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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Subsidize Fox News?

Let PBS Go: It Simply is Not Needed

THE Public Broadcasting Service is collapsing of its own weight. While PBS executives and Washington politicians wring their hands over the network's inevitable demise, we believe there is a simple solution. Let it collapse.

Last week PBS President Pat Mitchell lobbied Congress for more money, and Republicans on Capitol Hill floated ideas for keeping the increasingly irrelevant corporation alive. No one seems to be asking this simple question: In a world in which 85 percent of Americans pay for either cable or satellite television, and with educational videos available in shopping malls and Wal-Marts nationwide, what possible justification can there be for a publicly subsidized television network?

Every excuse for forcing Americans to pay for a television network has been exhausted. Educational and arts programs are widely available elsewhere. C-SPAN does a better job of informing Americans about government than PBS ever dreamed of doing. PBS news shows are drowned out by a cacophony of competitors who deliver news as well or better. What's left? Reruns of British sitcoms? Simply put, PBS has no mission that cannot be realized either in the for-profit sector or by converting the network to a private non-profit foundation.

See article here.


Not to mention it's horribly bias and it's not fair that tax dollars go towards it. Imagine this: Fox News being paid for by the government. Just imagine the apocolyptic response THAT would receive. Let's get rid of PBS, otherwise I say the government starts giving the amount they give to PBS also to Fox News. That'll solve the problem quickly.


 
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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Subsidize Fox News?

Let PBS Go: It Simply is Not Needed

THE Public Broadcasting Service is collapsing of its own weight. While PBS executives and Washington politicians wring their hands over the network's inevitable demise, we believe there is a simple solution. Let it collapse.

Last week PBS President Pat Mitchell lobbied Congress for more money, and Republicans on Capitol Hill floated ideas for keeping the increasingly irrelevant corporation alive. No one seems to be asking this simple question: In a world in which 85 percent of Americans pay for either cable or satellite television, and with educational videos available in shopping malls and Wal-Marts nationwide, what possible justification can there be for a publicly subsidized television network?

Every excuse for forcing Americans to pay for a television network has been exhausted. Educational and arts programs are widely available elsewhere. C-SPAN does a better job of informing Americans about government than PBS ever dreamed of doing. PBS news shows are drowned out by a cacophony of competitors who deliver news as well or better. What's left? Reruns of British sitcoms? Simply put, PBS has no mission that cannot be realized either in the for-profit sector or by converting the network to a private non-profit foundation.

See article here.


Not to mention it's horribly bias and it's not fair that tax dollars go towards it. Imagine this: Fox News being paid for by the government. Just imagine the apocolyptic response THAT would receive. Let's get rid of PBS, otherwise I say the government starts giving the amount they give to PBS also to Fox News. That'll solve the problem quickly.