On November 7th, 1967, President Lydon B. Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 into law. Originally stated the purpose was to ensure that educational and cultural programming would have a home on the airwaves. Public radio, and PBS had a purpose. I personally do not agree with the idea of the Government funding and supporting an institution that cannot survive on its own. If it is so important and necessary, the public will demand, and pay for it. NPR and PBS have had some, and continue to have some good programming, but it is undeniably slanted left. This is where I have a problem. It has become an entity that serves a liberal master. Please note, I would be equally objective to a publicly funded right leaning organization. Government-funded propaganda is dangerous, and it has become government-funded propaganda.
Originally, there were few places to get information, and public funding had a stronger argument, however, we now live in the information age. We suffer from information overload. With the advent of the internet, the 24hr cable news cycle, and information at our fingertips on our iberries there is no danger of people not being able to seek information. It is time to de-fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In Fiscal year 2009 CPB received 461 million dollars from the Federal Government. This did not include an additional 13.6 million dollar grant from the Department of Education. In November of 2005 an IG investigation listed 28 recommendations for allegations of violations of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 for the CPB. The semiannual IG report on 3/31/2009 found that all but 4 of the recommendations had been corrected. They key deficiency that had not been corrected and had no plan to correct was CPB’s statutory responsibilities to periodically assess objectivity and balance in national programming. Any attempts to bring balance to the CPB’s programming has been viciously attacked by Media Matters for America. During the Bush Administration, a conservative Kenneth Tomilson was appointed to head the CPB. Media Matters went nuts. He was forced to step-down amid Media Matters hyped scandal.
Juan Williams was fired from NPR for making a remark that really was not so inflammatory. The real reason he was fired was for working on the FOX news channel. Undoubtedly this was a nod to NPR’s new master George Soros. Now George Soros has donated 1.8 million dollars to NPR. He has also given 1 million dollars to Media Matters with the stated intent of removing the FOX network and Glenn Beck from the airwaves. Does George Soros strike you as the type of guy who does not expect a return on his investment? I highly suspect the two events are interrelated. George Soros has openly called for a “New World Order”, and a one world government. He is a Socialist who is actively working to bring down the capitalist system. Now if you think I am slandering the guy please listen to him speak on these issues. He has said so himself. Glenn Beck and the FOX news channel have been exposing George and his plans at every turn. Now NPR has just sold itself as a mouthpiece for Mr. Soros, and you and I are fitting the bill.
If what NPR and PBS provide is so valuable to the public, let them compete in the marketplace. In difficult economic times, 461 million dollars might not put much of a dent in our National debt, but it is a step in the right direction. If Soros wants to use NPR to attack Beck and FOX he can pay the entire 461 million.