The entire public broadcasting budget remains on the chopping block in Republican budget proposals as the two parties face down Friday's impending government shutdown. Here are notable pieces from this week in my continuing series examining the defunding debate:
- Save NPR! But please put PBS out of its misery—Slate, which has been following the public broadcasting story with a series of sharp opinion pieces, offers this analysis by
there is an increasingly important role for public media to serve as a centering institution for this country."
- Poll: Americans Way Off on Public Broadcasting Funding—Politico reports on a much-discussed CNN poll revealing that most of the 1000+ respondents thought that CPB receives a share of 1 percent or more of the federal government's budget (the reality is closer to .00014 percent), and what's more, a majority thought CPB should continue to receive the same amount of funding or more.
The Onion snarks: "by eliminating funds for NPR, the deficit has been slashed by 0.000004 percent and a newly thriving middle class once again has cause to believe in the American dream."
- Right Seeks Edge in "Oppo" Wars—the Seattle PI puts the NPR sting video in context of a larger effort by conservatives to use investigative reporting techniques to incriminate liberal politicians and organizations.
- Just a Couple of More Things About NPR—Bill Moyers and Michael Winship continue their series of articles on the public broadcasting debate with another look at the bias question. "So what do conservatives really mean when they accuse NPR of being 'liberal?' They mean it’s not accountable to their worldview as conservatives and partisans. They mean it reflects too great a regard for evidence and is too open to reporting different points of views of the same event or idea or issue."
Catch up on this series of posts tracking different cases being made for and against public broadcasting:
Image source: The Alaska Dispatch