The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

10 June 2005

The House of the falling funds

Not quite two weeks ago, I came up with this:

I am starting to think that Kenneth Tomlinson, chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, sees his job as clearing a path for the eventual dismantling of the CPB.

First blaze in this particular trail:

A House subcommittee voted yesterday to sharply reduce the federal government's financial support for public broadcasting, including eliminating taxpayer funds that help underwrite such popular children's educational programs as "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," "Arthur" and "Postcards From Buster."

In addition, the subcommittee acted to eliminate within two years all federal money for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — which passes federal funds to public broadcasters — starting with a 25 percent reduction in CPB's budget for next year, from $400 million to $300 million.

This is, of course, far from a done deal, but, to borrow a phrase, I told you so.

(Via Greg Angelo.)

Posted at 4:02 PM to Political Science Fiction

Let's hope CPB is cut off. Since they run commercials between shows, spend four months a year with their whiny guilt-trip begging, and spew anti-american propaganda at every turn, they don't deserve a dime from taxpayers. In fact, taxpayers should ask for a huge refund.

Posted by: hatless in hattiesburg at 5:36 AM on 11 June 2005

... hehehehe ... yeah, ole Ernie on Sesame Street "spewing his anti-american propaganda" ... pleeeeeeaaaase .......

Posted by: Ron at 9:28 AM on 11 June 2005

Well Hatless, CPB isn't exactly the same as PBS, and it's PBS that does the whining...

Posted by: McGehee at 9:30 AM on 11 June 2005

Erm, and the "Sesame Street" crew could make it just fine with neither taxpayer support nor viewer support. Have you seen the sales figures for those muppet plush toys?

Posted by: McGehee at 8:03 PM on 11 June 2005

And everyone knows it's Bert that has the anti-American leanings...

Posted by: McGehee at 8:05 PM on 11 June 2005