges were then sent ballots listing...
  • War waged over public broadcasting

    07/21/2005 6:30:02 AM PDT · by markedman · 7 replies · 563+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 21, 2005 | Robert Novak
    War waged over public broadcasting July 21, 2005 BY ROBERT NOVAK SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST Sen. Arlen Specter, a busy man with multiple duties, was understandably unprepared July 11 as he chaired a rare Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing about public television. When he asked whether there was an opening statement for him to read, the subcommittee staff director replied there was none but handed him questions. Therein lies a behind-the-scenes story about public air wars in Washington. The hearing's purpose was to grill Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, Corporation for Public Broadcasting board chairman, about hiring two consultants in his campaign against liberal bias...
  • Veteran Newsman, PBS Host Paul Duke Dies

    07/19/2005 4:22:45 PM PDT · by Mike Bates · 5 replies · 663+ views
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 7/19/2005 | Yahoo News/AP
    Paul Duke, whose storytelling skills and journalistic evenhandedness set the tone for the venerable public television show "Washington Week in Review," has died of leukemia, his former employer WETA-TV said Tuesday. He was 78. Duke died Monday at his home. He was already a political news veteran — having worked for The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and NBC — in 1974 when he began his two-decade stint as the show's moderator. Now called "Washington Week," the Friday night program featuring journalists discussing the week's news is the Public Broadcasting Service's longest running news program. In a recent essay...
  • NYP: PUT PBS OUT TO PASTURE - Getting government out of the broadcasting would quiet the hollering.

    06/26/2005 5:21:19 AM PDT · by OESY · 8 replies · 902+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 26, 2005 | Editorial
    It's time to take the public out of the Public Broadcasting Service. That is, it's time to cut taxpayer-funded broadcasting loose and let it compete.... Conservatives have long charged PBS with liberal programming bias. Now liberals are claiming that congressional Republicans are trying to influence programming and personnel. Those charges got louder with the naming Thursday of former GOP co-chair Pat Harrison as president and chief executive of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.... This came after 16 Senate Democrats — including New York's Chuck Schumer and both Jon Corzine and Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey — called for the dismissal...
  • Congress Looks to Defund PBS

    06/10/2005 2:52:16 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 59 replies · 1,613+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 6/10/05 | Carl Limbacher
    In a move seen as a Republican attack on public broadcasting and its "liberal bias,” a GOP-controlled House subcommittee has voted to cut federal funding for public television and radio nearly in half. The move would eliminate a $23 million federal program that helps underwrite popular children’s shows such as "Sesame Street” and "Postcards From Buster.” Also, the subcommittee voted to eliminate within two years all federal money for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides a portion of public broadcasters’ funds, beginning with a 25 percent cut in CPB’s budget for next year – from $400 million to $300...
  • Public Broadcasting Targeted By House

    06/10/2005 5:07:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies · 1,225+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 10, 2005 | Paul Farhi
    A House subcommittee voted yesterday to sharply reduce the federal government's financial support for public broadcasting, including eliminating taxpayer funds that help underwrite such popular children's educational programs as "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," "Arthur" and "Postcards From Buster." In addition, the subcommittee acted to eliminate within two years all federal money for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- which passes federal funds to public broadcasters -- starting with a 25 percent reduction in CPB's budget for next year, from $400 million to $300 million. In all, the cuts would represent the most drastic cutback of public broadcasting since Congress created...
  • A more balanced Pravda?

    05/22/2005 1:45:23 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies · 294+ views ^ | 5/22/05 | Paul Jacob
    When I think about the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, I can't help but think of Pravda, the official newspaper and mouthpiece of the Communist Party back in the days of the Soviet Union. Now, don't get me wrong. It really isn't any of the similarities in their ideological bent that connects them in my mind. Rather, it is the concept underlying both, the idea that the government ought to be in the news business, the documentary business, or even the entertainment business. When government is involved in producing or subsidizing news coverage or political and historical documentaries — even entertainment...
  • The leaning tower of PBS

    05/09/2005 6:07:28 PM PDT · by MaryInSacto · 79 replies · 1,905+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9 May 2005 | By Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
    The leaning tower of PBS *Liberals see a conservative bent and vice versa. Meanwhile, station officials are getting nervous. By Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer SAN FRANCISCO — Public television officials are increasingly fearful that PBS is reemerging as a political football after a series of efforts by Republicans to promote more conservative perspectives on the taxpayer-supported network. Station managers and programmers gathered here for two public broadcasting conferences last week expressed growing alarm about recent actions by officials of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the private nonprofit agency charged with distributing federal funds to public broadcasters. Kenneth Tomlinson, the...
  • Some fear conservatives are forcing a shift at PBS

    05/01/2005 12:42:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies · 1,507+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 1, 2005 | PAUL FARHI
    GOP-dominated oversight agency says it's seeking balance on the air WASHINGTON - Liberal commentator Bill Moyers has exited his PBS show. Buster the animated rabbit is under a cloud of suspicion. And right-wing yakkers from the Wall Street Journal editorial page have been handed their own public television chat show. Some observers, including people inside the Public Broadcasting Service, are troubled by these recent developments. PBS, they say, is being forced to toe a more conservative line in its programming by the Republican-dominated agency that provides about $30 million in federal funds to the Alexandria, Va.-based service. Officials at the...
  • Public radio unites nation through dialogue Gross describes NPR as 'one of the most fair news source

    04/22/2005 7:45:58 PM PDT · by Mongeaux · 55 replies · 1,568+ views
    Idaho State ^ | Elizabeth Ziegler
    POCATELLO - National Public Radio's award-winning talk show host, Terry Gross, took a break from interviewing political leaders and cultural icons for a speaking tour, including a stop-off at Idaho State University Wednesday. Some conservatives have tagged NPR as one of the cornerstones of the "liberal media," but Gross said that isn't completely true. The word liberal has two connotations, she said, politically left and liberal, as in the liberal arts. In the first political sense of the word, Gross said NPR has no agenda and presents unbiased, balanced coverage of national and world events. "Some people in this day...
  • NPR is not just your grandparents' radio network

    02/08/2005 8:40:06 AM PST · by Willie Green · 30 replies · 1,083+ views
    The Digital Collegian (Penn State) ^ | Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005 | Lane Weaver
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. In the Shawshank Redemption, Andy Dufresne broadcast an opera over the prison loudspeaker system and was punished with 30 days in the hole, a veritable tomb of solitude. When the month was up, his fellow inmates asked how he had made it through. It was the memory of the works of his favorite composers, he replied, which kept him sane. I like music almost as much as Tim Robbins' character, but unfortunately do not possess his cognitive prowess. And so, when the tape deck in my car went comatose a couple...

    12/06/2002 7:47:19 PM PST · by Psycho_Bunny · 9 replies · 606+ views
    Seattle Weekly ^ | 12/06/02 | NINA SHAPIRO
    NEGATIVE NUMBERS AT CHANNEL 9 (Seattle PPS) (This may be boring if you don't live in Seattle but, if you live in the area, it's pretty funny)Seattle's fiscally challenged public-television station has a new investor: an offshore bank.BY NINA SHAPIROIn February, Jim Green, a financial wheeler-dealer in Vancouver's video industry, completed a deal that put $3 million into the bank account of KCTS-TV. The desperately needed money is funding a significant share of the shows in the pipeline at Seattle's public-television station. Never entirely explained to the staff or announced to the public, the investment has been the subject...
  • NPR's Growing Clout Alarms Member Stations

    09/01/2004 11:40:58 AM PDT · by Nasty McPhilthy · 10 replies · 837+ views
    New York Times ^ | 8/30/04 | LYNETTE CLEMETSON
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 - With a newly robust endowment burning holes in its not-for-profit pockets, National Public Radio is in the midst of a major expansion. But NPR's ambition has stirred anxiety within the public radio system over how to preserve the character and financial viability of local stations in the ever larger shadow of the national production service they created more than 30 years ago as a modest support operation. NPR, a member organization governed in part by local stations, is pumping $15 million into its news division over the next three years, using interest from a recent bequest...
  • Media Analyst Wants Rich NPR Off the Taxpayer Dole

    07/01/2004 6:22:05 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies · 190+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 6/28/04 | Jenni Parker and Chad Groening
    A media watchdog organization believes it is time for the U.S. Congress to re-evaluate the necessity of allocating 86 million taxpayer dollars to National Public Radio (NPR) in light of the tremendous private funding it receives. Recently, National Public Radio announced that it plans a $15 million expansion of its news operation. NPR is funding the expansion with just a fraction of the 200 million-dollar bequest the network received last fall from the late widow of McDonald's magnate Ray Kroc. Seeing how the public radio network appears to be living high on the hog, Tim Graham of the Media Research...
  • National Public Radio PR Plans 'Major' News Expansion

    06/16/2004 3:59:29 AM PDT · by kattracks · 26 replies · 236+ views ^ | 6/16/04 | Susan Jones
    ( - National Public Radio has decided to use a philanthropist's generous donation for a "major expansion" of its news operation. NPR announced on Tuesday that it would spend $15 million over the next three years on additional reporters, editors, producers and managers; as well as new domestic and international bureaus. The 2004-2007 expansion will be funded in part by interest from the $225 million in bequests that NPR received from the late philanthropist Joan Kroc, the widow of the man who founded McDonald's. Joan Kroc died in October 2003. NPR has described her bequest as "the largest monetary gift...
  • Radio Silence. How NPR purged classical music from its airwaves.

    06/07/2004 6:43:16 AM PDT · by Valin · 94 replies · 594+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/14/04 | Andrew Ferguson
    IF THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF BLACKSMITHS AND BUGGYWHIP MANUFACTURERS had held a convention in 1910, in those last sullen moments before the Horseless Carriage put them all out of business, then this is what it must have felt like--the same forced cheerfulness laid over the same defeated air, the same stiff upper lip at the prospect of the inescapable end. Outside the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort, on the Florida coast near Tampa Bay, the beach was streaked with wind and black thunderheads stacked up along the horizon. Inside the hotel, members of the Association of Music Personnel in Public Radio...