Monday, Feb. 14
Public Broadcasting Funding Under Fire
House Republicans are proposing to end more than 60 government programs and cut hundreds of others in a $35 billion down payment on their promise to rein in federal deficits. Because the plan would wipe out funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a familiar and contentious debate has been reawakened. Should the federal government financially support public broadcasting? Is there validity to criticism that NPR and PBS are too liberal and thus hostile to conservative politics? Does the U.S. still have an interest in how it’s people are informed and does it make budgetary sense in this day and age? PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger, Reason Magazine editor in cheif Nick Gillespie and Media Critic Dan Kennedy discuss.