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.
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