Friday, March 04, 2011
Senator Demint has a good piece about removing npr and pbs' remaining government funding. Public broadcasters are inevitably leftist. They know it is the leftist political parties who will continue funding them. Let these state and public broadcasters be privatized. Let them be biased without public money.
cbc has terrible ratings. Most Canadians don't watch or listen to cbc. Why should they get $ 1 billion in public money.
Public Broadcasting Should Go Private
If these outfits can afford to pay lavish salaries to their heads, they don't need taxpayer help.
By JIM DEMINT
When presidents of government-funded broadcasting are making more than the president of the United States, it's time to get the government out of public broadcasting.
While executives at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR) are raking in massive salaries, the organizations are participating in an aggressive lobbying effort to prevent Congress from saving hundreds of millions of dollars each year by cutting their subsidies. The so-called commercial free public airwaves have been filled with pleas for taxpayer cash. The Association of Public Television Stations has hired lobbyists to fight the cuts. Hundreds of taxpayer-supported TV, radio and Web outlets have partnered with an advocacy campaign to facilitate emails and phone calls to Capitol Hill for the purpose of telling members of Congress, "Public broadcasting funding is too important to eliminate!"
PBS President Paula Kerger even recorded a personal television appeal that told viewers exactly how to contact members of Congress in order to "let your representative know how you feel about the elimination of funding for public broadcasting." But if PBS can pay Ms. Kerger $632,233 in annual compensation—as reported on the 990 tax forms all nonprofits are required to file—surely it can operate without tax dollars.