The president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is in panic mode about something in Trump’s budget, and of course there’s more of Nancy Pelosi’s “end of the world” involved:
— The Hill (@thehill) February 13, 2018
Call it NPRmageddon! And, as is the case with all Trump proposals, people will die:
The president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) warned Monday of the negative effects that President Trump’s proposed budget cuts could have on public broadcasting.
Trump’s budget proposes eliminating federal funding for the CPB over a two-year period. The budget has to be approved by Congress before it can take effect.
In a statement released Monday, Patricia Harrison said that the “elimination of funding to CPB would at first devastate, and then ultimately destroy public media’s ability to provide early childhood content, life-saving emergency alerts, and public affairs programs.”
Now let’s try and reconcile that with what PBS and NPR often claim when calls come to cut their funding — “come on, we get practically nothing from the federal government!”
“PBS and its member stations receive a small percentage of funding from the federal government; the majority of funding comes from private donations,” the broadcaster said in an emailed statement. “More importantly, PBS is an independent, private, not-for-profit corporation, not a state broadcaster.
Apparently that “small percentage” is what’s standing between PBS/NPR and total ruin.
You hear the same circular argument from Planned Parenthood whenever defunding is discussed.