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While they are at it, the GOP-led Congress needs to defund PBS, too:
For years, Republicans have wanted to cut off federal funding for National Public Radio. They tried and failed in the 1990s, but now, with a new GOP majority in the House, they’re ready to try again. It’s still a long shot, but they have a fighting chance.
There are two reasons House Republicans are more optimistic than before: concern over federal spending and the lingering fallout from NPR’s decision to fire commentator Juan Williams.
“We’re running annual deficits of over a trillion dollars,” says Rep. Doug Lamborn, the Colorado Republican who has written a new bill to defund NPR. “With 500 cable TV channels, Internet on people’s cell phones, satellite radio, we have so many sources of media that we don’t need a government-subsidized source of media.”
If they are producing worthwhile programming, or if there is truly a market for it, then it will be able to survive in the market place on its own accord and merit. If not…then so be it.
While we’re cutting, let’s just eliminate the entire NEA, too (are we still allowed to use the term “eliminate?”)