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(CNN)   Congress keeps public-broadcasting funding intact, rejecting notions that PBS and NPR are "too liberally biased" to maintain funding   (cnn.com) divider line 743
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2007-07-20 12:17:02 PM
I am not surprised by the House's vote. It pains me to agree with anything that Mr Lamborn (R-dickhead) and Mr Bush (R-arsehole) propose, but it is time for the CPB to get its hands out of the public till. My favorite public radio station KCME (pops) does not get money from the CPB that is the way public stations should operate. I do not mind that stations like KCME are not for profits and get a tax break but IMO they should not receive tax monies directly or indirectly from the Federal or State governments.
 
2007-07-20 12:17:42 PM
Wahhhh! Teh libruls painted my poodle! Waahhhhh!
 
2007-07-20 12:44:38 PM
GaryPDX: What? You mean the Proletariat Broadcasting Service and the National Proletariat Radio?

No way..they're not liberal at all.



And we all know how Big Bird and Clifford are part of the leftist agenda.
 
2007-07-20 12:57:29 PM
If I recall correctly, every year the President proposes disposing of public funding and regardless of who has been in charge in Congress, it has been restored because of the overwhelming public demand. Philosophically you can disagree with funding CPB but surely you can find a few more expensive and far less popular items in the federal budget first.

Besides, you don't want to piss off Elmo.
 
2007-07-20 01:09:27 PM
Public Broadcasting is one of the few success stories of American Media.

Look at the BBC or CBC - they are models of what our media could be.

Oh, l0oK! PaRiS iS oUt 0f j1al!!11!!1OMFGWTFBBQ
 
2007-07-20 01:11:34 PM
GaryPDX: No way..they're not liberal at all.

I'm glad you've seen the light.
 
2007-07-20 01:16:12 PM
tomelkwalker: but it is time for the CPB to get its hands out of the public till.

Your particular example station above plays primarily public-domain recordings. It's not an especially good example, when compared to the original programming created by PBS and NPR.
 
2007-07-20 01:22:57 PM
The 357-72 vote demonstrated the enduring political strength of public broadcasting.

I didn't realize there were so many "liberals" in Congress.
 
2007-07-20 01:49:07 PM
This is why I don't feel bad for not donating when they have their pledge drives. I already pay for it with my taxes, so just put Car Talk back on.
 
2007-07-20 01:57:10 PM
Theaetus so I'll give you a different example:
KRCC (pops) is associated with Colorado College (pops) which is a private school. CC uses KRCC as a public face and advertises extensively on KRCC. Yet CC and KRCC get into the public pocket to support their collective welfare. If they can't find enough private support then they should close the station down.
 
2007-07-20 01:58:27 PM
adambomb

This is why I don't feel bad for not donating when they have their pledge drives. I already pay for it with my taxes, so just put Car Talk back on.

QFT
 
2007-07-20 02:11:39 PM
Rain-MonkeyPublic: Broadcasting is one of the few success stories of American Media.

Look at the BBC or CBC - they are models of what our media could be.



You left out Pravda, the Bejing News Hour and Hamas TV. Government news is... teh Coo-el!
 
2007-07-20 02:33:24 PM
adambomb: This is why I don't feel bad for not donating when they have their pledge drives. I already pay for it with my taxes, so just put Car Talk back on.

The Fed only subsidizes about 15% of Car Talk...

Well, I guess only 9 minutes of Car Talk would be enough, right?
 
2007-07-20 02:44:07 PM
The Onanist

7(days) X 24(hours) = 168(hours per week) X .15 = 25.2 (hours per week).

I listen to less than 18 hours of NPR programing per week and I watch less than 3 hours of PBS programing per week so they are money ahead on me.
 
2007-07-20 02:56:01 PM
$420 million/year averages out to a little over a dollar/person to make educational programming available to everyone. That seems like a pretty good investment to me.
 
2007-07-20 03:05:32 PM
If by liberal, you mean conservative. Then yes...
 
2007-07-20 03:15:32 PM
I love NPR. 'Wait wait don't tell me' is the best.
 
2007-07-20 03:20:09 PM
Good. The only way these stations are "liberal" is that they don't have to cater to corporate sponsors. They don't need to worry about offending advertisers, only viewers -- and that's the way it should be.
 
2007-07-20 03:20:21 PM
Reality has a well-known liberal bias.
 
2007-07-20 03:21:20 PM
Duh. Well, what about Ruppert Murdoch and Tony Blair's discussions on the eve of the latest Iraq war? Blair and balanced?

We should stop the Government funding of Fox news instead.
 
2007-07-20 03:21:45 PM
If you think those two are too far right or too far left (I have actually heard both sides claim that) you need to recalibrate your political spectrum
 
2007-07-20 03:21:46 PM
Al-Qaeda Bert and Ernie approve

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Take that Sen. Stevens, and take your bribe money with you when you leave the Senate!
 
2007-07-20 03:22:25 PM
 
2007-07-20 03:22:41 PM
By liberal you mean being the only fair and balanced news organization? Then yes.
 
2007-07-20 03:22:51 PM
Yes, liberal. Like Lawrence Welk and Yo-Yo Ma.
 
2007-07-20 03:22:54 PM
If anything, NPR leans slightly to the right, only less than the mainstream media, and of course a lot less than Faux news. I listen to Free Speech TV for fair news.
 
2007-07-20 03:22:54 PM
So I gave him and extra "p". He can put it on his rear and be the first passhole who controls the government.
 
2007-07-20 03:23:00 PM
suck it libs!..... oh wait.
 
2007-07-20 03:23:07 PM
They are in fact liberal as all get out. But I don't mind having more than one view around. It's why I don't mind fox either, despite its many flaws.
 
2007-07-20 03:23:33 PM
Blues_X: And we all know how Big Bird and Clifford are part of the leftist agenda.

Well, one is red and the other yellow.

/ducks
 
2007-07-20 03:24:02 PM
Maybe someone can help me understand why Big Bird and Elmo NEED Federal funding. The merchandising of Sesame Street should give them enough money to buy commercial air time and free up the Public TV for a show that really needs the money.
 
2007-07-20 03:24:03 PM
Damn, now we gotta keep funding the Purity Balls. :p
 
2007-07-20 03:24:11 PM
Nice troll, subby

The "too liberally biased" quote was a nice touch.
 
2007-07-20 03:24:33 PM
I have no problem with this.

But the Fairness Doctrine scares da hell out of me.
 
2007-07-20 03:24:41 PM
"government of the people. . .by the people. . .for the liberals. . ."

/Your tax dollars at play
 
2007-07-20 03:25:09 PM
The truth has a liberal bias.
 
2007-07-20 03:25:35 PM
fireclown: They are in fact liberal as all get out. But I don't mind having more than one view around. It's why I don't mind fox either, despite its many flaws.

I think that it would be more fair if PBS/NPR started a Sunday church program instead of those dumb mechanics and people waiting to be told something, even though they ask not to.
 
2007-07-20 03:25:53 PM
Not only should we keep funding PBS and NPR, but we should start charging the TV Networks who freely use the airwaves that we the people are the rightful owners of.
These networks fulfill their requirements to serve the community by running a block of PSAs at 3 AM, and then fill the rest of the time with advertisements and bad reality TV that rots our brains.
We own the airwaves, yet the government has just handed them over to these mega corporations.
 
2007-07-20 03:26:27 PM
Americans are so used to being propagandized by corporate media that TRULY fair and balanced news reportage seems like it's left-weighted. People don't even recognize the middle ground any more.

Kudos to Congress...for once.
 
2007-07-20 03:26:34 PM
Anyone have a link to the vote? I can't find it on THOMAS. I'd like to praise or castigate my representative, as required.
 
2007-07-20 03:26:37 PM
Elmo sees you, submitter
 
2007-07-20 03:27:05 PM
From TFA; Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado: "Taxpayers are being asked to pay more in taxes because Congress is not willing to make hard choices and balance our spending with our income,"

I believe that's politician-speak for "too liberally biased"
 
2007-07-20 03:27:31 PM
"I didn't realize there were so many "liberals" in Congress."

Well, only 26% of Americans are conservative these days, so you should't be too surprised.
 
2007-07-20 03:28:14 PM
So they stand up for Public Broadcasting with fury, but not our 5th amendment rights?
 
2007-07-20 03:28:33 PM
Somebody should write a "translator" program to convert politician-speak to plain english...

/Thinking is just too hard
 
2007-07-20 03:28:41 PM
Dalar: Good. The only way these stations are "liberal" is that they don't have to cater to corporate sponsors. They don't need to worry about offending advertisers, only viewers -- and that's the way it should be.

Listeners. But yeah, you're completely right. Just because NPR isn't inundated with political appeasement and corporate crap doesn't mean it has a "liberal bias". Although, if that's what makes a liberal bias, then I'm all for it.
 
2007-07-20 03:29:08 PM
Honestly if your idea of the center is Fox News then almost everything else will be on the liberal side.

I still think we could do without alot of NPR stations though... I'm personally getting sick of everything on the radio being a relay station for national broadcasts.
 
2007-07-20 03:29:23 PM
That's great. Now if only my NPR affiliate would bring back jazz music at night. Jerks.
 
2007-07-20 03:29:23 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Tomlinson (if you don't trust wikipedia, just news.google.com him.

Tomlinson was appointed to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's board of directors by President Bill Clinton and was confirmed in September 2000.

Tomlinson was appointed as chairman of the CPB board by President George W. Bush, for a two-year term, in September 2003. He embarked upon a mission to purge CPB of what he perceived as "liberal bias.[6]" His efforts sparked complaints of political pressure. His close friendship with Karl Rove[7], is one of many concerns the public has had about his own bias and his intent with respect to CPB, and accusations that he was attempting to turn the balanced content to a right wing agenda similar to FOX television[8].

Tomlinson commissioned a $10,000 study into Bill Moyers' PBS program, "Now with Bill Moyers" without informing the board of the investigation.[9] He also retained two Republican lobbyists to try to defeat a Congressional proposal that would have increased the representation of broadcasters on the board, again without informing the board of the contracts.

The inspector general's report issued 15 November 2005 said that Mr. Tomlinson appears to have violated both the federal law and the corporation's own rules in raising $5 million to underwrite The Journal Editorial Report, a PBS program by the conservative editorial board of The Wall Street Journal.[10]

In April 2005, the contract of the former CPB president, Kathleen Cox, was not renewed. She was replaced by Ken Feree, a Republican and former adviser to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Michael Powell.
 
2007-07-20 03:29:24 PM
(in low, gravelly voice)
Next time on Frontline...

...What happened to the Republican party when career bureaucrats spawned during the Nixon area borrowed from Goebbels-style governing policies and were allowed out into the daylight to run the day-to-day affairs of the United States....

/really, look into it. We got more than rocket scientists and gold out of that war....
 
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